Sunday, April 27, 2003

NY Freedoms show improvement in 2-1 loss to Reading

A week after a season-opening 4-1 thumping of the Westchester Flames, New York Freedoms general manager/head coach David Price proclaimed his soccer team to be an improved club Saturday night. Comment.

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Whitestone students revive dinosaurs in exhibit

For years New Yorkers interested in learning about dinosaurs have turned to the giant bones in the American Museum of Natural History in Manhattan. Comment.

Queens Orthodox priest chosen as regional head

The head of Astoria's Greek Orthodox parish, which is the largest in the country, has been chosen as the Metropolitan of New Jersey, where he will supervise 53 parishes in the mid-Atlantic states. Comment.

Seniors fear uncertainty over center

Dozens of seniors joined local politicians last March in front of the Whitestone Hebrew Center to protest the threatened closing of The Jewish Association Services for the Aging center, which meets inside of the synagogue Mondays. Comment.

Doug civic to meet with Region 3 super Judith Chin

The Douglaston Civic Association and local parent-teacher associations are set to host Judith Chin, the superintendent-designate for northeast Queens' new instructional division, at a public meeting on the mayor's school restructuring plan Tuesday. Comment.

Bayside civic to fight city’s leash policy

The East Bayside Homeowners Association vowed to oppose the city's policy allowing dogs off leashes in parks and to fight July 4 fireworks at its Tuesday meeting as its founder and longtime president, Frank Skala, prepared to join Community Board 11. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Duce Construction battles American Legion Post 123

Duce Construction vs. American Legion Post 123. This well-fought Pee Wee contest was highlighted by great defensive skill. Duce was led by the gold glove performances of the infield combo of Jonathin Nm and Christian Watch. American Legion’s David Rodriguez flashed leather that brought back memories of Keith Hernandez to old Mets fans, while teammate Samantha Cobotic banged out two big hits to pace the offensive attack. Comment.

Suicidal man, 58, sets fire to van on Northern Blvd.

An emotionally disturbed man set his van on fire in a failed suicide attempt across from St. Anastasia Church in Douglaston last Thursday after an earlier dispute in Glen Oaks, police said. Comment.

Armed intruders slash Bayside dad, son in home

A Bayside father and son were slashed in their home Tuesday night after two men wielding a knife and a machete rang their doorbell and asked for “Chris,” their wife and mother said. Comment.

Luxury condominium tower to open in Kew Gardens

A 30-unit, seven-story condominium building with marble hallways and a mirrored lobby is scheduled to open in a residential neighborhood in the heart of Kew Gardens in late October, the building’s brokers say. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Joe’s Pizza Cyclones scalp LI Tomahawk Braves, 5-4

Wolfin’s best friend, Braves’ Kevin Han, had a sixth-inning hit, which brought the Braves within one run of the lead before Wolfin was able to record the final out to seal the win. Cyclones’ starter Blake Cholost allowed only one unearned run in his four innings on the mound to keep his ERA at 0.00 for the young season. Comment.

Howard Beach ‘chauffeur’ dies after surgery

Once a month, 85-year-old Frank Valenti would get into his 1976 Chevrolet Malibu Classic and go for a drive. Comment.

Manton envisions Democrat as mayor in ‘06

Queens County Democratic Leader Tom Manton said Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s political future is in jeopardy following his support for property tax increases, steep education reductions and drastic cuts to the city’s budget. Comment.

Burlington rakes in biz over first month in Glen Oaks

One month after it opened for business in the Glen Oaks Shopping Center on Union Turnpike, Burlington Coat Factory is proving to be a boon to customers and the community. Comment.

Boro’s poorest children on brink of hunger

One in five children in Queens staves off hunger by using the borough’s soup kitchens and food pantries, but Mayor Bloomberg has proposed eliminating all funding for the city’s free food programs in a last-ditch bid to balance the budget. Comment.

Liu, Flushing civics target graffiti sites on 162 Street

For 34 years, Mary Anderson has shopped and eaten in the stores and restaurants on 162nd Street in Flushing. Comment.

Patrons rush to withdraw in bank scare in Flushing

Worried patrons of a Chinatown bank flocked to the institution’s Flushing office on Main Street Tuesday to withdraw their money after the bank announced one of its managers at another branch had been fired. Comment.

Bicyclist crushed under bus on Northern Boulevard

A man riding a bike down Northern Boulevard was critically injured Tuesday afternoon when he fell underneath the front wheel of a city bus pulling into a stop near 157th Street in Flushing. Comment.

Flushing Catholics march to recall Christ’s last days

On Good Friday Catholic churches throughout the borough marked the holiday with a ceremony known as “The Stations of the Cross,” a procession re-enacting the final day in the life of Jesus Christ. Comment.

Little Neck madam murdered in reputed brothel

A suspected madam was shot to death in Little Neck last week after she was bound and gagged in what police and neighbors believe to be a brothel on a hidden street off Northern Boulevard. Comment.

Bayside civic to fight city’s leash policy

The East Bayside Homeowners Association vowed to oppose the city’s policy allowing dogs off leashes in parks and to fight July 4 fireworks at its Tuesday meeting as its founder and longtime president, Frank Skala, prepared to join Community Board 11. Comment.

Totten catering hall plan on hold for city traffic study

The city Parks Department will hold off on signing a contract for a catering hall at Fort Totten until a City Planning traffic study of the area is completed, said City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment.

LeFrak’s legacy: Pioneering developer’s fingerprints seen throughout borough

Samuel LeFrak, chairman of the Rego Park-based Lefrak Organization that built Lefrak City in Corona and some 200,000 other mostly middle-income apartments throughout the metropolitan area, died last week at the age of 85 after battling a long illness. Comment.

Suicidal man, 58, sets fire to van on Northern Blvd.

An emotionally disturbed man set his van on fire in a failed suicide attempt across from St. Anastasia Church in Douglaston last Thursday after an earlier dispute in Glen Oaks, police said. Comment.

Seniors fear uncertainty  over center

Dozens of seniors joined local politicians last March in front of the Whitestone Hebrew Center to protest the threatened closing of The Jewish Association Services for the Aging center, which meets inside of the synagogue Mondays. Comment.

Mental helath talks help shatter stigma

To people who have experienced the pain of being ridiculed or taunted because they have a mental illness, this seems like a fairy tale. But it isn’t. They are actual reports of changes in behavior from real schools that have used “Breaking the Silence: Teaching the Next Generation About Mental Illness,” an anti-stigma teaching package for upper elementary, middle school and high school levels. Comment.

Briding the gap to help the mentally ill

Barbara Cohen was looking for solid work for some of the 1,400 mentally ill patients she is responsible for at PSCH, one of Queens’ largest mental health care providers. Comment.

New medications bring hope for patients

When it comes to psychiatric treatment, we are living in very exciting and hopeful times. We are all touched by psychiatric illnesses. Most people have friends or loved ones who at some time require psychiatric care. Whether it is to treat depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, alcohol/chemical dependence or more recently, the stresses of living with the ongoing fear of terrorism, we all know someone affected. Comment.

Anger can be managed in many different ways

Anger comes in many forms, including frustration, hatred, jealousy, fury and resentment. It can also be hidden as criticism, judgment, boredom, lateness and procrastination. Angry people hurt themselves and others. Like other emotions, it is complex and involves thoughts, feelings, actions and bodily changes. Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listing

Acting Seniors Comment.

Borough’s population fell by 200 last year: Census

Updated census figures released last week revealed Queens’ population dropped by about 200 residents between 2001 and 2002, reflecting a decline of some 6,000 in the number of people moving into the borough or staying there. Comment.

Get out and grow with Queens Botanical Garden

The afternoon of how-to talks and demonstrations, designed to get Queens residents growing, features an array of programs by QBG staff and guest speakers on topics of all aspects of gardening, from plant propagation and container gardening, to creating a wildlife friendly garden, lawn care, and composting. The afternoon’s activities — including seed plantings and crafts in the Children’s Garden for ages 3 and up — will be presented rain or shine. Admission is free. Comment.

Queens singers, steppers ready to praise God at Gospelfest 2003

A gathering mass of people in Queens is in the final stages of rehearsal for a talent show of massive — perhaps even biblical — proportion. Comment.

Gospelfest has 20-year history in tri-state area

Inspired by a new form of evangelical music he had heard in churches in the South that blended spirituals and hymns with a soulful blues-like sound, Dorsey penned his first gospel song, “Some Day, Some Where,” in 1922, shortly after he moved to Chicago. He built into its melody such jazz and blues elements as strong percussive beats, the blue note, syncopation, call and response and intense emotion. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Homer’s odyssey arrives at Queensboro’s theater

Arthur Adair directs a multicultural cast of QCC students in an adaptation of Homer’s work by Georgia McGill and Greg DiNunzi. Adair is a guest artist from LaMaMa Experimental Theater Club in Greenwich Village. Comment.

Greek Cultural Center highlights boro writer

This theater production is presented under the auspices of the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Cyprus to the United Nations Ambassador Sotos Zackheos and the Consul General of the Republic of Cyprus in New York, Martha Mavromatis. Comment.

Red Cross wants New Yorkers to be prepared for unexpected

Preparing for the Unexpected is a 90-minute presentation that teaches families, individuals and businesses safety steps to take before and during general emergency situations. Topics include. Comment.

SJU to walk, raise $$$ for homeless aid

The fundraiser consists of a 5K walkathon around the community, with all proceeds going to local area shelters and organizations to benefit New York’s homeless. Comment.

Business Calender

April 24- JFK Air Cargo Association Luncheon. Holiday Inn JFK Comment.

Fare hike to arrive May 1 for Long Island RR riders

Long Island Rail Road riders will be paying an average of 25 percent more as of May Day, but Metropolitan Transportation Authority chief Peter Kalikow says there are ways to soften the blow. Comment.

New Hyde Park bowling alley rolls with the times

Bowling alleys: smoke-filled, hangar-like rooms where paunchy, middle-aged men wearing custom-made team jackets chomp on greasy hot dogs and swill cheap domestic beer, right? Comment.

Fund-raisers

Queens Country Overall Economic Development Corp. holds the Queens - A taste of the World tasting event at the Daimond Club at Shea Stadium at 6:30 p.m. Cast your ballot for the best of Queens eats. For more information call Roz at 718 263-0546. Comment.

How’s Business?: Hotel worries

Feeling the sting in an economy of war is the hotel industry. The main culprit hindering this industry is not the war, but the anticipated possibility of terrorism. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

College Point, 18-27 121 St., Multi-Family Detached, $499,000, Bed 5, Bath 2, Lot Size: 50 x 100, Taxes: $2,087 Comment.

Police Blotter: Girl, 14, reports being raped by man in Elmhurst

ELMHURST – A 20-year-old man armed with a box cutter raped a 14-year-old girl in an elevator at 80-50 Baxter Ave. about 8 p.m. Friday, police said. Comment.

Editorial: Tennis racket

In the same week that Mayor Bloomberg was announcing the Draconian measurers that he may be forced to take if the state does not come up with more money to help balance the city's budget, the USTA was announcing a $50 million upgrade to the tennis stadiums in Flushing. The money will be used to add new courts and additional seats. It will also fund the construction of new concession stands where the privileged few can spend their money on overpriced refreshments. Comment.

Editorial: Justice

It now appears that justice will come at last to Barbara Samide, the Catholic school principal who got the bum's rush from the Brooklyn Diocese when she reported that the pastor at St. Elizabeth's Parish Church School in Ozone Park was misusing parish funds. Comment.

Editorial: Death of hero

Human nature makes it difficult, if not impossible, to come to terms with death on the large scale of war. We know that thousands of Iraqi soldiers have died and each day the Coalition forces find mass graves where the enemies of Saddam Hussein were buried. And we know that a smaller number of American and British soldiers have died, and even that number is difficult to comprehend. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Patients deal with ups, downs of doctor visits

The good, the bad and Dr. Kronkheit. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Miller protests at PS 18, speaks with boro seniors

It’s hard to believe this is week No. 6 of the “Dishing with Dee” column — I guess it’s true that time really does fly when you’re having fun, and it is a lot of fun doing this column. Comment.

Mets to hold Autism Awareness Day at Shea

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside), the New York Mets and leading autism agencies in the metropolitan area announced last week the first-ever Autism Awareness Day would be held at Shea Stadium Sunday. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing immigrants search for trustworthy lawyers

Beware of the ad trap, folks. I mean the new arrivals from Southeast Asian and South Pacific areas seeking legal help in their status in this country. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Boro families can plan for emergencies at home

Years ago, when our family took a long drive, we all watched for roadside Burma Shave signs. They were appropriately spaced along highways, not only to advertise their product, but to keep travelers alert and to share a bit of practical humor. Comment.

Our History: Early journalism in NYC began with penny press

Newspapers have played an important role in our country’s history, probably more so in the 19th century than most other historical periods after the founding of our nation. It was during this time that the initial steps were taken to create a national press. Major figures set the stage and did so without the advantages of the technology we take for granted today. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Electrical Industry hosts 2003 scholarship event

At the 55th Annual Scholarship Awards Breakfast in the Electrical Industry Center in Flushing 47 students were presented with scholarships. These high school seniors, as well as one college student, have excelled in school and are children of members of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3. Comment.

To The Point: College Pt. volunteers host installation dinner

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. It has come to pass: The birds and animals patiently waited for the real spring weather to arrive, and they were successful and were actually swimming in the fountain, very thankful. Comment.

Queens hoopsters flaunt talent at annual City Game

Brian Kelly wanted some exposure. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: My attempt to settle the sport debate

There has been a long-standing public debate centered around the legitimacy or validity of what or what does not constitute a sport. I will do my best over the next few hundred words or so to put my stamp on what I think the difference is between the noble pursuit of sport and some guy who just likes to run. Comment.

2003 TimesLedger All-Queens Boys Basketball Team

Cameron Tyler    Sr.    G    Cardozo Comment.

2003 TimesLedger PSAL Coach of the Year: Ron Naclerio, Cardozo

And yet, there they were, the Cardozo boys’ basketball team, playing in the PSAL Class ‘A’ semifinals against defending champion Lincoln at St. John’s University. Comment.

2003 TimesLedger PSAL Player of the Year: Rahshon Clark, Beach Channel

But Clark wasn’t satisfied with his game and he wasn’t satisfied with Beach Channel’s first-round blowout loss to Canarsie in the 2002 PSAL ‘A’ playoffs. Comment.

Doulaston clinic provides outpatient psych services

When your name is Pride of Judea and your next door neighbors are an Episcopal church and a Catholic school, you know a lot of people are going to get the wrong idea. Comment.

2003 TimesLedger PSAL Coach of the Year: Larry Carradine, Cardozo

After teaching some basics of the sport to that point, Carradine decided it was time to learn more about coaching techniques. He sought the help of Bobby Hurley Sr., longtime coach at New Jersey powerhouse St. Anthony’s, and Rick Pitino. Comment.

2003 TimesLedger PSAL Player of the Year: Marissa Flagg, Cardozo

Cardozo trailed ‘B’ division Bayside, 29-26 at the half, and without junior leader Leah Lipschitz, who was out nursing a knee injury, the Judges needed someone to step up. Comment.

2003 TimesLedger All-Queens Girls Basketball Teams

Monique Jenkins Sr. G August Martin Comment.

Dino’s: Italian fare carries Rat Pack feel in Great Neck

It's no wonder, though. Dino's is restaurant conglomerate CPNC's first restaurant in the burbs, but there are seven or eight others in Manhattan. Some are Italian like Dino's (Ciro's, Primavera and Allegro). One is the Brazil Grill, and Hudson Corner is a an American cafe. Comment.

Kew Gdns. man charged in Internet sex chat case

In an undercover sting operation, a Kew Gardens man was charged with engaging in sexually explicit conversations with a police detective who posed online as girls between the ages of 11 and 14, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

LIC-based city employee indicted in bribery scam

A project manager for the city Department of Design and Construction in Long Island City was indicted last week for allegedly accepting $48,000 in bribes to rig furniture contracts for two southeast Queens day care centers and other sites in Manhattan and Brooklyn, authorities said. Comment.

Asian Longhorned beetle hits trees in Forest Park

The Asian Longhorned beetle has infested 12 trees in Forest Park, city officials announced Monday, signaling a spread of the dreaded tree-killer's territory. Comment.

New director envisions growth at Variety

Mel Campos has stood at the helm of the Variety Boys & Girls Club in Astoria for only a month, but his vision for the youth center is already shaping into something grand. Comment.

Boland leads Christ the King over Adams, 7-1

It was only two weeks, but it might as well have been two years for Robert Boland. Comment.

Astoria boy dies of injuries from hit-and-run accident

An Astoria boy struck by an SUV while riding his bicycle on Ditmars Boulevard died Friday after nearly a week in a coma, raising the possibility of additional charges against the teen accused in the hit-and-run accident, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Teenage wiz rises from hardship to scholarship

Much has changed in the life of Jose Ramirez over the past 13 years. Comment.

Ft. Totten military families buoyed by EMTs at NYHQ

As troops from Queens and around the nation engage in combat in Iraq, their relatives back at home worry about the soldiers' welfare. Comment.

Summer job cuts leave teenagers in lurch

Gathered around a conference room table at Goodwill Industries in Astoria, five teenage employees sound more like polished executives than high school students. Comment.

Cops arrest Jamaica man in killing of Astoria bouncer

A Jamaica man was charged with the murder of a bouncer from Astoria who was stabbed at a Manhattan bar after confronting patrons for violating the city's smoking ban, police said. Comment.

Mary Louis goes 1-4 at Bash on the Beach tourney

The Mary Louis Academy varsity softball team recently returned for the annual Bash on the Beach tournament in Virginia with an eighth-place finish and record of 1-4 in a field of 16 teams. Comment.

Howard Beach ‘chauffeur’ dies after surgery

Once a month, 85-year-old Frank Valenti would get into his 1976 Chevrolet Malibu Classic and go for a drive. Comment.

Pellet gun-toting man slain by cops in Springfield Gds.

A messenger from Springfield Gardens with a head full of inventions was shot and killed by police officers last week as he charged toward them wielding a pellet gun that looked like a revolver, police said. Comment.

South Ozone Park lawyer bilked clients of $12K: DA

A former Queens attorney from South Ozone Park was charged April 16 with stealing $12,000 from two clients and practicing law with a suspended license, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Subway track construction causes annoyance

Confusion, a loss of parking spaces and increased traffic seem to be the only byproducts of construction work on elevated subway tracks above three blocks of Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Robert Boland

School: Christ the King Comment.

4,500 video lottery terminals coming to Aqueduct

Aqueduct Race Track, owned and operated by the New York Racing Association, will soon become the first facility in the city to operate video lottery terminals, the chairman of the association said last Thursday. Comment.

Runaway bus leaves trail of destruction in S. Jamaica

A Green Bus driver who lost control of his vehicle last Thursday, leaving a path of destruction along 150th Street in South Jamaica, has been suspended without pay but was not expected to face criminal charges, officials said. Comment.

Ozone Park group home set to open

A group home serving mentally retarded adolescents is scheduled to open in Ozone Park by the end of the year, replacing a juvenile corrections facility that has occupied the two-story building for the last three years, the chairman of Community Board 9 said. Comment.

Brooklyn woman shot dead near St. Albans party hall

A Brooklyn woman was found dead a block away from a West Indian party hall in St. Albans early Saturday after shooting broke out following a dispute, police said. Comment.

SE Queens cancer survey seeks more volunteers

The grassroots cancer survey to track disease rates in southeast Queens neighborhoods where drinking water may have been tainted with dangerous chemicals in the 1970s has collected a number of responses, but volunteers are still needed to finish out the three-month study. Comment.

Summer jobs for boro youth scarce in new budget

Each summer, Vernetta Brown, executive director of the Queens Village Day School, fills as many as 30 assistant teaching positions through the city Department of Employment's Summer Youth Employment Program. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens’ Roberts named head assistant at Kansas U.

He’s a long way from a cramped office at Queens College, but Springfield Gardens native and former Knights basketball coach Norm Roberts still has a picture of his first coaching job hanging in his office. Comment.

Manton envisions Democrat as mayor in ‘06

Queens County Democratic Leader Tom Manton said Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg's political future is in jeopardy following his support for property tax increases, steep education reductions and drastic cuts to the city's budget. Comment.

Mayor talks education, crime at Queens Village meet

Despite the deep budget cuts the city is facing, Mayor Michael Bloomberg told a community breakfast in Queens Village Tuesday he is optimistic that his changes to the education system will have a positive effect on schools. Comment.

New York Freedoms open season with 4-1 win

It was just game one of 20, but the New York Freedoms’ season-opening 4-1 win over rival Westchester Flames Saturday night showcased what may be the best and most opportunistic strike force in the United Soccer Leagues’ Pro Select League. Comment.

Diverse groups set to join Little Neck-Doug parade

A procession of electricians riding American-made motorcycles, a delegation of black cowboys and a Teddy Roosevelt impersonator are all set to march in the 76th annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade. Comment.

Flushing grandma raided by police, evades eviction

On Dec. 13 at 4:30 a.m., Jushik Min, an 81-year-old Korean great grandmother who lives in Flushing and does not speak English, got the scare of her life. Comment.

LIJ officials make case for new 7-level garage

Representatives of Long Island Jewish Medical Center defended their plan to build a seven-story parking garage during a public hearing Monday night and said the project would not stop hospital workers or visitors from parking on local streets. Comment.

Flushing Catholics march to recall Christ’s last days

On Good Friday Catholic churches throughout the borough marked the holiday with a ceremony known as "The Stations of the Cross," a procession re-enacting the final day in the life of Jesus Christ. Comment.

Douglas Manor immigrant eyes Ackerman seat

A political unknown from Douglas Manor is vowing to unseat U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in the 2004 congressional election by appealing to voters in northeast Queens' growing Asian communities. Comment.

Knights swept by New Haven to fall below .500 in NYCAC

The Queens College baseball team dropped both ends of a doubleheaders Saturday against the University of New Haven, falling below the .500 mark in NYCAC conference play in the process. Comment.

Falun Gong gather in Flushing to protest, educate

Bearing large banners and yellow "Falun Dafa" sweatshirts, a few hundred Falun Gong practitioners marched down Main Street in Flushing Saturday morning during a weekend filled with Falun Gong events that drew followers from around the globe. Comment.

Rutgers scores sweep over SJU in doubleheader

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Ed Blankmeyer doesn’t consider himself to be much of a gambler. But with his team struggling mightily to drive in key runs, the St. John’s baseball coach knew he had to roll the dice. Comment.

Trash collection cutbacks make boro cry foul (odor)

This summer the stench of garbage on some Queens streets may get a little stronger. Comment.

Nine boro token booths to be shut down in July

Transit officials plan to close nine Queens subway station fare booths this summer and three more by the end of the year because of the elimination of tokens and the system’s deep financial straits. Comment.

Brooklyn man convicted in 1997 Jamaica rapes

DNA evidence helped convict a Brooklyn man charged with raping and robbing two Jamaica women in separate attacks in 1997, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

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