Thursday, Aug. 8, 2002

To The Point: MacNeil Park wraps up summer programs

‘Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The free summer park programs continue at MacNeil Park, sponsored by Poppenhusen Institute and the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and funded partly by the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Queens County Savings Bank and Queens Surface Corp. The last one was the Phil Costa Something Special Orchestra performing the sounds of the Big Bands. Comment.

LIC firm sells conservation to big power users

In the economics of electricity, there is a supply side and a demand side, and the equation is getting tight. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 23-25 Bell Blvd., Co-op, $76,000, Bath 1, Comment.

Use early precautions to prevent hearing loss

Of every 1,000 babies born in the United States, at least two are going to be deaf or have difficulty hearing. Experts at the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, at the National Institutes of Health, say your baby should have a hearing screening within the first month of life. Ideally, he or she should be screened before you both leave the hospital. Comment.

Shooting at family home injures two

In the days since a gunman shot two men after storming into a Ridgewood family’s home early Sunday morning, the homeowners have decided to leave town. Comment.

Emergency Department Nurses Offer Bike and Helmet Safety Tips

Bicycling—one of the joys of childhood—is also a leading cause of visits to hospital emergency departments for kids ages 5 to 14, according to the Emergency Nurses Association. To help your kids cycle safely, start at the top, ENA advises, by insisting they always wear a helmet. Comment.

Top Five Ways to Prevent Child Abuse and Neglect

At one time or another, most Americans have witnessed child abuse and neglect—in their neighborhoods, schools and grocery stores. They’ve seen the desperation on the face of a struggling parent or the sadness in the eyes of an abused or neglected child. They’ve seen it and felt helpless to do anything about it. Comment.

Glendale man pleads guilty to $2M business tax fraud

A Glendale man who owned a clothing company in Ridgewood pleaded guilty to tax charges last month after failing to report more than $2 million brought in by his clothing business over the course of three years, IRS officials said. Comment.

Counting On Your Kids Can Be Magical

Picture this: you are driving along in the car, coming home from shopping on a Saturday afternoon. Your 8-year-old and 6-year-old are together in the back seat. As you’re cruising along thinking of what sounds good for dinner, you hear a voice from the back say “Mom, he’s looking at me again!” Comment.

Richmond Hill movers plead to felony charge

The owners of an unlicensed Richmond Hill moving company that operated under five different names pleaded guilty last week to giving customers lowball estimates and then holding their furniture hostage when they refused to pay jacked-up prices on moving day, authorities said. Comment.

Healthy discipline, confident parenting

Disciplining a child, no matter what age, is hard work. It’s emotional work and intellectual work, and sometime it’s even physical work. Disciplining a child can leave you depleted, angry, and unsure whether or not to just throw up your hands in defeat, and give up. Comment.

School Board 25 decides to keep leadership intact

With little fanfare, Community School Board 25 elected what is likely its final slate of officials at its annual meeting July 31. Comment.

How to keep your child safe

So your child is due any day now, and you’re trying to figure out just how to be sure that your little one will be free from harm. To make sure that your home is a safe haven for your children — and you — learn to spot and eliminate hazards throughout the house. This checklist will show you how. Comment.

New law requires inventory of waterfront

From the works of art peering across the East River from Socrates Sculpture Park to the public beaches lining the Rockaways’ southern shore, the borough’s extensive waterfront is one of its most precious resources. Comment.

Guide to understanding children

Answering 101 of the most pressing questions facing today’s caregivers and parents, “Understanding Children” (Top, Civitas $25) has been called a guidebook for the 21st century. It explores a wide array of topics including. Comment.

City confiscates 15,000 lbs. of watermelons in Flushing

City officials raided a downtown Flushing market last Thursday, confiscating 15,000 pounds of watermelons that had been placed in boxes on a bustling sidewalk filled with pedestrians. Comment.

3 Assembly incumbents face no primary

In two of the three western Queens assembly districts, this year’s elections for the state Legislature are shaping up as two-party contests: Democrats vs. Greens. Comment.

Jamaica site shows no evidence of contiminants

Soil and groundwater samples taken near the old West Side Corporation site in Jamaica have shown that the chemical contaminants from the factory have not spread to the ground underneath a residential construction site, the state said. Comment.

Woodside pols seek reform for immigrant day-laborers

Early in the morning along Roosevelt Avenue, an underground economy thrives beneath the encroaching light of dawn. Comment.

Lindenwood teen arrested in shooting death of man

A 16-year-old Lindenwood boy was arrested Friday on charges of fatally shooting a teenager on an Ozone Park street after the two allegedly had a dispute, police said. Comment.

Ozone Park fire destroys Sikh holy books

Fire tore through the second floor of a two-family home on 103rd Street near Liberty Avenue last Thursday afternoon, destroying the holy books of a distraught Sikh family and injuring five firefighters. Comment.

Astoria transformer fires prompt power worries

In a community where residents have long lamented the abundance of power plants and fought the construction of new ones, a recent flurry of transformer fires has renewed concern about the aging facilities’ ability to keep up with the times. Comment.

Boro group strives to end bias in elementary school

In an effort to lessen racial bias that seeps into a child’s psyche as he or she gets older, the Queens section of the Community Service Society of New York is looking for volunteers to join and become a part of its Prejudice Reduction Program. Comment.

Worst Flushing school receives grant money

Schools District 25’s lowest performing school, which earlier this year rejected money from the NAACP, has received a federal grant that education officials hope will revive the struggling school. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing Mall businesses set up shop elsewhere

Four weeks ago, I wrote a column about the growth of Flushing that featured the Flushing Mall that opened June 14. Since then, I have revisited the mall a half-dozen times. I am impressed with its layout, cleanness and friendly salespeople. Comment.

Two buses in borough are overcrowded: Poll

Riders of two Queens buses have complained about overcrowding, a problem a transit activist agency blames on a growing number of passengers boarding the same number of buses or slightly fewer. Comment.

Holocaust survivors stitch powerful memories

In 1943, 20-year-old Frieda Jakubowicz lined up naked in front of a ditch in Trawna, Poland to be shot by German soldiers. Comment.

Boro civic group gathers candidates for new seats

The Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella group of the borough’s civic associations, joined the Citizens Union and the Forest Hills Community House to bring together Democratic candidates vying for three newly created state legislature seats at the first large political event of the election year Thursday. Comment.

Queens Village 3-year-old accidentally killed by dad

A 3-year-old Queens Village boy who was shot last week when his father’s gun accidentally went off died last Thursday at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I., police said. Comment.

Queens pols cough up $$$ for women’s center

The Queens Women’s Center has a mammoth fund-raising project underway to raise $475,000 to renovate its future home at Bayside’s Fort Totten and the City Council pitched in last week to help. Comment.

Flushing’s Kissena lake to get $1.77M face-lift

The city Parks Department will soon begin a $1.77 million restoration project for the lake in Kissena Park designed to clean up the body of water and prevent the buildup of algae. Comment.

Douglaston man organizes protest against new priest

Angered by the Brooklyn diocese’s decision to replace their priest without consulting them, parishioners at the St. Paul Chong Ha-Sang Roman Catholic Chapel and Center in Flushing are demanding an explanation and giving only pennies as offerings. Comment.

Parishioners protest against new priest at Flushing Chapel

Angered by the Brooklyn diocese’s decision to replace their priest without consulting them, parishioners at the St. Paul Chong Ha-Sang Roman Catholic Chapel and Center in Flushing are demanding an explanation and giving only pennies as offerings. Comment.

Little Neck blood drive hopes to attract crowd

Immediately after two airliners slammed into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, people began lining up at blood banks throughout Queens to donate, hoping their contributions would help victims of the terrorist attacks. Comment.

Four charged with selling drugs on Steinway Street

Four Astoria men have been arrested for allegedly using their apartments as stash houses to package, store and deal illegal drugs, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment.

U.S. Rep. Meeks seeking re-election in S. Queens

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) has a simple campaign strategy that he is hoping will win him re-election this November—consistency. Comment.

No opponents vie to replace  Mayersohn

State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) is running for re-election, but no challenger has stepped up to oppose the 20-year veteran of the state office. Comment.

Red Storm’s Hatten named to Wooden Award list

St. John’s University announced this week that men’s basketball star Marcus Hatten has been named as a Top 50 finalist for the John R. Wooden Award as voted by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. Comment.

Borough state senate districts are shifted

Even though Queens experienced a jump in its population over the 10-year period from 1990 to 2000, it did not receive any additional state senate seats despite being awarded two new state assembly seats. Comment.

TimesLedger named best in national paper awards

The TimesLedger Newspapers earned six awards in the National Newspaper Association’s 2002 Better Newspaper Contest, including prizes for its coverage of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the crash of Flight 587 into Belle Harbor. Comment.

Midville Dodgers to hold open tryouts Aug. 17 for 2003 season

Midville Dodgers Baseball Clubs will hold open tryouts for the 2003 season on Saturday, Aug. 17, at Juniper Valley Park (Field No. 1). Serious ballplayers seeking 50 plus games next summer are encouraged to attend. The MV Dodgers play in the top leagues in the metropolitan area and prepare high school players for college baseball scholarships. The teams also travel to out of state tournaments including the USABF tournament in San Diego, California for the last seven years. Comment.

State issues violations against Flushing facility

Three Queens adult care facilities have been cited for “serious violations related to the care and services provided to residents” in the latest survey taken by several state agencies. Comment.

Renovated Frontera Park opens with tree-care lesson

City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe used a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Frontera Park in Maspeth as an opportunity to urge New Yorkers to help trees that are dying from the blistering summer heat and low rain levels. Comment.

Worshipers at 3 Jamaica churches span 300 years

Within just a few blocks in downtown Jamaica sit three historic churches, and each has served congregations in the area for more then 300 years. Comment.

Boro prez, task force aim to stop illegal conversions

Borough President Helen Marshall and the Illegal Conversion Task Forces met with officials from the Buildings Department Tuesday to discuss ways to toughen legislation that prohibits owners of one- and two-family residences from squeezing three or four families into their properties. Comment.

Boro pols mark creation of S. Asian political club

A group of Queens political bigwigs and politicians helped the South Asian & Indo-Caribbean Americans for Political Progress celebrate its formation Sunday in Glen Oaks. Comment.

Pol pushes for more funds for Queens senior housing

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) is calling on his congressional colleagues to strengthen a federal program that funds construction of affordable housing for seniors, saying many of the borough’s elderly are forced to wait up to 10 years to find a place to live. Comment.

Basketball court murder shocks Cambria Heights

More than a week after Christopher Mitchell was shot on a Cambria Heights basketball court, Rachelle Narcisse is still reeling from the murder of the young man she called her brother. Comment.

Hispanic workers file suit against LI border church

Hispanic maintenance workers fired from an Elmont, L.I. church just over the Queens border filed a discrimination charge late last month, alleging the church’s pastor dismissed them because they do not speak English. Comment.

Cardozo teacher accused of raping female student

A history teacher at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School in Bayside was charged Tuesday with raping a 15-year-old female student with whom he was having an affair, police said. Comment.

Immigrant influx caused drop in income: Census

The arrival of thousands of immigrants from all over the globe in the 1990s brought a dip in median household income in New York City, according to just-released figures from the 2000 Census. Comment.

Community leader Chen vying for Assembly seat

For years, Ethel Chen has immersed herself in the Flushing community. Comment.

Mayor looks to reopen College Pt. transfer station

In an attempt to solve the city’s trash woes, Mayor Michael Bloomberg has unveiled a proposal to reactivate College Point’s marine transfer station along with several similar plants in other boroughs. Comment.

College Pt. luxury homes set to open by November

Construction on the first phase of a new luxury development in College Point is nearly complete, and residents are expected to arrive by November, the complex’s sales manager said. Comment.

Cut in Q46 bus service stirs ire among riders

Riders on the Glen Oaks branch of the Q46 bus line have a bit more than a month to take full advantage of the route before service along Union Turnpike is eliminated after 11 p.m. week nights and on the weekend. Comment.

State approves Klein for city school leader

The state Education Department approved businessman and lawyer Joel Klein as the new city’s schools chancellor last week, just a few days after Mayor Michael Bloomberg submitted his choice to Education Commissioner Richard Mills. Comment.

Flushing resident arrested in dachshund’s drowning

A Flushing dog owner apparently drowned his small dachshund in the waters off Jones Beach Sunday morning after playing with him in the surf for 45 minutes, authorities said. Comment.

Pair charged with killing Flushing college student

After an exhaustive 2-1/2-year investigation, two brothers have been arrested in connection with the murder of a Flushing law student who vanished on her way back from school in Connecticut, authorities announced last week. Comment.

Woodhaven bar shuttered, 9 arrested on drug charges

Police arrested nine people and shut down Frankie and Johnny’s Cafe in Woodhaven late last month after a multi-agency raid netted two pounds of marijuana and various other drug paraphernalia in the bar’s basement, law enforcement sources said. Comment.

106th Precinct detective arrested for credit theft

A 106th Precinct detective was arrested and suspended from the Police Department after he allegedly stole a prisoner’s credit card and tried to buy men’s cologne at a Long Island mall, police said. Comment.

Ackerman’s district shifts westward under new lines

New boundaries have reshaped U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman’s lengthy 5th Congressional District to include more of Queens, bringing the longtime politician back to areas of his home borough he represented a decade ago. Comment.

Queens librarians annoyed by dress code enforcement

Angered by a recent reinforcement of the Queens library dress code, several of the borough’s librarians are raising their voices, irate that they are being asked to dress like the stereotypical straight-laced librarians of the 1950s. Comment.

Cohen faces conservative in Assembly seat election

The two candidates scheduled to duke it out in the race for the state assembly seat in District 28 could not be much further apart in their views on improving Queens. Comment.

Borough officials question airport, trade center swap

Queens officials are concerned that the borough and its residents could be affected if the city goes ahead with an idea to trade the public land at LaGuardia and Kennedy airports for Port Authority-owned land at the World Trade Center site. Comment.

LIC schoolgirl breaks free from would-be kidnapper

A Long Island City schoolgirl escaped the clutches of a would-be kidnapper by kicking and screaming her way out of his arms Monday morning, police said. Comment.

Flushing man honored for service in World War II

About 60 years ago, First Class Seaman Isadore Feldman was in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, loading shells into his ship’s artillery as fellow servicemen shot at the opposing Japanese ships. Comment.

Third suspect sentenced in ’99 Bayside HS attack

Nearly three years after he helped sexually attack and beat a female student in a basement bathroom at Bayside High School, an East Elmhurst man was sentenced to 13 years in prison last week for the brutal assault that shook the usually peaceful school. Comment.

Baysider launches agency to import nurses

If there is anyone who knows how to network, it is Baysider Alan Chen. Comment.

Boro buses return to streets as strike ends

After 51 days of sitting idle, buses for three of the borough’s private lines began rolling with limited service Wednesday morning after striking employees ratified a contract and decided to end their protracted job action. Comment.

Police Blotter: Cops arrest College Point woman after shooting

COLLEGE POINT – A College Point woman was arrested Sunday evening after she allegedly shot a man in the jaw, police said. Comment.

Shea Stadium ceremony honors 10 Queens kids

For the first time in years, Shea Stadium seemed like a place of champions Thursday. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

70,000 jam in Jamaica for annual arts, music festival

Sweltering 90-degree temperatures couldn’t keep more than 70,000 Jamaica residents from the sixth annual Jamaica Arts and Music Summer Festival Saturday. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Despite failings of the last few decades, good reasons abound to check out Catskills

The phrase “Let’s Go To The Mountains” is resounding again for a new generation of city-dwellers, including many Queens residents, who have discovered the Catskill region’s numerous charms. Comment.

Dragon boat history dates to ancient China

It would not be too far from the truth to say that some 70 dragon boats from throughout the country will come alive this summer at the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park’s Meadow lake just before the annual race. Comment.

Entertainment comes in all forms at Dragon Boat Festival

The Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival always brings more action to Flushing Meadows Corona Park than just the racers. Comment.

Queens’ Munro earns spot in Astros’ rotation

The fans nudged and pushed for a spot in the flooded third base stands at Shea Stadium last Wednesday, waiting for a chance to greet Pete Munro. Closing on 10 years, the stocky 6-foot-3 right-hander hasn’t lost his star label, but Munro is uneasy. Comment.

SJU’s Jarvis: It all comes down to Hatten

Marcus Hatten. Comment.

Conlin hurls Midville Dodgers into city finals

In the semifinals of the Metro Federation Championship the Midville Dodgers were matched up against the Bronx Gothams, a team which recently returned home from a national tournament in Florida in which they placed third. Comment.

SJU’s Svoboda finishes second at Met Amateur Championship

St. John’s University senior golfer Andrew Svoboda (Stamford, Conn.) finished second at the Metropolitan Amateur Championships played at Piping Rock Country Club in Locust Valley, N.Y. Svoboda, who qualified as the No. 1 seed with a two round score of 136, lost the 36-hole match play final to Virginia Tech’s Johnson Wagner, 3 and 2. Comment.

Munoz finishes eighth overall 

Yorki Munoz and Marco Monjardin led the 10 College Point Road Runners Club members under the heat and humidity during the Manhattan Half-Marathon, conducted by the New York Road Runners Club. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: When bad golf makes a good time

In my 16 or so years playing golf I have played many unmemorable rounds, rounds most hackers would be embarrassed about and file away in some corner of their cranium, never to be seen again. Comment.

NYC men, scholastic hoop teams earn gold

For players like Royal Ivey, Reggie Brown and Anthony Glover, the Empire State Games was a chance to have some fun before the rigors of their college basketball season. Comment.

Medals abound for Queens competitors at Games

After combining for 10 swimming medals in last year’s Empire State Games, sisters Jennifer and Andrea Illescas from East Elmhurst repeated the impressive medal count at this year’s Games in Syracuse. Comment.

Glen Oaks snaps 3-game skid, top Mitchell-Linden LL, 8-3

The 15- and 16-year-old Glen Oaks Village Liquors summer traveling team came away with a nice 8-3 victory over a team from Mitchell-Linden Little League on July 31. Comment.

Sr. Americans drop decision 

The Bayside Yankees Senior Americans dropped the second game of the Connie Mack World Series Saturday, falling to the Midland Redskins from Cincinnati, Ohio, 12-3. Comment.

Lesmes balks at St. Peter’s, now Brooklyn-bound

David Lesmes was all set to play soccer at St. Peter’s College. But a funny thing happened on his way to Jersey City, N.J. Comment.

Win SawDoctor tickets for Pepsi NY Irish Fest

The Eighth annual Pepsi New York Irish Festival will take place Aug. 16-18 at Belmont Racetrack. TimesLedger newspapers will give out tickets to the opening night extravaganza to randomly selected winners who can answer the following three questions correctly. Comment.

Freedoms lock up playoff berth, with just a little help

While David Price’s eyes were on St. John’s DaSilva Field Sunday night, the New York Freedoms head coach’s ears were on assistant coach Jon Urbom’s cell phone. Comment.

Brooklyn Northside Softball League looking for team for upcoming season

The Brooklyn Northside Softball League has openings for teams in its new snowflake league. All games are played under the lights at the newly renovated main diamond, dirt field at McCarren Park in Greenpoint (on the Queens/Brooklyn border). This 6 to 12 foot arc, men’s doubleheader league will be played on weekday nights, starting Sept. 16. For more information please call Chris at 726-8060 or Fred at 894-4121. Comment.

Editorial: A trip to the woodshed

In a letter dripping with vitriol, writer Stuart Hersh takes us to the woodshed for raising questions about efforts to amend the as-of-right zoning that allows community facilities to build anywhere in the city. Although he makes a sweeping condemnation of the editorial page, we appreciate his taking the time to write. It is letters like this that make the Readers Write page a vibrant community forum. Comment.

Editorial: Play ball!

We tip our baseball caps this week to Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) and the Long Island City YMCA for bringing Little League baseball to the children living in the Queensbridge Houses. At a time when the city and many businesses are retrenching and watching every penny, Gioia was able to persuade Silver Cup Studios and J.P. Morgan Chase to put up the funding for the newly create league that will serve more than 100 children this summer. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Studies reveal words to wise on telling white lies

Used automobile salesmen are known to be tamperers of the truth. My last one had a master’s degree in lying. He once was called to testify in court. The clerk asked him if he promised to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth. He asked, “For how long?” Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Harmony Picnic keeps volunteers, police busy

Some weeks have all the fun. The week of July 21 was like that. Tuesday of that week Patrol Borough Queens South had scheduled the Annual Harmony Picnic to be held in Baisley Park. The weather was supposed to be very hot with the possibility of “heavy rains with thunder and lightning and possible hail.” Comment.

The Civic Scene: 107th Council elects Foley to second term

Carolann Foley, of Electchester, has just been elected to her second two-year term as president of the 107th Precinct Community Council. This civilian group is mandated to meet monthly with the captain and other officers of the precinct. Residents can ask questions, make complaints and listen to reports by the officers and invited guests. Every precinct in New York City has an elected council. Any resident may attend and even run for a position. Comment.

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