Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002

Editorial: The tools of the trade

City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) has asked the city to put the heat on stores that furnish the city'’s graffiti vandals with the tools of their trade. City law forbids the sale of broad-tip markers and spray paint to young people under the age of 18. But that law is rarely enforced. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Acting endeavors make for ‘extra’-thin wallets

One day three men were hiking and unexpectedly came upon a large, raging, violent river. They needed to get to the other side, but had no idea how to do so. The first man prayed to God, wishing for strength to cross this river. Poof! God granted the wish and gave him big arms and strong legs; he then was able to swim across the river in two hours, after nearly drowning two times. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Bittersweet times visit block association group

There is a lot happening in southeast Queens. The latest from the Federation of Laurelton Block Associations is that Leo Byam has decided to step down from the presidency, with Donald Boncouer taking over the reins. Byam always has been a gentleman and, although we hope he will stay active in the community, we know he has earned a respite from the responsibilities he has had. Comment.

TimesLedger Player of the Week: Rob Sardis

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

The Civic Scene: Ill effects of smuggling felt in Queens, nation

Smuggling is damaging our society in many ways and although our various governments are trying to stop it, the problem persists. Comment.

To the Point: Board of Trade marks anniversary at Antun’s

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

Live out your fantasy at Rubie’s Costume Co.

Whether you want to be Ann Boleyn, Henry VIII, a Russian folk dancer or Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz,” there is one place in Richmond Hill that can make it happen. Comment.

How’s Business: The price of TV

There are those of us, and I hope many, who still remember the days when you actually had to get up and change the channel on a TV. A TV (especially color) was not an inexpensive item. My very first color TV back in 1972 cost close to $600, and that was just a 19-inch RCA. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 220-55 48 Ave., Coop Hi-Rise, $185,000, Bed 1, Bath 1 Comment.

Fund-raisers

AIDS Center of Queens County holds Gifts of Love auction and luncheon on Sun., Oct. 20, at 12:30 at Terrace on the Park at 52-11 111th St. Contact: 896-2500. Comment.

Business Calendar

Oct. 20 - American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer - 5 Mile Walk On Queens Boulevard. 263-2224 Comment.

Alzheimer’s disease: finding the right kind of help at home

It is not always obvious when to ask for help, what kind of help to ask for, where to find it or how to know it is making a difference. That’s why the AARP Andrus Foundation produced the booklet, “Steps to Success: Decisions about Help at Home for Alzheimer’s Caregivers.” The booklet is available to download at www.andrus.org/caregiving or by calling 800-424-3410 and requesting publication D17623. Comment.

Astoria hardware store closes down after 75 years

On the first day of November, Astoria is going to lose one of its oldest friends. Comment.

Clocks keep hearts ticking

Craft-related hobbies can provide connections to people with common interests, and offer creative and fulfilling outlets for the time and talents of the recently retired. What’s more, the works of art they create often become heirlooms for children and tangible connections to their own history. Comment.

Weprin seeks fifth term in state Assembly this fall

As he seeks re-election to the 24th Assembly District in November, state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside) also is focusing on how to improve schools as well as ways to give the slumping economy a boost. Comment.

If you’re 50 and you know it, check your eyes

It is natural for some vision changes to occur by age 50. But more serious conditions such as cataracts, glaucoma, and age-related macular degeneration become more prevalent in later years. Comment.

Forum for Queens seniors offers education on issues

A new senior networking organization has been formed in Queens to help educate those who deal with elderly on issues such as Medicare, legal problems for seniors, and the economic outlook for seniors, and to advocate for legislation favoring seniors. Comment.

We are not doing what comes naturally

Driving home from a friend’s house the other evening, the thought hit me. Where on Earth did a human being, this hairy two-legged animal who climbed down out of the trees only a short time ago, geologically speaking, ever learn how to control as intricate and complicated a piece of machinery as a modern automobile? Comment.

Pills are not the answer

More than half of America’s 60-year-olds — and 65 percent of those over 70 — have high blood pressure, which is defined as a reading of 140/90 or higher on two occasions. Because high blood pressure (also called hypertension) has no noticeable symptoms, many people think they are safe from it. They could not be more wrong. Comment.

Seniors benefit from alternative home caregivers

“We are different,” said Phyllis Rosen, owner of a franchised Visiting Angels agency in Del Ray Beach, Fla. “We build relationships with our clients. How do you know what to do for a client until you get to know them? We are a people business, not a money business.” Comment.

Whitestone man escapes fire to his lifelong home

Late Saturday afternoon a two-alarm fire ripped through the Whitestone home of Morris Ginsberg, burning a hole in the roof, knocking out windows and leaving its owner with burns to his face and hands. Comment.

Having catalog conniptions

They’re taking over my life. Everything waits ‘til I read the catalogs. I don’t have time for cleaning or for marketing. The closest I get to cooking is ordering fabulous new pots, which I then just admire lovingly because I don’t have the time to use them. Comment.

Pharmacy to stay open at Queens Hospital: Officials

Public hospital officials have put on hold a plan to close a pharmacy at a Jamaica health clinic in order to stem a $28 million deficit. Comment.

Retirees should review their asset allocation

Many Queens retirees still do not have well-diversified investment portfolios and because of this continue to endure large losses to their net worth. Does this sound like you? Comment.

Is your home policy putting your estate at risk?

My friend’s house recently burned down to its foundation. Fortunately, her insurance agent had done a review of her coverage last year, so her homeowner’s insurance was up to date. It even paid for another place for her to live while her home was rebuilt. Comment.

As pre-K seats sit empty, District 24 may lose funds

On the surface, the state’s universal pre-kindergarten program sounds like a parent’s dream: 2 1/2 hours a day of free schooling for 4-year-olds, offering all children the early start once enjoyed exclusively by those who could pay for it. Comment.

Top 17 ways to reduce prescription drug costs

There are more than 1,400 drugs that are made by 100 manufacturers who have free drug programs. Most major drug companies provide free medications, but rarely, if ever, publicize their programs. An estimated $2... Comment.

Study offers hint about why men develop prostate cancer, what to do to prevent it

Did you know that every three minutes, a new case of prostate cancer is diagnosed in America? Here are the facts as provided by American Cancer Society, Inc., in “Cancer Facts & Figures 2002.” Comment.

Queens clergymen accused in civil sex suit

More than 35 people who accused Roman Catholic priests of sexually abusing them as children in Queens have joined a $300 million lawsuit filed in State Supreme Court Tuesday against church officials in the Diocese of Brooklyn, their attorney said. Comment.

Ozone Park school to get $3.1M for 5-year program

A private foundation is teaming up with a private philanthropy to donate $3.1 million to Ozone Park’s PS 65 to implement a five-year experiment to improve students’ reading, math and science scores, a spokesman for the groups said. Comment.

Ozone Park school to get $3.1m for 5-year program

A private foundation is teaming up with a private philanthropy to donate $3.1 million to Ozone Park’s PS 65 to implement a five-year experiment to improve students’ reading, math and science scores, a spokesman for the groups said. Comment.

New Queens College prez keeps up fast pace in post

Since he became president of Queens College July 29, James Muyskens has gone from meeting to meeting with these priorities in mind: to keep higher education affordable, to improve the quality of faculty and students, and to improve campus facilities. Comment.

Queens Village kids learn to fight abductors

In the shadow of a man twice her size, the little girl sporting braids and a plaid green skirt appeared vulnerable. Comment.

Republicans cultivate votes in diverse corners of boro

In a borough where Republicans acknowledge their handicap is high, the party is seeking to renew itself this election year by turning to an unlikely source of votes: immigrants and minorities. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man killed by truck on Sunnyside street

SUNNYSIDE — While crossing 40th Street at Queens Boulevard, an 80-year-old man was struck and killed last Thursday afternoon by a dump truck that was backing up, police said. Comment.

Home planned in Glendale to offer psychiatric support

A proposal to build an 18-unit apartment house that will provide a home for people with psychiatric disabilities is slowly winding its way through the city’s approval process before the project can break ground in Glendale. Comment.

Suspect in ‘90 gay slaying killed in Mexico

The suspected killer of Julio Rivera, a gay man from Jackson Heights whose 1990 slaying helped ignite the borough’s gay rights movement, was murdered in Mexico earlier this month, authorities said. Comment.

Brooklyn developer eyes RKO Keith’s in Flushing

An unidentified Brooklyn developer has entered into a contract with RKO Keith’s Theater owner Tommy Huang to buy the dilapidated building with the intention of keeping its landmarked areas intact, Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said. Comment.

Basketball league honors Little Neck Sept. 11 victim

The pair of nets that hung from the basketball hoops last weekend in the gym at Samuel Field YM-YWCA appeared perfectly intact. A closer look, however, revealed a lone string dangling out of place beneath the rim at the northern end of the court. Comment.

Bayside dad looks to raise awareness of son’s disease

Max Boswell was 5 years old in 1996 when he fell down and bumped his head while attending school at Bayside’s PS 41. Comment.

Jury finds LIC mom guilty in daughter’s beating death

A Long Island City woman was convicted Friday of manslaughter charges in the 1998 death of her young daughter, who lapsed into a coma after she was beaten by her mother. Comment.

Republican Meilin Tan picks up endorsements

Republican Meilin Tan, a Flushing resident for more than 30 years, has received some weighty endorsements in her campaign to represent the 22nd Assembly District. Comment.

MTA considers takeover of boro’s private bus lines

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans a massive consolidation and restructuring of the region’s public transit system that the agency says holds out the possibility of a takeover of several Queens private bus lines. Comment.

New Dumpster regulations pile garbage on merchants

Watch out northeast Queens merchants — the city Sanitation Department is sending Operation Dumpster your way this week. Comment.

LIRR line may end at new Penn Station by 2009

By decade’s end, Queens commuters could begin arriving at a new Penn Station in the fruition of a long-delayed plan to restore some measure of the elegance of the original station torn down nearly 40 years ago. Comment.

Most boro reps OK Iraq war, but Meeks says not yet

All but two members of the Queens congressional delegation voted last week to approve resolutions granting President Bush broad authority to wage war on Iraq with or without United Nations support. Comment.

Borough job fair attracts 1,500 applicants

In a turnout indicative of the borough’s struggling economy, some 1,500 people flocked to the Queens Job Fair 2002 in the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel Friday despite a driving rain outside. Comment.

Jamaica resident attacks court employee at hearing

A Jamaica man bit off part of a court officer’s ear last Thursday when a state Supreme Court justice ordered him jailed on probation violations, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Libby Pataki gives $250K for Jamaica mammograms

Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica received $250,000 to enhance its mobile mammography unit as part of a $1.25 million government grant to increase breast cancer detection across the state, according to a news release from Gov. George Pataki’s office. Comment.

College Round-up: St. John’s soccer dominates Rutgers in 3-1 win

PISCATAWAY, N.J.— The rivalry between St. John’s and Rutgers, called by Scarlet Knights coach Bob Reasso “the best rivalry in college soccer,” saw a new twist Oct. 9, at Yurcak Field. Comment.

LIJ at New Hyde Park gets weight loss facility

A public figure who can empathize with those saddled by weight problems helped North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System celebrate the opening Tuesday of its Center for Weight Management in New Hyde Park. Comment.

Abandoned railroad station mars face of Richmond Hill

Community members in Richmond Hill are troubled by a triangle of property they say could jeopardize years of attempts to lower crime, create community landmarks, and attract small businesses to the area. Comment.

Kew Gardens residents say area club is too loud

Neighbors of a Kew Gardens Caribbean-themed nightclub say they have had enough of late-night noise, brawls and traffic jams caused by patrons who sometimes leave the club as late as 3 a.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Comment.

Dumped chips spark Fresh Meadows fury

A group of Fresh Meadows residents has repeatedly complained that a truckload of wood chips that was dumped in an empty lot near their houses in April still has not been cleaned up. Comment.

Cohen’s GOP opponent opens up on issues

Faced with what he said were poor chances of winning the Nov. 5 election against state Assemblyman Michael Cohen (D-Forest Hills), Todd Bank, the 31-year-old Republican candidate in the 28th A.D., openly expressed what he admitted may be unpopular views on education, rent control, smoking and prostitution. Comment.

Fresh Meadows non-profit says audit vindicates them

The founder of a non-profit accused of misappropriating funds in a lawsuit has produced an audit of the organization’s finances which she said proved she did nothing wrong. Comment.

Chen, Albert run quiet race as Meng vies for Assembly

More than a month after the Democratic primary, the candidates who lost the Democratic nomination in Flushing’s 22nd Assembly District have headed in opposite directions. Comment.

Gianaris faces challenge from Green Party’s Kann

On the surface, one might expect state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) to line up closely on the issues with Jerry Kann of the Green Party, the only challenger for his seat. Comment.

Science students stare at clouds, get ahead

Mimi Divjak, an earth and environmental science teacher at Robert F. Kennedy High School in Flushing, had an interesting plan for her students this week: take them outside and stare at the clouds. Comment.

Floral Park man preserves dignity of Memorial Park

When duty called Bill Keir a few weeks ago, the former enlisted man picked up the phone. Comment.

Brooklynite convicted in beating death of Flushing man

A jury found a Brooklyn man guilty of the murder of a Flushing man who was bludgeoned to death with a cobblestone as he returned to his apartment building after a long night of work in a Manhattan restaurant. Comment.

Howard Beach DWI accident critically injures two: Police

Two people injured late Saturday in an alleged DWI accident at Pitkin Avenue and Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach were still listed in critical condition Tuesday at Jamaica Hospital. Comment.

Officials help Cardozo HS celebrate new athletic field

The students and staff at Benjamin Cardozo High School in Bayside would have liked to dedicate their brand new athletic fields, track and tennis courts outside Friday morning, but steady rains forced the school to change its plans. Comment.

Settelment talks underway in city school funding case

With an election looming, lawyers from Gov. George Pataki’s office have quietly begun settlement talks in the legal dispute over equal state funding of the city’s public schools. Comment.

Fresh Meadows candle vigil highlights plight of mothers

Carrying signs reading “Do you know where our fathers are?” and other slogans, about 10 single mothers turned out Monday night for a candlelight vigil sponsored by the Association for Children for Enforcement of Support to highlight the problem of unpaid child support in Queens and throughout the country. Comment.

Antoine invests in bid for assembly seat

Republican Rolaine Antoine, a first-time candidate seeking to defeat Democratic incumbent Barbara Clark for a seat in the state Assembly, may be a political novice, but she hopes her expertise in finance could make a difference in Albany. Comment.

College Point disabled group opens facility

The AABR is moving into Wellington Hall, located at 161-06 89th Ave. in... Comment.

Scarborough faces GOP candidate in Nov.

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) is looking forward to his fifth term in the state Legislature, but a fourth-generation Republican is hoping he can change that. Comment.

Titus, Cook meet challengers in Assembly elections

After besting five opponents in the Democratic primary election in September, state Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) still has three challengers to face on November’s ballot. Comment.

Parents praise PS 115 after-school program

When the final bell rings in schools throughout Queens, many go dark, but at PS 115 in Floral Park the lights stay on and the building remains full of students and teachers for one of School District 26’s most vibrant after-school programs. Comment.

Boro assembly candidates vie for seats in 13 contests

As election day draws near, Queens’ state assembly incumbents and hopefuls are making a final push for votes in what has turned out to be a quiet political season for state legislative races. Comment.

Austin Street businesses mull over BID

If a proposal to establish a Forest Hills business improvement district is approved, by this time next year landlords along Austin Street and several neighboring streets could be paying an additional $31.39 per front foot of property per year in assessments. Comment.

Avella hammers city DOT on traffic island dilemma

If you see City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) walking around Bayside with a sledgehammer in the next few months, stay out of his way. Comment.

Rego Park man charged with forging fake artwork

A Rego Park man who owns a foundry in Long Island City was indicted last Thursday on charges he duped art collectors by selling them worthless copies of metal sculptures he claimed were valuable originals, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Soul food meets cyber lounge in Queens Village

216-18 Jamaica Ave. Comment.

‘I’ll take the Grim Reaper to block, Tom’

Astoria resident Lisa Jolley will try not get spooked as she steps in as a contestant on Hollywood Squares, beginning the day before Halloween. Comment.

Sunset Park family profiled in gripping documentary

“The Brady Bunch does not exist.” Comment.

Artistic kids could win family trip to Disney

Deck The Walls, a mall-based framing and art shop, invites children nationwide to participate in a national art contest to celebrate National Art and Framing Month. The Deck The Walls Kids Masterpiece Contest is open to boys and girls ages 12 and younger. The grand prize winner and the winner’s parents will receive a free trip to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla. The winning entry also will be professionally framed. Comment.

Flushing man on fishing trip lost off Jones Beach

A Flushing man out on a fishing trip with a friend disappeared off Jones Beach Saturday after the boat he was on capsized in high waves, authorities said. Comment.

Choice abound for delicious fall dining

As the leaves start showing their colors and the wind seems to blow more noticeably from the north, dining shifts along parallel lines to the season’s change. Comment.

Queens Historical Society merges past with present

Tucked away in a shady little park on 37th Avenue in Flushing, Kingsland Manor is one of those late-18th-century houses dotted throughout the borough, made of simple cladding with a generous porch and multipaned windows that used to look out on acres of farmland. There’s a peacefulness to the interior and the furnishings and the varnished floorboards pop a little when you walk over them. Kingsland Manor is also the headquarters of the Queens Historical Society. Comment.

St. John’s basketball team holds first open practice

Mike Jarvis was holding court again Monday. Comment.

Queens Scouts to gather in Cunningham

The Queens Council of the Greater New York Councils of the Boy Scouts of America, will celebrate the 92nd birthday of scouting in America by holding a Camp-O-Ree this weekend in Cunningham Park. Comment.

CTK coach replaced for allowing non-student to play in scrimmage

Steve Karaduzovic was fired as head coach of the Christ the King varsity soccer team just prior to the start of the league season last month. Comment.

Use of ineligible player forces three LIC forfeits

It was a result that shocked Queens PSAL soccer, but Long Island City’s 1-0 win over Newtown Sept. 26 as well as two other victories have been reversed as the PSAL forced the Bulldogs to forfeit three league games because they used an ineligible player. Comment.

Molloy soccer wins 3rd straight B/Q Diocesan crown

The Archbishop Molloy soccer team won its third straight Brooklyn/Queens title Tuesday afternoon, easily defeating Xaverian 5-0 at Alley Pond Park. Comment.

Newtown soccer battles MLK to 2-2 draw

It was the marquee matchup of the first-ever PSAL boys’ soccer showcase event, and the fans who lined the sidelines and packed the wooden bleachers behind one of the goals at Newtown Athletic Field Monday couldn’t have asked for a better finale than Newtown vs. Martin Luther King. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: X-Factor: ‘Showtime’ contributing

Daryl Hill sat in front of his locker Monday morning having just finished his first public workout with the St. John’s Red Storm. But the South Jamaica native out of Cardozo High School will not be playing this year. It had to be a bittersweet moment. Comment.

Adams holds off Springfield Gardens, 20-14

The Springfield Gardens coaches and players were ready, the officials and doctor were set, but there was one thing missing at the start of the second half of Sunday’s game at John Adams High School. The John Adams football team was still in the locker room. Comment.

A glitzy ‘Hollow’ at Douglaston Community Theatre

Fans of Agatha Christie have been having a field day recently in Queens community theaters. Last spring two groups mounted two of her best-known works, “Witness for the Prosecution” at Theatre Time (Whitestone) and “The Mousetrap” at Theatre à la Carte (TALC, Douglaston). Just last Friday Douglaston Community Theatre opened its three-weekend run of one of her least known, but most intriguing, plays, “The Hollow.” I caught the Saturday evening performance, appropriately enough on a rainy night filled with a dreary atmosphere. Comment.

Bayside sails past Beach Channel to improve to 3-2

The Bayside Commodores scored a big win Sunday morning, sinking the Beach Channel Dolphins, 32-7, and putting the team right back in the thick of the PSAL varsity football playoff race. Comment.

Christ the King gets first win over Kellenberg, 41-7

The Christ the King varsity football team finally got off the snide Sunday night, beating the Kellenberg Memorial Firebirds, 41-7, at St. John’s University. Comment.

Bayside bowls over Canarsie, 4-0, without star Prophete

Maybe it was facing an opponent he knew little about, or playing in front of a large crowd, including several Division I coaches. Comment.

Editorial: Ridiculous indignation

There are people in this city who go to great lengths to imagine insult where none was intended. Such is the case with the organizers who caused Mayor Bloomberg not to march in this year’s Columbus Day Parade. Comment.

Editorial: Mc Thugs

The Hamburglar is funny. The thugs who allegedly attacked a 45-year-old Indian American in a Jamaica McDonald’s Restaurant were not funny. Neither is the response that this frightening incident has elicited form the McDonald’s Corp. and from the 103rd Precinct. Comment.

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