Thursday, Oct. 24, 2002

Cardozo rallies late to pull out 2-1 win over Bayside

Neal Kitson was tired. Comment.

College Round-up: Three Red Storm stars pick up Big East soccer honors

The St. John’s women’s soccer team defeated Rutgers for the first time in program history, shut out Seton Hall for the first time since 1994 and tied No. 14 Villanova in a pretty decent week of Big East soccer. Comment.

Editorial: Bring on the BID

In theory, we have problems with the concept of BIDs or Business Improvement Districts. A Business Improvement District is a commercial area in which property owners agree to pay an assessment in exchange for increased services, ranging from more garbage pickups to increased security to advertising. Comment.

Editorial: Getting off easy

How is it possible to get caught stealing $5 million from the public school system and get away with nothing more than a conditional discharge? There are people in Queens who have been sent to jail for shoplifting and yet District Attorney Brown and Judge John Latella Jr. agreed to allow a former school official and four other conspirators to get away with far less than a slap on the wrist. Comment.

Editorial: Beware the BID

In theory, we have problems with the concept of BIDs or Business Improvement Districts. A Business Improvement District is a commercial area in which property owners agree to pay an assessment in exchange for increased services, ranging from more garbage pickups to increased security to advertising. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Superstitious stories abound this Halloween

I cannot wait until the Halloween fun begins. Most everyone is preparing for the big day. Kids... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Neighborhood leaders receive police insight

The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association Inc. is a volunteer citywide organization composed of graduates of the New York Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy program. This program was created so New York City residents could learn how the police are trained and what situations they face. Comment.

To The Point: Poppenhuse to host event on old trolleys

St. Alphonsus, Whitestone, held installation ceremonies for Paul Borowski, as director and superior, and Jeffrey Rolle, as assistant director, as well as the renewal of temporary vows of Luyen... Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Outside plants need special care indoors

As autumn becomes more firmly established, gardeners plan to bring indoors their most favored potted plants. While gardeners may wish to “save” their potted plants, realistically only a few will survive the winter, even in the best conditions. So, select wisely and follow the provided suggestions for the best chance to ensure healthy plants. Comment.

How to make a toga

To create a female version of the toga, visit The Art Institutes Creative Solutions web page at www.artinstitutes.edu/about/about_02.asp. Comment.

Queens Village shop revs up custom bikes

Tom Kranz, owner of KFK Cycles in Queens Village, learned a lesson many years ago that would define the rest of his life. In 1965, at age 14, his future opened up like a carburetor with the flash of a green light at a drag strip. Comments (2).

‘Dinerguy’ pulls into Queens to discuss roadside eateries

On the patch of land between Rockaway Boulevard and North Conduit Avenue that’s now infested by a Burger King, there once stood a diner called Teddy’s. It was notable, at least to me, for its tartar sauce. True, tartar sauce is nothing without seafood, but Teddy’s tartar sauce made Teddy’s seafood memorable, particularly when it embellished the huge breaded and fried shrimp. That’s mostly what I remember about Teddy’s — that and its green glass windows and trashy ‘60s Polynesian lounge lizard feel. There may have been Tiki heads. Comment.

How’s Business: Nails anyone?

They are appearing everywhere, from Bell Boulevard in Bayside to Main Street in Flushing, and from Steinway Street in Astoria to Hillside Avenue in Jamaica. The manicure/pedicure market seems filled beyond capacity. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 219-72 78th Ave., Co-op Garden Apt., $159,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment.

Fund-raisers

Queensboro Council for Social Welfare holds 80th annual awards luncheon honoring outstanding Queens community leaders on Thurs., Oct. 24, at 12:30 p.m. at Terrace on the Park. Contact: 468-8025. Comment.

Kitchen fire shuts down Fresh Meadows school

Classes were canceled for four days at St. Francis Preparatory High School this week after a suspicious fire broke out in the kitchen area of the school early Sunday morning, the same day that police said someone broke into the school and tampered with soda machines. Comment.

Little Neck Stop & Shop delays opening until 2003

Anyone hoping to buy Thanksgiving turkeys in Little Neck this year probably will be disappointed since construction has forced a long-awaited supermarket to push back its start date by several months. Comment.

Elderly woman hit by van in Whitestone

A 77-year-old woman was critically injured by a delivery van as she attempted to cross a busy Whitestone street Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.

Keep on top of credit, learn how to improve your rating

If you are one of the 205 million Americans who has a charge account, car loan, student loan or home mortgage, you probably know that your credit history may influence whether you can get a loan and what interest rate you’ll pay. However, you may not know who else might be checking your credit report. Comment.

Whitestone seniors stage second protest against CVS

Whitestone seniors took to the streets Friday for the second time in three months to protest CVS Pharmacy’s plans to move into a former grocery store site on Francis Lewis Boulevard. Comment.

Financial fitness just as important as physical fitness

It seems like every time you turn around, you’re bombarded with information on staying healthy: what to eat, how much to exercise, what vitamins to take, and how much water to drink. Comment.

Personal finance education at your fingertips

Whether the issue is creating and sticking to a budget, setting and working toward long-term goals or making sound investment decisions, knowledge is power. Lack of knowledge can lead to problems like overwhelming credit card debt and lack of emergency savings. Comment.

Flooding fix questioned by residents

Every time Myriam and Bill Ortiz go on vacation, the Whitestone residents watch the New York weather report with trepidation. Comment.

Never too early to get kids familar with money

For concerned parents, back to school season is an excellent time to start teaching their children about financial basics such as budgeting, saving and using credit wisely. According to “Investor’s Business Daily,” more than one-third of children ages 12 to 17 still use a piggy bank as their primary way to save money, and more than half have received no financial education at all. Comment.

Immigrants find guidance at Bayside’s Queensboro

Tunde Kashimawo watched over her charges at Queensborough Community College earlier this month with a sharp eye as dozens of volunteers guided more than 100 immigrants through what are often laborious citizenship applications. Comment.

Fall tax planning can translate to lucrative spring

We often start thinking about our tax bill at the end of the year, but a few cool moves now can make next spring less rainy. The easiest way to reduce your taxes is to reduce your taxable income. This doesn’t mean you should quit your job. Instead, look around for tax deductions. Employee benefits, smart investment sales, converting consumer interest to home equity loans or margin loans, and smart purchases can all reduce taxable income. Comment.

Foursome impersonated police to enter house

Three men and one woman wearing matching gray jumpsuits and police shields around their necks entered a home in Rego Park last Thursday morning and handcuffed a man before fleeing, police said. Comment.

Most Americans don’t save as much as they should

In fact, a recent poll commissioned by the GE Center for Financial Learning, an award-winning objective financial education resource, and conducted by Goodmind, LLC, exposed that a staggering 53 percent of Americans claim they cannot afford to save. And yet, surprisingly, 58 percent of those polled regularly treat themselves to movies and restaurant meals. Comment.

Jury finds Flushing man guilty of killing manager

A Flushing man who killed the manager of a Manhattan nightclub in a drunken rage after being hit with a large tab was found guilty of murder last week, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.

Lower income parents may get tax break for elementary and secondary school ed.

Congress is considering a Back to School Tax Relief Act of 2002, which would give an “above the line” tax deduction of up to $3,000 to low-income parents to help pay for elementary school and high-school expenses. The bill was passed by 22-14 vote last month in the House Ways and Means Committee, and squeaked by on the floor in a 208-201 vote. Comment.

Few step forward to battle incumbents in senate races

All seven of Queens’ state senate seats are up for grabs, but only four of the races have drawn challengers for the general election in November. Comment.

Hostage standoff leaves 2 dead in SE Queens

A Rochdale Village man killed himself after holding his baby daughter hostage during a six-hour standoff with police that began Saturday morning when he shot his way into his ex-girlfriend’s Springfield Gardens home, fatally wounding her mother, authorities said. Comment.

Judge sentences borough man for shooting boss

A St. Albans man who confessed to killing his boss blamed the woman for being too strict with him even as he apologized for the 2000 shooting during his court sentencing last week. Comment.

Business Calendar

Oct. 24 - Ozanam Geriatric Foundation - Fall Classic 2002 - North Hills Country Club. Comment.

Green Party’s Langhenry faces Nolan for Assembly

In the 18 years that have passed since she first won her seat in Albany, state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) has grown accustomed to facing competition to retain her office when election season hits every two years. Comment.

Air quality on the agenda in L.I. City senate contest

The number of the district represented by state Sen. George Onorato (D-Long Island City) may have changed from 14 to 12, but the problems facing its constituents revolve around the same issues: air pollution, education and quality of life. Comment.

Renovation slated to begin at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall

An upcoming construction project at Bayside’s Ozanam Hall Nursing Home will be the first major renovation of the 12-story building in 30 years and is set to be the subject of an informational Community Board 11 hearing next month. Comment.

Political newcomers battle for new district

Increasing immigrant services, cleaning up streets, improving safety and reducing class sizes are top priorities for both the Democratic and Republican candidates for the newly created 39th state Assembly District, which encompasses Jackson Heights, Elmhurst, Corona and part of Woodside.      Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Cornucopia Society mourns its members

If we pay attention to the news, we are assured every day that life is tentative. We also learn that miracles do happen. We live in faith and hope for the best, and we grieve for the suffering. The closer we are to the latter, the more intense our pain. Time helps to heal, as does memory. Comment.

Seminerio, Pheffer battle smaller party candidates

Two longtime legislators are running for re-election to state assembly seats covering Richmond Hill, Ozone Park and Howard Beach in a bid to continue their work on issues such as curbing illegal conversions and increasing the number of schools in Queens. Comment.

Top cop blasted for ‘wrong door raids’ in S. Jamaica

City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly took a good deal of abuse from about 300 angry Jamaica area residents at Monday’s 113th Precinct Community Council meeting. Comment.

$5M state business grant awarded to Queens CUNY

A Long Island City incubator for small businesses that merge high technology with innovative design received a $5 million windfall from the state Assembly last week, putting the project in position to start up by early next year. Comment.

Instructor gets 10 years in Cambria Hts. molest

A former martial arts instructor received a 10-year prison sentence Monday for sodomizing a 12-year-old student during classes at his school in Cambria Heights, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Candidates debate zoning rules in Doug, Bayside

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) told a meeting of the Douglaston Civic Association Tuesday that a 2000 federal law prohibiting extensive land use restrictions on houses of worship must be examined in the courts. Comment.

Residents dish trash talk during town hall meeting

Perhaps it was a sign that what the neighborhood really needs is a good shower. Comment.

Patrick’s Pub patrons tee off to help kids

A wide array of shots on the golf course — as opposed to a menu of drinks at the bar — continues to produce a steady flow of funds for a special group of children in northeast Queens. Comment.

Woodside clinic offers legal aid to HIV patients

For people in Queens who are living with HIV, the options for finding legal guidance are limited. Comment.

More inspectors may mean fewer conversions in boro

Hiring more buildings inspectors and reducing the number of architects and engineers who certify their own building plans are two ways Borough President Helen Marshall believes could stop the rash of illegal conversions in many Queens neighborhoods. Comment.

Guardian named to watch over Jamaica Bay revival

A former national parks ranger will lead a two-year state pilot program aimed at preserving and restoring Jamaica Bay. Comment.

Violence erupts in schools across southeast Queens

A series of attacks at three Queens high schools Tuesday left five students and a school safety officer injured, police said. Comment.

Holy Cross geared up for first playoff match

Tamer Mohamed is an eternal optimist. Comment.

Richmond Hill man found shot dead in parked auto

The dead body of a Richmond Hill man who was shot in the head and neck was found Friday in the back of a car parked at the corner of 125th Street and 116th Avenue by a passerby in South Ozone Park, police said. Comment.

Ex-School Board 29 super pleads guilty in $6M scam

A former schools superintendent in southeast Queens followed her lawyers into a courtroom in Kew Gardens last week and was given a harsh lesson that will remain with her for years to come. Comment.

Charter revision sparks debate before election

Proponents and opponents of a ballot measure to clarify the rules of mayoral succession are campaigning ahead of the November election and pleading their cases to the public. Comment.

Church celebrates 75 years of open doors

For 75 years in Flushing, the Church on the Hill has made a name for itself sitting on its perch at 35th Avenue and 168th Street. Comment.

Nightclub owner disputes claims of excessive noise

The owner of a Kew Gardens nightclub said he plans to eventually close down because of neighbors’ consistent complaints of excessive noise and late-night brawls at the establishment. Comment.

Domestic violence summit convened at York College

More than 300 people attended an annual conference on domestic violence sponsored by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s office and her Task Force Against Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence. Comment.

Ozone Park father kills one son, stabs the other: Cops

A father plunged a knife into his 32-year-old son in Ozone Park Saturday night, killing him and wounding another son when a domestic dispute over money turned violent, police said. Comment.

Sewer work in Linden Hill to continue one more year

With one major sewer project near completion Linden Hill residents will have to put up with another year of construction as the city works to solve flooding problems, officials said last week. Comment.

Airports negatively impact kids’ memory, study finds

Anti-noise activists have long contended that aircraft noise has an adverse effect on schoolchildren near Queens airports and a survey of young students near Munich’s airport supports that claim. Comment.

School Board 29 member Alam resigns after 6 years

Morshed Alam, an influential member of Community School Board 29 for the past 6 1/2 years, officially resigned at a school board meeting last Thursday and delivered an emotional speech punctuated by a moving request: “Please help our children.” Comment.

Developers hope complex will attract boro shoppers

It could be called “Nassau in Glendale” or “The Next Best Reason to Stay in Queens.” Comment.

Israeli vendors to set up shop in Bayside Jewish Center

One of the largest Jewish groups in northeast Queens has arranged to bring vendors from Israel to Bayside for a fair this weekend in a bid to help bolster the Israeli economy, which has been damaged by relentless terrorist bombings. Comment.

Home violence, security at JFK highlight meet

The anguished screams of a woman suffering a beating by her estranged boyfriend filled the Queens Borough Hall boardroom Monday in a horrific demonstration of the function of the County Domestic Violence project. Comment.

Political trio promises funding hike for seniors at Briarwood JC forum

State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing), Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) and City Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) addressed seniors during the Briarwood Jewish Center’s candidates’ day Monday, promising to increase senior services and to deal with concerns such as inconvenient polling sites, an overgrown walkway and intersection cross lights. Comment.

Once dingy Flushing station gets repairs, stained-glass

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and Long Island Rail Road officials cut the ribbon on the renovated Broadway station which had been sitting in disrepair for decades. Comment.

Thieves pose as officers in Bayside home robbery

A Bayside woman was tied up inside her home last week in a brazen, daylight robbery by two people who posed as police officers, authorities said last week. Comment.

Police Blotter: Flushing man kidnapped, rescued by cops in Jersey

FLUSHING — A man was abducted from a Flushing street corner this week and later freed when his kidnappers’ car was stopped by police in New Jersey, authorities said. Comment.

Public wants boro officials to maintain health services

Members of the public urged the city Health and Hospitals Corporation to keep its chemical dependency program open, help ease the shortage of nurses, and improve bilingual services in hospitals during an annual public meeting at the Queens Hospital Center last Thursday night. Comment.

Breast cancer fundraiser draws boro survivors, kin

The crowd of thousands that spilled down Queens Boulevard Sunday during the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk was composed of two groups of people: those who had survived breast cancer and those who came out to stand by their side. Comment.

How to make Halloween fun

Next Thursday, ghouls and goblins will be running through neighborhoods searching for candy and scares alike. Trick-or-treaters will be heard screaming and screeching while being haunted by neighborhood houses decorated for one of the most anticipated holidays for children -- Halloween. Comment.

Prepping paranormal party provisions

It’s Halloween, that wonderful holiday when kids of all ages dress up and have fun. For the younger monsters, this means roaming the streets, looking to return home with as much sugar-saturated “goodness” as they can carry. Comment.

Uncanny Halloween trivia

• Halloween comes from the pagan festival of Samhain. It was believed that on this night the spirits of all those who had died the preceding year would come back to haunt the living. To scare away or appease these spirits, the people began dressing up in fiendish costumes and leaving offerings of food at their door. Comment.

Magic hits the stage in Middle Village

“Magic Time” is the term used to describe that special moment in theatre when the performance and the audience are held together for an otherwise indescribable moment, whether of laughter, sadness, joy or exhilaration. The magic is especially precious in the intimate setting of a community theatre, when a group of local actors whom you may have seen in dozens of previous performances come together to create a special moment that transports you from your seat into their experience onstage. Comment.

Jazz legend graces stage at Flushing Town Hall

Flushing Town Hall on Friday marked the continuation of the five-part fall “Jazz Live” series and was the site of a very unique musical foray, as the harmolodic avant-garde sounds of the Bern Nix Trio led the way for the more traditional and familiar standards and hit tunes of celebrated National Public Radio jazz pianist Marion McPartland. Comment.

St. Francis Prep girls’ tennis team wins state crown

It was passed down to Lisa Vulin from her older sister, Danijela, and in turn Vulin, a senior on the St. Francis Prep girls’ tennis team, will inform freshmen Martina Featherston and Kathrin Sorokko. Comment.

Springfield Gardens downs Long Island City, 18-12

After scoring just one offensive touchdown all season, Springfield Gardens tripled its offensive production in one game as the Golden Eagles scored three touchdowns to defeat Long Island City, 18-12, Saturday. Comment.

Terriers bounce back with 3-1 win over Molloy

Even before Friday’s league game against Archbishop Molloy at Fort Totten, St. Francis Prep girls’ soccer coach John Jenkins proudly proclaimed, “We’re back.” Comment.

TimesLedger Player of the Week: Drew Williams

School: Bayside High School Comment.

St. John’s, UConn gear up for Big East battle

There is no doubt in Rich Bradley’s mind that the Connecticut men’s soccer team will be thinking about revenge when it makes the two-and-a-half hour bus trip south for its clash with the Red Storm Friday at 8 p.m. Comment.

Christ the King comes up short against Xaverian, 28-21

The Christ the King football team gave head coach Mike Cassidy plenty of reasons to leave St. John’s University with a headache Saturday night. The Royals turned the ball over in each of its last three drives, had several costly penalties and struggled on special teams. Comment.

Music, storytelling come together without animation, dancing mops

Sitting down at Papazzio’s for lunch a few weeks ago, David Close had a gleam in his eye — not so much from the delectable Italian mushroom soup as from the topic of conversation at the table. Music. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Hanging on for one more shot at title

Kevin Kelley won a big fight in July, a hard-fought 10-round decision over Humberto Soto for the lightly regarded NABA lightweight... Comment.

Bayside Commodores tame Lehman Lions, 30-6

A question of power ultimately found its answer in the principle of finesse Saturday in Bayside’s 30-6 victory over Lehman at Jamaica High. Comment.

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