Thursday, Aug. 22, 2002

Midville Dodgers head north to showcase talent

The Midville Dodgers Junior squad, ages 15 and 16, will hit the road again Thursday. Coming off their championship game appearance at KeySpan Park last week where they took runner up honors in the Metro Federation Playoffs and the successful trip to San Diego last month, the Midville nine will be traveling to Manchester, Conn. to compete in the “College Select/Super East Baseball Showcase Tournament.” They will face some of the best teams in the East, including clubs from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Long Island, Upstate New York and Connecticut. Comment.

Stellar summer for several Red Storm soccer stars

Several current and former St. John’s men’s soccer players enjoyed outstanding summers playing in various leagues. Comment.

The Mary Louis Academy to host pre-season girls basketball clinic

The Mary Louis Academy is hosting its post/Guard Pre-Season Clinic on Sept. 12 through Sept. 15 for girls grades five through eight. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Making a bg deal about Little League

It seems like the entire civilized world has got its knickers in a twist over the addresses and eligibility of a few players from the Harlem Little League team that has made it to Williamsports for the Little League World Series. Comment.

U.S. Open tennis championship kicks off this weekend

When the biggest names in tennis come to Queens, everybody wins. Comment.

Queens’ Holdsclaw awarded $25K as WNBA’s top rebounder, scorer

Former Christ the King standout Chamique Holdsclaw was honored by the WNBA as the league’s top scorer and rebounder last Thursday, winning a pair of 2002 Bud Light Peak Performer awards. Comment.

Bayside visitor takes first in Eamonn Coghlan Classic

Jorge Real’s debut in the Eamonn Coghlan 5K Classic at the Belmont Park Race Track this past weekend was a complete success. Comment.

Floral Park’s Schneider earns bid to Hawaii Ironman competition

Dave Schneider is a bit of a celebrity around Floral Park. Whether in the supermarket or at the Royal Ranch Club pool, which he manages, the thin 56-year-old with the goatee gets the same reaction from people who recognize him. Comment.

Bayside 9-year-old travel team advances to tourney semifinals

The Bayside 9-year-old All-Star baseball team advanced to this weekend’s semifinals of the Nick Lomangino Tournament at Preller Field with a 5-2 victory over Long Beach Sunday. Bayside was led by the combined pitching efforts of John Paul Kouloutouros (four innings, seven strikeouts) and Jordan Colflesh, who earned the save. The tandem gave up just two hits on the afternoon. Comment.

Brooklyn Northside needs Snowflake teams

The Brooklyn Northside Softball League has opening for teams in its Snowflake league. All games are played under the lights at the newly renovated main diamond dirt field at McCarren Park in Greenpoint. This 6 to 12 foot arc, mens’ doubleheader league will be played on weekday night starting on Sept. 16. For more information please call Chris at 726-9060 or Fred at 894-4121. Comment.

Forest Hills to Flushing, U.S. Open makes history

Before it relocated to its current home at the National Tennis Center in the shadow of Shea Stadium in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, the event was held in Forest Hills. The first U.S. Open Tennis Championships were held in 1968 and the event was won by Arthur Ashe, who defeated Tom Okker of the Netherlands, 14-12, 5-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Comment.

Flushing YMCA Flyers to hold swim tryouts

The Flushing YMCA Flyers will be holding tryouts for its swim teams on Thursday, Sept. 12, and Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 8 a.m. The tryouts are open to girls and boys ages 6 through 17. the Flyers consist of an ‘A’ team and a ‘B’ team and total about 180 swimmers. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Laurelton street parties spur community spirit

When my sister and I received a pretty flier, designed by Alethea Moses, announcing a July 27 block party on the 130-228th St. block, I checked my calendar and saw that the Rosedale Civilian Patrol meeting and get-together already occupied that spot. Last year something similar had happened, but I did have an opportunity to see a lot of the people enjoying themselves as the party was winding down. Comment.

Point of View: Chinese students covet American college degrees

Local residents interested in world events may recall China’s ping-pong diplomacy that played a vital role in ending the Sino-American hostility and opening the doors to cultural exchanges, which have benefited both countries in many ways. Comment.

The Civic Scene: More cops, cleaner streets top wish list in Dist. 8

Community District 8 is a multi-ethnic, multi-racial overwhelmingly residential area with several commercial strips. The 143,000 residents of the district are mostly middle class, some owning their own homes, others renting, who are concerned with quality-of-life issues, personal safety and security, education, and maintaining their fair share of city services. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Spring bulb plans begin in early autumn season

Now is the time of year to order your spring bulbs. And to make things easy, most mail order distributors and nurseries in the area will provide you with a variety of ready-made spring planting plans to fit just about any budget or garden size. Comment.

Editorial: Let’s make a deal

The mayor has decided that College Point will become a central point where the Borough of Queens will put trash in sealed containers ready to be shipped to any place in America that will accept it. It is not particularly good news for the people of College Point, but most residents there realize that the mayor’s back was to the wall. With Fresh Kills closed, the Sanitation Department was running out of options. Comment.

Editorial: Looking for tourists?

The future is looking bright in downtown Jamaica. There is every indication that the commercial areas that have so long been depressed are on the rebound. Thanks to the AirTrain, which will begin service to the downtown next year and the new multiplex cinema, Jamaica is a boomtown. Comment.

Editorial: Find the guns

It was two weeks ago that the TimesLedger reported on the tragic shooting death of a young man on an outdoor basketball court in southeast Queens. In last week’s papers, we reported on the shooting death of a supervisor for the city Department of Environmental Protection in Long Island City and the arrest of two men from Ridgewood and Maspeth for shooting a club bouncer in Long Island City. We also reported that a man opened fire in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. Comment.

How to get ready for college, dormitory life

Healthy eyes are your child’s most important school supply

Studies indicate vision is the key element (almost 80 percent) of the learning process during a child’s first 12 years. The basic vision skills needed for school use are. Comment.

Hungarian restaurant opens in College Point

Soon after mother and daughter Julianna Koltai and Andrea Rafael opened Touch of Hungary in College Point, two families of German descent wandered into their restaurant, telling the owners they had big appetites. Comment.

Where you work is as important as how you work

If your son or daughter is heading to college, the list will also include sheets, towels, a stereo and a computer. Either way, don’t overlook the importance of providing a comfortable, well-organized work area to help your student establish good study habits and, more importantly, to achieve good grades. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Little Neck, 42-24 248th St., Single Family, Detached, $370,000, Bed 3, Bath 1, Full Basement, Aluminum, Lot Size: 40 x 100, Taxes: $1,913 Comment.

How will I ever afford to pay for school?

As you watch your child head out the door for school, that gnawing feeling in the pit of your stomach isn’t last night’s pizza and garlic knots — it’s your anxiety about how you are going to pay for all the education he or she needs. And, unless your child is a star athlete, don’t count on much in the way of scholarships. Most scholarships these days are based not on academic excellence, but on financial need with only minimal academic standards. Comment.

Stavisky gets ‘good feeling’ in senate race vs. Harrison

Although she is an incumbent with the backing of the Democratic Party, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said she would not take the voters for granted in her battle for the newly redistricted 16th State Senate seat. Comment.

Teach your child organization by example

A new school year presents fresh challenges and lays waste to the... Comment.

Queens public schools

Joseph Quinn, Supt. Comment.

1/3 of subway pay phones are out of order: Survey

Nearly a third of subway station pay telephones are out of order in a situation that has worsened in the past year, a transit advocacy agency has found. The city’s more severe decline in phones was at the 74th St./ Roosevelt Avenue station in Queens. Comment.

Staffer charged in USTA video equipment theft

A worker who reported the burglary of more than $500,000 worth of video equipment from a CBS Sports trailer outside the National Tennis Center to police Sunday morning was arrested on charges he committed the robbery the night before, police and network officials said. Comment.

The Wiz electronics chain closing Flushing location

Cablevision Systems Corp., owner of The Wiz electronics chain, said Tuesday it will close all three of its Queens stores along with 23 others in New York and New Jersey in an effort to slash unprofitable parts of its business. Comment.

Le Havre seniors to get bus service for shopping

More than 1,000 seniors living at the Le Havre cooperative housing complex in Beechhurst will soon have bus service linking them to two shopping centers on Tuesdays and Fridays. Comment.

Richmond Hill photo show to honor Sikhism

A photo exhibition celebrating Sikh culture was scheduled to open at a Richmond Hill temple a year after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks triggered a wave of bias crimes against members of the religion because of their physical appearance. Comment.

City uses pesticides to stop West Nile in College Point

At least one northeast Queens community sprayed with pesticides by the city Health Department last week to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus has questioned the move, saying the city’s decision to spray Anvil on College Point, Bay Terrace and parts of Bayside threatened residents. Comment.

City uses pesticides to stop West Nile in Northeast Queens

At least one northeast Queens community sprayed with pesticides by the city Health Department last week to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus has questioned the move, saying the city’s decision to spray Anvil on College Point, Bay Terrace and parts of Bayside threatened residents. Comment.

City uses pesticides to stop West Nile in Bayside

At least one northeast Queens community sprayed with pesticides by the city Health Department last week to prevent the spread of the West Nile virus has questioned the move, saying the city’s decision to spray Anvil on College Point, Bay Terrace and parts of Bayside threatened residents. Comment.

Pataki hails FreshDirect as pioneer

Pin it on an Internet-era need to be coddled or the overburdened lifestyles of the modern urban family. Comment.

Elections board drops 16 from state ballots in boro

Board of Elections officials have thrown 16 of the borough’s political hopefuls off the ballot for the 2002 statewide elections after hearing challenges to their nominating petitions. Comment.

Teachers consider boycott amid new PS 65 chem tests

The United Federation of Teachers has threatened to boycott the opening of school at PS 65 in Ozone Park after receiving results from testing for cancer-causing chemicals conducted by the state Department of Environmental Conservation over the summer. Comment.

City seeks creative minds to redesign Queens Plaza

WANTED: Urban design consultant to reinvent Queens Plaza, or at least redesign it. Bring spunky ideas and a public artist to boot. Think Spin, not Better Homes and Gardens. No petunias allowed. Comment.

Ackerman knocks Republican opponent off ballot

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) appears to have been successful in his bid to undermine the candidacy of his Republican opponent in this year’s elections. Comment.

Rosedale man city’s first hit by West Nile in 2002

An 84-year-old Rosedale man remained in critical condition Tuesday after he tested positive for West Nile Virus last week, making him the first case to appear in the borough and the city this year. Comment.

Maspeth man hit, killed on ‘Boulevard of Death’

A Maspeth man was killed by an oncoming car early Saturday after trying to cross Queens Boulevard against the traffic light, police said, making him the year’s first fatality along the notoriously dangerous roadway. Comment.

Bayside street could get name of hero firefighter

It seems a Bayside family’s desire to see their firefighter hero son’s name immortalized on the street he grew up on may materialize sooner than expected. Comment.

Boro hospitals get $200G for baby hearing program

Queens maternity hospitals received more than $200,000 from Gov. George Pataki last week as part of the $3 million in funds he allocated to support newborn hearing screening programs. Comment.

Fire chief from Whitestone reflects on his retirement

When Fire Department Chief Daniel Nigro joined the FDNY in 1969, he wanted to advance in the department but never dreamed of becoming chief. Comment.

Pataki calls for background checks for airport workers

Citing an urgent need to protect the flying public, Gov. George Pataki stood before a baggage carousel at LaGuardia Airport Friday to demand that the state Assembly pass legislation requiring criminal background checks for all airport employees who work in secure areas. Comment.

Hevesi leaving Senate post amid frustration with GOP

For Sen. Daniel Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) leaving the state Legislature after four years in office is bittersweet. Comment.

Hollis resident offers free basketball camp

The school year may just be right around the corner, but before Hollis students start learning their reading, writing and ‘rithmetic there’s one more chance for lessons of a different kind – free throws, lay ups and slam dunks. Comment.

Douglaston’s Huang says no church for Bayside lot

Flushing developer Tommy Huang, who pleaded guilty three years ago to defiling the landmarked RKO Keith’s theater, insisted this week he has no plans to build a church on a Bayside property he bought for $1.2 million. Comment.

Health Dept. listens to community concerns

Southeast Queens residents now have the opportunity to voice their health concerns about their communities in a new study organized by the city Department of Health and Mental Hygiene and the Agenda for Children Tomorrow. Comment.

Pregnant woman saved from Jamaica house fire

Firefighters answered the desperate cries of a pregnant woman Sunday afternoon, pulling her through the second floor window of a burning Jamaica house and taking her down a ladder to safety, eyewitnesses and fire officials said. Comment.

Chancellor meets with boro parents

New Schools Chancellor Joel Klein was warm and positive as he answered questions from Queens parents Monday night on school overcrowding, academic standards and class sizes, Queens education representative Evita Belmonte said. Comment.

Italian group holding fair to raise funds for charity

Looking for something to do as the summer winds down? Comment.

Baysider uses recycling to help businesses save

Baysider Jerry Ward makes a living by seeing trash for all it’s worth — literally. Comment.

Democrat Cohen crosses party lines, backs Pataki

In a move that could be political suicide, state Assemblyman Michael Cohen (D-Forest Hills) turned his back on the Democratic Party Tuesday and crossed the great divide when he endorsed Gov. George Pataki in the race for governor. Comment.

CB5 votes to name streets in west Queens for heroes

The streets they once called home carry countless memories left behind by the uniformed officers who died Sept. 11. The roofs they caulked and the barbecues they flamed still bear their imprints, as do the gardens they tended and the front doors they shut. Comment.

State passes ‘Gabi’s Law’ for Forest Hills girl

An 8-year-old girl from Forest Hills breathed a sigh of relief recently after the governor signed into law a bill that classifies a rare genetic disease she suffers from as a developmental disability, effectively entitling her to certain medical benefits from the state. Comment.

Meng raises most funds in Assembly race

Jimmy Meng, the former head of the Flushing Chinese Business Association and manager of the Queens Lumber Company, has raised the most funds of any candidates vying for Flushing’s new assembly seat. Comment.

Service honors Jew who was lynched in 1915

On the 87th anniversary of Leo Max Frank’s burial, Queens Jewish leaders, members of his family and members of the Anti-Defamation League gathered to remember the only Jew ever lynched in the United States at his Ridgewood grave site. Comment.

Community concerned about renovated Frontera Park

Weeks after the ribbon-cutting ceremony that marked the opening of a renovated Frontera Park, the colorful jungle gym and stationary ponies have failed to charm certain community leaders and park-goers who contend the Parks Department has left behind some unfinished business. Comment.

Pollution from west Queens plants worst in city: EPA

Reacting to news that power plants and industries based in Queens produce more air pollution than every other borough combined, public officials and environmental activists renewed their call for new power plant construction to stop until existing facilities clean up their acts. Comment.

2 Father’s Day fire widows sue Astoria hardware store

Two widows who lost their husbands in the fatal Father’s Day fire that destroyed an Astoria hardware store last year have filed a $30 million lawsuit against the owners for negligence, their attorney said this week. Comment.

SE Queens man arrested in slaying of Bangladeshi  murder

A Springfield Gardens man was arrested last week in the slaying of an award-winning Bangladeshi photojournalist who was beaten to death just over the Brooklyn border. Comment.

West Queens board starts budget process

Less than two months after the city’s budget was passed with significant cuts to absorb a multibillion-dollar deficit, Community Board 5 started the process all over again last week by soliciting input on local funding priorities for the upcoming fiscal year. Comment.

Bridge in Bayside named for boy killed in accident

Two years after 11-year-old Christopher Scott was hit by a car and killed while riding his bike on the Clearview Expressway service road at 46th Avenue, the pedestrian bridge spanning the highway was officially dedicated as “Christopher’s Crossing” in a ceremony Saturday morning. Comment.

Astoria woman charged in $300K cigarette fraud

An Astoria woman was arrested recently after state and federal agents conducted a sting operation and allegedly caught her with more than $300,000 worth of counterfeit cigarette tax stamps at her apartment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday. Comment.

Addabbo telephone hotline to hear constituent needs

In a move to fulfill a campaign promise to constituents that he would always be available to them, Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) launched a 24-hour telephone hotline last week. Comment.

Six Dems remain in race for Titus’ assembly seat

The six Democratic candidates who filed petitions to vie for the seat in the 31st Assembly District in southeast Queens in the September primary appear to have survived challenges to their candidacies, according to the state Board of Elections. Comment.

Howard Johnson hotel slated for 2003 opening in LIC

Long Island City may have scored a few coups lately by luring big-name corporations and museums out of Manhattan, but what happens to the executives and tourists once the sun goes down? Comment.

Addabbo bill would name streets after 9/11 victims

Streets across the city will take the names of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks if a bill introduced by City Councilman Joseph Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) gains approval from his council colleagues. Comment.

Afghans gather at festival in Flushing Meadows Park

More than 1,000 Afghans from across the tri-state area gathered in Flushing Meadows Corona Park Sunday for an Independence Day celebration to mark the 83rd anniversary of the end of British colonial rule of their homeland. Comment.

Survey cites Jamaica as AIDS hot spot in Queens

AIDS has reached epidemic levels among minority women and children in some Queens neighborhoods, with nearly 50 percent of the borough’s cases reported in Jamaica and Woodside, a report issued by the United Way of New York City said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Operation Spotlight targets chronic misdemeanor offenders in Queens

KEW GARDENS—Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Operation Spotlight—a multi-agency criminal justice initiative designed to identify chronic misdemeanor offenders and target them for enhanced prosecution— started Monday in Queens. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Southeast, Western Queens Community Calendar Listings

Housing work group Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Irish festival needed no special luck for success

With thousands strolling through the grounds of Belmont Racetrack in the sultry August air Saturday, munching on funnel cakes and inspecting a mind-boggling array of Irish merchandise, the south Boston-based punk band Dropkick Murphys had one thing to say to their rough and tumble fans. Comment.

Former SJU soccer star inks deal with MLS’s Crew

When St. John’s All-American midfielder Jeff Matteo was drafted by Major League Soccer’s Columbus Crew in February, he didn’t exactly take a direct route from Jamaica to Columbus. Comment.

Alston looking for new home with new team

NBA training camps are slated to kick into high gear in a little more than a month, but Rafer “Skip to My Lou” Alston is still without a contract. Comment.

CPRRTC leads Queens at Team Club Championships

The College Point Road Runners Track Club became the first team from Queens to finish in the Team Club Championships over the five-mile course in Central Park last Saturday. The New York Road Runners Club conducted the race. Comment.

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