Thursday, June 12, 2003

Blending cultures: Bellerose’s ‘Greek Rhumba player’ makes his splash in boro’s Latin jazz scene

How did Demetrios Kastaris - a Greek-American trombonist born in Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea - become one of Queens' leading musicians in the field of Latin jazz? Comment.

Police standoff in Bellerose ends with arrest

An emotionally disturbed Bellerose man held police at bay for nearly 11 hours on June 4 after he allegedly shot up his home, fled and jumped the fence into a neighbor's yard where he threatened to kill himself, police said. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe: Erin’s Isle holds off Flowers by Peter, 6-5, in DG hockey action

Flowers by Peter 8, Mass Electric 5. Despite four penalties, Flowers by Peter defeated Mass Electric, 8-5. Joe Tully led the scoring for Flowers by Peter. Kevin Murray led Mass Electric with three goals. And although she gave up eight goals, Emily Becker made some spectacular saves in net for Mass Electric. Comment.

Blending cultures: Bellerose’s ‘Greek Rhumba player’ makes his splash in boro’s Latin jazz scene

How did Demetrios Kastaris - a Greek-American trombonist born in Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea - become one of Queens' leading musicians in the field of Latin jazz? Comment.

Producer admits guilt in LIC slay

A film producer from Long Island City pleaded guilty last week to manslaughter charges in the brutal slaying of an Afghan filmmaker he killed and dismembered in 2001, the Nassau County district attorney said. Comment.

Boro labor leaders upset by mayor’s demands

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s calls for concessions from municipal unions to help reduce the city’s budget gap and avoid layoffs has in recent weeks touched off an angry exchange with Queens union leaders. Comment.

Whitestone Greek fest draws many people, few gripes

Thousands of people descended on Whitestone this weekend for the food, music and games at the annual Greek festival, which garnered few complaints as compared with the previous year. Comment.

Laurelton town hall tackles schools, jobs

A large crowd gathered at PS 156 Saturday morning to hear public officials outline their ideas for revitalizing Laurelton — from its schools to its stores — at a town hall meeting organized by the Concerned Citizens of Laurelton. Comment.

Long Island City school to cost less to construct

Work on an addition at a Long Island City high school will cost 29 percent less per square foot than seven previous schools built by the city, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday. Comment.

Recent barrage of tickets angers drivers in Queens

Before Pat Martino reached her car last Tuesday morning, she spotted the dreaded fluorescent orange paper on her windshield. It was a $55 ticket for having a black frame around her rear license plate with “Monahan Ford” written on it. Comment.

‘Law & Order’ stirs crowd, complaints along Bell Blvd.

After a grisly “murder” last week at the American Vision optical shop on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, the accomplices plotted their next move at the nearby Gold Star Diner. Then a gaggle of “reporters” camped outside the Douglas Manor home of a suspect in the crime. Comment.

Neighbors fear asbestos in house’s rubble

The presence of asbestos in the rubble of a demolished house in Bayside had neighbors worried about the toxic substance blowing through their neighborhood, but the Department of Environmental Protection said the site did not pose any danger. Comment.

State may ease smoking restrictions at boro bars

Just over two months after New York City’s workplace smoking ban took effect, the Legislature and Gov. George Pataki are considering softening the state’s stricter version of the ban, set to begin July 24, in response to pressure from bar and restaurant owners. Comment.

Alley Pond drainage work sinks quiet for Lakesiders

Bayside residents affected by the Alley Pond Drainage Improvement Project, public officials and engineers of the planned sewer reconstruction were scheduled to meet Friday to discuss the inconveniences caused to neighbors by the recently begun work near Queensborough Community College. Comment.

Blending cultures: Bellerose’s ‘Greek Rhumba player’ makes his splash in boro’s Latin jazz scene

How did Demetrios Kastaris — a Greek-American trombonist born in Thessaloniki on the Aegean Sea — become one of Queens’ leading musicians in the field of Latin jazz? Comment.

Taekwondo closing is kick in head for College Point

The closing of a College Point taekwondo school has upset many of its customers, who said its owners have disappeared without giving them their money back. Comment.

Albanse will be honored at Botanical’s Rose Ball

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer will be among the distinguished guests to celebrate Albanese’s significant contributions to the “green” community, highlighted by his firm’s development of The Solaire, the nation’s first environmentally sustainable residential tower, located in lower Manhattan. Comment.

Cancer walk fund-raiser scheduled for St. John’s

When a group of Chinese women who play tennis together in Cunningham Park heard that the American Cancer Society is holding a Relay for Life fund-raising event at St. John’s University, they formed a team of 13 people and raised $1,200 for the cause. Comment.

Socrates unveils new umbrellas, diary exhibits

For “My Sister’s Diary,” the artist has created an information kiosk to which she will post pages of her sister’s diary on a weekly basis. Names, places, emotions and other information that her sister does not want us to read have been crossed out, resulting in pages that are reminiscent of FBI files while forming an expressive poetry of partially revealed information. The kiosk becomes a public forum for the presentation of secret thoughts and will accumulate both the diary pages and community postings. Comment.

Summer solstice party planned for Socrates

This free family and community event celebrates the beginning of summer and the longest day of the year with performances, live music, art and food. The summer solstice celebration takes place in Socrates Sculpture Park amid “Yard,” the current exhibition of contemporary sculpture and video. Comment.

Screening set for student films

Screenings include videos produced by student interns who have been working on a DVD documentary for the Museum of Modern Art, as well as student video productions. Comment.

T’ai Chi Army attacks Rockaway gun station

The concept for the T’ai Chi Army grew out of the artist’s long-standing interest in “the gaze of the other,” as well as his study of T’ai Chi, a martial art based on concepts of self defense and a heightened awareness of the space in which we move. Drawing a parallel between this awareness and the current emphasis on national defense, homeland security and increased levels of alert, Beirne offers an absurd alternative to preemptive aggression as a means of defense. Comment.

Fond memories of blind piano virtuoso Townsend

I remember it was a cold evening on March 6, 1999, and I was terribly happy to be inside with other folks where it was warm. And not just for the fact that the old mighty hawk was whistling by and banging on the door. Comment.

Queens women’s group starts Bayside book club

“I think this is a marvelous combination, a very strong partnership,” said Jude Saur, the store manager. “I know Ann and our Community Relations Manager, Tony Gangi, have wanted to put together a book discussion group for women for some time now. It should turn out to be a strong and informative event.” Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Diversity in borough focus for Pride month

About the artists Comment.

Peace through understanding

In their Lower East Side walk-up, filmmakers Terri Marlow and Curtis Cates have a scaled down version of a Hollywood editing studio, replete with high-tech digital video editing machines, audio mixers, old-fashioned tape splicers and a host of other pieces too technical to explain. Comment.

Lecture explores how Ice Age shaped modern-day Queens

Hadley’s presentation was designed to make the geology of the borough accessible to the lay person while presenting scientific facts about the borough’s early days. Comment.

Boro calls for more money despite influx in budget $$

Mayor Michael Bloomberg unexpectedly restored $90.2 million in services and programs budget cuts last week, but those in line for the funds are still asking for more. Comment.

LaGuardia, MoMA join forces for museum film

For the next few months, 11 liberal arts/media studies majors will be producing a five-minute DVD that will be used by the museum as part of a fund-raising packet to interest potential donors in supporting a museum exhibition, and a 90-minute documentary. The students’ work will serve to “preview” the comprehensive two-disc digital video to follow, which will examine moving pictures, popular music, and recordings from 1893 to 1929. Comment.

Queens artists learn secrets of marketing success

How many serious visual artists recognize that they can learn the marketing and networking skills that will bring their finished works the recognition they deserve? Well, nearly 50 Queens artists learned what it takes at the information-packed workshop “Your Business as an Artist” at Flushing Town Hall on May 31. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Glen Oaks screams for ice cream

Sometimes the conventional wisdom is wrong. Comment.

How’s Business?: Deflation anxiety

The worry of inflation has been replaced with the anxiety of deflation. Since 2001 the Fed has dished out 12 interest rate cuts but has failed to jump-start the U.S. economy, which increases the risk to investors’ portfolios. Comment.

Business Calendar

June 18- LaGuardia Small Business Development Center and Empire State Development – Entrepreneurship Seminar, 6-8 p.m., Queens Borough Public Library, Flushing Branch 41-17 Main Street, Rooms A & B, Flushing – Topic “Finance and Credit”. 718-482-5303. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thursday, June 12 - Association of Neuroloogically Impaired Brain Injure Children, Inc Second Annual Fashion Show at Riccardo’s, 21-01 24 Ave., Astoria, 6 p.m. 718-423-9550 Ext 121. Comment.

Our History: Epidemics research led to famous dictionary

In the 19th century a number of epidemics plagued the developing nation here in the United States. Outbreaks of yellow fever, malaria and smallpox impacted the colonies, especially those located, as was New York, near busy seaports engaged in trade and those serving as ports receiving immigrants. Comment.

Teen Talk: Teens should take time to stop, smell the roses

Why does it seem so hard for some people to find happiness in their lives? With all the beauty that we are witness to every day, why do we have to struggle with such things as stress and depression? Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rain does not dampen spirits of parade-goers

Yea, teams! The bittersweet Memorial Day weekend has come and gone, but the target for success next year has certainly been set higher by the coups of 2003 in Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens. If you were among those who heard the weather predictions for rain and decided there would be no parades, have more faith next year. Comment.

Settlement allows mayor to pursue school reform

State lawmakers announced a settlement with city officials Tuesday in the lawsuit brought by legislators in February against the mayor and education department in an attempt to stop the reorganization of the city’s school system. Comment.

The Civic Sceme: Civics discuss zoning at Boro Hall meeting

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has continued the policy of her predecessor and holds meetings of the Queens Zoning Task Force. The most recent meeting took place April 24 at Queens Borough Hall. A number of civic association leaders, community board members and builders were present. Comment.

To The Point: Stress-reduction program planned at Poppenhusen

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. After two marathon races and a Memorial Day parade, College Point had much to cheer about. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Outdoors still can be fun with mosquito prevention

Eventually the rain will end — I think. What will remain as the rain departs will be the most extraordinary breeding ground for our annual visitor, the dreaded mosquito. Comment.

Editorial: Tickets

Controversy surrounding the city's right to issue tickets is nothing new. In the Dinkins era small business owners complained that the sanitation police were ticketing them for as little as one gum wrapper discarded on the sidewalk in front of their stores. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Father remembered as humanitarian, teacher

Who in my childhood’s earliest day…Before my tongue one word would say Comment.

Dishing with Dee: QSO shows off for attendees at anniversary party

The best party of the week by far was the Queens Symphony Orchestra’s 50th Anniversary Gala on Tuesday, June 3, at the Kings Point Merchant Marine Academy. The views from the windows on the water are breathtaking. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Cash goes down the drain as water fees rise

The New York City Water Board voted May 5 to raise rates for the water we drink, wash and bathe in and with which we water our lawns and wash our cars. While we pay for this water, and rightfully so, the process takes dollars right out of our pockets. Ask your elected officials what they plan to do to right this problem. Comment.

Honeyman, Molloy oust St. Francis Prep in quarters

After spending much of the season in the shadows of James Lally and Matt Rizzotti, big Brian Honeyman stepped to the mound in the biggest baseball game of his high school career in a CHSAA elimination game Monday at St. John’s University against division rival St. Francis Prep. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Lauren Cassidy

School: Forest Hills High School Comment.

Snows Intermediate boys defeat St. Margaret’s in battle for first

Frank Sadicario took the mound for OLS and went the distance, allowing four earned runs while striking out 13. Offensively, the boys were led by the bat of Jay Hausdorf, who hit a three-run homer and later singled in an additional run. Comment.

Councilmen to face challenges in fall elections

At least 20 challengers are hoping to unseat Queens incumbent City Council members in the primary and general elections this year, according to campaign finance records. Comment.

Jackson Heights’ Perez wins Quantum Feet 5K race

A member of the Los Compadres running team, Perez took the lead from Guillermo Fuentes, who finished third with a time of 16:54.06, after the one-mile mark. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Juniper Elbow clinches 1st place with victory

Juniper Elbow 5, Kiwanis 0. The Snapple caps were popped as Juniper Elbow clinched first place with a 5-0 win over Kiwanis, improving their record to 10-2. TJ Fox pitched a complete game one-hitter for Juniper, striking out 14 along the way. Comment.

Lowrey almost perfect as Wanderers sweep

In game one, Mike Lowrey was superb on the mound, pitching a complete-game no-hitter. Lowrey was in the midst of a perfect game until an errant throw pulled first baseman Mike Dinoto off the bag in the fifth inning. Comment.

Forest Hills Rangers rally for city ‘B’ softball crown

Lauren Cassidy had been there before, just two days earlier. Comment.

Adams ousted by Tottenville in PSAL semis

As he stepped to the mound in what was essentially an abbreviated do-or-die two-inning game, John Adams senior pitcher Johnny Lluberes didn’t feel quite right. Comment.

Pfeffer’s clutch single puts Stanners in finals

Andrew Pfeffer always dreamed of getting the game-winning hit in a playoff game. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Modell’s Lions win two, lock up first place

The Lions sent Steven Trummer to the mound Friday, and he responded with a complete-game performance, striking out five Pirates and giving the Lions their eighth victory of the season against three losses. Comment.

Police Blotter: Second round of trouble at College Point house

COLLEGE POINT — A fire raged in a private house for 45 minutes early Wednesday morning, authorities said. Comment.

Do grandparents raising kids have to forfeit retirement?

Over the past 10 years, the number of children being raised in grandparent-headed households has increased by 30 percent. Comment.

Hot new employment trend: Older workers

Workers aged 55 and older will be the fastest growing age group in the American workforce in the next two decades, according to the Department of Labor. Their share of the labor force will increase from 13 percent in 2000 to 17 percent in 2010. By 2020, one out of every five workers is expected to be older than 55. Comment.

Jamaica site searched in city gambling probe

Search warrants were issued for five residential and commercial locations in Queens that were implicated in an illegal citywide gambling ring which took in more than $30 million a year, police said. Comment.

Don’t outlive your money

These events have hit retirees, and those close to retirement, especially hard. They are being forced to sell stocks when markets are down to get money to live on. The situation is forcing many seniors back to work and causing others to delay their retirement plans altogether. Comment.

Everything you want to know about wills but were afraid to ask

Estate planning professionals estimate that a whopping 70 percent of Americans don’t have a will. There are many reasons people put off estate planning. One reason is simply that no one likes to think about their own mortality. But the truth is, there is no way to avoid the fact that you won’t be able to dictate how your assets are divided up from beyond the grave —unless you have an estate plan. Comment.

Green Cactus: Go west of the border for delicious Mexican

No sign. No street address. A discreet green cactus sketched on the front window means you're there. Zagat has blessed it. The New York Times has reviewed it. It's all white and green - very fresh looking and that's it's modus operandi. Signs proclaim: no freezers, no lard, no MSG, no microwaves. Comment.

New flagpole to be erected at library in Richmond Hill

Efforts to place a new flagpole near the Richmond Hill library will culminate Saturday with the installation of a new monument honoring a local historical figure. Comment.

CB 2 approves ousted chairman Conley as new VP

Community Board 2 unanimously elected Joseph Conley to serve as vice chairman last Thursday in response to the borough president's request that the longtime leader temporarily step down as chairman, a post the board awarded to former vice chair Stephen Cooper. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Race makes for bummer at Belmont

How did it come to pass that I was a bundle of nerves and in a downright fever pitch over the running of the 135th Belmont Stakes? Be it media manipulation, the horrific weather or the music of Eminem, whatever the reason, I found myself rooting for Funny Cide to win. Comment.

14 Queens residents laundered drug money: Feds

Federal agents arrested 14 Queens residents last week for allegedly laundering more than $1.5 million in purported drug money which they sent to Colombia while creating false records to obscure the destination, authorities said. Comment.

Boro pols forge deal to save Catalpa YMCA

Activists and politicians won a 14-month reprieve in their fight to save the Catalpa YMCA, securing a deal that will let them find a new tenant to continue running a community center at the site after the YMCA leaves in August 2004. Comment.

Catalanotto siblings making their move

The brother and sister tandem of Christine and Tommy Catalanotto are on the move. Comment.

Richmond Hill man battles LIRR officials over noise

A 20-year Richmond Hill resident who lives almost adjacent to a Long Island Rail Road maintenance yard said recent alterations at the site are resulting in loud, booming noises that prevent him and his neighbors from sleeping. Comment.

Queens wheezes as cases of asthma increase: study

Franklin Flores has heard many people complain of the same problems: chronic coughs, waking up in the middle of the night short of breath, wheezing. These people often live with their problems, which they consider annoyances, for years before finding out that they are asthmatic. Comment.

Queens soccer coach gets 66 years for abusing boys

The coach of a Forest Hills soccer league was sentenced to up to 66 years in prison for sexually abusing six young boys during team trips that involved overnight stays at two Queens hotels, District Attorney Richard Brown announced last Thursday. Comment.

Forest Hills High students rewarded with scholarships

Four Forest Hills High School students and two Townsend Harris High School students were rewarded last week with scholarships for creative abilities and public service efforts that rank them among New York's most promising young people. Comment.

Wrong turn hurts senior at crossing

A 79-year-old accomplished jazz pianist hit a 68-year-old Forest Hills woman with his car on Sunday at around 10:10 a.m. after driving the wrong way down a lane of Queens Boulevard and then attempting to make a U-turn, said a Department of Transportation spokesman. Comments (1).

Three shot in head, killed at Cambria Heights home

A 13-year-old Cambria Heights boy came home from school Monday afternoon and walked into a nightmare. Comment.

McGrath carries Cathedral Prep to ‘B’ baseball title

Cathedral Prep held onto the CHSAA ‘B’ baseball title by a fingertip, pitcher Kevin McGrath’s fingertip. Comment.

CB9 backs plan to transform factory into apartments

Community Board 9 approved a recommendation Tuesday to allow for the rezoning of a nearly 27,000-square-foot abandoned knitting factory as a multilevel apartment complex, the district manager said. Comment.

Richmond Hill woman tells of mistaken raid by police

At 8:20 p.m., Jan. 25, 2002, shouts of "stay away from windows and doors" erupted outside Joseph and Mary Bardy's home in Richmond Hill. Minutes later, police brandishing submachine guns broke down their back door. Comment.

Jamaica man denies killing Astoria bouncer

A Jamaica man pleaded not guilty to second-degree murder charges in the stabbing death of a Manhattan nightclub bouncer from Astoria who was killed in April when a fight broke out over a cigarette, the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.

Auburndale Rough Riders win state soccer tourney

The Auburndale Rough Riders Girls U14 soccer team won the Under 14 State Cup Saturday with a 1-0 victory over the Kings Park Power at the Rockland Soccer Complex. Comment.

Mosque eyes Sutphin Blvd. for annual unity street fair

A South Jamaica mosque is hoping to move its annual Unity in the Community festival from a side street to Sutphin Boulevard this summer, but a combination of religious and political conflicts may have stalled the necessary permits, mosque leaders said. Comment.

Residents oppose expansion at Montauk St. trash site

A Springfield Gardens waste transfer company is pushing for 24-hour operation despite strong opposition from the residential community where it is located. Comment.

Sanders turns back on city funds in re-election bid

City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) has decided not to participate in the city campaign finance matching funds program for the fall elections, a move that gives his opponents an extra dollar for each one they raise, Sanders said. Comment.

Company links Manhattan, Rockaways with new ferry

In what borough politicians are hoping is the prelude to a permanent commuter ferry service, a private ferry company unveiled Friday a summer recreational route that will carry passengers between the Rockaways and Manhattan. Comment.

Queens Village transsexual sentenced in bank heists

A transsexual Queens Village man who robbed four Nassau County banks to pay for hormone treatments was sentenced to eight to 16 years in prison Friday, said Dan Looney, a spokesman for the Nassau County district attorney's office. Comment.

Brooklyn Knights fall to Tri-State Soccer Academy at Oval

Tri-State scored first in the third minute, but the Knights answered back when Wilmer Barona was taken down in the penalty area and Cedric Bouenbaue converted the penalty kick seven minutes later. Comment.

Jury convicts Rosedale man of sodomizing cabbie

After a day of deliberation, a Queens jury found a Rosedale man guilty of robbing and sodmomizing a cab driver at gunpoint on Easter 2002. Comment.

Queens Village medics move into trailer

More than three months after a fire forced the Queens Village Hollis Bellerose Volunteer Ambulance Corps out of its headquarters, the organization is ready to return to operations on Braddock Avenue - albeit in a 10-by-46-foot trailer by the curb. Comment.

Workers’ tools spark blaze in SJU dormitory basement

A flash fire broke out in the basement of a St. John's University dormitory around 2 p.m. last Thursday, causing burns to the face and chest of a worker who was installing equipment to improve cell-phone reception in the building. Comment.

City board delays approval of new LIJ Hospital garage

The city Board of Standards and Appeals ordered representatives of Long Island Jewish Medical Center to address several issues of concern to the surrounding community before it would approve a new seven-level parking garage. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Acquistas win by a nose

So who is the top soccer family in Queens? I’ve pondered that question for some time, and after careful consideration I am prepared to give my list of the top four. Comment.

Housekeeper dies in hit, run: Police

Rosa Viquez came to Queens from Costa Rica to earn money and possibly a better life for her family. Comment.

College Round-up: Storm’s Tamulionis, Reid picked up in MLB Draft

St. John’s pitchers Mike Tamulionis and Joe Reid were selected on the second day of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft, June 4. Comment.

Head of the Class: Townsend Harris students win scholarships for projects

Junior Katherine Shi, who attends Townsend Harris in Flushing, was presented with the $17,500 first prize last Thursday in the Quality of Life scholarship competition, administered by the Working in Support of Education organization, or WISE, and sponsored by Deutsche Bank. Senior Jessica Wang received the $25,000 top prize for the poetry division of the Bertelsmann Foundation's World of Expression scholarship program. Comment.

CB7 seeks to honor firemen who loved nature, acting

Both Firefighter Thomas Gardner and Firefighter Thomas Asaro were dedicated to their professions. But the two men did not limit their passions to rescues. Comment.

Three register to challenge Liu for council

Two members of Community Board 7 and one downtown Flushing property owner upset at plans for a Flushing business improvement district have registered to run against Councilman John C. Liu (D-Flushing). Comment.

Flushing consultant given 6 months jail in INS scam

With little fanfare, a Flushing businessman was sentenced to six months in jail and five years of probation after admitting he ripped off three immigrants by promising them green cards. Comment.

Karate master kicks off tournament in Bayside

A renowned martial arts pioneer is set to bring the ancient art of karate to Bayside's Adria Hotel this Saturday at the 25th Annual Grand National Open Martial Arts Championship, an amateur tournament designed to entertain spectators and promote the sport. Comment.

‘Law & Order’ stirs crowd, complaints along Bell Blvd.

After a grisly "murder" last week at the American Vision optical shop on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, the accomplices plotted their next move at the nearby Gold Star Diner. Then a gaggle of "reporters" camped outside the Douglas Manor home of a suspect in the crime. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Pier 25A scores shutout over Bell Bay Florist

Major Division Comment.

Funny Cide finishes third at Belmont Stakes

They came to rain-soaked Belmont Park in droves Saturday, almost all of the 101,864 wanting to see a New York-bred win the 135th running of the Belmont Stakes. Comment.

Funny Cide’s owner celebrated day with wife, friends

As most of the 101,867 were getting soaked to the bone at Belmont Park three hours before the 135th running of the Belmont Stakes, Eric Dattner was enjoying a catered buffet lunch with his family in the North Shore Terrace, high above the muddy track. Comment.

Despit Triple Crown upset, fans cheered through the rain

Nobody really knows if Funny Cide had any idea that the hordes of fans craning their necks and screaming his name had braved the rain and the muck just for him. Comment.

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