Thursday, May 29, 2003

Board 12 gives green light to Jamaica apartment plan

A proposal to build a six-story subsidized apartment building on Sutphin Boulevard won narrow approval from Community Board 12 last week despite complaints from neighbors that the structure would change the character of the community. Comment.

Operation Impact reduces Jamaica crime by 50%

Operation Impact, the police initiative that brought about 50 extra officers to downtown Jamaica in January, has helped reduce crime by about 50 percent, but the area is still battling its image as a high-crime area, a detective from the 103rd Precinct said. Comment.

DAC: Yankees blow by Tornadoes, 9-3

Prudential Realty Yankees 9, St. Robert’s Tornadoes 3. The Yankees continued to play like big league ballplayers, with solid defense from Tyler Ruiz, Zachary Rosenblum and Teddy Lampropoulas at the pitcher’s position and Anthony Bradica at first, along with the sure gloves of Max Aru and James Ortega. Comment.

PS 18 seeks safe drop-offs with 235th Ct. one-way

Anyone who has seen a Queens elementary school at morning drop-off time knows how chaotic and even dangerous the process can be. Comment.

Big names take little seats at Glen Oaks reading day

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside) was happy to stand in front of a smiling, genial audience Friday that was unlikely to challenge him with tough questions or bombard him with complaints. Comment.

Flushing man sent porn to undercover cop: DA

A Flushing father has been charged with sending pornographic pictures of himself to an undercover detective he believed was a 13-year-old girl, the Queens district attorney said this week. Comment.

College Round-up: Ex-Hilltopper earns top honors in MAAC for 2nd straight year

Ellen Sarosy still can’t believe it. For the first time in about 15 years, the Howard Beach native isn’t preparing for another softball season. Comment.

Boro assemblyman defends override of Pataki’s budget

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside) defended the Legislature's override vote on the state budget and attacked education cuts sought by Gov. Pataki as harmful to northeast Queens at a meeting of the Eastern Queens Democratic Club in Douglaston Thursday. Comment.

Schneider doc’s study shows Atkins diet good for teens

A recent study conducted by a doctor at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park suggests that teenagers can lose more weight on the so-called Atkins Diet than on a standard low-fat diet. Comment.

Queens Village Buddhists build lantern to honor faith

A 15-foot lantern made of meticulously trimmed white paper stands next to the New York Buddhist Vihara on Spencer Avenue in Queens Village. Comment.

College Pt. parade spared from Memorial Day deluge

Hundreds of College Point residents broke out their lawn chairs to cheer on marchers in the community's Memorial Day Parade Sunday, a processional that included Mayor Michael Bloomberg, local politicians and a steady stream of brightly festooned automobiles. Comment.

Planning Commission OKs business plan for Flushing

The city Planning Commission last week unanimously approved the plan to bring a Business Improvement District to downtown Flushing. Comment.

Businee Calendar

June 1- American Cancer Society – Bikers Against Breast Cancer Annual Motorcycle Run.  Call Diane Colonna at 718-263-2225 Ext. 29 Comment.

Flushing gets first booth to house community cops

A new, highly visible booth for auxiliary police officers has come to downtown Flushing's busiest street corner - the first to open in a community anywhere in the city. Comment.

Flushing ‘birdman’ lands in court on menacing rap

For years Flushing's infamous "birdman," known for his habit of zealously feeding local animals, has aroused the ire of his neighbors. But now he has attracted the attention of the authorities. Comment.

Avella rallying residents to stop noise at tow site

For the second time in two months, Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) held a small rally with local residents to push for the closing of a new towing depot in Whitestone. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Outback Steakhouse, York Electric battle to tie

Outback Steakhouse 11, York Electric 11. Parents and spectators witnessed the most exciting game of the year as two evenly matched teams battled back and forth to a six-inning draw. Outback Steakhouse jumped out to an early five-run lead on RBI hits by Anthony Panepinto, Nick Loccisano and Jason Andrele. Loccisano held York Electric scoreless for the first three innings by allowing no hits and striking out nine. In the fourth inning, York Electric mounted a comeback when Greg Insana singled, John Prudente doubled and Steven Demaio hit a three-run homer. York Electric took an 8-5 l Comment.

Bottling company workers back on borough job sites

Workers at the Canada Dry factory in Maspeth returned to work this week after a weeklong strike under a tentative deal that sent Pepsi Cola employees who refused to cross picket lines at their sister company in College Point back to their jobs. Comment.

26-year-old pastor heads Little Neck congregation

A 26-year-old minister has become the new spiritual leader of the Community Church of Little Neck, which wants to bring youthful energy into the aging congregation. Comment.

Boro leaders rally to rescue Queens Zoo from budget ax

Borough leaders rallied at the Queens Zoo’s symbolic graveyard of extinct species Tuesday to build support to save the wildlife center, which faces extinction at the end of June from a cut by the city’s falling budget ax. Comment.

Little Neck-Doug parade draws thin crowd in rain

A torrential downpour kept many away from the 76th annual Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Monday, but staunch supporters of the observance turned out nonetheless to watch the parade proceed down Northern Boulevard during a break in the storm. Comment.

Padavan wins concessions from city on ed reform

In response to legislation sponsored by state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) to preserve the city’s 32 community school districts, the Department of Education will put an administrator and a small staff in every district to respond to parent inquiries, a spokesman for Padavan said. Comment.

Boro assemblyman defends override of Pataki’s budget

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside) defended the Legislature’s override vote on the state budget and attacked education cuts sought by Gov. Pataki as harmful to northeast Queens at a meeting of the Eastern Queens Democratic Club in Douglaston Thursday. Comment.

Baysiders say Bell Blvd. venue is too noisy

In a bid to appease neighbors complaining of noise by patrons smoking in the small outdoor area behind Maguire’s pub, the bar’s owner promised last week not to allow customers there after 11 p.m. Comment.

Flushing ‘birdman’ lands in court on menacing rap

For years Flushing’s infamous “birdman,” known for his habit of zealously feeding local animals, has aroused the ire of his neighbors. But now he has attracted the attention of the authorities. Comment.

Four fallen cops in 109th honored in street naming

One died after trying to stop a robbery on the night of his wedding anniversary. Another was killed leaping to the aid of his father-in-law, who was being mugged in his own driveway. Comment.

Five homeless men indicted in Flushing Meadows rape

The five homeless men accused of brutally raping a woman in a shantytown on the edge of Flushing Meadows Corona Park were indicted nearly five months after their arrest, the Queens district attorney announced May 21. Comment.

Hollis Hills pizzeria owner arrested for alleged bribe

A Hollis Hills pizzeria owner who was arrested for allegedly trying to bribe an undercover city agent not to write him up for health violations denied any wrongdoing Friday, calling the sting operation a “setup.” Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Airline employment hits record low in Queens

Employment in the borough’s air transportation industry fell to its lowest levels in nearly three decades after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, and recouping those jobs is key to spurring growth in Queens, an economic report concluded. Comment.

Chushman siblings will represent boro

As such, they will be representing the borough at the citywide finals to be held in Manhattan’s Heckscher Theater on June 6. The winner of the high school division was singer, Janice Quinonez of Woodhaven. Comment.

Urban Beach to be unveiled in P.S. 1 outdoor courtyard

The objective of the Young Architects Program is to identify and provide an outlet for emerging young talent in architecture, an ongoing mission of both MoMA and P.S.1. The contestants were instructed to make the best use of P.S.1’s outdoor courtyard, remaining within the allotted project budget of $60,000. Comment.

Terriers topple Hilltoppers for Brooklyn/Queens crown

Kristen McEvitt celebrated her 18th birthday in fine style Sunday afternoon, keeping the Mary Louis Hilltoppers at bay just long enough to lead the St. Francis Prep varsity softball team to a 2-1 victory in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship game at Queens College. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Sorenstam shows she can play

Annika Sorenstam changed my mind this week. It wasn’t her play at the Colonial among a field of men, but the way she handled herself and the historic opportunity afforded her to play in a PGA Tour event when she really had no business being there. Comment.

Santos powers Edison past Banneker in playoff action

Catia Santos had a dream. Comment.

Freedoms drop fourth straight to New Jersey

WAYNE, N.J. — At times Friday night the New York Freedoms looked good. Real good. Comment.

Our History: Residents work to reinstate memorial at local park

I think that, as life is action and passion, it is required of a man that he should share the passion and action of his time at peril of being judged not to have lived. ... A thousand events we have known are called up, I say, by accident, and apart from accident, may be forgotten. - Oliver Wendell Holmes, 1884 Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Kristen McEvitt

School: St. Francis Prep Comment.

To The Point: College Pt. Ambulance Corps holds open house

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The Point was bustling due to the many runners from the Skaggs-Walsh Marathon. Comment.

The Boro Beat: So ... anybody know a good theater reviewer?

Kent Mancuso has retired to Florida. Comment.

Gay pride parade planners to build on past successes

As they enter the second decade of staging the borough’s gay pride parade, a dedicated corps of volunteers hopes to lure their largest crowd yet to Jackson Heights Sunday for the 11th annual celebration. Comment.

Lewis capitalizes on shoddy defense in win

The difference between No 9 Francis Lewis and 24th-seeded Susan Wagner was evident two innings into the first-round PSAL softball game at Francis Lewis Tuesday. Comment.

Teen Talk: Queens teenagers seek under-21 social venues

Picture this. It’s Friday night, you’ve just come home from a long, tiring day but still have this yearning to go out with your friends, possibly meet some new people and have a great time. What is a teenager to do in Queens? Comment.

Farewell in Flushing: Grande Dame of arts scene ready to move on

For the last 24 years the name JoAnn Jones has been synonymous with the arts in Flushing. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Fresh Meadows residents oppose proposed facility

About three weeks ago a public hearing was announced by the Area/Zoning committee of Community Board 8 to permit two doctors, a husband and wife, to have a special permit to convert a one-family dwelling in an R-2 residential area into medical offices. Comment.

The Butler Did It: No regrets in Niebles’ quest for career in soccer

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Senator makes food shopping for seniors a priority

At the Little Neck Douglaston Parade Committee luncheon in the beautiful Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy last Sunday we ran into a face from the past, Jonathan Ridgeway, former president of the Westmorland Association. Comment.

Woodhaven eatery courts little diners

Nick Papaspiridakos, owner of Woodhaven’s Snack Attack, wanted to use his teacher training experience to make sure children felt comfortable when they ventured into his store on Jamaica Avenue. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: June and marriage are like a horse and carriage

An elderly gentleman was invited to his friend’s home for dinner. He was impressed by the way his host preceded every request to his wife with endearing terms — “honey, my love, darling, sweetheart, pumpkin,” etc. The couple had been married almost 70 years, and clearly they were still very much in love. Comment.

Terrie Williams comes to Langston Hughes library

After having everyone arrange their chairs in a semicircle, Williams forsook the lectern and sat on the edge of the stage in the beautiful library’s second floor auditorium. Comment.

Turn 2 Youth thru June 21 at Cunningham

The clinics, now in their seventh year, are designed to teach children 8 to 13 in all five boroughs the fundamentals of baseball while emphasizing the importance of sportsmanship and teamwork. Comment.

LaGuardia wins top prize in contest for food, drinks

LaGuardia’s central terminal took top prize for best food and beverage among the Large Airport division in the Airports Council International-North America Excellence in Airport Concessions judging. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Metro Star Café defeats Marlite Construction

Metro Star Café 8, Marlite Construction 3. The young Metro-Stars laced up their cleats and took to the field against the Marlite Construction crew in RGMVM Rookie action. Comment.

‘Reel New York’ will feature Queens filmmakers

With landmark contributions from the past and fresh work by new and established artists, “Reel New York” brings more than 30 short- and full-length works by, about and for New Yorkers Fridays at 10 p.m., from June 6 to Aug. 1 (excluding July 4). Queens is specifically highlighted in the first episode and throughout the series. Comment.

PSAL seedings lead to several all-Queens playoff matchups

There were no big surprises when the PSAL baseball seeding committee met Thursday at PSAL headquarters in Long Island City. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Memories of loved ones live on in hearts, prayers

Recently on Radio WOR’s Dr. Joy Browne’s program, she told of a woman who knew she was going to die. The woman was very philosophical about it and decided to plan her own funeral. She made plans with the undertaker and picked out the clothes she wanted to wear and the hymn she wanted sung at her funeral. She even made up the menu for the meal served afterward. Comment.

Chung Do: Don’t judge a new book by its old cover

It looks like Little Tokyo. There has not been a renovation, inside or out. That's okay with me. I'd recommend that you come early so that you're practically the only one there and can immerse your self in the East. Comment.

With Little Public Input LIPA Adopts Budget

Following what was described as a relatively quiet period of public comment, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) board of directors adopted a 2001 Operating and Capital Budget plan this week. The budget, which may be found online at www.lipower.org, allocates nearly $250 million for capital improvements, an increase of about 17% over 2000, based on a $383 million increase in revenues from 2000. Comment.

BNL Supports Long Island Businesses

In fiscal year 2000, Brookhaven made 3,428 individual purchases on Long Island. Out of those, 2,731 totaling about $29.2 million were made in Suffolk County and 697 amounting to almost $2 million were made in Nassau County. New construction, environmental cleanup and repair of an aging infrastructure accounted for a large part of Brookhaven’s purchases during fiscal year 2000. Comment.

Cochran Will Head Super’s Association

Southold Supervisor Jean Cochran was elected chairperson of the Suffolk County Supervisors Association at a meeting hosted by the Town of Huntington at the Vanderbilt Museum in Centerport. Comment.

Queens Library will play host to reduced-fare Metrocard talk

Application requirements are as follows. Comment.

Commerce Bank to open first boro site in Astoria

When Commerce Bank opens the doors to its first Queens branch Friday in Astoria, customers should not expect to be greeted by business as usual. Comment.

Richmond Hill teen charged again in identity case

A Richmond Hill teenager has been charged for the second time in six months with stealing people's personal identity information and then using their credit card and Social Security numbers to buy $30,000 in merchandise, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Former SJU soccer star released by MetroStars

All Jeff Matteo wants is a chance. Comment.

Protesters rally to stop city ed plan

Parents and school employees rallied outside School District 24 offices last Thursday to show their opposition to the mayor's reform of the school system, which they contend is plowing forward while they are left in the dark. Comment.

Long Island City firehouse closes doors for final time

Engine Co. 261 vacated the half of the firehouse it shares with Ladder 116 in Long Island City Sunday, bringing a sad end to an impassioned community battle to save it from budget cuts. Comment.

Astoria cab driver arrested in federal drug, bomb sting

An Astoria cab driver caught on tape asking an undercover agent for enough explosives to blow up a mountain was arrested last week after buying $150 worth of drugs, authorities said. Comment.

Attacker enters guilty plea in South Ozone Park biting

A former livery cab driver from South Ozone Park pleaded guilty Tuesday to a biting attack on his girlfriend in February 2002 that left the woman permanently disfigured, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Kidz Inc. stalls Gregs Tire and Auto

This was a well-played game by both teams, as the Astros and Mets battled for second place in the tight race in the Glen Oaks boys’ Major Division. Comment.

LaGuardia College boasts high rate of Latino grads

When Juan Genao first enrolled in English as a Second Language classes at LaGuardia Community College a decade ago, the Dominican immigrant had set his sights on a career in computers - that way, he figured, he could bury his head in the machine and avoid speaking his adopted tongue. Comment.

Weightlifter carries on tradition of champions

Sitting in the basement of Lost Battalion Hall, weightlifting coach Artie Drechsler said he has always been intrigued by strength. One of his favorite comic book characters as a child was the Hulk, said the coach as he watched one of his trainees lift 220 pounds. Comment.

Forest Hills grandma earns college degree

At times Ada Sayetta, 85, felt uncomfortable sitting in classes with students the age of her grandchildren, but she persevered and her efforts paid of last Thursday when she received her Queens College diploma and two standing ovations. Comment.

Forest Hills bizman offers discount Canadian meds

When Jon Robinson learned that his aunt in Florida had reduced the amount of money she spends on prescription drugs from $900 to $430 per month by buying from a middleman for a Canadian pharmacy, he saw the opportunity for a business. Comment.

Forest Hills Memorial Day draws mayor with throngs

The skies cooperated over Metropolitan Avenue Sunday as Mayor Michael Bloomberg and a slew of local politicians waved the Stars and Stripes to the steady beat of marching bands at Forest Hills' Memorial Day parade. Comment.

Boro students show skill as traders in stock game

A team of five fifth-graders from PS 196 in Forest Hills picked the right stocks to invest in during a 10-week period when they played the New York metro area Stock Market Game, placing them fifth out of 72 teams from elementary, middle and high schools. Comment.

Permanent leader selected at Jamaica’s York College

City University trustees appointed a University of Maryland administrator as the new president of York College in Jamaica. Comment.

Vitale 5K Memorial Run slated for Saturday

The start of the 3.1-mile race will be near 119th Street and Poppenhusen Avenue outside MacNeil Park. The course takes the runners through the College Point scenic residential neighborhood and park and ends within the park itself. There will be splits at each mile. Comment.

Fencing co. owner hopes to stay in Richmond Hill

A Richmond Hill property owner said he wants to keep his fencing business in Richmond Hill despite a move by Community Board 9 to try to block him from purchasing land outright that he has leased for more than 20 years. Comment.

Feds arrest four Richmond Hill men in illegal money transfers

Four men from Richmond Hill, two from Forest Hills, one from Bellerose and another from Queens Village are accused of participating in an unlicensed money transfer scheme that involved exporting more than $32 million abroad, federal officials said. Comment.

Safety measures to be put on Springfield Boulevard

A series of roadway improvements at the intersection of Springfield Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue set to begin next month will enhance safety and reduce traffic accidents at the beleaguered intersection, public officials and community activists believe. Comment.

Spreading Smiles All the Way to Albany

Gerard Thomas worked for the better part of 20 years in a factory workshop for disabled adults run by the Queens Centers for Progress. Comment.

Fundraisers

Saturday, June 7 - Pancyprian Association of American honors George Tenet, director of the CIA, at the New York Hilton in Manhattan with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Black tie. Comment.

Queens South cops hold dialogue with community

If food is the way to a community's heart, the officers who make up Patrol Borough Queens South are heading in the right direction. Comment.

Benefit for LIJ cancer ward planned at Belmont Pk.

Richard Mark Smith died in 1990 after he received an HIV-tainted blood transfusion. Comment.

Queens Village man killed in Far Rockaway

A 31-year-old Queens Village man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in Far Rockaway, police said. Comment.

120th Avenue to be renamed for longtime Jamaica pastor

A section of 120th Avenue in Jamaica is on its way to being named after the longtime pastor at the Rush Temple AME Zion Church. Comment.

Smith denies accusations she nearly ran down cop

State Sen. Ada Smith (D-Jamaica) denied that she nearly hit a state trooper while pulling into an Albany parking garage during an argument over her Senate-issued identification card last week. Comment.

Editorial: Let the sun shine in

Where were the TimesLedger reporters when the Office of the Borough president held two important public meetings? Comment.

District 26 tops city scores on English language exam

More elementary school students in Queens are meeting state standards on standardized English Language exams than in previous years, but a significant number of middle-school students are falling short of minimum requirements, according to annual test results published last week. Comment.

Panel of judges to hear appeal on MTA hikes

A panel of State Supreme Court Appellate Division judges was scheduled to hear arguments June 10 in a lawsuit brought by transit activists to force the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to roll back the $2 transit fare. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man arrested, dog shot in botched Hollis robbery

HOLLIS — A suspect’s gun accidentally went off as police were arresting him Tuesday on charges of a robbery, police said. Comment.

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Local Medal Winner

By Jon Russell Comment.

How’s Business?: Commuting headaches

Then came those extra bonuses with free bus transfers... Comment.

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