Thursday, June 5, 2003

Flushing group to organize Independence Week events

For most Queens residents, Independence Day conjures up images of fireworks, barbecues and American flags. Comment.

Flushing street renamed in honor of 9/11 fireman

Scott Kopytko left his job as a commodities trader in the South Tower of the World Trade Center in 1998 to realize his dream of becoming one of New York's bravest. Three years later, on Sept. 11, the 32-year-old firefighter died rushing to the aid of others in that very same building. Comment.

Funds possible for wireless Net in Flushing

For the last year entrepreneur Kirk Watson has pushed his vision for downtown Flushing. Comment.

Jackson Heights’ Yorki Munoz captures 22nd annual Vitale 5K

Last year’s winner Anthony Meo went out fast and held the lead for the first mile, at which point he was clocked at 5:20, with Munoz right behind. Then the Jackson Heights resident made a move and surged to the front of the race, which started outside of MacNeil Park and finished within the park itself, Comment.

WHitestone Postman says His Goodbye

When Chuck Espinet started working at the Whitestone post office for the Christmas rush in 1966, he was supposed to stay for only two weeks. Comment.

2,000 enthusiastically graduate from Queens College

Some families came with roses in every color to present to the graduates, while others brought balloons of Tweety Bird and Spongebob Squarepants. Comment.

Walgreens pharmacy will be built City approves zoning variance opposed by Queens politicians

The city has approved plans to allow a Walgreens Pharmacy to open up in College Point, going against the recommendations of two of the borough's most powerful politicians and Community Board 7. Comment.

Bayside businesses to star in ‘Law & Order’ episode

Television viewers across America will see some popular Bayside haunts when an episode of "Law & Order: Criminal Intent," set to film on Bell Boulevard this week, airs on NBC. Comment.

Police Blotter: Egyptian indicted in kidnaping, murder of Bayside businessman

BAYSIDE - An Egyptian national in jail for allegedly posing as an FBI agent was indicted last week on charges he had a role in the kidnapping and murder of a Bayside businessman in 2001. Comment.

Air pollution in borough ranks poorly: New study

Community leaders who have long fought the proliferation of power plants in western Queens released an air quality study last Thursday that backed up many of their fears, listing the borough among the worst 10 percent of American counties for exposure to air pollution. Comment.

Whitestone Greek festival gets Bloomberg’s blessing

Traditional Greek food will be served in plentiful portions in Whitestone this weekend now that the city has approved street permits for the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church’s annual festival. Comment.

York class of ‘03 advised ‘never settle’ by ‘86 grad

The York College Class of 2003 heard some powerful advice from one of their own at graduation last week as the school's first alumni commencement speaker urged them to "never settle." Comment.

Marshall doles out $7K in sport gift certificates

Young members of local Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and other youth organizations were on hand at Long Island City’s Queensbridge Houses Saturday morning as Borough President Helen Marshall handed out more than $7,000 in gift certificates for sporting equipment. Comment.

Bayside businesses to star in ‘Law & Order’ episode

Television viewers across America will see some popular Bayside haunts when an episode of “Law & Order: Criminal Intent,” set to film on Bell Boulevard this week, airs on NBC. Comment.

Towers dwellers cry foul at sewer project

Residents of Bayside’s Lakeside Towers attended Community Board 11’s meeting Monday to express frustration over a massive sewer project their co-op president said was hurting the residents’ quality of life. Comment.

Avella lead dozens in rally protesting library cutbacks

Dozens of children and seniors joined City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and Queens Borough Public Library director Gary Strong in a rally outside the Bay Terrace library last Thursday to fight the libraries’ shrinking operating hours due to budget cuts. Comment.

111th Pct. police promise to target illegal fireworks

111th Police Precinct Capt. Julio Ordonez promised Bayside civic leaders Tuesday that police would crack down on a house known for setting off fireworks every Fourth of July in response to complaints that officers responded too late last year. Comment.

A Soldier’s Tail of Courage: Vietnam dog handler recognized 33 years later

As a trained dog handler during the Vietnam War, Anthony Jerone was saved from injury and death many times by dogs who sniffed out bombs, booby traps and enemies preparing to ambush troops in the jungles and mountains of Vietnam. Comment.

This Father’s Day, give the gift of expertise

This year, break through the ordinary and embrace the unique. Discard preconceived notions of what Dad would like and give him what he really wants. Comment.

Families still call Dad to stay in touch

Many people use special occasions as reasons to pick up the phone. Father’s Day, holidays, birthdays and anniversaries represent peak telephone usage for family members who aren’t able to see each other in person. Comment.

Boro commuters earn less than suburban ones: Study

People who live in places like Bethpage, L.I. and Bronxville, N.Y. pull down the biggest pay in Manhattan, a place where Queens residents lag behind the suburbanites. But so do commuters from just about everywhere else. Comment.

How to make the best Father’s Day steak

There’s nothing Dad would enjoy more than steak and that’s a fact. An informal survey conducted last year by Omaha Steaks, the nation’s premium purveyor of Midwestern beef, prompted more than 10,000 Americans to write in with the message, “Steak is Dad’s choice for Father’s Day.” Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Body’s most complex organ on display

There’s so much information available at the New York Hall of Science’s latest educational exhibit that it could make your brain hurt. Of course, there is probably a tidbit or two in the exhibit that would explain why your head will hurt. Comment.

Musician, aviator, U.S. Treasurer honored in Juneteenth ceremony

The Black American Heritage Foundation will present Fred Smith and his quartet in a tribute to pioneering jazz musician Budd Johnson at the museum, Saturday, June 14, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Movies By Moonlight at RAA

Sit beneath the moon, feel the soft ocean breeze and let the Rockaway Artists Alliance entertain you. Comment.

Open call to artists

The submission deadline is Monday, June 23, and only slides and/or photos will be accepted. The exhibit will be up July 19 through Aug. 31 with an opening reception Sunday, July 27 from 1-3 p.m. in sTudio 7 Gallery, Fort Tilden. Comment.

Boro Beat: Do politicians get their kicks making little kids cry?

My wife Christine would like me to make an appeal to the city and state decision-makers who will ultimately determine if the Queens Zoo and the Prospect Park Zoo remain open. Comment.

LaGuardia serves up side of Jazzberry Jam

Put some Riverdance moves together with four Silver Belles and top it all off with a healthy amount of JazzBerry Jam to hold everything together and you have the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center Tea Time Series presentation of the Sweethearts of Jazz. Comment.

Pets get a vacation from owners

Robyn Lipschutz understands the anxiety that can result when pets and their owners are separated for an extended period of time. Comment.

Boro pols slam city plan for takeover of private buses

A litany of speakers blasted the city’s plan to give control of the borough’s private bus lines to the Metropolitan Transit Authority at a public hearing Friday, demanding more public involvement in the closed-door negotiations that are slated to produce a deal by the end of June. Comment.

How’s Business?: Food fancies

If asked to name the most popular tasty food favorites, certainly pizza, hot dogs and burgers would win, hands down. But suppose someone was to name Jamaican-style patties. The response just might be “you’re kidding.” Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 8-48 Bell Blvd, Single Family Detached, $549,000, Bed 4, Bath 2, Construction: Brick, Basement: Open, Lot Size: 40 x 100, Taxes: $2,3000 Comment.

Fund-raisers

Sunday, June 8 - Central Queens YM & YWHA hold a 21st anniversary gala dinner dance honoring Irving Shillman, Larrey Weiss and Marc Beige at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center, 156-45 84th St. in Howard Beach, at 6:30 p.m. Call 352-7900. Comment.

Editorial: Save the zoo

One of the most painful consequences of the city’s budget crisis is the proposal to close the Queens Zoo. It is hard to fault City Hall on this decision without coming up with an alternative way to cut spending. How can you tell a mayor who feels forced to close fire houses that the zoo should be off the table? Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Old Glory unified a nation in uncertain times

Only a bit of color – Waving upon the street; Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Daring souls, politicians, brave rain for parade

Memorial Day has come and gone, the parades that were held on Sunday were lucky and the weather was fairly decent; however, Monday was a total disaster. The Whitestone Parade was called off; they had no choice because the rain came down in torrents. Most parades are rain or shine, but it would have been ridiculous to even try. Comment.

Point of View: Fare hike is a blessing in disguise for shuttle vans

The controversial 25 percent fare hike by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority has apparently generated a great deal of anger among commuters. As far I can recall, the city’s mass transit fare has gone up more than tenfold since 1970. The average wage increase of workers in the Big Apple, however, has failed to keep up with that pace. Comment.

A Long Time Between Drinks: Columnist introduces himself to boro readers

Several weeks ago, when the TimesLedger Newspapers sent out a call for a columnist, I decided to give it a try. It had been a long time since I did newspaper work. Comment.

Teen Talk: Teens can avoid having regrets after prom night

It is a fact that a day will come when you will like or fall in love with someone or have strong attraction to someone, and at some point when you are with that person, you will feel a sexual desire. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Sanders’ meeting focuses on city budget, tax hikes

Sometimes when we face personal emergency situations it is difficult to find time to focus on the problems of the wider community — problems that will not only impact on us but on a great many others. Comment.

Pride parade celebrates Queens gay communities

Queens elected officials and members of the borough’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community braved a steady rain Sunday to march in the 11th annual Queens Pride Parade in Jackson Heights. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Avella, civics take issue with community facilities

The Zoning Resolution of 1961 legalized the establishment of community facilities. Decades later, community facilities have proliferated throughout New York City, sometimes intruding on neighbors and reducing their quality of life. Comment.

To The Point: Rain does not hamper College Pt. marchers

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The Memorial Day Parade took place Sunday, May 25, in College Point. Although the sky was cloudy, the marchers were happy to make the parade everything it should be. Comment.

Douglaston man has big stake in Funny Cide’s Triple Crown bid

A horse racing fan for almost 50 years, Eric Dattner skipped out on last year’s Belmont Stakes. Tickets, good tickets, aren’t as easy to find anymore. Comment.

Turcotte: The best and worst of times at Belmont

In 1973, Hall of Fame jockey Ron Turcotte rode Secretariat to horse racing’s greatest prize, capping the Triple Crown with an astonishing 31-length victory in the Belmont Stakes. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: It’s a lot more than just riding a horse

A few weeks ago I dedicated this space to the long-standing debate as to what is and what is not a sport and where to draw the line among simple athletic pursuits, recreational activities and the kind of competitive endeavor that should be covered in these pages. Comment.

St. Francis Prep girls capture Mayor’s Cup team title

“Out of one to 10,” she said, “I’d say I was about 20.” Comment.

Newcomers falls in soccer semis

With a berth in the PSAL ‘B’ championship game at stake, there was no one Newcomers girls’ soccer coach Beth Schuellein wanted to take the final penalty kick more than Jenny Garcia. Comment.

Iona pitcher tosses no-no against Prep

There wasn’t much St. Francis Prep head coach Bro. Robert Kent could say after his team was no-hit by Iona Prep’s Nick Stanziani Monday afternoon in a CHSAA playoffs game at The Ballpark at St. John’s. Comment.

St. John’s Prep runners compete in Penn Relays

This prestigious meet has been home to... Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Ari Gayer

School: Townsend Harris Comment.

Gay Flushing man loses battle against Yankees

A Flushing man who claimed the New York Yankees fired him from a clubhouse position with the team because he is gay has lost a battle in state court. Comments (3).

Adams tops Cleveland, GW to move into quarterfinals

It’s been a saying for the John Adams baseball team for several years and it became the rallying cry Monday at the College of Staten Island, where the team faced monumental odds. Comment.

Stamatiades tosses shutout to lead Bryant over Port Richmond

Bryant’s star pitcher, Ally Stamatiades, led the No. 5-seeded Owls to a 1-0 victory over the No. 4-seeded Port Richmond Red Raiders in the PSAL ‘A’ softball quarterfinals on Central Park’s Great Lawn Monday afternoon. Comment.

Trio leads Brooklyn Knights to 2-0 victory over Vermont

Andre Borges, Chris Aloisi and Chris Wingert have been playing soccer together in one form or another for several years. Comment.

Mezza Luna: Hope for good weather on Mezza Luna patio

Mezza Luna translates to half moon. But when it opened six years ago, I didn't disclose why. Chef and owner Pasquale grew up in the Bronx on Arthur Avenue where Half Moon was a then-famous pizzeria - hence the name. Comment.

Richmond Hill museum ready for inaugural run

The Museum of Sound Recording is set to open its doors Saturday in Richmond Hill to borough residents and present its first exhibit on the development of recording techniques in the audio industry. Comment.

Whitestone Greek festival gets Bloomberg’s blessing

Traditional Greek food will be served in plentiful portions in Whitestone this weekend now that the city has approved street permits for the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival. Comment.

Plans unveiled for library at Long Island City school

It was only a model, a tiny replica of the new library that in months should start rising from the pavement of the fenced-in playground at PS 111 in Long Island City. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens College lands L.I.’s Lawrence

Kyrk Peponakis can check off another need on his recruiting wish list since two weeks after signing Cathedral Prep standout Bradd Wierzbicki, the Queens College men’s basketball coach received a commitment from Uniondale’s Marvin Lawrence. Comment.

Woodside GOP prez to challenge Gioia for council

Patrick Hurley, the president of a Woodside Republican club, is running for City Council against incumbent Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) on a platform that the community's middle-class residents are ill-served by the policies of the Council's overwhelmingly Democratic majority. Comment.

Approval of new districts angers Ridgewood

The U.S. Department of Justice has approved the city Districting Commission's new lines for the City Council, sealing the plan that sparked protests in Ridgewood over the neighborhood's division between Queens and Brooklyn. Comment.

Area traffic study underway in South Ozone Park

A traffic study in South Ozone Park initiated after a request by Community Board 10 will be completed in a few months and will serve as a reference for future changes in street directions and traffic patterns, a city spokeswoman said. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Pacific Lawn bests Bourbon Street, Club Care

Pacific Lawn 13, Bourbon Street 6. Joey Schade and Laz Wigley combined for six strong innings, Sebastian Poplowski had two hits and Rob Renzi hit his third home run to lead the Sprinklers. For Bourbon Street, Nick Copelli and Paul Gorynski led their team with fine hitting and fielding. Comment.

Mormon offers helping hand to Jewish graves

As Shane Wamsley talked with reporters outside Bayside Cemetery in Ozone Park about his four-day experience removing vegetation and debris from Jewish grave sites, he paused briefly several times while A trains passed overhead so listeners would not miss one detail of his story. Comments (1).

Ridgewood woman slashed at her office in Greenpoint

A Polish woman from Ridgewood was slashed in the face and splashed with a noxious liquid Monday by two men who entered and left her Brooklyn office without saying a word, authorities said. Comment.

Kew Gardens man charged in parking fraud

A Rosedale woman and a Kew Gardens man were charged with using fake disabled parking permits that allowed them to pull into to a Kennedy Airport lot for $3 a day rather than the regular daily rate of $24, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment.

Clean-up drive planned for Rego Park

Two Rego Park residents are planning on approaching national and citywide chain businesses in their neighborhood to try to raise money to hire a service such as the Doe Fund to clean the streets. Comment.

3 Bayside b-ball teams advance to AAU National Championships

The Bayside Titans 15U boys’ basketball team qualified for a chance to play in the 2003 AAU Division I National Championship in Tennessee, the New York Pride 16U boys’ team has qualified for the Division II Nationals in Houston, and the New York Pride 17U boys have also qualified to participate in Orlando, Fla. Comment.

LIC firehouse, community hope to prevail in lawsuit

A still-pending lawsuit fighting the closure of Engine Co. 261 in Long Island City and five other firehouses across the city has lent a glimmer of hope to a battle that appeared lost when the fire company shut down two weekends ago. Comment.

Jamaica Bay may permit some access for Jet Skis

Officials at Gateway National Recreation Area are considering reversing a federal ban and allowing the limited use of Jet Skis, Waverunners and other personal watercraft in Jamaica Bay. Comment.

Richmond Hill citizen patrols take aim at area crime

Nine years ago members of the Richmond Hill Block Association contacted police officers from the 102nd Precinct in an attempt to forge a partnership to reduce the overall crime rate in the area. Comment.

Fiery crash on Robinson leaves four people dead

A young Woodside mother and three friends in their 20s died in a fiery crash on the Jackie Robinson Parkway at Metropolitan Avenue shortly after midnight Monday when the speeding car they were in spun out of control and slammed into a tree. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Prudential L.I. Realty edges Video Z., 11-10

Prudential LI Realty Yankees 11, Video Z. Mets 10. The Yankees ended the Mets’ undefeated streak with another thrilling game that exhibited excellent all-around ball playing by the boys and girls on both squads. Comment.

Chemical leak in Jamaica causes evacuation of site

Antifreeze poured out of a broken pipe inside the Bally's gym in Jamaica Center Saturday morning, sending customers scrambling off their Stairmasters and into the street and causing traffic backups in one of Queens' busiest commercial districts. Comment.

Flying high: Jamaica cop becomes LaGuardia security chief

As a member of the Port Authority Police Department, Inspector Benjamin Smith Jr. has manned a fire truck at Kennedy Airport and a security post at the Lincoln Tunnel, but since taking command of the LaGuardia Airport detail in 2001, he likes that assignment best. Comment.

St. Albans veteran leader dies of heart attack at 55

Michael Handy, a St. Albans native who served as military liaison to three mayors over the past 10 years, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 55. Comment.

Two Council hopefuls join race to unseat Jennings

Two more southeast Queens residents have thrown their hats into the ring to take on incumbent City Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) in this fall's primary and general elections. Comment.

Rosedale woman charged in parking fraud

A Rosedale woman and a Kew Gardens man were charged with using fake disabled parking permits that allowed them to pull into to a Kennedy Airport lot for $3 a day rather than the regular daily rate of $24, the Queens District Attorney said. Comment.

York class of ‘03 advised ‘never settle’ by ‘86 grad

The York College Class of 2003 heard some powerful advice from one of their own at graduation last week as the school's first alumni commencement speaker urged them to "never settle." Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: McDonalds Royals deep fry J.J. Peabodys

The defense of the whole team, especially Conor Maher, Robert Groth, Ryan Perez, Billy Burkhart and Joshua Persaud, was sparkling. The players gave up only one run in three innings, having a lapse only in the second inning. Comment.

out-of-towners rescue boro church

The small congregation of an historic church in Queens Village is giving its basement gymnasium a full-scale makeover, but the man scraping paint off the crumbling walls is from Texas. And the guy next to him grew up in Iowa. And the couple directing all the work is from West Virginia. Comment.

Fortunatos escape jail in Caffe on the Green assault

A reputed Gambino crime family associate and his wife were sentenced to anger management and ethnic sensitivity training last Thursday after they pleaded guilty to assaulting an Asian woman in January at Bayside's Caffe on the Green. Comment.

105th Police crack down on precinct noise complaints

Cops in the 105th Precinct will launch an aggressive campaign against loud backyard parties this summer in an effort to address a quality-of-life issue that has angered many in Rosedale, Queens Village and other neighborhoods in eastern Queens. Comment.

Queensborough celebrates diversity at commencement

Reflecting the diverse population of Queens, about 1,200 students from more than 80 different countries graduated from Queensborough Community College Friday, surrounded by friends and family speaking a myriad of foreign languages. Comment.

Cardozo named to list of top high schools in US

Bayside's Benjamin N. Cardozo High School ranked among the best public high schools in the nation, according to a Newsweek magazine survey published June 2. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Maroons edge Orange for Moser Tourney crown

Maroons 1, Orange 0. The boys of RGMVM took to the field bright and early to compete in the final of the Edward L. Moser Tournament. This turned out to be a real pitching dual with neither team being able to break through with the run that was needed. Comment.

Cops shoot at suspect in Bellerose

A Bellerose man was shot at by officers just after midnight last week after allegedly threatening police with a BB gun and appearing to hold a 6-year-old girl hostage, police said. Comment.

Martin Van Buren HS gets new turf for athletic fields

Administrators, teachers and students at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village celebrated the opening of the school's new athletic fields Monday morning following nearly nine months of renovation by the non-profit group Take the Field. Comment.

A Soldier’s Tail of Courage: Vietnam dog handler recognized 33 years later

As a trained dog handler during the Vietnam War, Anthony Jerone was saved from injury and death many times by dogs who sniffed out bombs, booby traps and enemies preparing to ambush troops in the jungles and mountains of Vietnam. Comment.

Neighbors miss fresh crops once grown at Klein Farm

As summer draws near, some neighbors of the Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows are hoping that the Klein family will plant some crops on their land this year so that they will be able to pop across the street to buy fresh vegetables. Comment.

Fresh Meadows bookseller returns lost Picasso sketch

Paul Abi Boutros of Fresh Meadows smiled shyly behind his bookstand on the Upper West Side in Manhattan Tuesday as he acknowledged the praises of passerbys who recognized him as the man who turned in two valuable works of art after finding them on the street. Comment.

USTA to host Jana Hunsaker Memorial Wheelchair Tennis Tournament

The tournament is being sponsored by the U.S. Tennis Association in conjunction with the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association, International Tennis Federation and the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour. A total of $5,000 in prize money will be awarded. Admission is free to the public. Comment.

Boro Rotary helps child get heart surgery at LIJ

When 5-month-old Akeila Lowe came to Queens from Barbados on May 8, she weighed just 8 pounds and was suffering from serious heart defects that threatened to take her life at any time. But thanks to the Gift of Life program and the Queensborough Rotary Club, she’ll have a second chance at a healthy life. Comment.

Borough students prepare for big CUNY tuition hike

A committee of the City University of New York has recommended raising tuition by $800 at senior colleges and $300 at community colleges for the coming academic year. Comment.

New president appointed for York College

The newly appointed president of York College received a warm welcome at the Jamaica campus last week as he promised to be a “charismatic listener” to learn how to lead the school community. Comment.

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