Thursday, March 27, 2003

Pol eyes repairs, service at Flushing LIRR station

State Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik (D-Flushing) is pushing a plan in Albany to renovate the Flushing Long Island Rail Road station and have trains stop there more frequently. Comment.

Burlington Coat welcomes buyers at Glen Oaks store

Bargain-hunters thronged the Burlington Coat Factory in the Glen Oaks Shopping Center Friday as the new store opened its doors to mostly rave reviews. Comment.

Additional security in place at boro airports

Amid warnings from President George Bush that the Iraq war could be an extended conflict, airline passengers made their way through tightened security to catch their flights at the two Queens airports this week. Comment.

Rosedale parents send son to war with pride, concern

Like many military families throughout the country, Glenda and Howard Lynch of Rosedale greeted the deployment of their two sons to the Middle East this year with a mixture of pride, apprehension and a strong sense of patriotic duty. Comment.

War prompts tighter security across boro

With the onset of the Iraq war, security around the borough has been stepped up in measures that have targeted the streets, subways and schools. Comment.

Weprin touts commuter tax plan at CB 12 meeting

Imposing a commuter tax on people who work in New York City but live elsewhere would not only help balance the city budget, but it would reduce income tax for city residents, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) told a Community Board 12 meeting last week. Comment.

Borough firefighters rally for US troops during war

The war with Iraq has produced deep divisions between many American citizens. But one Queens group stands almost completely united in support of soldiers fighting on the other side of the world. Comment.

Settlement reached over ‘97 Springfield Blvd. crash

A Queens Village couple whose daughter was killed five years ago when a truck ran a partially obscured red light on Springfield Boulevard has dropped a lawsuit against the city and negotiated a cash settlement, their attorney said. Comment.

Schneider pediatrician gets $450,000 for arthritis study

A pediatrician at Schneider Children’s Hospital in Glen Oaks has received a $450,000 grant from the Arthritis Foundation to head the most aggressive study of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis undertaken in North America, Long Island Jewish Health System announced. Comment.

Beechhurst accountant to seek Avella’s council seat

A Beechhurst accountant has kicked off his campaign to challenge Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his northeast Queens seat. Comment.

Douglaston lawyer stole $8K from client: Brown

A lawyer from Douglaston was arrested last week and charged with stealing $8,800 from a client in a real estate transaction, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

New Douglaston homes raise fear over wetlands

Construction has begun on at least four private homes on a patch of vacant land north of the Douglaston Long Island Rail Road adjacent to a wetlands area on the shore of Alley Creek. Comment.

Whitestone Bravest honored with street name

Friends, family and neighbors of Thomas Anthony Casoria poured out onto a sunny Whitestone street Saturday afternoon to see the road dedicated in honor of the lost firefighter. Comment.

Borough Afghans question Bush promises in Iraq war

The Afghan population of Queens has a message for the people of Iraq: Be wary of the promises made by President George W. Bush. Comment.

College Pt. facility named for automotive school site

The Greater New York Automobile Dealers Association signed a deal last week to bring a national automotive school to its planned state-of-the-art facility in College Point. Comment.

Herbs, beer good for ‘ale’ments

Toomer’s Liquors in Springfield Gardens may seem like a typical liquor store, with shelf upon shelf of bottles lined up behind a protective glass barrier, but longtime owner Eloise Toomer has found a way to stand out. Comment.

How’s Business?: Mortgage market

Remember the movie that asked “just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water?” We can parallel that feeling with the present-day mortgage market. Just when it looked as if mortgage refinancing was on the decline, renewed demand has returned. Comment.

Business Calendar

March 29 - The Trustee of the Education and Cultural Fund of the Electrical Industry, Fifty-Fifth Annual Scholarship Award Breakfast at Electric Industry Center Auditorium, 67-38 Parsons Blvd. Flushing. Comment.

Queens offers brides-to-be many dress options

With spring comes flowers, sunshine, and love. It is a fact that most weddings take place in spring, and Queens has an abundant supply of bridal shops able to cater to the needs of its customers. Comment.

Keep your special day safe, healthy

The bride-to-be wants everything to go right on her special day. Her gown is super special, her hair is shaped and styled with special care. Facial make up is also often applied with style and care. Comment.

Create a one-of-a-kind wedding invitation

However, it’s quite possible to create an inexpensive, uniquely personal invitation by following a few simple suggestions from the graphic design faculty of The Art Institutes. Comment.

Not everyone’s a size eight: Tips for the full-figured bride

Most women spend hours combing through all the bridal magazines they can get their hands on comparing styles and fabrics. But when it comes time to start visiting bridal shops and trying on gowns, many plus-sized brides find the selection to be disappointing. Comment.

Gifts that stand out from pack: Perfect marriage of unique, useful items

While everything on the list may be something the couple needs, sometimes it’s fun to break the mold and go for something that isn’t on the gift registry. Comment.

Borough peace activists rally to end Iraq conflict

Queens residents opposed to the war in Iraq said they are planning future demonstrations and peaceful actions in the borough to garner support among opposition groups who want to resolve the military conflict in the Persian Gulf. Comment.

Picture perfect: tips for wedding makeup

Both formal and unposed, these are photos you will treasure for years to come. You want to make sure you look great in every single one. You’ve probably found the perfect dress, shoes and jewelry, but what about your makeup? Comment.

Business Organizations

BAYSIDE Comment.

Fund-raisers

Saturday, April 5 - Christ the King Alumni Association holds its Annual Hall of Fame Awards Dinner at 68-02 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village, at 7 p.m. Call 718-366-7400 Ext. 272. Comment.

Editorial: Big fat Greek festival

We assume that the festival raises thousands of dollars for the church. It also raises the ire of at least some of the church’s neighbors who feel put upon by all of the fun. Traffic is disrupted and parking is difficult. And then there are all those happy people shouting “oppa!” Comment.

Editorial: Parenting on trial

The trial of two Queens Village parents on charges of nearly starving their baby to death raises profound and disturbing questions that call into question that complex relationship between parents, the state and modern medical science. Comment.

Editorial: Who asked them?

It is possible for honorable men to disagree about the war in Iraq. Only time will tell whether this was an act of political courage or an abuse of power. In the last two months it was nearly impossible to turn on the television or radio without hearing some expert offer his or her opinion on how to deal with Saddam Hussein. With so many opinions, we see no reason to offer ours and, more to the point, we see no reason for the City Council to offer its opinion. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Fools’ follies not dampened by April showers

The first day of April will be April Fools’ Day, a time to give all April Fools the foolish opportunity to make fools of themselves. So, beware the pranks of the well-intended, but misguided, pranksters who will have you believing that rats are running amok in the Lincoln Tunnel, sewer alligators have just devoured a subway worker or Bell Boulevard is completely covered with green snow. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Term limits ruling rocks City Council leadership

It has been another busy week for Queens with most local events overshadowed by two biggies: First, State Supreme Court Judge Gerald Rosenberg’s decision overturning the New York City Council’s “tweaks” to its term limits law. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: SE Queens leaders step aside for change of pace

Traditionally March weather is said to be associated with lions and lambs. We have been told that if it comes in like a lion, it will go out like a lamb and vice versa. March 2003 has seen two well-known Rosedale community leaders, both “lions” of southeast Queens, step aside for somewhat of a change of pace. Comment.

The Civic Scene: QCC Holocaust center presents ‘The Pianist’

A friend invited Edna and me to a showing of the movie “The Pianist,” by Roman Polanski. It was presented at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria by the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives, Queensborough Community College, with the support of Time Warner. Comment.

Boro Hindus promote faith to fight prejudicial attacks

In the terror and chaos that followed Sept. 11, Hindus were often the target of misdirected bias attacks by assailants who did not know the difference between Hindus and Muslims. Comment.

To The Point: Poppenhusen gears up for multicultural event

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Spring finally came around the corner and we could feel the difference, and it is delightful. Comment.

Police Blotter: Police search for suspect in boro bank robberies

FOREST HILLS — Police were searching for a bank robber who has hit two locations in Queens. Comment.

AMMI salutes directors at home and abroad

The series consists of double-features by 11 directors, including Michelangelo Antonioni, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, F. W. Murnau, Josef von Sternberg, Max Ophuls, Wim Wenders, Jean Renoir, Werner Herzog, Terence Davies, and John Woo. On each day of the series, the museum will present an American and international film by the same director. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

‘Godspell’ sets sights on Forest Hills Gdns.

The storied theatrical tradition established by The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills Gardens will continue this spring with the opening of the classic musical “Godspell” on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. within the church itself at 85 Greenway South. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Free Tax Counseling Comment.

Urdu poetry thrives in boro

Symbolic of the cultural co-existence of Queens and its dynamic art, music, poetry, craft and literature presence, Jackson Heights has become a center for the public performance and discussion of Urdu poetry. Comment.

What a winter! What in store for the spring?

The frigid temperatures and snow-filled days seemed to spur on Queens community theaters to put their very best feet forward, resulting in one of the finest seasons I can recall. Indeed, Douglaston Community Theater took a chance on the weather and inaugurated their first winter season — or at least it was the first that I know of — resulting in their wonderful “Death Takes a Holiday,” a production Queens community theatre goers are not likely to soon forget. Comment.

Boro Iraqis voice support for US troops in Gulf war

Iraqis in Queens are standing behind the military action to depose Saddam Hussein, even as American and British bombs fall on the cities they once called home. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Jessica McEntee

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Cardozo girls sets sights on PSAL soccer title

The goal for the Cardozo girls’ soccer team is clear: PSAL championship or bust. Comment.

Newcomers leads pack in new PSAL girls soccer ‘B’ leagues

There’s a new twist to PSAL girls’ soccer this year. For the first time in its 22-year history, there will be a citywide ‘B’ division. Comment.

Hatten keeps Red Storm in hunt for NIT crown

He did it again. Comment.

Queensborough baseball looks to return to CUNY title game

All Craig Everett needs for his recruiting budget at Queensborough Community College is a MetroCard and a Queens bus map. Comment.

Queens baseball hoping for improvement in ’03

Frank Battaglia has no problem admitting that last year could have been a little better. In his first season as the head coach of the Queens College men’s baseball team, the 27-year-old Archbishop Molloy alum guided an undermanned Knights squad to a dismal 7-25 record. Comment.

DeMasters has Queens softball ready for run at NYCAC crown

The Queens College softball team did not have a terrible year in 2002, finishing with a 25-18 record, good for sixth in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference standings and third in the conference tournament. Comment.

St. John’s baseball building on past disappointment

It’s a game that is permanently etched in the memory of each of the 18 returning players on the St. John’s baseball team. Comment.

Storm softball hopes to Cope with tough slate

In preparation for its tough league schedule, St. John’s softball coach Melody Cope has assembled the most difficult non-league schedule in program history. Comment.

Queens track clubs collaborate on borough grand prix series

“I’ve always wanted to do something to unite Queens,” said Dominic Ortiz, head of the Quantum Feet Road Runners. “At first I thought about a race on Thanksgiving Day. It’s a tough day or people to come out and volunteer. Comment.

Richmond Hill Sikhs prepare for backlash

The president of Richmond Hill’s Sikh Cultural Society said he and his congregation are taking steps to ensure they are not targets of anti-Muslim sentiment following America’s entry into war with Iraq. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: One out of four ain’t bad either

The 2002-03 high school basketball season came to a close this past weekend with the annual state Federation tournament held in Glens Falls, N.Y. Four borough teams made the trek northward, with one coming home with the ultimate prize. Comment.

Molloy girls wins state Federation ‘C’ crown

GLENS FALLS — It was the biggest game of her high school career and Keri Ann Jetter was searching the Glens Falls Civic Center for answers Saturday. The junior on the Archbishop Molloy girls’ basketball team didn’t know why she couldn’t make a basket. Comment.

Bona Restaurant: Polish gem on Fresh Pond Road quite special

There are just 10 tables seating 40. Sixteen dollar bills are taped to the wall and two long-stemmed, fresh pink roses are in a glass vase on the short serving counter. A cooler with Polish beers has snowflakes dangling from its glass door. Comment.

North Shore nurse convicted of having sex on LIRR

An emergency room nurse at the North Shore University Hospital in Forest Hills was found guilty in a Hempstead, L.I. courtroom last Thursday of having three-way sex with his brother and his brother's wife while riding an early-morning Long Island Rail Road train, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.

Social service agency grows despite budget fears

As Sunnyside Community Services embarks on its most ambitious expansion project since moving to its current home 15 years ago, administrators face withering city funds that could threaten some of the programs patronized by thousands. Comment.

CK boys lose heartbreaker to Lincoln, 75-73

GLENS FALLS — Japhet McNeil said what almost everyone in the Glens Falls Civic Center was thinking. Comment.

LIC senior center gets funds for renovation

Jacob Riis Senior Center in Long Island City became $750,000 richer Friday when City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) hand-delivered on a campaign promise to get much needed funds for the aging facility. Comment.

LIC organization assists ex-cons after time served

Long Island City's Osborne Association is about second chances, something Anne McLaughlin knows all too well. Comment.

Maspeth Chamber of Commerce turns 50

A lot has changed along Grand Avenue since the days when Clara the Matron used to patrol the aisles of the Maspeth Movie House like a drill sergeant on a power trip. Comment.

Plea deal reached for teen in Ridgewood bat beating

A Ridgewood teen has pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter for hitting a classmate with a baseball bat in a fatal schoolyard confrontation in January, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Lady Royals come up short against Bergtraum

GLENS FALLS — There was no sweeter sound for Carmen Guzman, and none more frustrating for the Christ the King girls’ basketball team, than the blare of the final horn Saturday at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Comment.

Rego Park psych clinic celebrates 50 years

A Rego Park mental health clinic that was founded after World War II with three rooms and eight patients is planning to celebrate its 50th anniversary this summer. Comment.

Powder, dye rain down on Richmond Hill

Celebrating both the victory of good over evil and the warm weather, thousands flocked to the streets of Richmond Hill Sunday and covered nearly every man, woman and child in sight in brightly colored powder during the 14th annual Hindu Phagwah festival. Comment.

Boro entrepreneurs to put TV into taxi cabs

As Forest Hills native Joe Dane Ortiz sat in a cab stuck in traffic just outside the Queens Midtown Tunnel more than two years ago, his eyes veered to the left and he saw a vision. Comment.

Richmond Hill museum honored for programs

The Museum of Sound Recording in Richmond Hill was recognized at the New York Youth Media Arts Show last week for its work with city youth and for helping to establish a cultural institution in the borough. Comment.

Actor Adrien Brody salutes Rego Pk. soldier

While millions of viewers around the world were watching the Academy Awards Sunday, Ada and Thomas Zarobinski were tuned into the 11 o'clock news in their Rego Park apartment awaiting updates on the Iraqi conflict in hopes of finding out where their son, Thomas Jr., might be fighting. Comment.

Cathedral Prep falls in ‘C’ semis to Friends

GLENS FALLS — Bradd Wierzbicki knew Kyle Neptune was a great player before heading into the state Federation Class C semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday, and the Cathedral Prep boys’ basketball team did everything it could to try and stop Brooklyn Friends’ 6-foot-4 senior. Comment.

Howard Beach man charged in state fraud scheme

Four borough men have been charged with cheating the state's workers compensation fund out of almost $70,000 during a three-year period after they were caught faking injuries and simultaneously working at paying jobs, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.

Bellerose Sikhs plan first-ever health fair

The rituals of Sikh worship at the Gurdwara Sant Sagar temple in Bellerose will take a back seat Sunday as doctors, attorneys and other medical professionals share their knowledge and give free advice at the temple's first medical fair. Comment.

Two murdered in separate Hollis disputes

A Hollis woman was suffocated and a Jamaica man was shot in separate murders just blocks away from each other Sunday, police said. Comment.

Teen drug mule sentenced to probation

A 13-year-old boy who was found guilty of flying into Kennedy Airport from Nigeria with 87 bags of heroin in his stomach was released into the custody of his defense attorney and ordered to serve a two-year probation period in a juvenile treatment facility in Georgia. Comment.

Boro trio comes back to Queens for loss to St. John’s

Sophomore Rashad Bell drilled a three-pointer with 8.2 seconds remaining, pulling the Boston University Terriers within three of the favored St. John’s University men’s basketball team in a first-round battle of the National Invitation Tournament March 19 at Alumni Hall. Comment.

LIJ suggests plan for new parking garage

Plans for a new seven-level parking garage to be constructed on the Glen Oaks campus of Long Island Jewish Medical Center were greeted with apprehension and mistrust by members of Community Board 13 last week. Comment.

City awards $20K grant to BID plan

The Laurelton Local Development Corporation was awarded a city grant to aid in the creation of a business improvement district along Merrick Boulevard, the Department of Small Business Services said. Comment.

Hard times for nation may mean surge in flags

Barry Kessler does not necessarily like it, but bad times for the country can sometimes mean good times for his flag and banner business. Comment.

Settlement reached over ‘97 Springfield Blvd. crash

A Queens Village couple whose daughter was killed five years ago when a truck ran a partially obscured red light on Springfield Boulevard has dropped a lawsuit against the city and negotiated a cash settlement, their attorney said. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens’ Ivey, Brown to clash in NCAA Sweet 16

They’ve taken different roads to get to this juncture — the flashy point guard from LeFrak City and the hard-nosed defensive specialist from Hollis — but on Friday night Taliek Brown and Royal Ivey will meet in the Sweet 16. Comment.

Queens Village vegan baby near death, docs testify

A Queens Village child suffered from such severe malnutrition that she was in grave danger of dying, doctors testified as the prosecution completed its case against the parents accused of starving their daughter on a meager vegan diet. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe Basketball: Lee’s Jewel Box bests Franklin’s Printing

In an exciting game, Lee’s Jewel Box defeated a tough Franklin’s Printing team, 35-19. The game was close throughout, as both teams entertained the fans with dazzling plays. Ben Tockarshewsky led the way with 21 points for Lee’s, while Dustin Lee finished with 10 and Anthony Andreani contributed 4. Max Popper and Joe Roberti led the way defensively and on the boards. Jeff Johnston and Steve McGrory made great plays for Franklin’s throughout the game. Comment.

Bayside sewer projects set to relieve floods, backups

After years of flooding that has overwhelmed local streets and caused damage to homes in Bayside, two new sewer projects are about to begin in earnest in two far-flung sections of the community. Comment.

Chinese calligraphy school to teach scribes in Flushing

A school teaching traditional Chinese calligraphy and aimed at attracting both Asian and non-Asian students is expected to set up shop soon in downtown Flushing. Comment.

CB 8 warned of youth program cutbacks

At Community Board 8's annual legislative breakfast at the Pomonok Neighborhood Center in Kew Gardens Hills Friday, representatives of youth advocacy groups outlined categories of youth programs likely to be affected by next year's city and state budget cuts. Comment.

Francis Lewis JROTC cadets a long way from war

With the war against Iraq in progress, the senior army instructor of the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps at Francis Lewis High School said he was not planning on holding any special discussions with high-school cadets to address current events. Comment.

Kelley gets another crack at boxing crown

Kevin “The Flushing Flash” Kelley will get a shot to regain the featherweight championship when he takes on the reigning 126-pound champ, Marco Antonio Barrera in a scheduled 12-round fight at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas Saturday, April 12. Comment.

Beechhurst accountant to seek Avella’s council seat

A Beechhurst accountant has kicked off his campaign to challenge Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) for his northeast Queens seat. Comment.

Boro officials remember Triangle Shirtwaist fire

To commemorate one of the deadliest workplace catastrophes in the city's history, Queens politicians and labor leaders held a small service Sunday morning at Mount Zion Cemetery in honor of the 146 people who lost their lives in the Triangle Shirtwaist factory fire of 1911. Comment.

Neighbors oppose new apartments

A group of community residents on 125th Street in Richmond Hill are fighting to prevent construction of a nearby three-story commercial and residential complex that they contend would increase crowding and strain city services in the area. Comment.

Boro civics lobby to limit community facilities

Advocates for changes to the city's zoning laws made a pitch to the Queens County Line Democratic Association last week to drum up support for tougher regulation of community facilities before anticipated zoning reforms are announced by the City Planning Department. Comment.

Flushing squatters’ home hit with 2 fires in 1 night

Two separate fires ripped through a Flushing factory that is home to squatters Saturday night, damaging a business next door for the third time in six months. Comment.

Boro watches war unfold with pride, apprehension

As American and British forces surged into Iraq this week, an intense security net descended across the borough of Queens. Comment.

White powder in luggage sparks LaGuardia panic

The discovery of a piece of checked luggage containing a mysterious white powder and a gas mask prompted officials to close the American Airlines ticketing area at LaGuardia Airport for an hour Friday. Comment.

Smoking ban takes effect Sunday in city workplaces

A citywide ban on smoking in public places was scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. Sunday even as state lawmakers debated their own tougher version of an anti-smoking law. Comment.

TA employees take terror alert classes

If it’s any comfort to the subway-riding millions, New York City Transit Authority employees have been schooled on what to do in case of a terror emergency and specially equipped police now regularly patrol trains and stations. Comment.

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