Thursday, May 15, 2003

Barron’s recommends retiring to Queens

A recent article in Barron’s weekly financial magazine named Queens one of five great locations for retirement that won’t break the bank. Comment.

Bad time to buy bonds

It always happens — when the stock market is at its lows, and bond interest rates are at their lows — the public gets interested in buying bonds. It is almost always a bad idea, and it’s bad now because interest rates are at nearly 40-year lows. While it may be a good time to start nibbling at the stock market, many of you are so traumatized by the last few years that you cannot consider investing in the stock market again. Comment.

Four CTK teens avoid jail in Queens Village sex case

The four former Christ the King students charged with having sex with an underage classmate in Queens Village last year escaped jail time Friday when a judge sentenced them to three days of community service, a defense attorney said. Comment.

Nurses, managment seek contract at St. Vincent’s

Bearing signs saying “We want more patient time,” home-care nurses from St. Vincent’s Catholic Medical Center protested outside their office in Rego Park last Thursday, demanding a fair contract that would allow them to spend more time with patients and less time doing paperwork. Comment.

Cuts to worsen overcrowding of boro schools

Cindy Leon wakes up every weekday morning at 5 a.m. with her two teenage children to get them ready for their school day that starts at 7 a.m. at John Adams High School in Ozone Park. Comment.

Forest Hills soccer coach’s fate in hands of jury

The coach of a Forest Hills boys’ soccer league accused of sexually molesting young boys in hotel rooms was portrayed Tuesday by his attorney as an honest man and by the prosecutor as a predator who surrounded himself with 10- to 12-year-old boys. Comment.

PTA upset over PS 51 renaming

Community members and parents from Richmond Hill expressed their disappointment Tuesday night that members of Community Board 9 did not consult them before suggesting a new name for a local school. Comment.

Queens prosecutor nabbed in Bronx sex abuse charge

A 17-year veteran of the Queens district attorney’s office was arrested early Sunday morning in the Bronx and charged with sexual abuse, police said. Comment.

Schneider Hospital operation to remove tumor from 6-year-old’s brain stem successful

French-American relations were warm and vibrant Friday — at least in Room 317 at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Comment.

St. John’s shooting suspect sees charges in new attack

A Long Island man who was charged with shooting a St. John’s University football star in 2001 was arraigned last week on new attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at a man outside his girlfriend’s house in St. Albans on March 20. Comment.

’Zine for teens takes off with non-profits’ funding

Florentina Abramov, a 16-year-old resident of Kew Gardens Hills, has had a strong taste for writing for much of her life. Comment.

Halt to city ed reforms denied by lawsuit judge

A Manhattan judge ruled Monday that components of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s citywide school reform plan can continue but can only be implemented after June 30. Comment.

Borough’s newest houses, renovations shift ever-changing face of Glen Oaks

Glen Oaks is changing, and not everyone likes it. Comment.

Bayside’s Scheuer House rallies for traffic controls

Several dozen elderly and disabled residents of the Scheuer House independent living facility in Bayside marched Tuesday across the intersection where a resident was killed to demand increased traffic controls at the crossing. Comment.

It blooms in the family: Little Neck’s Cress Florists still strong at 100

Cress Florists in Little Neck has come a long way from its beginnings more than 100 years ago when Thomas Cresomales, a Greek immigrant, sold flowers from a pushcart on Manhattan’s West Side. Comment.

TimesLedger barred from Borough Hall meets

Queens Borough Hall has banned TimesLedger reporters on two occasions from covering meetings on the city Department of Education’s reorganization plan and allowing truck traffic on the Grand Central Parkway. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Jamaica playwright wins APAC playwright contest

The performances will be directed by Astoria resident David Renwanz. Fischer’s winning one-act play will be presented along with several original monologues performed by a variety of actors and actresses. Comment.

Queens Council will host funding workshop for arts

QCA will then provide in-depth focus on how to strategically tailor your grant proposal for each foundation and corporation to which you apply. Comment.

QCA to hold fund-raising workshop

The seminar, held at the Free Synagogue of Flushing, 41-60 Kissena Blvd., will begin with a general overview of various funding sources and kinds of support for arts organizations and artists. QCA will then provide in-depth focus on how to strategically your grant proposal sfor each foundation and corporation to which attendees would apply. Comment.

Queens playwright to debut new pieces in Times Square

The production will run May 13 - 17, beginning at 8 p.m. with a matinee, May 17 at 3 p.m. Comment.

A tale of two exhibits

The two brilliant photography exhibits at the Rockaway Artists Alliance are split between sTudio 6 and sTudio 7 and demonstrate RAA’s continuing evolution and commitment to the very best art. Comment.

Calling all Queens artists

It’s not too late to register for the four-hour workshop “Your Business as an Artist,” which will be held Saturday, May 31 at Flushing Town Hall from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Comment.

Community Calender Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Queensborough opens new site for passports

“I am very pleased that the State Department has allowed Queensborough to open a passport application office,” said Howard L. Lapidus, senior vice president for finance and administration at the college. Comment.

3 boro private bus lines to sell old holding sites

The depots owned by three of the borough’s private bus lines have been put on the market in anticipation of a proposed takeover by the MTA, a transfer that remains cloaked in mystery as negotiations proceed behind closed doors. Comment.

Upcoming events at Queensborough

Monday, May 12, 7-9 p.m.: Summer Day Camp free OPEN HOUSE. RFK Building. Camp runs Mondays through Thursdays, from June 30 to July 31. Both full and half-day programs are available. Camp’s offerings include sports and fitness, trips, swimming, science, computer, arts and crafts, dance, movement, and academic enrichment. For information, call the Office of Continuing Education at 718-631-6343. Comment.

‘Queens Jewels’ reflect boro’s historic parks

A century ago Queens had no park system, only a scattering of town greens and squares, and its largest park was known misleadingly as the Brooklyn Forest. Today, Queens — the largest borough in size and the second most populous — boasts more than 7,000 acres of greenspace. From the prime Atlantic beachfront of Rockaway to playgrounds, recreation centers, pools, golf courses, natural wetlands, historic houses and monuments, this exhibition examines the diversity of Queens parks. Comment.

The Boro Beat: Have music festivals improved? Bonnaroo hopes so

With the Woodstock ’99 festival still in the hearts and minds of concert promoters, they understand that convincing a small, rural town that hosting a large-scale concert festival is a tricky task. Comment.

QSO reaches out to kids with Young People show

Guest conductor George Garrett Keast will lead QSO for these concerts. Keast has served on the staff of the Metropolitan Opera for three seasons and has conducted several of America’s top orchestras, including the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Florida Orchestra, New York Symphony and the Houston Symphony Chamber players among others. He is passionate about teaching young people, building audiences for classical music and developing stimulating programming for the modern symphony orchestra. Comment.

RC rubber hits the road in Richmond Hill

Listen to the guys at Die Cast Collectibles talk about their cars and you may get the wrong idea. Comment.

How’s Business?: Online groceries

Most of us do it every week. We go up and down supermarket aisles with shopping carts in our selection of groceries. Then we continue to the check-out cashier and stand in line. We then continue unloading all we selected onto the counter, and after paying put everything back in the cart. Comment.

Business Calender

May 15 - Queens Walk to Cure Diabetes Kick-off Breakfast Join Walk Chairman Michael Raimonde of Independence Community Bank and other area leaders to learn more about how your organization can be involved in the 2003 Walk to Cure Diabetes. LaGuardia Marriott, 8 a.m. RSVP at 212-478-4318. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bellerose, 226-03 88 Ave., Coop Garden Apt, Brick, $139,000, Bed 3, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment.

Fund-raisers

Friday, May 16 - Patrol Boro Queens South & North vs. W.B.L.S. Sure Shots hold an annual benefit basketball game from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Elmcor Recreation Center at 107-20 Northern Blvd. Tickets can be puirchased at precincts or call 718-969-7472 or 718-520-0840. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man uses note to rob Flushing HSBC branch

FLUSHING — An HSBC bank was robbed by a man who passed a note to the teller demanding money Monday afternoon, police said. Comment.

Astoria man wants state to recognize gay marriages

Although gay couples cannot get married anywhere in the United States, Jesus Lebron of Astoria is committed to securing that right in New York state. Comment.

Editorial: Peace at Martin’s Field

It appears that Bayside activist Mandingo Tshaka has won what may well be the most important battle of his life. For years Mr. Tshaka has been fighting to restore what he believes is the final resting place of his ancestors. Comment.

Editorial: Let the workers decide

The Civil Service Employees Association Local 100 claims that management at Quality Services for the Autism Community, or QSAC, is blocking its effort to organize the QSAC workforce. And the union is angry that QSAC wanted to bring the union question to its workers for a vote. But the union argued that the vote might intimidate workers who may fear that they will lose their jobs if they vote to unionize, and it is demanding to sit down with QSAC officials to get the ground rules for a vote. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Patients can laugh their way to improved health

’Tis said: “To laugh is to be free from worry. He who doesn’t worry lives longer. To live longer is to last. Hence, he who laughs, lasts.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Queens movers, shakers sample boro’s food

On Tuesday the Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation held a fund-raiser at the Diamond Club at Shea Stadium. It was called “A Taste of the World” with over 30 restaurants, beverage and food purveyors participating. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Memorial Day Parade planned for Laurelton

Once in a while I hear the expression, “Stuff happens.” Well, in spite of all the budget problems that every phase of government, business and private lives have been having, lots of “stuff” will be happening in our area. We hope you, your family and your friends will join in and have fun. Comment.

Our History: 19th century journalists influenced popular opinion

Part two of a two-part series Comment.

The Civic Scene: 188th Street sidewalks put pedestrians at risk

The city’s neglect in enforcing the codes concerning dangerous sidewalks is endangering the health of those who walk our streets. While trees are valuable when they absorb water that could cause flooding, create oxygen and provide shade, their roots can push up slabs of sidewalk on which pedestrians can easily trip. Comment.

Teen Talk: High school graduation presents scary changes

Graduation can be called one of the scariest events we have to face as human beings, but it has become a part of life. And with June around the corner, the anticipation of graduation day is slowly coming to a boil. Comment.

To The Point: College Point prepares for Memorial Day fun

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. It’s nice to see the neighbors planting flowers and the grass coming out in its good green color. Comment.

Boro residents warned on dangers of predatory loans

Stop. Shop around. Don’t rush into anything. Ask someone. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Itch to garden should not be prevented by allergies

Two things many gardeners can be assured of with the coming of spring: first, the urge to put away the snow shovel and bring out the rake, and second, encountering a vast variety of airborne pollen that settles in and on everything in sight, including the gardener’s nose. Comment.

Grover Cleveland gets back to baseball

There were still reminders of the horrifying attack six days earlier, when the Grover Cleveland baseball team ran for their lives from an alleged gang of gun-toting teens. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: It was only a matter of time

When a group of alleged gun-toting hooligans stormed the field at Grover Cleveland High School May 1 during a varsity baseball game, Western Civilization did not collapse in upon itself, but simply rolled along. Comment.

Bayside girls battle back to beat Bryant, 6-3

It was an unconventional move, but then again Steve Piorkowski is an unconventional coach. Comment.

Cardozo girls soccer steamrolls Francis Lewis, 2-0

The compliments couldn’t escape Rich Parascos’ mouth quick enough. Comment.

St. Francis Prep pounds Msgr. McClancy, 10-5

The St. Francis Prep varsity baseball team defeated the Monsignor McClancy Crusaders, 10-5, Monday afternoon at Cunningham Park, putting the Terriers in position to lock up second place in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan standings with one more win. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Nick Derba

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Brooklyn Knights score 1-1 tie against Rhode Island

Billy Gaudette knew the odds were stacked against him. As a goalkeeper facing a penalty shot, he didn’t have too much in his favor. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Mashriqi bids au revoir to Flushing for France

His supporting cast rivals the population of a small country with about 50 families bearing the last name Mashriqi living within walking distance of his Flushing home. Comment.

College Round-up: Red Storm misses Big East Tournament for fourth straight year

Heading into the final weekend of conference play, three teams are still vying for the fourth and final spot in the Big East baseball tournament. Comment.

Borough civic organization slams 2nd Ave. line design

Most of those who spoke at a public hearing on the proposed Second Avenue subway Monday said it could not come too soon, but some found fault with the planning of the project, among them James Trent of Bellerose. Comment.

QCC baseball bounced from Region XV tourney

The Queensborough baseball season came to an end Saturday, when the Tigers fell to Dutchess Community College, 9-0, at St. Joseph's College in Patchogue in the Region XV tournament. Comment.

Queens softball ousted from Northeast Regionals

The Queens College women’s softball team was eliminated from the 2003 Division II NCAA Northeast Regionals, losing both of its games this past week to end the team’s season. Comment.

Villa Valletta: Raise a ‘V’ for victory in Roslyn restaurant

Owned 2 1/2 years by the Valletta family, it's just undergone a complete renovation. The look is blonde, contemporary Italian with lots of windows and light streaming in. The very private room on the side that seats 100 with a DJ or a band is named the Angelina room. Angelina is a Valletta, too, the daughter of owner Michael Valletta. And she's also the manager. Comment.

Man gets life for slaying Queens Village girlfriend

A Manhattan man who pleaded guilty to killing his estranged girlfriend in Queens Village in October was sentenced Tuesday to 19 years to life in prison, the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.

New center on Queens Blvd helps victims of child abuse

A new child advocacy center in Forest Hills that will serve victims of child abuse was inaugurated with speeches and strokes of orange paint Monday by borough elected officials, Safe Horizon officials and rap pioneer "Reverend Run" Joseph Simmons. Comment.

Catalpa YMCA will need $500,000 to avoid closure

YMCA officials have put a price tag of half a million dollars on running the Catalpa Center for another year, giving sticker shock to community leaders who had hoped to come up with enough funding to save the center from closure. Comment.

Astoria foundry stages exhibit in carriage house

Long before MoMA QNS converted the old Swingline staple factory and the P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center invaded an old elementary school, the Modern Art Foundry started casting bronze in the Steinway family's former carriage house. Comment.

Temporary lift of GCP truck traffic ban approved

The city will start allowing some trucks to travel both directions on the Grand Central Parkway between the Triborough Bridge and the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway by the end of this summer as part of a pilot program, officials said. Comment.

Queens Plaza designers see cafes, plants

Plants nourished by runoff water from the Queensboro Bridge. Multimedia billboards wallpapering the sides of the elevated subway. A cafe nestled in the center of the Queens Boulevard Bridge for students trekking to LaGuardia Community College. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Pier 25A sails away with 8-3 win over Party City

Pier 25A 8, Party City 3. Led by the hitting prowess of Terrence Manfredonia, Pier 25A defeated Party City, 8-3. Tony Koulotouros had a Clemens-type game on the mound until he ran out of gas in the fourth inning. Michael Guzowski relieved Koulotouros and shut the lights out on the opposition. Anthony Romanelli smacked a double off the fence in left field late in the game and eventually scored in defeat. Comment.

Clinton touts mammograms as gift to mom in Sunnyside

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and local elected officials launched a health awareness initiative Saturday calling for women to seek mammograms more frequently. Comment.

Gioia, Conley shake hands in bid to leave feud behind

City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) and Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley brought a public end to their political feud last week, shaking hands before a packed crowd one month after tensions with the councilman forced Conley to step down. Comment.

Forest Hills soccer coach’s fate in hands of jury

The coach of a Forest Hills boys' soccer league accused of sexually molesting young boys in hotel rooms was portrayed Tuesday by his attorney as an honest man and by the prosecutor as a predator who surrounded himself with 10- to 12-year-old boys. Comment.

Nurses, managment seek contract at St. Vincent’s

Bearing signs saying "We want more patient time," home-care nurses from St. Vincent's Catholic Medical Center protested outside their office in Rego Park last Thursday, demanding a fair contract that would allow them to spend more time with patients and less time doing paperwork. Comment.

Unemployed vets find help at Rego Park forum

Terry Posey, a 42-year-old Ozone Park resident, has struggled with back pain for a long time. Comment.

Woodhaven BID improving neighborhood for residents

Ten years after officials incorporated Queens' first business improvement district in downtown Woodhaven, the streets are cleaner, the storefronts are nearly free of graffiti and new businesses are flourishing along Jamaica Avenue. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Prudential L.I. Realty Yankees defeat St. Anastasia

In a well played game by both teams, the Yankees defense sparkled with excellent fielding by Anthony Samela, Tyler Ruiz and an exciting pop-up catch in the final inning by a diving Darren Minsky at the pitcher’s mound The entire Yankee line-up swung the bat well with everyone getting a hit. Special mention goes to the improved swings of Zachary Rosenblum, Aaron Geffen, Alex Ligas and Darren Minsky. Comment.

Laurelton broker charged in $1M mortgage scheme

An unlicensed real estate broker from Laurelton has been charged with organizing a scheme to steal more than $1 million by staging fake closings on six southeast Queens homes and selling the properties out from under their true owners, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

New 22-ft. boat to help preserve Jamaica bay

It took five tries last week for the bottle of champagne to finally break on the brick that was firmly duct-taped to the deck of the new 22-foot-long boat in Broad Channel. Comment.

Addabbo spells it out for mayor: Keep libraries open

Nyanga Smith, an office aide at the Ozone Park branch of the Queens Public Library, is just two months shy of her third anniversary working at the facility on Rockaway Boulevard. Comment.

Immigrant center helps recent boro arrivals

Staff attorneys at Richmond Hill's Liberty Center for Immigrants describe a climate of fear and confusion among the borough's immigrants who are trying to navigate the nation's new laws passed in the wake of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

St. John’s shooting suspect sees charges in new attack

A Long Island man who was charged with shooting a St. John's University football star in 2001 was arraigned last week on new attempted murder charges after allegedly shooting at a man outside his girlfriend's house in St. Albans on March 20. Comment.

Gjoa/Istria scores 4-1 win over Saratoga United in State Cup

Saratoga scored first, but the Gjoa/Istria team answered with two goals in each half to secure the victory. Comment.

Minister demands leniency for Queens Village vegans

As Silva and Joseph Swinton await sentencing next week for nearly starving their 16-month-old girl to death, a Brooklyn minister who has served as the Queens Village couple's spiritual adviser criticized the verdict and said the judge in the case should show leniency. Comment.

Dist. 29 superintendent to run Albany schools

School District 29 Superintendent Michael Johnson may have been displaced under the reorganization of the city school system, but he has landed on his feet with an offer to run the Albany City School District starting July 1. Comment.

Injured Queens medic returns home to celebration

A wounded Queens Village corpsman who survived a suicide bomber's attack in Baghdad was welcomed home Saturday at a church party in Springfield Gardens Saturday. Comment.

Theatre program at SGHS teaches tolerance

"I don't want to go out with you," said sophomore Tamara Lewin. "You're white, I'm black, what would people say?" Comment.

Allen Christian School to mark anniversary

The Allen Christian School in Jamaica is celebrating its 20th anniversary this month, starting with an expansion that will enable the school to serve 200 more students. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.:Lion’s Caraballo dominates Greg’s Tire & Auto Mets

The Lions scored eight runs in the first on timely hits by Darryl Boston, Stephen Leccese and Michael Levy after walks to Michael Labrada and Caraballo. After six runs, the big shot came from the bat of Kristopher Lim, who smacked a pitch from Mets starter Michael Mandrin to the gap between right and center field good enough for a home run. Comment.

North Shore Towers man brings new views to CB13

Morton Gitter just might be the only member of Community Board 13 who rides an elevator to get to his home. Comment.

105th cops find allies in Glen Oaks, Bellerose

Faced with a rash of home burglaries in the Glen Oaks and Bellerose neighborhoods last summer, Deputy Inspector Michael Bryan often wished he had more than the 200 officers assigned to the 105th precinct. Comment.

Four CTK teens avoid jail in Queens Village sex case

The four former Christ the King students charged with having sex with an underage classmate in Queens Village last year escaped jail time Friday when a judge sentenced them to three days of community service, a defense attorney said. Comment.

It blooms in the family: Little Neck’s Cress Florists still strong at 100

Cress Florists in Little Neck has come a long way from its beginnings more than 100 years ago when Thomas Cresomales, a Greek immigrant, sold flowers from a pushcart on Manhattan's West Side. Comment.

PS 188 pupils raise over $1K for Alley Pond

Rocco, the foot-and-a-half-long African lizard lazily sunning himself in a tank at Alley Pond Environmental Center, might get a bigger bathtub, thanks to the children of PS 188 in Hollis Hills. Comment.

Thousands expected to compete in 25th Queens Half-Marathon

In addition, runners who are not ready take to the 13.1-mile course still chance to compete in the annual Skaggs-Walsh 5K. Race director Leo Nicholas expects about 500 runners to test the 3.1 miles course. The 5K race goes off at 8 a.m. Comment.

Boat crash suits await liability decision

Three civil lawsuits filed against a Douglas Manor teenager and his father over a fatal boating accident last summer have been put on hold pending a federal court decision on a limit of liability in the case. Comment.

Gourmet chef dazzles Tietz seniors

For four days last week, Andy Tsang, a pastry chef at Payard in Manhattan and a Jamaica Hills resident, finished his 12-hour days at the restaurant only to head into the kitchen of the Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing Care on Chapin Parkway. Comment.

Jamaica Hills Muslims call for end to violence, hatred

In light of a recent attack on one of its members, the Jamaica Muslim Center staged a rally Sunday afternoon calling for an end to violence against ethnic minorities and an increased police presence at its mosque. Comment.

Student punched, kicked outside Auburndale school

A 13-year-old girl was allegedly beaten up by a group of several girls at IS 25 in the Auburndale section of Flushing May 7, police said, in an incident the girl's father contended the school tried to cover up. Comment.

Snows softball scores two wins over St. Kevin’s

OLS sent Shannon Vetack to the mound for three innings in each game, with Kaitlin Smolen pitching the final three innings of game one and Sara Correa throwing three shutout innings to start game two. The Snows girls continue to spread out the offense throughout their lineup. Comment.

‘Zine for teens takes off with non-profits’ funding

Florentina Abramov, a 16-year-old resident of Kew Gardens Hills, has had a strong taste for writing for much of her life. Comment.

Doug CVS to fix problems after pressured by Avella

The CVS at Northern Boulevard and Douglaston Parkway has promised to address noise and pollution concerns after City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) got the city to agree to reconsider the store's 1996 variance, he said last week. Comment.

Neighbors, activists reach Martins Field compromise

Since Martins Field was found to be a 19th century black and American Indian burial ground a decade ago, the playground and park that now cover the site have caused an uproar. Comment.

College Pt. parade misses target for funding by $8K

Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, signs of patriotism have been abundant in College Point. More recently, with the war in Iraq hundreds of American flags have returned to the community's streets. Comment.

Board votes to approve group home

Community Board 7 overwhelmingly voted to approve a plan to transform a rundown Whitestone house into a home for autistic adults at its Monday evening meeting despite some opposition from neighbors. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Pirates face Tigers in Instructional Division

Pirates vs. Tigers. On a Saturday afternoon just perfect for playing baseball, the Pirates took the field against the hard-hitting Tigers. This game was no pitchers duel. The Pirates’ bats were on fire once again. Comment.

Flushing bizman cops plea in $36K green card swindle

A Great Neck man who ran an immigration business in Flushing pleaded guilty last week to ripping off three of his clients by falsely promising to obtain green cards for them, authorities said. Comment.

Bayside’s Scheuer House rallies for traffic controls

Several dozen elderly and disabled residents of the Scheuer House independent living facility in Bayside marched Tuesday across the intersection where a resident was killed to demand increased traffic controls at the crossing. Comment.

Balloons from North Shore enjoy second life as volleyballs for Little Neck special needs kids

Leftover balloons that cheered up patients at North Shore University Hospital are now bringing smiles and physical activity to children at PS 811 in Little Neck. Comment.

Cops in 111th report spike in northeast Queens thefts

The 111th Police Precinct has experienced a dramatic rise in burglaries over the last two weeks, prompting community leaders to renew their calls for higher staffing levels at the 111th. Comment.

Boy was I completelty lost

I always prided myself on having a very good sense of direction. Until a couple of weeks ago, that is. Comment.

Hold the line, please

They speak in public spaces, Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers sweep L.I. Baymen, beat Bethpage

Lowrey was backed by fantastic fielding. In the first inning rightfielder John Massa threw a runner trying to stretch a single out at second base, while leftfiielder Nick Lamonaca made a diving catch in the second. In the fourth, shortstop Vincent Florido made a diving grab and in the fifth, second baseman Johnny Liquori stole two hits away from the Baymen . Comment.

Married by love, if not law: Astoria couple prepares to wed despite legal barriers

It’s still a few days before Brendan Fay can call Tom Moulton his husband, but the Astoria couple already boasts a ritual so predictable it could rival any couple’s most time-honored tradition. Comment.

Virgin Atlantic considers taking over Concorde flights

A recent announcement by the chief executive of Virgin Atlantic Airlines could herald the return of Concorde flights above the skies in southeast Queens. Comment.

Boro’s colleges ready students for graduation

The College of Aeronautics, located at 86-01 23rd Ave. in Flushing, was slated to honor Queens Borough President Helen Marshall during its 71st Commencement Ceremony Friday at 10 a.m. Comment.

Wednesday, May 14, 2003

Judge orders transit fare hike rollback

A State Supreme Court judge Wednesday ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to roll back the 50-cent subway and bus fare increase as well as hikes on the two commuter railroads within two weeks. Comment.

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