Thursday, Oct. 31, 2002

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: Poppenhusen Institute opens Sept. 11 exhibit

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. It may be getting chilly, but the children’s anticipation of the upcoming Halloween activities makes you warm and excited. Comment.

Starbucks has nothing on Brewed Awakening

Before the Starbucks craze hit New York with an army of cookie-cutter coffee shops, Ben Weiss set out to create his own cozy nook where the coffee had kick and the crowd had vitality. Comment.

How’s Business?: Job openings

In cruising the streets of Queens, I noticed that it is more and more common to see “now hiring” signs. The great majority of those signs, however, appear at retail outlets, restaurants and fast-food locations. These positions fall into the $6- to $8-an-hour category. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 220-24 75th Ave., Coop, $154,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment.

‘The Russians are here, the Russians are here’

“The Russians Are Here” showcases the diverse artistry of 10 Russian members of RAA. At the same time it explores the similar motives and impulses that bind and shape the artistic expressions of these compatriots who have chosen the United States as their home. Free admission to exhibition and reception. Comment.

Business Calendar

Nov. 6 - Queensborough Community College groundbreaking Ceremony and Cocktail Reception to celebrate the renovation of the QCC Art Gallery, 6:30 p.m., Queensborough Community College Student Union Building, 718-281-5144. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Alliance of Queens Artists holds its Annual Dinner & Costume Ball on Fri., Nov. 1, at Terrace on the Park (Flushing Meadows Corona Park) 52-11 111th St., and 52nd Ave., Flushing. Contact: 898-8500. Comment.

RUN DMC DJ killed in Jamaica studio

The 38-year-old Hollis native, whose real name was Jason Mizell, was slain after two men were buzzed into the second-floor studio at 90-10 Merrick Blvd., just after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, police said. No arrests had been made by Thursday evening. Comment.

Undercover officers voice safety concerns in Astoria

A small army of undercover cops walked the streets of Astoria Friday morning gathering support for a City Council investigation that they say is needed to protect their safety. Comment.

SE Queens voices outrage on waste transfer stations

Southeast Queens community members blasted state and city officials last week for allowing waste transfer stations to operate in residential neighborhoods and wreak havoc on their streets. Comment.

Weiner running on record for re-election to Congress

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said he is running on his record as the two-term legislator seeks re-election to the 9th Congressional District that includes Kew Gardens, Forest Hills, Howard Beach, parts of Bayside, the Rockaways and Brooklyn. Comment.

Whitestone couple dies from carbon monoxide

An elderly Whitestone couple died Tuesday afternoon from carbon monoxide poisoning after they accidentally left their car running in the family garage beneath their house, police said. Comment.

Springfield Gds. street sign honors Wall St. 9/11 victim

Calvin Gooding never forgot his friends and neighbors in the Springfield Gardens community where he grew up. Comment.

Queens Village center lands jobs for disabled

Peaks and valleys used to rule the life of Jeanette Moore, a Floral Park resident saddled with bipolar disorder. In the past two years, however, thanks to a unique program in Queens Village, Moore has managed to carve out a steady path. Comment.

Queens profs develop on-line civics course

Professors in Queens are developing an online civics course as part of an effort funded by the Verizon Foundation to increase civic participation, especially among minorities. Comment.

Ex-Jamaica Estates kidnap mom gets released early

A former Jamaica Estates woman who pleaded guilty in June to kidnapping the baby she thought she had adopted 22 years ago was released from prison last month, just two months into her six-month sentence. Comment.

Woodside, Ridgewood stores stop selling toy paintball guns

Two Sports Authority stores in Woodside and Ridgewood recently have pulled paintball-shooting guns off their shelves in response to a citation from the city Department of Consumer Affairs stating that the stores were illegally selling imitation firearms. Comment.

Crash with stolen car kills Rosedale man, police say

A Rosedale man was thrown from his car and killed last week after he was hit by two South Ozone Park men who were allegedly driving too fast in a stolen car, police said. Comment.

City nixes school proposal for Queens Boulevard site

The city flinched first in its three-year showdown with the owners of Stevens Appliances over the fate of their shuttered Queens Boulevard storefront, which the Department of Education has now dropped from consideration as the site for a new school. Comment.

Council debates setting up livery cab stands in boro

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) may have spoken for thousands of other citizens throughout Queens when he said “it’s hell trying to hail a taxicab in the Rockaways.” Comment.

Queens Village man kills mother, stabs self

A Queens Village man plagued by years of mental illness confessed to suffocating his mother in their home Monday because he believed she was trying to poison him, police said. Comment.

Purple heart warms kin of Queens vet

As a 21-year-old naval seaman in the Pacific during World War II, Queens Village resident Henry Drogin learned of his older brother’s death when his letters were returned bearing a stamp that read “deceased.” Comment.

Aged GOP building for sale as landmark status weighed

The ongoing debate to either preserve or alter the 94-year-old Republican Club building in Richmond Hill took a twist last week when the building’s new owner placed a newspaper classified ad offering to sell the property for $995,000. Comment.

Revitalize Astoria effort kicks off with new lamps

To help lead Astoria’s shopping districts to a bright future, state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is stepping into the past. Comment.

Ex-pastor gets probation for St. Elizabeth’s larceny

The former pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic Church in Ozone Park who pleaded guilty to stealing $95,940 in parish funds was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Zoning plan draws ire in Ozone Park

Residents who live near a new housing complex in Ozone Park on Crossbay Boulevard and North Conduit Avenue are opposing the building of an adjacent two-story commercial development, the local civic association president said. Comment.

Flushing Mall, biz group host Halloween carnival

As part of a continued attempt to bring more people to downtown Flushing, the Flushing Mall and the Flushing Chinese Business Association have launched a Halloween carnival at the mall. Comment.

Maloney faces Republican Srdanovic for Congress

In a congressional district that bridges the East River from Manhattan into western Queens, two Upper East Side residents are vying for votes in Astoria and Long Island City. Comment.

Maltese challenged by Green Party’s Williams-Pereira

This year’s race for state Senate in the 15th District is a case of history repeating itself. Comment.

3-alarm fire in Maspeth injures 17

More than a dozen people were hurt in Maspeth early Saturday morning during a three-alarm fire that destroyed two businesses and left several people homeless. Comment.

Whitestone fundraiser named Biz Man of Year

For years, William McDermott dedicated his spare time to making sure his mentally retarded son got the best care and education possible. Comment.

Police find suspect for fire at St. Francis High School

A homeless man who was arrested after breaking into Thomas Edison High School Friday is believed to be the same person who broke into St. Francis Preparatory High School on Oct. 20 and set fire to the school’s kitchen, police said. Comment.

Meeks, Clarke meet again on ballot in SE Queens

A strong sense of familiarity surrounds the race to represent New York’s 6th Congressional District. U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), a two-term incumbent, and challenger Rey Clarke, a veteran political activist in Queens, have faced off twice in the past 11 years. Comment.

Mehiel looks to bring new duties to lt. governor spot

On paper, the lieutenant governor’s official duties don’t eat up much ink. Comment.

Howard Beach center offers seniors new hope

Anne Jablon never knew she was a poet. Comment.

Juniper demands voice in Keyspan site sale

Emotions ran high during a Juniper Park Civic meeting last Thursday as people who lived for decades in the shadow of a pair of towering Elmhurst gas tanks demanded a voice in deciding what will become of the now-vacant property. Comment.

Tears flow with opening of Wendy’s murder trial

More than two years after the massacre of five people at a Flushing Wendy’s restaurant shocked the borough and the city, the trial of the accused mastermind began with opening arguments that presented a similar set of events in very different lights. Comment.

Residents voice support for Mayor’s smoking ban

Queens residents came out Saturday morning in Flushing to sound off about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, with most registering support for the idea while railing against smoking’s health risks. Comment.

Council weighs expanding roster of parking holidays

The City Council will soon vote on whether to override Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s veto of its decision to add the Asian Lunar New Year, Purim and Ash Wednesday to the holidays when street parking rules are suspended. Comment.

Laurelton woman awaits double lung replacement

Laurelton resident Linda Butts, 52, is facing a double-lung transplant operation, but she’s not worried about the surgery. She’s worried about how she’s going to get to the hospital. Comment.

Destination Flushing funds downtown cleanup

A group of businessmen has banded together to pay an organization employing the homeless to help clean downtown Flushing. Comment.

Forest Hills photographer charged in sexual assault

A Forest Hills man was arrested last week after a 15-year-old girl told police that he had sexually abused her after luring her into his apartment to have her audition for a part in a phony movie, police said. Comment.

City nixes school proposal for Woodside Stevens site

The city flinched first in its three-year showdown with the owners of Stevens Appliances over the fate of their shuttered Queens Boulevard storefront, which the Department of Education has now dropped from consideration as the site for a new school. Comment.

Flushing Hospital nurses to vote on new contract

After nearly 10 months without a contract, the nurses of Flushing Hospital Medical Center have reached a tentative agreement with their employer for higher salaries and benefits. Comment.

QCC gallery finally gets $5.1 million renovation

After 36 years, Queensborough Community College’s Art Gallery in Bayside was expected to get a facelift — a big facelift. Comment.

Fake GED biz in Bayside ordered to refund ‘grads’

A judge has ordered a Bayside company accused of duping consumers into paying for fake high school equivalency diplomas to refund thousands of dollars to its customers, State Attorney General Eliot Spitzer announced last week. Comment.

Aviation Institute created at York College

York College in Jamaica is taking advantage of the neighbor it has in Kennedy Airport by establishing the first university-level Aviation Institute in New York City. Comment.

Gottis mark late mobster’s 62nd birthday in newsprint

Family members wished the late mob boss John Gotti a happy 62nd birthday by placing “In Memoriam” ads in Sunday’s Daily News. Comment.

Greens defy enrollment, put up boro candidates

The numbers may not show it, but there is an active third political party emerging in Queens trying to lure voters away from the Democrats and the Republicans. Comment.

Developer took unauthorized loan: Report

The developer working to transform the Caldor site into a vertical mall took out an unauthorized loan from the condominium he helped manage to finance part of his project, according to the building’s monetary statement. Comment.

Queens Hospital Center targets prostate cancer

Queens Hospital Center in Flushing began recruiting men last Monday for a study on the effect of selenium and vitamin E on the prevention of prostate cancer. Comment.

City approves construction of 26th Avenue synagogue

After more than a year of delays, a Bayside synagogue has won approval from the city Board of Standards and Appeals to replace its current one-family house across the street from the Bay Terrace Shopping Center with an approximately 8,700-square-foot facility. Comment.

Bayside boy’s death sparks call for traffic changes

More than two years after a Bayside boy was killed riding his bicycle near the Clearview Expressway service road, City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has called for changes in how the city Department of Transportation evaluates traffic controls. Comment.

Boro ed rep seeks change in attitude towards schools

The new city public school system needs to be kinder and gentler, according to Queens education representative Evita Belmonte. Comment.

LIE-Cross Island Pkwy. work delayed by weather

Try as they might, those working to reshape the interchange between the Cross Island Parkway and the Long Island Expressway in northeast Queens have had some problems keeping the massive construction project on schedule. Comment.

Redrawn boro council lines account for population shift

Rapid population growth in northwest Queens during the past 10 years has triggered a series of proposed changes to the boundary lines of the borough’s city council districts, which are being redrawn with data from the 2000 Census. Comment.

College Pt. voices woes over traffic

After listening to complaints about illegally parked vehicles tying up traffic on College Point’s narrow streets, police officials promised to shift their focus to issuing summonses to violators in the neighborhood. Comment.

Flushing senate hopefuls see voter turnout as key

The race for the 16th state Senate seat, which has knocked one borough leader out of politics and another back into the fray, will be decided along with the dozens of other Queens races this Tuesday. Comment.

Pumpkin patch bears fruit after a decade

A decade of stunted bids to grow pumpkins ended with a dramatic windfall last month for a Vietnam veteran and his family in Floral Park. Comment.

Job losses in boro airports exceed 10,000, survey says

Queens’ two great air terminals and the accompanying travel industry have lost at least 10,000 jobs since Sept. 11, 2001 — the worst impact suffered by any employment sector in the city, a new survey reports. Comment.

School issues top debate for Weprin, Kaplan-Vila

Incumbent state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside) said when voters go to the polls in next week’s state elections they should judge him by his career so far as he runs for re-election against Republican challenger Stacey Kaplan-Vila. Comment.

Widow of Flushing man sues teen in fatal boat crash

A survivor of the fatal July 11 boat crash on Little Neck Bay filed a $20 million civil lawsuit against the Douglas Manor teen accused of causing the collision. Comment.

St. Albans church meeting tackles domestic violence

About three dozen pastors, many of whom have acknowledged that members of their vocation often avoid public discussion of private issues, gathered last week in southeastern Queens and tackled a troubling topic: the rise in domestic violence since last September’s terrorist attacks. Comment.

Planner says diversity is secret to LIC’s success

New York’s top city planner carries a vision of Long Island City’s future that fits offices, homes and industry within the boundaries of one neighborhood — just not next door to each other. Comment.

Police Blotter: Two plead guilty in Queens extortion scheme

QUEENS — Two men pleaded guilty last week to extorting protection money from a Queens businessman for three years, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

DeShields conveys Armstrong in QTIP production

It’s a bold move for Andre De Shields to play Louis Armstrong in his musical “West End Blues: Louis Armstrong, Ambassador Satch,” co-written with James Mirrione, which played at the newly renovated Claire Shulman Playhouse at the Queens Theatre in the Park. Save the mile wide smile, De Shields looks nothing like Pops. Comment.

Red Storm soccer squeaks by UConn, regains No. 1 ranking

As Rich Bradley stepped to the penalty spot in the 51st minute of a scoreless tie against Big East rival Connecticut Friday night, the St. John’s senior midfielder couldn’t get the silence he sought. Comment.

Chaminade trounces Terriers, ‘AAA’ hopes fading

There were periods of clapping during the St. Francis Prep football team’s 20-minute meeting in the visitor’s locker room at James M. Shuart Stadium on the Hofstra University campus in Hempstead Saturday night. Comment.

Must-win games on horizon for Queens teams

The PSAL football playoffs officially begin Nov. 9, but for John Adams and Campus Magnet they start a week earlier. Comment.

Molloy, St. Francis advance to soccer semifinals

It has been almost a month since Gabe Ortega has been on a soccer field. While the senior midfielder on the Archbishop Molloy boys’ soccer team still isn’t 100 percent, he was healthy enough to make a difference in the Stanners’ 3-0 win over Xavier in the CHSAA ‘A’ quarterfinals Sunday at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Comment.

Fantasy runs rampant

Please, don’t ask Michael Carbonaro about comics. Comment.

Prep girls soccer team eliminated in semis by Sacred Heart, 2-1

The piercing telephone ringing woke Kaitlin Purcell out of a deep sleep Sunday morning. On the other end of the line was her coach, John Jenkins, with some bizarre news. Comment.

Giving it away: Three more teams forfeit games

Three more Queens PSAL boys’ soccer teams were forced to forfeit games this week as the rash of forfeits involving ineligible players continues to be a black eye for the league. Comment.

TimesLedger Player of the Week: Peter Pavlakos

Name: Peter Pavlakos Comment.

October a tough month for boro NBA prospects

October was not a stellar month for Queens basketball players vying for spots on NBA rosters. But even while some local products struggled, some veteran borough hoopsters have found a way to hang on in the world’s toughest basketball league. Comment.

Snows Bantam girls play well as CYO season gets underway

Nicole Weinman, Tina Khiani, Adara Simonelli, Nicole Kaouris, Michelle Gasperetti, Kaitlin Frangella, and sisters Christine and Jessica Wrynn have picked up where they left off last March when the fell just short in the Corpus Christi Tournament championship game. Just about every girl on the roster attended one of the local basketball camps over the summer months. In addition, several members of the team combined with players from the Bantam B squad and played in Rockville Center over the summer. The improvement is showing. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Chilly night worthwhile at St. John’s

I had already suffered enough for one day. Having stood outside in the cold and rain for the better part of two hours at the Queens cross country championships earlier in the day, I wasn’t exactly thrilled with the prospect of doing it again Friday night, even if it was to watch the St. John’s men’s soccer team take on the University of Connecticut. Comment.

Commodores feel Bulldogs’ bite but win, 12-6

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Comment.

Late sign up keeps Bayside CC team out of boro run

Christopher Mendoza was all pumped up. The senior captain of the Bayside High School varsity cross country team and his teammates were not going to be allowed to run in the Queens championships Friday and he could hardly contain his outrage. Comment.

Holy Cross tops Fordham Prep to advance to semis

The Holy Cross soccer team met before dawn for its CHSAA quarterfinal clash with Fordham Prep Saturday, but unlike many of the fans, the Knights didn’t need any coffee or energy bars when they arrived at Iona College in New Rochelle. Comment.

College Round-up: York women capture 1st cross country crown

The York women’s cross country team captured its first ever CUNY title at Van Cortlandt Park Saturday as the Cardinals outdistanced second-place Hunter by 15 points, while the Queensborough College men’s team had the school’s second-best finisher ever, with six runners among the top 10 finishers. Comment.

Flowers By Peter remains undefeated in DG action

Flowers by Peter 14, Pier 53 Restaurant 4. Patrick Schule scored five goals, as Flowers by Peter defeated Pier 53 Restaurant, 14-4. Jordan Chateau and Gregory Insana also scored hat tricks and brothers Alexi and Matt Malo had goals. Goalie JD Schabutti earned his fourth straight win, while Kevin and Jonathan Kamiadi starred on defense . Flowers is 4-0 on the season. Comment.

JEHLL holds annual awards breakfast at SJU

Charles, a dignified figure in the world of baseball, encouraged the young players to dream and to work hard to realize those dreams. He reminisced about some highlights of his career and some differences between playing in the Major Leagues today and when he played professionally. He spoke strongly against players use of any drugs at all. As he posed for pictures, signed autographs and conversed, he permitted others the thrill of trying on his World Series ring and exchanged opinions about plays and players. Comment.

Cross upsets Molloy to earn trip into city championship

The midfielder scored on a remarkable run four minutes after Queens rival Molloy tied the match at one to continue the Knights improbable run through the playoffs, defeating the Stanners, 2-1 Wednesday night at the United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point. Comment.

Controversial call eliminates St. Francis from soccer playoffs

It wasn't the final result, but rather the controversial way his team lost the match that Martello and several other teary-eyed Terriers struggled to come to terms with at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Comment.

Editorial: High school powder keg

The events of last week served as a painful reminder that Queens schools, especially its high schools, are just one incident away from chaos. At the end of that day, six people were hospitalized, including a school security officer. Comment.

Editorial: Motel hell

Faced with an alarming increase in the number of homeless families, the Department of Homeless Services had few options left when it decided to use the former Best Western Carlton House hotel near Kennedy Airport as a homeless shelter. If there is a community leader with a better solution, we have not heard it. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Nassau in Glendale?’

The developers of a high-end retail mecca in Glendale believe their shopping center could be the thing that stops Queens shoppers from heading west to Nassau County. It will cost $100 million to build the elegant shopping center on the site of the Atlas terminals industrial complex. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Adding November holiday a ‘revolutionary’ idea

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, and no birds hath the month of November. (To brighten the image of the month, an extra holiday should be added.) Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Cold weather no match for Rosedale volunteers

It’s that time of year again. We wake up in the morning with a cold nip in the air, and property that was freshly swept or raked the day before now has a variety of leaves chasing each other in mischievous swirls. Pumpkins show their many faces from porch steps or windowsills; autumn has arrived. Comment.

Students condemn bullying with mock trial at NS-LIJ

A dozen middle-school students grabbed the spotlight Tuesday at a unique seminar in New Hyde Park and provided an audience of parents, teachers and health professionals with a valuable lesson in bullying. Comment.

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