Thursday, March 6, 2003

Borough Koreans protest N. Korea’s nuclear plans

About 80 Koreans, including many Korean church leaders, gathered in the San Jeong Hyon Christian church in College Point Saturday to protest North Korea's attempts to build a nuclear arsenal and the Kim Jung-Il regime as well as to show support for President Bush. Comment.

Queens gives Bloomberg low scores on taxes

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s approval rating inched up after hitting an all-time low several months ago, but Queens residents are still critical of Bloomberg’s handling of the city budget, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released last week. Comment.

War worries cause rise in borough’s gas prices

As prices at the pump surged across the nation, patrons at Queens gas stations noticed their wallets were a lot lighter last week. Comment.

Ozone park Sikh files harassment suit against NYPD

A former Ozone Park traffic who is a Sikh filed a federal lawsuit against the he New York Police Department and the police commissioner Tuesday charging that he was fired from his job because he refused to trim his beard or take off his turban. Comment.

No Child Left Behind Act draws ire at Hillcrest meet

About 100 parents and educators from most borough school districts came out Monday night to express their anger and confusion at the transfer provision of the No Child Left Behind Act, which a Queens congressman said could mean an influx of new students at already crowded, well-performing borough schools. Comment.

$100K lifted from JFK armored car belonged to Allen Cathedral: Source

About $100,000 of the $2.1 million in cash reported stolen in the Feb. 22 robbery of an armored truck at Kennedy Airport may have consisted of offerings given to the Greater Allen Cathedral at 110-31 Merrick Blvd. in Jamaica, the TimesLedger has learned. Comment.

Cooper-Gregory enters race for Comrie’s seat

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) may face a familiar opponent at the Democratic primary election in September. Comment.

LIJ interprets patients’ needs in 150 tongues

How do you say “Where does it hurt?” in Wolof? Comment.

CB 11 defends Avella’s ‘no’ vote on tax

Community members spoke out Monday in support of City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who was stripped of a council committee post last month by Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) in apparent retaliation for Avella’s vote against the 18.5 percent property tax increase last November. Comment.

Jury convicts Manhattan man in Bayside check-cashing scam

A Manhattan man has been convicted of forging and cashing $1,300 in counterfeit checks at a Bayside check-cashing establishment, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Bayside street to be named in honor of slain firefighter

A son of Bayside who became a decorated firefighter and died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11 will have the street he grew up on renamed in his honor. Comment.

9/11 victim remembered in Bowne Pk. street sign

Timothy Welty, a firefighter who grew up next to Bowne Park and died in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, was memorialized last Thursday with a sign bearing his name in his old neighborhood. Comment.

Mother gives birth inside car at Midtown Tunnel entrance

The E-ZPass lanes to the Queens Midtown Tunnel provided easier passage than one mother bargained for last week when she gave birth to her third child while riding to the hospital. Comment.

Borough Koreans protest N. Korea’s nuclear plans

About 80 Koreans, including many Korean church leaders, gathered in the San Jeong Hyon Christian church in College Point Saturday to protest North Korea’s attempts to build a nuclear arsenal and the Kim Jung-Il regime as well as to show support for President Bush. Comment.

Flushing laborers arrested for blocking traffic: Police

Day laborers looking for work on Flushing’s 40th Road have been arrested and hit with summonses because they prevent people from passing by, the commanding officer of the 109th Precinct said last week. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

March film schedule at AMMI

7 p.m. (Moving Image at the DGA) Comment.

How to succeed in business ... by trying hard

When Antoinette Dailey got an idea 10 years ago for a tool to help fellow black and Latino actors succeed in Hollywood, she made a mock-up of her book. Comment.

Astoria expert keeps Civil War flick honest

On April 9, 1865, Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at the Appomattox Court House in Virginia to Union Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, bringing the Civil War to a close with the nation intact. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Free Tax Counseling Comment.

Flushing Meadows attack prompts hearing in House

A congressional subcommittee has begun examining the city’s policy on reporting crimes committed by illegal immigrants following the arrest of five men on charges of gang raping a woman in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in December. Comment.

Bayside biz flexes mind, body, soul

Geralyn Marchisello doesn’t use the word “gym” to describe A WomanSpace, her new fitness studio in Bayside that offers yoga, Pilates and aerobic circuit training in a relaxed setting. Marchisello prefers to call it “a gentle exercise and wellness studio” for women. “It’s more about taking care of self — all of self,” said Marchisello, who opened for business Jan. 4. Comment.

How’s Business?: IT diversity

You hear it all the time on Wall Street: Diversify! What appears as sound investing advice also is taking shape more and more in the Information Technology arena. Comment.

Business Calender

March 12 - SCitibank/JFK Retirement and Educational Solutions Building 72/JFK, 5-7 p.m. 718-656-8111. Comment.

Fund-raisers

March 29 - Queens Child Guidance Center’s 50th Anniversary Dinner Dance – Terrace on The Park – For Information Call Susan Gleason 718-651-7770 Ext. 204 Comment.

Police Blotter: Driver, 20, dies at crash site after losing control of car

WILLETS POINT – A 20-year old man was driving a 1992 Honda on the Grand Central Parkway near Northern Boulevard on Saturday about 7:30 p.m. when he apparently lost control of the car and crashed into a pillar, police said. Comment.

Editorial: Gone in 60 seconds

It takes less than two minutes for a professional car thief to break into a luxury car, disable the alarm and drive off into the night. Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) claims this scenario is happening at least 10 times a week at the College Point Multiplex and the Target store shopping center nearby. Comment.

Editorial: Worth saving

We wonder how many of the kids who pack the new multiplex theaters that now offer cappuccino to go with the $7 bag of popcorn drenched in simulated butter know that there was a time when the movie theater itself was a work of art? Grand chandeliers and ornate plaster molding have been replaced by stadium seating and the latest in cup-holder technology. Comment.

Editorial: Rush to judgment

On Monday Chatindra Jawahir was an art teacher at JHS 157 in Rego Park, one of the thousands of men and women working in the city’s public schools. By Tuesday he had become Queens newest public enemy No. 1, accused of raping and sodomizing a 12-year-old girl. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Path to straight and narrow filled with gambles

I am considered a fine, upright citizen. I contribute to charities, cheerfully pay my income tax on time, help elderly people cross the street and never forget Gloria’s birthday. But I have a confession to make. I was actually once a wild and crazy kid. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Subway etiquette lost on insolent teenagers

It is always disappointing when people ignore or support wrongdoers. It happens all too often these days. Comment.

Top black congressman addresses boro leaders

Elected officials must act to preserve sites of black cultural heritage across the nation, the highest ranking African-American member of the House of Representatives told a gathering of public officials, business leaders and community activists Friday at Borough Hall. Comment.

Our History: Black History pioneer’s words were her pedestal

On being brought from Africa to America Comment.

The Civic Scene: Secession ideas arise from Vallone remarks

Recent comments by City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) have again raised the idea of secession. The concept of one area separating from another is not new; the Civil War ensued after the South felt it was being treated unfairly by the federal Constitution and the North. Comment.

To The Point: DEP warns SE Queens residents of water scam

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The snow has been shoveled from one side to another and some more snow may be coming to fill in the spaces. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Germinated seedlings ready to grow outside

After reading the first of this series you should have gathered your seed packets (although with 25 inches of snow in my garden that seems to be the last thing on my mind), chosen an appropriate planting pot and mixed a concoction of your choosing, which we have referred to as a soiless mixture. Larger pots are on standby as we plan to transplant the seedlings as they outgrow the germination pots. Comment.

St. John’s Red Storm stuns Duke Blue Devils, 72-71

Marcus Hatten toed the line with 0:00 showing on the game clock, and Madison Square Garden, which had been rocking and rolling all afternoon, became as quiet as a church. Comment.

Francis Lewis tops Martin, earns trip to semifinals

They’re the Osbournes of PSAL girls’ basketball, a team in such dysfunction that Francis Lewis coach Mike Eisenberg wouldn’t allow his players to speak to the media after its PSAL Class A quarterfinal game against Queens rival August Martin at Hunter College Saturday. Comment.

Molloy, CTK face off at Nassau Coliseum

They play in rinks in places like Yonkers, Mount Vernon and Coney Island. In front of sparse, dedicated family and friends, they skate on choppy ice and dress in drafty, cramped locker rooms. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Cameron Tyler

School: Benjamin Cardozo Comment.

Bayside boxer bound for U.S. Nationals

At 6-foot-7, there isn’t a lot that goes over Michael Jakab’s head. But the Bayside boxer has a pretty tall order to fill later this month when he heads for Colorado Springs, Colo. to take part in the Open division U.S. Nationals. Comment.

Queens comes close, but falls to Adelphi, 52-49

The play designed on the dry erase board by Queens men’s basketball coach Kyrk Peponakis was executed to near perfection. With their season 11 seconds away from ending and trailing by three points at No. 2 Adelphi Tuesday night, Greg Dickinson’s shot from the top right of the arc off a double screen appeared to be dead on. Comment.

City union says new boro schools can be built for less

Two Queens schools could be expanded and another built for less than the city has estimated by using existing public employees rather than private consultants, the city’s largest municipal employees union said. Comment.

Dining Out: Flushing steak house Argentine with Italian twist

158-15 Horace Harding Expwy Comment.

La Pampa: Flushing steak house Argentine with Italian twist

Picture this: A gray and white room with wine bottles lining the plate rack on high, bathed in a mesmerizing blue light. A multitude of Argentinean scenes circle the room from rural La Pampa on the pampas where the cattle graze far south of Buenos Aires. In the rear, there's a new sunlit party room seating 40. Raspberry accents add drama along with the salmon cloths (topped with white paper) and rolled napkins holding steak knives and forks. Comment.

Accused heads of gaming ring reject pleas

Reputed Gambino crime family captain Ronald Trucchio and his son Alphonse decided not to enter any pleas to charges of running an illegal sports betting gambling scheme out of two Ozone Park houses and rejected offers of reduced jail time from the Queens district attorney. Comment.

Lourdes Girls’ Claim Crown, Again

Queens Plaza, park seawall to get new federal funding

The complicated tangle of roadways that converge in Queens Plaza and a crumbling sea wall in Queensbridge Park have both been targeted for improvements with funding allocated by the federal government last month. Comment.

Woodside tenants fight to bolster rent laws

By normal city standards, Regina Shanley's rent is a steal. Comment.

Cops arrest 3 Queens men in Manhattan gay-bashing

Two Sunnyside men and a third suspect from Little Neck were arrested last weekend for allegedly taunting and severely beating a man on Manhattan's Upper East Side in an apparent anti-gay bias attack, authorities said. Comment.

OLS earns trip to Diocesan finals with victory

Nicole Weinman led Snows with 12 points, including a long three-pointer at the buzzer to sound the end of the third quarter. Weinman's trey brought Snows within one point of DeSales, 25-24. Weinman also sank 5-of-11 free throws in the game. Comment.

Ozone Park Sikh files harassment suit against NYPD

A former Ozone Park traffic who is a Sikh filed a federal lawsuit against the he New York Police Department and the police commissioner Tuesday charging that he was fired from his job because he refused to trim his beard or take off his turban. Comment.

Artists to mold new vision for forgotten street

The community of artists known as Flux Factory inhabits a kind of no-man's-land stuck between Long Island City and Sunnyside, a forgotten stretch of roadway that connects two neighborhoods yet is part of neither. Comment.

Wyckoff to improve translation services

Wyckoff Heights Medical Center signed an agreement last week to revamp its translation services to better accommodate a growing body of non-English speaking patients, settling a community group's year-old complaint over the hospital's handling of immigrant patients' needs. Comment.

Districting commission OKs council lines for Ridgewood

Despite pleas by Ridgewood residents to maintain their neighborhood in one City Council district, the Districting Commission finalized a set of new boundaries last week that put even more Queens residents into a predominantly Brooklyn district than originally planned. Comment.

Rooms shut for flooding at PS 153

Twelve ground-floor classrooms in the new wing of PS 153 in Maspeth were closed off Monday for a month-long repair of waterlogged flooring, the principal announced at an emergency meeting with parents that evening. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: What is the deal with Ron Artest?

It seems like many moons ago, but I can still see him clearly, a serene and smiling Ron Artest, a Queensbridge native, surrounded by a throng of supporters after his LaSalle High School basketball team defeated St. Francis Prep for the CHSAA ‘A’ division championships. Comment.

LIC sculptor pleads guilty to forging original pieces

A Rego Park craftsman who owns a foundry in Long Island City pleaded guilty last Thursday to making unauthorized copies of original metal sculptures and selling them as originals, defrauding buyers of $140,000, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

New British Airways JFK terminal unveiled

Passengers entering the redesigned British Airways terminal at Kennedy Airport may feel like they are walking into a nightclub as they see the moving light show and the digital video displays that greet them - and that is just what the airline wanted. Comment.

Environmental center caters to boro schools

Denise Brown of Rockaway sits by her desk at a window overlooking Floyd Bennett Field and talks on the phone trying to find out why she has to travel to a Moroccan restaurant to get snails. Comment.

Civic association rallies Ozone Park residents

The Ozone Park Civic Association, started in 1929, has seen its membership more than double in size during the past year, and along with that growth in numbers has come an increased sense of community among area residents, the organization's president said. Comments (1).

Beach Channel squanders chance at all-Queens playoff showdown

Rahshon Clark had heard the Gompers boys’ basketball team was big, but the Beach Channel senior found out soon enough just how big. Between drawing charges and getting hammered when he exploded to the basket, the lanky 6-foot-5 Clark seemed to spend as much time horizontally as he did vertically Thursday at Elmcor. Comment.

SD 28 parents, educators gather to share info, ideas

At the seventh annual Parents' Symposium for School District 28, more than 300 parents, teachers and school administrators gathered Saturday to network, share ideas, and find out what they can do to help the children in their schools. Comment.

Cardozo gets by Gompers, moves on to semis

Ron Naclerio didn’t feel lucky when he arrived at Hunter College Sunday afternoon for the Cardozo boys’ basketball team’s PSAL Class A quarterfinal game against Gompers. Comment.

Grocery slayings in Qns, Bklyn may be linked: Cops

Police said they would not rule out that four separate murders - one in Ozone Park, another in Jamaica and two in Brooklyn - were connected and possibly committed by the same suspects who may have been targeting personnel at city grocery and deli stores. Comment.

Stabbings claim lives of brothers

Two half brothers were stabbed to death in Jamaica early Saturday morning after a scuffle broke out between them and a trio of 19-year-old men, police said. Comment.

New British Airways JFK terminal unveiled \

Passengers entering the redesigned British Airways terminal at Kennedy Airport may feel like they are walking into a nightclub as they see the moving light show and the digital video displays that greet them - and that is just what the airline wanted. Comment.

CTK girls grab 19th straight B/Q crown

Rosalyn Gold-Onwude and her Archbishop Molloy teammates did all they could. They went punch-for-punch with the nationally ranked Christ the King Royals, but in the end CK simply was too tall, too fast and too good. Comment.

Laurelton business group opens to spur development

The Laurelton Local Development Corp. welcomed southeast Queens business and community leaders to their new office with a grand opening celebration Tuesday night. Comment.

Blaze kills Brookville grandmom

A Brookville grandmother died Monday morning after flames spread through her kitchen as she was cooking breakfast for her 6-year-old grandson, fire marshals said. Comment.

9-year-old dies in Jamaica at Liberty Avenue crossing

The Jamaica family that had been planning a 10th birthday party for Stefani Brijlall was still finalizing arrangements for the girl's funeral Tuesday after she was killed last week when a passenger van struck her as she crossed Liberty Avenue holding her mother's hand, police said. Comment.

Royals reel in Taft, cruise to Diocesan championship

The Christ the King Royals held Pittsburgh-bound Chris Taft to just 6 points en route to a relatively easy 52-42 win over the Xaverian Clippers in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Tournament championship Friday night at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.

Cooper-Gregory enters race for Comrie’s seat

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) may face a familiar opponent at the Democratic primary election in September. Comment.

Rockaway teenager killed in handgun accident: Cops

A 16-year-old was accidentally shot in the chest and killed Saturday afternoon by two friends who were apparently handling a gun they did not know was loaded, police said. Comment.

State to begin construction on Whitestone Expressway

A major project to overhaul the Whitestone Expressway and replace a bridge leading to the road is expected to begin this month, state officials said at a meeting at Community Board 7 last week. Comment.

College Round-up: Donna Lohrey named NYCAC Rookie of the Year

She didn’t accomplish her main goal of leading her team to the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, but for Glendale native Donna Lohrey, winning Rookie of the Year honors is a nice consolation prize. Comment.

CB 11 civic leader shot 3 times at senior center

A man was arrested Sunday on charges he tried to kill a 68-year-old Little Neck civic leader and member of Community Board 11 at a social services agency in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.

City Council pays honor to Queens senior center

Noting the "tremendous positive impact" the Bell Park SNAP Satellite Center has had for seniors in eastern Queens, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) honored the program last week with a proclamation at City Hall.       Comment.

Bayside firefighter faces new sexual abuse charges

A firefighter who faced sexual abuse charges in Bayside last fall that were later dropped is now confronting new accusations that he molested three girls near his Manhattan firehouse, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.

Burlington Coat Factory to open in Glen Oaks mall

Some say the location is a tough sell, but that won't stop Burlington Coat factory from opening its first Queens store in the Glen Oaks Shopping Center this spring. Comment.

Challah-baking workshop livens Kew Gdns. seniors

With the Jewish holiday Purim two weeks away, baker Devorah Heller addressed a roomful of senior citizens and homemakers at the Atria Retirement Residence in Kew Gardens last week, demonstrating how to make and braid dough for the traditional Jewish challah bread. Comment.

Queensborough protests Pataki call for ed cuts

Dozens of students at Queensborough Community College braved below-freezing temperatures last week to sign petitions and speak out against proposed tuition hikes and funding cuts to higher education. Comment.

Graziano’s Ravioli slips by Whitehouse Restaurant

Graziano’s Ravioli defeated Whitehouse Restaurant, 17-14. The crowd roared as Whitehouse’s Kaitlyn McGrory scored her first basket of the season. The 8-year-old is the youngest player in the division, playing with girls up to age 12. Also scoring for Whitehouse was Corinne Lippert with 8 points, Monica Ng with 2 points and Theresa Schwenk with 2. Scoring for Graziano’s were Amanda Bell with 13 and Manuela Uribe and Joanna Bakalis scoring 2 each. Comment.

CB 11 defends Avella’s ‘no’ vote on tax

Community members spoke out Monday in support of City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), who was stripped of a council committee post last month by Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) in apparent retaliation for Avella's vote against the 18.5 percent property tax increase last November. Comment.

Beechhurst man sought hit on spouse from jail: Brown

A Beechhurst man in jail on charges of nearly beating his wife to death with a hammer tried to hire a hit man to finish the job, authorities said this week. Comment.

Con Ed removes utility poles in center of road

Con Edison employees knocked down two utility poles Tuesday that were left in the middle of a Kew Gardens Hills street after a gas station owner widened the road. Comment.

Soil contamination delays work off Whitestone Expy.

A city project to install sewers along the Whitestone Expressway has temporarily been put on hold after tons of soil were found to be contaminated with petroleum, a city official said. Comment.

Pols march with umbrellas at Sunnyside Irish parade

A steady, light rain kept many marchers and spectators away from Sunday’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Sunnyside, but it did not dampen the spirits of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other elected officials who turned out in the sea of umbrellas. Comment.

Fare hike expected to get MTA’s OK despite outcry

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is expected to approve a transit fare hike of as much as 50 cents to $2 Thursday despite an outcry from straphangers and government comptrollers’ claims that the MTA has not justified a raise. Comment.

Concorde loses pieces en route to JFK Airport

Fragments of the tail assembly of a Concorde airliner fell off during a flight to John F. Kennedy International airport last week in an incident that a Queens congressman said should bring grounding of the world’s only supersonic jet. Comment.

CB 11 keeps Northern Blvd. growth in check: The 1990s

To preserve the Douglaston - Little Neck area, CB 11 initiated a 197A Plan which applied zoning changes to the commercial Northern Boulevard and the residential areas north and south of the boulevard. This type of plan is usually prepared by a consultant at a substantial cost to the city, but because of the professional capability of the board, the plan was prepared by a few board members and staff. Comment.

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