Thursday, May 8, 2003

City plans halt to expressway sewer project

The city plans to postpone the remaining work on a problem-plagued sewer project along the Whitestone Expressway to prevent a conflict with road work on the highway, said Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman. Comment.

College Point kids sharpen math skills in fund-raiser

Getting elementary school students to do their math problems can sometimes prove difficult for teachers. Comment.

Asian Heritage Festival slated for Kissena Blvd.

Have you ever wondered what the groundward fighting fist and praying mantis martial arts techniques look like? Comment.

Condominium complex slated for Steinway site

A developer has received city approval to begin constructing a condominium complex in the shell of an Astoria warehouse once owned by the Steinway & Sons piano company. Comment.

Borough pols take charge in budget fight with Pataki

Queens lawmakers in Albany are exercising some clout as the state Legislature squares off against Gov. George Pataki over the new budget agreement and prepares to override his threatened veto on a deal that would provide fiscal relief for the borough. Comment.

Jamaica rapist sentenced to 50 years in prison: DA

A Jamaica man convicted of the May 2001 rape of a 20-year-old woman was sentenced Monday to 50 years in prison as a repeat violent sex offender, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Hevesi steps into spotlight with investigation of MTA

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi, known as a respected and low-key political figure, has taken on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority in a high-profile battle to bring the powerful state agency under closer scrutiny. Comment.

New CB11 reps make noisy debut

Longtime Bayside activists and newly installed Community Board 11 members Mandingo Tshaka and Frank Skala stirred up the board’s monthly meeting Monday, using their new positions to speak out on zoning variances and challenge the meeting’s guest speaker, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

Cardozo baseball field gets new name from newspaper

Extra, extra! The new baseball field at Cardozo High School in Bayside is now called New York Post Field at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School. Comment.

Little Neck FDNY captain honored with street name

A longtime Little Neck resident and 30-year Fire Department veteran killed on Sept. 11, 2001 was honored Saturday with a street named in his honor and a plaque dedicated in his memory at Engine Co. 320 in Bayside. Comment.

QCC gets $250K grant for English programs

When Thomas Chen left Taiwan for the United States in 1982, he did not speak a word of English. As a 27-year-old construction worker, Chen came to America seeking what he called “a better business opportunity.” Comment.

Bayside shrine pays tribute to victims of 1915 genocide

Armenians looking for a peaceful place to pay tribute to the victims of the genocide that killed 1.5 million of their countrymen now have a shrine for that purpose in Bayside. Comment.

Council committee resolves to fight MTA fare increase

A city council committee has called for rescinding the 50-cent transit fare hike and for more control over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which Councilman John Liu said was “caught in crisis of public confidence.” Comment.

Fallen Whitestone fireman honored with street name

Friends, neighbors and family of Michael Carlo gathered at a Whitestone corner Saturday afternoon to honor the lost firefighter in a street renaming ceremony. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

‘Majesty of African Motherhood’ comes to Corona

The maternal figures in “The Majesty of African Motherhood,” an exhibit on display at the Langston Hughes Library in Corona, are mostly young women with babies. Comment.

Bonnaroo acts ready to rock L.I.

Bonnaroo NE is confirmed to take place Aug. 8-10 at Enterprise Park in Riverhead, L.I. The three-day camping and music festival will be modeled after the original Bonnaroo Music Festival which will once again take place in June in Manchester, Tenn. The initial artist lineup for Bonnaroo NE is listed below. Additional acts will be announced in the coming weeks. Comment.

AMMI presents digital past, present, future

The computer’s versatility as a real-time media processing system, as well as the emergence of the “VJ” (or video jockey), has made possible new creative forms characterized by the performance of moving images with audio. Comment.

Meet The Fiber Artists

D’Jak: (Denise Jaklitsch) “Self consciously modern, she represents quilting’s individualist strain” (Newsday, 2002) D’Jak is the show’s curator. Best known for her 3-D sculptural sci-fi tapestries and elaborate fantasy dolls, her large-scale appliqued dimensional sci-fi tapestries of robots & strange alien life forms — co-designed with artist Frank Pawlowski — have a quantum element, elegantly blending the past and the future while exploring the UFO enigma. Fantasy doll figures interpret enchanted animal characters of fairytale, legend and Comment.

AQA’s Fiber Arts Fest features handmade costumes, sculpture

Fiber arts are and always have been, an integral part of a society’s everyday and spiritual life, not created separately from it. Deriving primarily from materials found in nature, hand made utilitarian and decorative works of varying styles, usage, and dÈcor speak definitively through the ages of a people, a time, and a place. Works in this event will include the use of fiber materials (including fabric) and/or plant sources, sometimes combined with mixed-media applications preferred by the various artists in their striking compositions that infuse elements of the past, Comment.

Get smart this summer at NY Hall of Science

The Science Playground, which is the largest in the Western Hemisphere, was previously only accessible for children over six years but is now for the first time available for children of all ages. With more than 200 hands-on indoor exhibits, the Science Playground introduces elements that encourage active participation. Parents and children of all ages and abilities can steer, yank and crank, use their own weight, reflexes and imagination to explore how things work while focusing on principles of the physical and the mechanized world. Comment.

Weekend of surprises lands in local theaters

As I approach my first anniversary as reviewer of community theater productions for the TimesLedger Newspapers, I continue to, at least when it comes to community theater, expect the unexpected. Although there are names and groups whom I have come to regard with utmost dependability, I still have to admit that “surprise” is so often in store when I walk into a local theater. Comment.

Boro transit riders decry MTA’s new hike in fares

Queens residents seemed resigned this week to the new subway, bus and Long Island Rail Road fare hikes put into effect by the Metropolitan Transit Authority and have started figuring out how to pay for the jolt in public transportation fees. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Music for the masses: Queens Philharmonia to perform Friday

With two of the borough’s most notable and revered music groups celebrating their 50th and 75th anniversaries this year, there has been very little notice of an up-and-coming musical ensemble that has quietly been preparing to take the stage at LeFrak Hall Friday night. Comment.

The Boro Beat: The best review comes from someone who knows

I am a graduate of the High School of Performing Arts who majored in theater. After high school I spent some time working professionally in the theater and trying to break into film. But a writers’ strike hit, auditions dried up and I decided to go to college. Comment.

Southeast, West Queens Community Calender

Housing work group Comment.

Unbroken: Where photography subjects speak out

Titled “Unbroken,” to celebrate the indomitable spirit of these forgotten groups, the exhibit opens Saturday, May 10, at the Rockaway Arts Center, sTudio 7 Gallery in Fort Tilden, Rockaway, and runs through Sunday, June 29. Comment.

Long island City business molds metal into art

Claudio Gonzalez wants to spread art to the masses. Comment.

How’s Business?: Health Coverage

Business can be pretty tough if you get sick, especially if you are the sole proprietor. And that leads us to the topic of health coverage for those going it alone. Comment.

Business Calendar

May 13- Minority and Women Owned Business Seminar – Diamond Club at Shea Stadium – 8:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 718-898-8500 Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 18-55 Corporal Kennedy, Coop Hi-Rise, $209,000, Bed 2, Bath 1 Comment.

Fund-raisers

Tuesday, May 13 - Queens Centers for Progress holds the Phil Olin Dinner Dance honoring all past distinguished honorees from 1955 to 2002 at 7 p.m. at Terrace at on the Park. Comment.

Budget may be cataclysmic for Queens

More than a hundred Queens groups converted on the Museum of the Moving Image Monday to protest further funding cuts hours after the City Council voted to approve sales and income tax hikes as part of the city’s effort to close a $3.8 billion budget deficit. Comment.

Police Blotter: Police seek single assailant in Elmhurst sex assault cases

ELMHURST — Police believe one rape and two attempted rapes in Elmhurst may have been perpetrated by a single assailant. Comment.

Editorial: Dog play revisited

In a letter published in last week’s paper, Andrew Ippolito takes issue with an April 17 editorial in which we disagreed with a call by the John Golden Park Block Association to end the Parks Department policy that allows dogs to run off leash before 9 a.m. Since then, Frank Skala, the president of the East Bayside Homeowners Association, has echoed that call. Comment.

Editorial: A just decision

These are tough times for illegal aliens. In the wake of 9/11, the country has little tolerance for people who entered or have remained in the United States illegally. Given the charged political atmosphere, we are impressed that a handful of public officials found the courage to grant a Pakistani boy the chance to continue to live out his American dream. Comment.

Editorial: Ammo control

A high school baseball game in Ridgewood was interrupted last Thursday when gang members ran on the field, firing shots at Grover Cleveland players, police said. By the time it was over, eight teenagers were arrested and four of them allegedly were carrying guns, the authorities said. Fortunately, only one kid was injured but this could easily have turned into a tragedy. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Everyone has a reason to celebrate Mother’s Day

I was walking down Northern Boulevard the other day when I saw a woman get off the bus. I noticed that her blouse was pulled up on one side. As she came closer, I called her attention to it. “Lady,” I said, “you are exposed.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Flag Day Committee celebrates at Ricardo’s

The Queens Flag Day Committee held its ninth annual dinner dance, hosted by Tony Corbisiero of Ricardo’s in Astoria last week. The Man of the Year Award went to Dennis Tortora, vice president and comptroller of Steinway & Sons Piano Co. The Woman of the Year Award went to Dee Richard, columnist and photographer at the award-winning TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment.

Point of View: Kids attend R-rated films at College Pt. theater

Do parents care about movie-rating classifications? Apparently many don’t. Comment.

Teen Talk: Dating should not take center stage in teen life

As we approach our late teen years, the idea of dating is becoming more prominent in our lives. The pressure to have romantic connections with the opposite sex has heightened tremendously. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Insuring against floodsis a camera snap away

Our April showers certainly performed in 2003 as is annually predicted. Flowers seemed to pop up and bloom overnight. They are beautiful, and we are grateful, as we are for the rain — as long as it doesn’t make similar demands on us as it did on Noah. He was wise to take the warnings of a flood to build an appropriate ark to save the animals. Comment.

The Civic Scene: QCC meeting spotlights protecting water sources

Speakers at the recent meeting of the Queens Civic Congress described their activities to protect the Croton Watershed in Westchester County and prevent the building of a water filtration plant in Van Cortland Park in the Bronx. The Croton Watershed Clean Water Coalition and Queens Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), chairman of the Committee on Environmental Protection, sent speakers. Comment.

Queens’ wealthiest get slammed hardest

Chris Petallides may be a successful architectural engineer in the process of building a home in Little Neck, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t feeling the budget pinch with a looming income tax surcharge, water rate hikes and a five-month-old 18.5 percent property tax increase. Comment.

To The Point: St. Agnes School raises money for world hunger

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Spring has finally arrived and it certainly is most welcome. The grass is green and growing, and the flowers are budding. The birds are flying and chirping and very happy that their real spring weather has finally arrived. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Just how bad are  the Mets?

Nearly everywhere I go it seems that everyone I come across asks me the same question: What’s up with the Mets? My usual response is not printable within the confines of a community newspaper, but for the next few hundred words or so, I will try to water down my comments on the current state of New York’s most sorry franchise this side of the Rangers. Comment.

Queens Half-Marathon marks 25th anniversary

Leo Nicholas and the College Point Road Runners will celebrate the running of the 25th Annual Queens Half-Marathon Saturday, May 17, a race that has traveled a long and sometimes bumpy road since its inception a quarter of a century ago. Comment.

Martin Falcons shoot down Harris Hawks with four-run 7th

After toiling through six innings of frustration, Andrew Perez had the chance to erase it all with one swing of the bat. Comment.

St. Francis hands Mary Louis first league loss

St. Francis Prep’s Kristen McEvitt and The Mary Louis Academy’s Stephanie Godziewski have been battling it out on the softball field since freshman year, two of the most dominant pitchers in the city going head-to-head in meaningful games. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Kristen McEvitt

School: St. Francis Prep Comment.

Townsend Harris soccer shuts out Bayside, 3-0

Jaclyn Miccio is sick and tired of being sick and tired. Comment.

New-look Brooklyn Knights impressive in 4-2 victory

After last year’s disappointing season, Brooklyn Knights coach Dan Fisher made a wish list of players to improve the Premier Development League team and brought it to college soccer games during the fall. Comment.

College Round-up: SJU’s Svoboda to finish up college career at NCAA East Regional

It is a fitting finale for Andrew Svoboda. Comment.

Queensborough CC captures CUNYAC crown

Each member of the Queensborough Community College baseball team circled the date in big felt marker: May 1, vs. Bronx Community College, CUNYAC championship game. Comment.

Borough’s elders can’t catch a break in latest city, state budget skirmishes

Every time she gets an increase in her Social Security paycheck, Marilyn Woliner, 75, faces a larger increase in rent at her rent-stabilized apartment in the Pomonok housing complex in Kew Gardens Hills. Comment.

Queens falls to Post, but earns NCAA bid

The Queens College women’s softball team dropped two of three games to C.W. Post in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference championship, but it still managed to receive an at-large bid to the NCAA Division II Northeast Region. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Meric Law posts three wins in Minor Division

Meric Law 12, Printing Express 3. Meric Laws’ entire team contributed in this game. There was great hitting by Ryan Magee, who went 3-for-3, and Mike Lavin, Mike Calasuno and Ryan Paccione, who all went 2-for-3. Timely walks by Timothy Yoo and Kieran Mahoney kept several rallies going. Printing Express had a great performance by catcher Anthony Larosa, and Anthony Charalambous really pitched his heart out. Comment.

Lum, Manzi compete at states for Christy’s Gymnastics team

Lum scored a 35.05 in the all-around and scored a 9.05 to medal on bars. Manzi scored a 34.475 in the all-around and an 8.975 to medal on vault, where she performed a Tsukahara vault. Lum and Manzi are coached by Victor Shifrin and Christine Phillips. Comment.

Arturo’s: Sit back, relax and enjoy a tableside delight

I like to go in the evening when it's a little busy. Even on a Friday and Saturday Arturo's is serene - gracious, a little formal, a little old-worldish. Appetizers are served from a cart rolled up to your table. The pastas and dishes like Fillet Mignon Arturo's are prepared at a table by your side. There's a tiered dessert cart to peruse before ordering and if you order zabaglione (we did) it's whisked together before you and served hot over berries and vanilla ice cream in a footed glass. Comment.

Boro fishermen spawn reel friendship

A day of fishing in Howard Beach for Enrico Santarelli and Louis Raia started when the two packed up their car with coolers full of the day's meals, two chairs equipped with homemade rod-holding devices and at least five basic fishing rods to increase the odds of making a good day's catch. Comment.

QSAC cited for stifling union drive

A well-regarded Astoria non-profit organization is coming under fire from a union that contends its managers are using intimidation and hostility to thwart the labor group's bid to organize employees. Comment.

Middle Village honors fire officer, history buff

Sept. 11, 2001 should have been Lt. Michael Warchola's last day on the job. Comment.

CPRR’s Williams takes second, sets sights on Skaggs-Walsh

Players flee gunfire at Cleveland baseball game

A gang of teenagers fired gunshots as they stormed the field during a baseball game at Grover Cleveland High School last Thursday to avenge an alleged dispute with a player, sending players into a panicked flight, police said. Comment.

Forest Hills soccer coach on trial in sex abuse case

The founder of a Forest Hills soccer league followed a pattern of repeated abuse in which he brought young boys to a Queens hotel and molested them once the lights went out, prosecutors contended at the opening of his trial Monday. Comment.

State turns to gambling at Aqueduct for revenue

Big changes are likely to start taking place at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park as the state Legislature and Gov. George Pataki look to enhance revenue sources to help close the state's billion-dollar budget gap. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Century 21 Laffey Pirates win, 7-3, over Modell’s Lions

The Lions scored early in the game with three runs in the first against Pirates’ starter Chris Mignoli, who walked Michael Labrada and Joey Caraballo, setting up Stephen Leccese’s homer to left. Comment.

Maspeth recycling plant demolished in explosion

A violent explosion tore through a Maspeth recycling transfer facility in the early morning hours Monday, severely burning one man as walls from the one-story building crashed to the ground. Comment.

Howard Beach merchant shot twice outside home

The co-owner of two Queens bagel stores was shot twice in the chest early Saturday morning in a mob-style incident as he sat in his car outside his Howard Beach house but managed to survive and call 911, police said. Comment.

Forest Hills streets trashed as Doe Fund, BID plans fail

Streets in downtown Forest Hills are getting dirtier now that money for the Doe Fund street cleaning organization has run out, and a proposal to establish a Business Improvement District along Austin Street has failed to come through, Forest Hills property owners said last week. Comment.

CB6 newbies eager to serve Forest Hills, Rego Park

Three new members of Community Board 6 said they greatly appreciate the Forest Hills community in which they live and are anxious to do whatever they can to make sure the neighborhood is not adversely affected by tough economic times. Comment.

New York City Heat AAU team shines at Slam Jam

The Heat played was against teams from all parts of the country, including California and Florida, with the majority of the teams from the Northeast and Southeast, from states such as Virginia, North Carolina, Connecticut, New Jersey, etc. Comment.

Botanical garden tree honors Scout who died at WTC

When Howard Beach resident Richard Pearlman was born in March 1983, a magnolia tree at the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing was sprouting some of its first pink blossoms. Comment.

Howard Beach merchant shot twice outside home

The co-owner of two Queens bagel stores was shot twice in the chest early Saturday morning in a mob-style incident as he sat in his car outside his Howard Beach house but managed to survive and call 911, police said. Comment.

Plans for new Sikh temple in Richmond Hill unveiled

Plans for the reconstruction of the Sikh gurdwara, or temple, in Richmond Hill have been finalized and are ready to be presented to the city, the organization's president said Friday. Comment.

CB 9 opposes fence company expansion

A local property owner in Richmond Hill is having a tough time purchasing city property on Jamaica Avenue because of opposition by officials and members on Community Board 9. Comment.

Rosedale anti-gun activist seeks home for group

Nine years ago, Liz Goldsmith lost her 27-year-old godson to gun violence. Comment.

Hollis grandfather charged in student abuse claim: DA

A Hollis grandfather who runs a driving instruction school on Hillside Avenue was arrested and charged last week with molesting one of his female students in Valley Stream, L.I., a spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.

OLS Intermediate boys sweep St. Sebastian’s

Frank Sadicario started the first game and went five innings, allowing two earned runs on three hits while striking out eight. Ray Potestio pitched the last two innings, allowing one run with two strike outs. Offensively, OLS was lead by Jay Hausdorf, Anthony Langone and Potestio, who each had two hits. Comment.

Cleanup at toxic wells progresses

The city and state are nearly finished with the design element of a 10-year plan to clean up contaminated groundwater at the old West Side Corp. site in Jamaica, project engineers said last week. Comment.

St. Albans motorcycle enthusiast shot dead

A 21-year-old St. Albans man who loved motorcycles was shot twice in the chest and killed Sunday afternoon just a block from his home, police said. Comment.

Parker Jewish reaches out to South Asians in borough

About 30 South Asians from across the borough attended a forum and guided tour at Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation in New Hyde Park Friday, part of an effort by the geriatric hospital to reach out to Queens' Indian community. Comment.

Southeast Queens owed fire alarm replacements: Pols

Public officials in southeast Queens are sounding the alarm. Or they would be, if they could find an alarm box. Comment.

Kissena Park 9/11 tribute to flower come September

A sapling planted in Kissena Park in tribute to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will have its white blossoms ready to console the community in time for the second anniversary of the attacks this fall. Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers sweep Brentwood Chiefs

Mike Lowrey was the starting and winning pitcher in game one. Lowrey allowed two runs in the first inning, and then shut out the Chiefs in innings two through five. John Massa pitched the sixth inning and retired the side in order. Comment.

Apartment manager denies rumored SJU housing deal

The general manager of the Fresh Meadows apartment complex denied rumors Monday that housing managers had reached a verbal agreement with St. John's University officials to lease apartments to the university for use as off-campus housing. Comment.

Schneider’s doc develops test for newborns’ hearts

It costs almost nothing, takes less than a minute and can save a baby's life. Comment.

In few words, kids’ shirts show reading is fun-damental

More than 500 students at PS 115 in Glen Oaks paraded around the schoolyard Friday to show off the T-shirts they made for the school's annual Read Me Day. Comment.

Bilingual Bellerose administrator honored

As the child of Puerto Rican immigrants on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, Dr. Wanda Toledo grew up in a home where both Spanish and English were spoken. Comment.

Flushing church mourns death of popular priest

Monsignor John Antoncic, the head of St. Mel's Roman Catholic Church in Flushing and a man known for his dry sense of humor and his dedication to prayer, died this week at the age of 61. Comment.

ATA increases LGA flights to two Midwest destinations

The low-cost airline American Trans-Air known as ATA has increased flights between LaGuardia Airport and Chicago-Midway Airport and Indianapolis at a time of financial peril in much of the airline industry. Comment.

Vandals damage SJU logo in center of football field

The St. John's University football field was vandalized the last weekend of April by perpetrators who cut out the letters "T" and "O" from the university's logo, which was inlaid into the center of the field's man-made turf, university officials said. Comment.

Franny Lew athletic fields to get top-of-line surfacing

Francis Lewis High School students should be able to enjoy FieldTurf-resurfaced baseball and soccer fields by next year if things go according to plan, thanks to $3 million worth of funding from the Take the Field organization. Comment.

Kissena Park 9/11 tribute to flower come September

A sapling planted in Kissena Park in tribute to the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks will have its white blossoms ready to console the community in time for the second anniversary of the attacks this fall. Comment.

Pastor predicts landmark for old church in Flushing

Despite a recent plan to demolish the historic Bowne Street Community Church in Flushing, the leader of the institution predicted Monday the building would be landmarked. Comment.

Bayside Republican Club to expand in NE Queens

The Bayside Republican Club, one of the oldest organizations of its kind in Queens, is expanding its focus under a new name: the Northeast Queens Republican Club. Comment.

Middle-class families in borough likely to weather latest fiscal woes

Faced with a bevy of tax hikes and rate increases set to take effect over the next few months, one typical middle-class family in Queens is bracing for sacrifices but expecting ultimately to get by. Comment.

Boro rents head higher for tenants

The city’s Rent Guidelines Board gave a preliminary nod Monday to raising rents for the city’s stabilized apartments by 5.5 percent for one-year leases and 8.5 percent for two-year leases. Comment.

Water board to hike rates 5.5 percent

The New York City Water Board voted Monday to raise water rates 5.5 percent, angering homeowners across the borough and drawing the ire of Queens elected officials. Comment.

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