Friday, March 14, 2003

Grandstand: Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at fine Irish pub

The moment you turn off Queens Boulevard onto Grand you leave hustle and bustle behind. Right there at the corner sits a pub, large and red but with the wearing of the green inside. And you'll hear a heavy brogue all along the bar. Comment.

Thursday, March 13, 2003

College Round-up: Martin, Wagner help Adelphi to NYCAC title

The Adelphi men’s basketball team’s 14-point halftime lead dwindled to single digits and surging Bridgeport was on the verge of snapping the Panthers’ nine-game winning streak in the first of two New York Collegiate Athletic Conference semifinals at the Pratt Center on the campus of C.W. Post Friday. Comment.

Ackerman eyes tax break for troops in Israel

Queens soldiers stationed in Israel awaiting a possible war with Iraq are among the only combat soldiers having taxes withheld from their paychecks, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) said last week. Comment.

Avella vows to fight mayor’s tax hike

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has not given up his fight against soaring property taxes even after being punished by Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) last month for voting against the mayor's 18.5 percent property tax hike. Comment.

Verdi’s Restaurant tops Optometrics Eye Care

In a well-played Minor Division game, Verdi’s Restaurant defeated Optometrics Eye Care. Verdi’s Restaurant was led by great play from Stephen Mare, Derrick Lammachia, Brian Campbell and Cal Sternick. Fillipo Gattoni was tough to stop as usual. Andrew and Mark McClean were dominating, as was Sha Torres. Optometrics Eye Care was led by great defense from Michael Slattery, Tommy Monte and Alexander Chataeu. Mike Giaccio, Chris Kekowski, Scott Semerico and Mike Conklin also had big games for Optometrics. Comment.

Queens counterfeit ring shut down: Feds

Six people have been charged with distributing millions of dollars worth of counterfeit software out of centers in Flushing and Whitestone to businesses throughout the country, federal prosecutors said. Comment.

Rego Pk. principal cleared of misconduct: Ed officials

After investigating claims that a Rego Park elementary school principal verbally abused his students, the city Department of Education has ruled the principal’s actions did not warrant disciplinary measures. Comment.

Forest Hills teen outreach in danger of cut

Community Board 6 members are worried that city budget cuts may eliminate an after-school program that sends outreach workers to “hot spots” in Forest Hills and Rego Park where young people hang out. Comment.

SE Queens residents voice transit concerns

Southeast Queens needs more mass transportation options and better service on existing lines, residents told a panel of city and state transit officials at the first town hall meeting of the Southeast Queens Transportation Advisory Committee last week. Comment.

U-Haul crashes into SUV, falls onto Laurelton Pkwy

A Far Rockaway man was arrested Monday on drunk driving charges after the U-Haul van he was driving collided with a sport-utility vehicle on a Francis Lewis Boulevard overpass, sending both falling 20 feet onto the Laurelton Parkway and closing the highway for several hours, police said. Comment.

College fair in St. Albans teaches value of education

The generation or two that stand between the elder members of the St. Albans Congregational Church and the youth who are now coming of age in their community represent not just the passage of time but also the wisdom learned in life’s hard-fought lessons. Comment.

Boro Hall meeting targets large number of uninsured

Borough health officials and elected leaders kicked off the nationwide “Cover the Uninsured Week” campaign with a town hall meeting at Borough Hall Monday targeting the high percentage of Queens residents who do not have insurance. Comment.

Reputed Gambino associate arrested in Caffe hate case

A reputed Gambino crime family associate, his wife and daughter were arrested last week on charges they made anti-Asian remarks and physically attacked an Asian woman during a late-night dinner Jan. 3 at Caffe on the Green in Bayside, law enforcement officials said. Comment.

Bayside possum eludes Animal Control, not cops

It was darting among cars and baring its teeth at passersby. But no matter who came near, it would not surrender its position on the Bayside street. Comment.

Washington Mutual opens bank in Bayside

A new Washington Mutual bank branch quietly opened for business Feb. 18 in the old Bayside Movie Theatre building on Bell Boulevard as part of an expansion into Queens planned for this year. Comment.

Bayside councilman vows to fight mayor’s tax hike

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has not given up his fight against soaring property taxes even after being punished by Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) last month for voting against the mayor’s 18.5 percent property tax hike. Comment.

Doug Hill continues fight for historical recognition

Will Douglaston Hill retain its 1900s-era character or will development send it the way of the hoop skirt? Comment.

Richmond Hill film pair get Oscar trip from Met

March Madness has taken on a whole new meaning for a pair of basketball playing brothers from Richmond Hill. Comment.

Sewer project in Flushing suffers additional setback

Ash was found in the tons of soil contaminated with petroleum along the Whitestone Expressway, a discovery that will further delay a sewer project in the area, a city official said. Comment.

Building to offer luxury living in downtown Flushing

As part of the boom in condominiums, construction is nearly complete on a nine-story building on 38th Avenue, and its units are expected to go on sale this month. Comment.

Forest Hills’ tasty treats delight Queens patrons

Even on the coldest days of the year, Irwin Goldberg makes it to his local Tasti D-Lite parlor in Forest Hills to get his daily serving of the low-fat “frozen dessert” that is advertised as having only 10 calories per ounce. Comment.

How’s Business?: Garment Industry

If foreign imports have hurt any business hard, count the garment sector in. During the mid-20th century the industry here boasted of nearly 200,000 jobs. Entering the final decade of that century it had just less than 100,000 jobs. Comment.

Business Calender

March 18 - Business to Business Networking, American Business Associates, Queens Council, Holliswood Hospital, 87-37 Palermo St., Holliswood. 8-10 a.m. 718-776-8181. Comment.

Business Organizations

BAYSIDE Comment.

Fund-raiser

Friday, March 21 - The Brooklyn/Queens Branch of the New York Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation holds the Queens & Kings Ball honoring Kathleem Kaden, vice president of corporate travel at the Interpublic Group of Companies, at Terrace on the Park at 7 p.m. For more call 212-689-2860. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Uniform’ agencies

Where is Solomon when you really need him? Comment.

Editorial: Prescription for disaster

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Kew Gardens) is right on the money when he says that the federal No Child Left Behind act is “fatally flawed” and a “prescription for disaster.” In essence the law gives parents of children attending underachieving public schools the right to demand the transfer of their children to another school. Comment.

Editorial: More goofy legislation

In the city council chambers, the silly season never ends. Next month the Contracts Committee is expected to begin debate on the Slavery Disclosure bill, which would require contractors hoping to do business with the city to disclose whether their companies ever benefited from slavery. Comment.

Thousands of school seats to arrive in Sept.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and schools Chancellor Joel Klein said Queens will get an additional 9,899 classroom seats by September because of the opening of borough schools and the building of additions to existing sites. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: St. Patrick’s Day greens bring luck, full stomachs

The Irish claim they are the greatest fighters, the greatest drinkers and the greatest lovers. Well, two out of three ain’t bad. Comment.

Point of View: College Point meeting targets crime prevention

At a recent town meeting, police officers from the 109th Precinct gave College Point residents tips on how to fight crime through the Blockwatch Program. Comment.

Neighbor ro Neighbor: Winter fun accumulates as snow covers borough

According to the groundhog, spring is just around the corner. I can hardly wait. During the winter of 2001/2002, every time the temperature went up the sweet alyssum in the front yard bloomed. It looked like dainty lace, very white against the brown earth, interspersed with the velvety purple faces of a few brave little violets. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens fire proves need for zoning enforcement

They die by ones, twos or fours, or perhaps hundreds, as illegal construction or usage causes fire after fire. In Ozone Park the Department of Building twice cited a homeowner for illegal construction. Comment.

To The Point: College Pt. church hosts Girl Scout Sunday event

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Is it too soon to even think that spring is around the corner? Comment.

Police Blotter: Manhattan man convicted in Queens of robbery, burglary, other crimes

CORONA — A Manhattan man was convicted March 5 of impersonating a police officer to rob a Corona telephone calling store last year, officials said. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Worshop set up to teach artists self-promotion

This is the third event in Queens Council on the Arts’ “Art Builds Community” program, a series of technical development workshops and round table gatherings designed to strengthen and support the Queens arts community. This round table discussion will address the role of partnerships in cultural programming, which is a pressing issue for both organizations and individuals, particularly in today’s climate. Comment.

JCAL’s ‘Creatures’ mildly disturbing

I went to “Creatures,” the exhibit now at Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning featuring the works of Nigerian born artist Wangechi Mutu, expecting to see an alternative version of those awful Steve Madden collages of those trailer trash honeys one finds in the subway. Comment.

Take advantage of Broadway’s music strike

The doors closing on Broadway musicals comes at an opportune time for Queens community theaters. Indeed, local theaters are enjoying an end-of-winter burst of great productions that would make any theater-lovers head spin. And perhaps with Broadway temporarily out of commission, many more theatre lovers with think about the local opportunities literally at our doorsteps. Comment.

Proposed city, state $ cuts risk to low crime rate: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown warned officials during a city council hearing last Thursday that proposed city and state budget cuts would increase crime rates in the borough and inhibit prosecutors’ ability to process a large amount of arrests. Comment.

Forest Hills collage artist grabs attention

Elkin said “I like to use subjects that are playful, imaginative — things that you’d want to revisit again and again.” She also tries to “connect psychology with art” in her collages. Often her works touch upon complex and sensitive issues, but she infuses them with a playfulness and warmth that instantly draws the viewer in. Comment.

‘Empire’ director to talk at Astoria’s film museum

The screening, on Friday, March 21, at 8 p.m., is part of the museum’s ongoing series World Cinema Showcase. “Empire,” which was released by Universal theatrically in 2002, boasts an outstanding ensemble cast headed by Queens native John Leguizamo, Peter Sarsgaard, Denise Richards, Isabella Rossellini, and Sonia Braga. The film also features an outstanding musical score by Ruben Blades. “Empire” is the directorial debut of songwriter and choreographer Franc Reyes. Comment.

Moretto to fly again

Moretto has decided to once again perform on stage at a time when his sophisticated, modern tango music is enjoying a resurgence in popularity among young Argentinean and other South American musicians. The new generation of music lovers has discovered the sound that made Moretto’s trio, Alas, one of the most popular South American groups in the 70’s. The band’s name means “Wings” in English. Along with the concert at LaGuardia, his five-piece band will perform at several other venues. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Free Tax Counseling Comment.

Accolade music series ends with Woodwind Spectacular

The Transatlantic Winds, formed in the early 1980s to bring woodwind ensemble music to the community, has been a staple of the music scene. “It is with great pleasure that we present them as part of the Accolade Concert Series for our audiences in Queens,” said spokeswoman LeeAnn Close. Comment.

Francis Lewis girls upset by Curtis in semis, 66-63

Jasmin Lawrence couldn’t help but feel a sense of déjà vu as she and her teammates on the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team huddled before overtime in a PSAL Class A semifinal against Curtis at St. John’s University Saturday. Comment.

Stanners crush Nardin, advance to state finals

The Archbishop Molloy Stanners easily advanced to the girls’ CHSAA Class C state championship this past weekend with a 61-33 drubbing over Nardin Academy at Canisius College in Buffalo. Comment.

Xavier defeats McClancy in ‘C’ title series opener

With just 10 available skaters and facing a team that lost only one game during the regular season, it was imperative that the McClancy hockey team not squander its scoring chances against Xavier in the first game of the best-of-three CHSHL ‘C’ championship series. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Bradd Wierzbicki

School: Cathedral Prep Comment.

Jamaica student visits D.C. with leadership program

Sixth-grader Richard Gadsden of Jamaica got to take some days off from school this week for a trip to Washington with the Junior National Youth Leaders Conference. Comment.

Queens Div. I refugees find home in NYCAC

Sherm Whittenburg’s crash course in Division I basketball came quickly three years ago. Comment.

Big East names Hatten to conference 1st-team

St. John’s University senior guard Marcus Hatten was named to the Big East Conference first-team for the second consecutive season, it was announced earlier this week. Comment.

CTK ‘daffodils’ raise money for cancer fund

When Dolores St. Louis started running the Daffodil Days cancer fund-raiser at Christ the King High School nearly a decade ago, she simply wanted to prevent the tradition initiated by her colleague, Maria Merone, from ending with her retirement. Comment.

SJU finishes season with 3 straight wins

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team followed up its dramatic win over the Duke Blue Devils with back-to-back conference wins over Rutgers and Miami this past week to guarantee a spot in the NIT and head into the Big East Tournament on a three-game winning streak. Comment.

Elmhurst landlord hired pair to kill tenants: DA

An Elmhurst landlord was arrested Saturday for allegedly hiring two of his tenants to kill two longtime residents of the same building so he could get more money out of their rent-controlled apartment, authorities said. Comment.

DOT fence plans expanded along ‘Boulevard of Death’

The city Transportation Department plans to resume installation of fencing along Queens Boulevard this spring in a campaign to reduce pedestrian fatalities by adding four more miles of barriers to restrict mid-block crossings. Comment.

Steinway marks 150 years, a legacy rooted in Queens

The Steinway & Sons piano factory is tucked away in an industrial part of Astoria far removed from the neighborhood's busy shopping corridors, plying its legendary trade the same way it has done for a century and a half. Comment.

Garden School girls win GISAL Division II crown

In the first encounter, the Queens squad overpowered the Lady Knights from the opening tip. The Lady Griffins outscored EI 17-3 in the first quarter and cruised the rest of the way. Garden’s well-balanced scoring attack was led by Danielle Daley (17 points), Yomna Nassef (15 points), Amanda Krol (14 points) and Monika Darrien (12 points). Defensively, GS held the opposition to 19 percent shooting from the floor. Comment.

Juniper civic hails Crowley for helping secure zip code

One month after a zip code change expanded the Middle Village boundary to the Long Island Expressway, the Juniper Park Civic Association awarded its Man of the Year honor to the congressman who made it happen. Comment.

Cash woes may shutter Catalpa ‘Y’

Beneath the clattering dumbbells and the patter of children's feet, the Catalpa YMCA is a relic of another time that never fully adapted to its modern-day use. Originally erected as a courthouse, the building still carries small vestiges of its original purpose, like the words "In God We Trust" plastered on the weight room's rear wall and doorknobs inscribed with "Queens County Court House." Comment.

Civics, pols push to keep harbor patrol of Rikers

Astoria civic and political leaders are protesting the city's decision to eliminate harbor patrols in the waters around Rikers Island, a move they say puts the city at risk by leaving the power plants and LaGuardia Airport in northwest Queens susceptible to terrorism. Comment.

Flushing man eyed in slay of girlfriend at JFK hotel

A Flushing man employed by a Kennedy Airport hotel was arrested early Monday morning for allegedly killing a front-desk clerk he had been dating by slashing her throat in a basement room while she was on duty Sunday, authorities said. Comment.

District 27 leaders named to Tweed posts

The superintendent and director of operations in Community School District 27 have been selected by the Department of Education to take new positions in the expanded and re-organized city agency headquartered at the Tweed Courthouse in Manhattan. Comment.

Police see link in killings in Ozone Park, Brooklyn

More than 20 detectives in the Police Department have been named to a task force to investigate a killing spree that has taken the lives of an Ozone Park deli customer, a laundromat employee in Bedford Stuyvesant and two Brooklyn deli workers. Comment.

Pols pitch plans to prevent borough firehouse closures

City Councilmen Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) and Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) presented officials with a plan Friday outlining potential savings of $14 million within the Fire Department to avoid closing two Queens firehouses. Comment.

Midville Dodgers to hold open tryouts March 15

The MV Dodgers play in the top leagues in the Metropolitan area and prepare high school players for college baseball scholarships. The teams also travel to out of state tournaments including the USABF tournament in San Diego, Calif. for the last seven years. Comment.

Mary Immaculate nurses protest staffing shortage

More than 30 off-duty nurses marched in protest outside Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica Tuesday, demanding the parent corporation increase funding and restore support staff to maintain a high level of patient care as the nurses negotiate their new contract. Comment.

MS 210 students dance their way to education

There is a lucky group of 30 students who get to dance to "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," "Johnny Be Good" and "Stayin' Alive" during the day, then perform their routines and ballets at Ozone Park senior centers throughout the year as part of their overall school curriculum. Comment.

Richmond Hill takes spot on Mayersohn’s plate

State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) toured part of downtown Richmond Hill last Thursday as part of her effort to meet community and civic leaders in the newest addition to her 27th Assembly District that includes parts of Flushing and Fresh Meadows. Comment.

CTK survives Molloy scare, 60-59

It was almost a foregone conclusion. Marlon Smith just didn’t miss. Comment.

Man stalked schoolgirl, cops allege

Police in the 102nd Precinct said they want to charge a man with stalking for allegedly following and repeatedly harassing a 10-year-old girl while she was walking to school and eating a meal at a fast food restaurant in Richmond Hill two weeks ago. Comment.

New group targets Airtrain development

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, which wants to extend Kennedy Airport's powerful economic influence to downtown Jamaica by stimulating development around the future AirTrain station, has created a new board to manage the area. Comment.

St. Albans man arrested in flashings of boro girls

A St. Albans man wanted for allegedly flashing young girls in 10 incidents around southeast Queens was arrested March 5, police said. Comment.

Body found in 24-hour laundromat

Floral bouquets and candles adorned the sidewalk in front of the Springfield Gardens Laundromat where an overnight employee was strangled and suffocated to death in an apparent robbery early Friday morning, police said. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Tough way to finish  for Smith

Marlon Smith was slumped over to his right, alone on the Archbishop Molloy bench except for his coach, Jack Curran. His head was buried in his hands and he was crying. Comment.

Queens Village parents on trial in neglect case

Jury selection began Tuesday in the trial of a Queens Village couple accused of nearly starving their baby girl to death with a bare-bones vegan diet. Comment.

Son of Bayside, 9/11 hero honored with street name

Years have gone by since the days when Vinny Giammona ruled the streets of Bayside from his home perch at the yellow house on the corner of 42nd Avenue and 202nd Street. Comment.

Ceiling collapse injures students in Floral Park

Chunks of ceiling came crashing down on a classroom full of chemistry students at Floral Park's Sewanhaka High School at around 12:30 p.m. March 5, district officials said. Comment.

New Hyde Park drivers’ union strikes Stella D’Oro

A New Hyde Park-based Teamsters local is entering its second month on strike against Stella D'Oro and intensifying its campaign against the biscuit maker's plan to phase out jobs it calls redundant. Comment.

Bayside girls squander late lead, fall in semis

A pair of free throws by Leyla Sak sent the Bayside girls’ basketball team into the fourth quarter of its PSAL Class B semifinal game against top-seeded Bronx Leadership with its largest lead of the game, 32-26. Comment.

Bellerose temple mourns ex-prez Dave Bogart, 68

Dave Bogart, longtime president of the Bellerose Jewish Center and a staple of community and religious groups in northeast Queens, died Sunday of a heart attack. He was 68. Comment.

Bankrupt Ford dealership remains open in Flushing

A bankrupt Ford dealership in Flushing will probably remain a franchise of the American automotive company after it is sold, a trustee assigned to the case said. Comment.

Volunteers aim to rebuild after Queens Village fire

More than two weeks after fire destroyed the Queens Village Hollis Bellerose Volunteer Ambulance Corps, the organization has found a temporary home in the facilities of a sister company and is back in operation, the president said. Comment.

Three years later, Queens athlete awarded diploma

When Flushing native Lance Clark played as a shooting guard for the University of New Haven's basketball team, he was determined to balance his game with the chemotherapy treatments targeting a cancerous tumor at the base of his brain. Comment.

Weprin hopes to reform ethics laws for state pols

Although the state Legislature's Ethics Committee has not punished a single lawmaker since its formation, the group will cooperate with law enforcement officials investigating whether a prison company may have tried to bribe legislators, said Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside). Comment.

’Dozo boys no match for top-seeded Lincoln

Cardozo boys’ basketball coach Ron Naclerio thumbed through 12 pages of comprehensive notes that featured everything about Lincoln, short of Sebastian Telfair’s favorite breakfast cereal. Comment.

SJU students trade books for guns as conflict looms

With the threat of war imminent, two freshmen at St. John's University enrolled in the Reserve Officer Training Corps program have been called to serve active duty with the 320th Chemical Company Army unit. Comment.

Pols tour cracked houses in Briarwood, vow to help

After touring Briarwood houses that have sunk into the ground due to unstable underlying soil Saturday, several Queens officials expressed concern that the problem is affecting not only homes that were evacuated after they cracked in January 2001 but also houses that are now occupied. Comment.

Flushing native, artist dies after 10-year cancer battle

Carolyn O'Meally McKeown, a Flushing native, died Jan. 16 after a long struggle with breast cancer. She was 40. Comment.

CB 7 endorses expansion of College Point company

A College Point construction equipment company planning to expand its facility earned the support of Community Board 7 this week. Comment.

Two teenage boys stabbed during fight on Main Street

Two teenage friends were stabbed on Main Street in downtown Flushing Friday night after getting into a fight with a group of youths, police said. Comment.

Cathedral Prep claims ‘C’ crown over Scanlon

For most of Friday’s matchup against the Monsignor Scanlan boys’ basketball team, the Cathedral Prep Crusaders seemed to be on cruise control. Led by the CHSAA’s leading scorer, Bradd Wierzbicki, and fellow senior Ray Tinneny, the team from the small school just behind the Queens Center Mall appeared headed for an easy win and another crown. Comment.

Bellerose boy, music prodigy, to be honored

Nine-year-old piano and violin virtuoso Aaron Yi Huang was to be honored with a proclamation Wednesday by Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) and the City Council. Comment.

Jennings says $8K penalty retaliation for no-tax vote

Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) claims he is “still paying the price” for his vote against raising property taxes in the City Council after the city Campaign Finance Board levied more than $8,000 in fines against him for failing to file audit reports and accurate spending statements. Comment.

Weiner wants cell service for subway stations

Cell phone service may be extended underground to all of New York City’s subway platforms by 2005 under U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Kew Gardens) proposed legislation that would allow riders to quickly report any emergency, criminal acts or possible terrorist activity to authorities. Comment.

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