Thursday, April 10, 2003

Glen Oaks little leaguers open 2003 season

About 400 Little Leaguers and their families braved the cold and rain for opening day festivities Saturday at the Glen Oaks Oval at 260th Street and 74th Avenue. Comment.

Floral Park Reform temple gains spirit from new rabbi

Until two years ago, Susan Burgos, an X-ray technician from Floral Park, attended synagogue services sporadically and mostly on holidays. But now she spends almost every Friday night at Temple Sholom at 263-10 Union Turnpike. Comment.

Fresh Meadows sergeant to train civilians for war

Like many other Americans, Sgt. David Rodriguez watches CNN every day to keep track of progress of the war in Iraq. Comment.

Airport land swap plan slammed by Queens pol

A Queens lawmaker has condemned a proposal to swap land beneath John F. Kennedy and LaGuardia airports with the Port Authority as the “worst real estate deal since the island of Manhattan was sold for $24.” Comment.

Whitestone tow company tries to appease residents

In response to complaints from residents, a Whitestone towing company has decided to have its trucks use an entrance farther away from neighboring homes, a manager with the company said. Comment.

Whitestone residents fume over lawn plan

At the beginning of the year, Mario Veljak of Whitestone noticed city workers taking measurements of what he believed to be his front lawn. Comment.

Flushing street renamed for Sept. 11 victim

For years the residents of Kalmia Avenue in Flushing watched Michael J. Cawley play sports, hang out with his friends and blast a boom box on their street. Comment.

Flushing Afghans smuggled heroin in dress lining: Feds

Federal agents pulled the plug on a suspected Flushing-based heroin ring this week with the arrest of nine people charged with smuggling the drug inside traditional Afghan wedding dresses, U.S. Attorney James Comey in Manhattan said. Comment.

City delays purchase of Udalls Cove land

The city Department of Parks and Recreation has put off its planned acquisition of wetland parcels in the Udalls Cove Ravine until 2006, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said Tuesday. Comment.

Mayor reforms special ed with boro school as model

Mayor Michael Bloomberg held up a Middle Village elementary school as a model for a citywide overhaul of the special education system that will funnel funds out of administration and into the classroom. Comment.

Mystery illness stirs fears of boro Asian immigrants

For the past two weeks one picture has dominated Chinese newspapers sold on Flushing’s Main Street: the image of an Asian man, woman or child with a mask over the mouth and a worried look in the eyes. Comment.

47th Ave. named for Woodside electrician

A young electrician who was killed during his second day on the job at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001 was honored Saturday when the street in front of his family’s Woodside apartment was renamed in his honor. Comment.

LIC museum agrees to beautify Jackson  Ave. wall

Some say it’s unsightly. To others, it’s art — or at least a shell for art. Comment.

Astoria civic eyes terror threat at meeting

Concerns about Astoria’s vulnerability to terrorism along its extensive waterfront — particularly at power plants and LaGuardia Airport — topped the list of fears residents cited at a town hall meeting on public safety last Thursday. Comment.

Rego Park lot cave-in follows remedial work

The pavement that formed the ceiling of an underground parking garage in a Rego Park apartment building caved in Sunday night, injuring a valet parking attendant who was buried inside a car and crushing about 20 other automobiles. Comment.

Teen drug use in boro linked to family role

Keynote speakers at a Borough Hall conference last week advised specialists from Queens on measures to deal with substance abuse, trends in drug use among youths and ways to identify gang members. Comment.

Howard Beach drug crews, ‘Sopranos’ actor busted: DA

Five drug crews based in Howard Beach were indicted last week in an undercover investigation known as “Operation Beach Boys” that netted Richard Maldone, who plays a gangster on “The Sopranos,” the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Health Plus opens doors at Jamaica Ave. site

A health insurance provider that markets three free or low-cost state plans for children and families has set up shop in a newly renovated Jamaica Avenue office building. Comment.

Baysiders air gripes about dogs

Neighbors living near John Golden Park in Bayside say the park is going to the dogs—literally. Comment.

Queens Library Web site helps novices search ’Net

For experienced computer users, searching for information on the World Wide Web can be a frustrating and sometimes fruitless endeavor. Comment.

FDNY Chief, Bayside grad returns to inspire students

When Daniel Nigro sat through his chemistry classes at Bayside High School, he never realized the knowledge he gained about combustible gases and chemical reactions would someday help him fight fires. Comment.

NYHQ offers pioneering breast cancer treatment

When diagnosed with early stage breast cancer, many women must undergo weeks of difficult radiation treatment after having tissue surgically removed from their breast. Comment.

Contractor pleads guilty to College Pt. dumping

A Whitestone contractor pleaded guilty to illegally dumping demolition debris full of plumbing fixtures, glass and metal as fill for ballfields in College Point in a move that uprooted more than 1,000 Little Leaguers, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

City delays purchase of  Udalls land

The city Department of Parks and Recreation has put off its planned acquisition of wetland parcels in the Udalls Cove Ravine until 2006, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said Tuesday. Comment.

Bilingual Children’s Theater a hit at Astoria’s APAC

More than 200 children and parents attended and enjoyed the two 60-minute musical shows that mixed Spanish and English together in each line of dialogue. This innovative concept of mixing the two languages in one show, instead of having two separate shows with the differing languages, was created by producer / writer / director Susana Crisan. Comment.

Big Apple Circus has big ‘Dreams’ for boro

Irish, Russians, Italians, Jews, Chinese and many others brought (and still bring) to the city their dreams, their energy, their unsinkable spirit and their cultural diversity — all elements found in a good circus performance. By joyfully celebrating New York’s storied “melting pot,” this season the Big Apple Circus also celebrates the Circus! Comment.

Forest Hills comedian aids fellow comics’ recovery

Vince Gerardi said he is a natural born comedian. When he was arrived in the world, his doctor said, “Nice delivery.” Comment.

Mosca exposes funeral biz

For a woman who has seen more corpses in her life than all of George Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” films have provided, Alexandra Mosca sure has managed to keep her sense of humor about her career. Comment.

Queens Council on the Arts holds talk on biz for artists

This event is part of 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. The panelists will share insights and information about numerous aspects of the business of visual art with a round table discussion followed by a question and answer period. Comment.

Eastern remedies come to Little Neck

Dr. Wen Guo Chen, a state-licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, was determined to keep his business alive despite having to close it for months following the World Trade Center collapse Sept. 11. Comment.

City budget cuts threaten 144 jobs at boro libraries

More than 30 employees of the Queens Borough Public Library marched in front of the Central Library branch in Jamaica last week, chanting “no layoffs” to protest the proposed elimination of 144 jobs under reduced city funding. Comment.

How’s Business?: Leasing obstacles

Insurance woes continue to be a thorn in the economy’s side. Enter car leasing in combination with auto insurance, which fall under the “vicarious liability” law with “vicarious” defined as “in place of someone else.” Comment.

Recent Real Estate Listings

Bayside, 212-07 75 Ave., Coop, Hi-Rise, $89,900, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment.

Business Calender

April 22 - Business Card Exchange – QSAC, Inc. – 5:30– 7:30 p.m. 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.

Police Blotter: Astoria cop run down after drug bust: NYPD

ASTORIA — Three men were arrested last Thursday after a drug bust gone bad ended with a police officer run down by a car, police said. Comment.

Editorial: No deal

Given the city's economic crisis, we understand why the mayor has offered to give the Port Authority ownership of the land under LaGuardia and JFK airports in exchange for the property rights at the World Trade Center and $700 million. This would in essence give the city a free hand in redeveloping lower Manhattan. But it would also put the two airports completely in the hands of the Port Authority. Even if we had tremendous confidence in the Port Authority, this would be a mistake. Comment.

Editorial: A Chinese heart?

What would Confucius say? Comment.

Editorial: The YO loophole

Last week a Queens judge sentenced four of the seven men convicted of beating two Bangladeshi men outside a bar in Astoria. Two of the men were sentenced to spend the next five years in a state prison. The other two men were given youthful offender (YO) status and were sentenced to 1 1/3 to 4 years in prison. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Writer’s block redefined in anti-author article

Writing is the ability to meet the challenge of filling space. - Rebecca West Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Anchor-Astoria Lodge 729 hosts awards party

College Point activist Joan Vogt was the recipient of the DeWitt Clinton Award last week at the Anchor-Astoria Lodge 729. This award is the highest that can be given to a non-Mason by the Masonic brotherhood. It was given to her for her many years of selfless dedication to the community. Comment.

MTA in talks to absorb boro’s private buses

In an exchange of letters released last week, the city and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have agreed to work toward a deal that would give the MTA control of four private bus lines in Queens and three others citywide as part of a new regional bus company. Comment.

Point of View: Renovations under way for Flushing Expo project

The Flushing Expo is apparently an off-again, on-again project. It has been dormant for almost a year because of financial problems. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rosedale Eagle Scouts soar to highest position

Eagles, although extremely rare, are often sighted in Rosedale. Seeing twin eagles soaring to great heights together is a very special rarity. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Boro’s needs put on hold as Congress wastes cash

The Kew Gardens Hills Civic Association believes much of its infrastructure needs to be rebuilt. Members want a new library, new ball fields at PS 164 and PS 165, seasonal street paving, reconstruction of local water mains and storm/sanitary sewers, new buses for local and express routes and a rebuilt bridge at the south end of Willow Lake in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

To The Point: Little Neck Doug Lions give praise to Padavan

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Every time you turn around, the cold returns and you have to add some layers of clothing. Comment.

Monte Barrett scores split decision victory

UNCASVILLE, CONN. — It had all the trappings of a tough loss for heavyweight Monte Barrett. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Kelley faces uphill battle vs. Barrera

Kevin Kelley will step back into the prize ring Saturday in what can realistically be called his last shot at the big time. The fighter, known to fans around the world as “The Flushing Flash,” will attempt to wrestle the featherweight crown from atop the head of the recognized champion of the world, Marco Anthony Barrera and, quite frankly, not many are giving Kelley a chance. Comment.

Maddalone ekes out win over McKinney

UNCASVILLE, CONN. — Chalk it up as another lesson for heavyweight pupil Vinny Maddalone. Comment.

Archbishop Molloy hoping to repeat CHSAA championship

Jack Curran led the Archbishop Molloy Stanners to the 17th CHSAA city championship in his more than four decades as head coach of the varsity baseball team. But the team’s 26th appearance in the title game has taken its toll on the 2003 squad. Comment.

Mary Louis leads race for boro softball supremacy

The Mary Louis Academy girls’ varsity softball team ran through the league schedule in 2002 en route to the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship but finished as runners-up to Moore Catholic in the city. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Anthony McCarty

Anthony McCarty kicked off his senior year in style, tossing his first career no-hitter in a 9-0 blanking of Van Buren last Thursday. And the economical McCarty did so on just 75 pitches. Comment.

Boro pols seek Flt. 587 fund to aid families

Four of the Democratic state senators from Queens are co-sponsoring legislation to create a scholarship fund to benefit the immediate family of victims killed when American Airlines Flight 587 crashed in Belle Harbor. Comment.

Hausdorf nets game-winner as Cardozo tops Townsend Harris

After Carolyn Durniak scored the tying goal with 12 minutes left, Kristen Hausdorf netted the game-winner with less than two minutes left in the second half for the Cardozo girls’ soccer team, in a wild 5-4 win over rival Townsend Harris at Flushing Meadow Corona Park Friday. Comment.

Bloop single lifts Newtown over Cleveland, 4-3

Steve Rodriguez didn’t care how hard he hit the ball or how sweet his swing looked. The sophomore third baseman on the Newtown baseball team just wanted to get the ball out of the infield. Comment.

Pioneers trounce Queens Vocational, improve to 3-0

Wayne Crawford knew his Newtown girls’ softball team could hit. But he didn’t know the Pioneers would be hitting so well so early. Comment.

Red Storm stops Georgetown, wins NIT crown

For Anthony Glover, it was a perfect way to end his college career. With a sea of red-clad fans covering the hollowed hardwood at Madison Square Garden, the captain of the St. John’s University men’s basketball team couldn’t resist the temptation any longer. Comment.

College Round-up: Ivey, Texas NCAA run ends against Anthony, Syracuse

Casey Jacobson from Stanford, Purdue’s Willie Deane, Ben Gordon from Connecticut. Comment.

Seed: Finest dining begins with small Seed

Step into Seed and you realize immediately Millie (25-year former restaurateur) doesn't live there any more. The look is Manhattan with the addition of a sunlit greenhouse rear room and an Oriental overtone dining area. (That striking horizontally woven wall, for instance.) Comment.

Young ballplayers parade through Glendale

They may have worn rain jackets over their baseball uniforms, but players in the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League marched with bright smiles Saturday in the annual parade marking the start of their game season. Comment.

Wyckoff forum urges Latinos to seek medical aid

City Councilwoman Diana Reyna's (D-Brooklyn) father has a wife, four daughters and two granddaughters to nag him about seeing the doctor. But he still rarely goes. Comment.

Catalpa keeps up fight to save YMCA

The leader of the YMCA of Greater New York was greeted by shirts, signs and balloons protesting the impending closure of the Catalpa YMCA when she visited the facility last week to speak with staff members. Comment.

Hatten ends college career with first championship

Don’t sell the National Invitation Tournament short, at least not around Marcus Hatten. The senior out of Baltimore by way of Tallahassee Community College claimed his first-ever championship on any level last Thursday when his St. John’s Red Storm defeated the Georgetown Hoyas. Comment.

Ridgewood street renaming honors officer slain on 9/11

A Ridgewood police officer who died escorting people to safety on Sept. 11, 2001 had the street on which he coached children in track renamed in his honor Sunday. Comment.

Conley told to exit post leading CB2

Joseph Conley, the longtime chairman of Community Board 2, is resigning under pressure from his leadership post at the request of Borough President Helen Marshall, whose spokesman cited tension between Conley and City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) as the reason for his ouster. Comment.

Rockaway power facility draws ire from boro pols

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and other elected officials were quick to criticize a new power plant in Rockaway that they said will supply most of its energy to Nassau County but leave its negative environmental impact on the borough. Comment.

Cross Bay Blvd. bridge to get $9.7M rebuild

Eight lanes of traffic will be reduced to six lanes during the three-month demolition and reconstruction of the Cross Bay Boulevard bridge that passes over the Belt Parkway, a city Department of Transportation spokeswoman said. Comment.

Snows Intermediate boys top open season with 7-3 victory

OLS jumped out to a three run lead in the top of the second when Jeremy Hausdorf tripled home Kevin Salcedo and later scored on Ray Potestio’s RBI groundout. The Snows boys then scored their third run by sandwiching back-to-back singles by Jonathan Dupuy and Anthony Civtano around a stolen base. Comment.

Mayor plans 5,401 layoffs, closing of boro firehouses

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is proposing to lay off 5,401 city workers and simultaneously close two firehouses in Queens as part of his plan to rescue the city from financial ruin as budget negotiations for the next fiscal year get underway. Comment.

Comedians band together with Kew Gardens group

Vince Gerardi said he is a natural born comedian. When he arrived in the world, his doctor said, "Nice delivery." Comment.

Howard Beach drug crews, ‘Sopranos’ actor busted: DA

Five drug crews based in Howard Beach were indicted last week in an undercover investigation known as "Operation Beach Boys" that netted Richard Maldone, who plays a gangster on "The Sopranos," the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

New synagogue to go up in Forest Hills

The demolition of a building full of memories is not usually cause for celebration, but on Sunday the Havurat Yisrael congregation of Forest Hills welcomed the razing of their old headquarters as an opportunity to build the synagogue of their dreams. Comment.

Rego Park lot cave-in follows remedial work

The pavement that formed the ceiling of an underground parking garage in a Rego Park apartment building caved in Sunday night, injuring a valet parking attendant who was buried inside a car and crushing about 20 other automobiles. Comment.

Qns. Village vegan parents deserved guilty verdict: Doc

After a Queens jury convicted Joseph and Silva Swinton of nearly starving their 16-month-old daughter to death with a threadbare vegetarian diet, a pediatrician who testified for the prosecution harshly criticized the young couple and lauded the verdict. Comment.

Notre Dame sweeps St. John’s in doubleheader

The usually analytical Ed Blankmeyer was blunt and to the point Sunday at The Ballpark at St. John’s. After all, what was left to say after the St. John’s baseball team got hammered by No. 24 Notre Dame in a Big East doubleheader sweep. Comment.

Traffic light installed on Forest Parkway

After eight years of hard work and cooperation with the city's transportation and traffic agencies, local officials' persistence finally paid off with the installation of a traffic light at Oak Ridge on the Forest Parkway in Forest Park. Comment.

Dad dies six days after Jamaica shooting

A Corona man who was shot last month during a mid-morning dispute on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica died from his injuries last week, police said. Comment.

Johnson Financial, Duce Construction battle to 5-5 tie

Sunday, April 6, was a beautiful opening day for the Johnson Financial ball club of the Bayside Little League Pee Wee Division. They played a barn-burner of a game against Duce Construction and wound up in at a 5-5 tie. Comment.

VIPs step into new shoes as Principal for a Day

Students at PS 116 in Jamaica got a civics lesson when Borough President Helen Marshall took over as Principal for a Day last week and took the reins of the District 29 school. Comment.

Glen Oaks mental health program helps elderly

Bernard Rosen struggled with depression for more than 50 years, but it was a unique program at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks that finally helped him to get his illness under control. Comment.

Ed. experts solicit ideas from SE Queens

If you had all the money you needed, how would you use it to improve schools in southeast Queens? Comment.

Weprin introduces bill to curb illegal conversions

A new bill introduced by Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) would give the Buildings Department more power to punish homeowners who undertake illegal construction projects, but whether it would solve the longstanding problem of illegal conversions is uncertain. Comment.

Two Bronx men sentenced for roles in Astoria fracas

Two Bronx men were given relatively lenient sentences Monday for their role in a gang assault in Astoria two years ago after the judge declined their attorneys' motion to overturn their jury conviction, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Sopranos shoot meal scene at nautical Bayside eatery

The Sopranos came within feet of Bayside's 111th Police Precinct last Thursday, but it wasn't to turn themselves in for organized crime activity. Comment.

St. Greg’s kicks off season with field blessing

Cunningham greeted his parishioners, parents and players with a warm welcome on a cold, wet day. After a prayer service and blessing of the field, Cunningham remarked on the importance of developing the basic skills in playing the game, along with good sportsmanship. Comment.

Bloomberg, Pataki spar over federal terrorism funds

A rift may have opened in the relationship between Republicans Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Gov. George Pataki after the two decided not to schedule a meeting to address how they will disperse millions of dollars in federal homeland security funds. Comment.

Several borough streets lose free Sunday parking

From the rapidly diminishing list of things in life that are free, cross off Sunday parking in several heavily traveled parts of western Queens. Comment.

Comrie, Liu seek to limit truck traffic

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), said people at his district meetings often complain about trucks tearing down telephone and power lines as they rumble through residential neighborhoods in Queens. Comment.

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