Thursday, June 19, 2003

Junior scientists display research at St. Francis

As St. Francis Preparatory High School senior Monika Laszkowska sat in the front row of the school auditorium last week, she was not at all nervous about having to present her scientific research on the p53 tumor suppressor in front of parents and students. Comment.

Whitestone school dedicates bell to 9/11 victims

The dream of a Whitestone school's principal came true Saturday when an old school bell was unveiled and dedicated to the victims of Sept. 11 and an American flag was hoisted up a flag pole on the school's roof. Comment.

Mural adorns facade of Whitestone school

Drivers passing through Whitestone are used to looking at one-family homes, small businesses and views of the East River. Comment.

Residents cry for better traffic solution

In a Tuesday night meeting with local elected officials, more than 100 Whitestone residents demanded the city come up with a better solution for traffic woes in the environs of 20th Avenue, the artery leading to the College Point Corporate Park. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Beep America White Sox phone home a win

Bayside teens honored for year of work

Two high school students, one a nature lover and the other an aspiring psychology researcher, are being honored for their hard work with a prestigious summer internship and scholarship. Comment.

Deepdale Gardens turns 50 with street fair celebration

Deepdale Gardens, Little Neck's largest housing co-op, is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year with a street fair scheduled for Saturday. Comment.

Ozone Park’s Ortiz races to win at 15th Annual Hellgate 5K

Ortiz, a member of the Astoria Park Track Club, started off strong in the 3.1-mile race that started west of Astoria Park by the East River on Shore Boulevard. Ortiz, along with Jacobo Perez, winner of last week’s Quantum Feet 5K, ran the first mile in 4:55. Ortiz started to pull away with a 10:03 time at the two-mile mark. Ortiz crossed the finish line at 15:51. Perez dropped to second with a time of 16:05. Comment.

Attitudes toward North divide borough Koreans

From the decision to attack Iraq to the labeling of North Korea as part of “an axis of evil,” President George W. Bush’s foreign policy has drawn praises of many Americans and rebukes from many others. Comment.

Queens schools supervisor hears parents’ ed questions

The administrator who will run the schools in District 29 this fall remained calm under tough questioning from parents from southeast Queens at a forum June 12 at Springfield Gardens High School. Comment.

Snows Intermediate boys baseball improves to 12-2

The highlight of the week occurred Sunday, June 15, in the first game of a doubleheader against St. Stan’s. Frankie Sadicario took the mound for OLS and pitched a no-hitter, striking out 11. In the second game of the twin bill, James Reid went to the hill and got the win by throwing six innings, allowing one run on four hits and striking out five. Comment.

Cambria Heights residents defend area after 3 killings

More than a week after three people were murdered inside their home on a quiet Cambria Heights street, police were still looking for the killers and a neighborhood was struggling to defend its reputation. Comment.

Trees to be cut down during Lakeside Towers project

Residents of Bayside’s Lakeside Towers implored engineers on the Alley Pond Drainage Improvement Project to spare trees in front of the high-rise and to start the noisy sewer construction later in the day at a meeting in front of the building Friday. Comment.

Bayside senior in attack by boro robbers

Two men dressed in gray pushed their way into a Bayside home, bound and gagged a woman with duct tape before forcing her at gunpoint to turn over $3,000 cash and some jewelry Monday at around 11 a.m., the victim said. Comment.

Bayside’s problem Solver: Napier takes King’s lead to foster unity

Longtime activist Loretta Napier has spent decades bringing together Bayside’s diverse communities to find solutions to problems big and small. Comment.

Astoria firefighter’s family to give scholarship awards

Alexander Santora was elated when his son Christopher told him he wanted to leave his job as a teacher and become one of New York’s bravest. Comment.

Bayside teens honored for year of work

Two high school students, one a nature lover and the other an aspiring psychology researcher, are being honored for their hard work with a prestigious summer internship and scholarship. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Bulldogs best Grace, Good Shepherd

The Bulldogs 14, Our Lady of Grace 2. The young travel dogs of RGMVM were on the prowl at Marine Park in Brooklyn for another matchup with the Grace All-Stars. The Bulldogs started Chris Pieto, who unleashed a barrage of heaters, keeping the opposing offense off balance. The Bulldogs pounded out a frenzy of hits over the first three innings to break the game open. Comment.

Plan seeks retail, offices at Flushing RKO theater

The Brooklyn company that recently purchased Flushing’s RKO Keith’s Theater has developed an ambitious plan for the site, hoping to transform the building into a 14-story complex of retail, offices and apartments. Comment.

Queens College a choice place for students

First in a series Comment.

Study by UJA shows Jewish population down in boro

Queens, like New York City as a whole, has lost Jewish population over the past decade, a Jewish community service organization reported. Comment.

Lobbying at state house needs controls: Padavan

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) has introduced legislation intended to bring reforms to New York state's lobbying laws, which he says "is long past due." Comment.

West Nile spraying set to begin in NE Queens

The city Health Department’s annual battle against the deadly West Nile virus was set to kick into high gear this week with the larviciding of catch basins in northeast Queens, Assistant Health Commissioner James Gibson said Tuesday. Comment.

Boro politicians debate extension of rental law

With the expiration this week of current rent stabilization laws, legislators in Albany tussled over the future of rent regulations that govern the amount New York City landlords can charge new tenants once rent-stabilized apartments become vacant. Comment.

Queens politicians seek renewed transit dollars

Two Queens congressmen, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and several other House members have called for renewal of a federal transportation money act but warned against Republican revisions that could cost New York state $300 million a year in transit aid. Comment.

Study linking toxins, illness names borough sites

High rates of respiratory disease and cancer plague Queens residents in neighborhoods close to toxic sites, a report released by the city public advocate’s office said this week. Comment.

Borough’s newest citizens welcomed with open arms

Leonard Dekhtyar was 14 when his father was shot by KGB agents for opposing the communist government in the Soviet Union in 1938. Sixty years later Dekhtyar arrived in the United States, and on Friday the former doctor and professor became an American citizen. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Has Subway Series lost its luster?

Maybe it’s just me and my ever-increasing frustration with the current state of the New York Mets, but I am not the least bit jazzed about the upcoming installment of the Subway Series. The Mets will host the New York Yankees in a three-game set this weekend at Shea Stadium, the first of two series between the teams. Comment.

Borough businesses seek partners at air trade fair

The matchmaker of Kennedy Airport was at it again last week, this time organizing the business equivalent of a speed-dating event for Queens entrepreneurs to network with airport tenants. Comment.

Rotary Club of Flushing marks 50th anniversary

In its 50 years, the Rotary Club of Flushing has gone through some major changes. Comment.

Mary Immaculate celebrates 100th anniversary

Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica is celebrating its 100th anniversary with a $3 million present to itself and the community: an expanded and renovated emergency room. Comment.

APAC gives back with kids’ performing arts classes

“APAC started out with a dream of working with youth.” Scannell explained. “We’ve gotten our feet pretty well on the ground in our first two years, and are now ready to expand by introducing this program. I’ve been so impatient to get started and now with Gina Holland and Alisa Schiff sharing my passion — we’re ready to roll.” Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Do you dare miss this new AMMI exhibit?

To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?” Comment.

Day Tripping Outside Queens

Entering Murray’s Cheese, at 257 Bleecker St., one is confronted by the strong odor of a multitude of different cheeses. Thick, triangular wedges, round balls, cone-shapes — a vast selection of cheeses from around the world is displayed behind a glass counter, on shelves lining the back wall and in the floor-to-ceiling refrigerator at the back of the store. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Astoria puppeteer looks beyong entertaining kids with creations

“Nobody’s looking for a puppeteer in today’s wintry economic climate,” said Craig, the frustrated puppeteer in the 1999 film “Being John Malkovitch.” The movie, among other things, was a portrayal of the bleak economic and artistic climate for puppeteers. But New York, contrary to the film, is actually a thriving city for puppeteers, and Oliver Dalzell, 30, an Astoria resident, is proof that Craig was wrong. Comment.

Boro Beat: Take a day off in Manhattan, and look what you can do

This day is called the feast of Crispian. Comment.

Honeyman carries L.I. Cardinals over Bayside Yanks

Brian Honeyman is used to coming into baseball games pitching relief, but getting a late game at-bat? That’s another story. Comment.

Southeast, West Community Calendar Listings

Housing work group Comment.

GreenPoint offers seniors one-stop access to benefits

GreenPoint Bank, 40-20 Queens Blvd., in association with Sunnyside Community Services and the Council of Senior Centers and Services, now offers the free service, CSCS ACCESS to BENE*FITS, a benefits screening program that determines a senior’s eligibility for 40 federal, state, city, and private benefits. Comment.

Police arrest Jamaica resident on rape, robbery, kidnap charges

JAMAICA – A Jamaica man was arrested Friday in connection with three cases of sexual assault and one case of attempted robbery that happened in April this year and March 1998, said police. Comment.

Ideally, cataract surgery aims for perfection every time

It’s pretty obvious that patients desire an ideal result after cataract surgery. Who wouldn’t want perfect vision: no glare, no discomfort and the ability to see far and near without using glasses. When approaching cataract surgery in our practice, we always shoot for perfection. Comment.

Isn’t exercise supposed to be something you look forward to?

Was I ready for a physical therapy center? Comment.

Tips to protect yourself from mosquito-borne illnesses

Not only can these pesky bugs leave arms and legs itchy and red, they can spread diseases such as West Nile Virus, which infected more than 4,000 Americans in 2002. Comment.

Taking Control: How to reduce America’s sleep deficit

Pending deadlines, murky financial forecasts, world events, family matters, and increasing daily demands keep us awake, wondering when we will “catch up” on all the sleep we miss each night. The end result is increased stress among Americans who are already exhausted and sleep deprived. Comment.

Sun safety tips for keeping skin healthy all summer

“Americans young and old spend countless hours in the sun year round and may not realize the importance of wearing a good sunscreen daily,” said Julie McKenzie, Wal-Mart’s buyer of skincare products. “Whether playing with the kids in the backyard, walking the dog, or taking an extended car trip, protecting your skin from damaging rays year round is critical.” Comment.

Pool sharks take swim in Sunnyside

In fact, the city has never even enjoyed a spot on the map in the world of elite professional pool tournaments — until now. Comment.

How’s Business?: Rent control

In the present perplexity of landlord vs. tenant, one could debate for either side regarding rent control. In rent-controlled or stabilized housing, attention is generally directed to Manhattan. But Queens also plays a role in the rent-control-law controversy, which is one of the most polarizing issues in New York City. Comment.

AC Milan coaches to teach soccer in Queens

It is one of the most recognizable names in the soccer world, and AC Milan is bringing some of its youth coaches to host the Milan Junior Camp in Queens next month. Comment.

Business Calendar

June 19-LaGuardia Community College – Queens Business and Government Procurement Expo 2003 –  Con Edison Learning Center - 8:30... Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 73-10 220 St., Coop Garden Apt., $169,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thursday, June 19 - Board of Trustees of... Comment.

Editorial: Us and them

With only days left to agree on a city budget, the rhetoric is growing increasingly heated and divisive. For a host of reasons the city's union leaders have been unable to reach an agreement with City Hall that could save hundreds of union jobs. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Renters soon to feel sting of property tax increase

Prodded by the mayor and with few notable exceptions, city council members last December voted overwhelmingly to hike our property taxes 18.5 percent, including 22 percent to homeowners. The mayor threatened cutbacks or elimination of essential programs, including those for seniors and youth, if the Council refused to raise property taxes. But what the mayor says, just as the song goes, “ain’t necessarily so!” Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Autograph books get grads through long speeches

“No more pencils. No more books. No more teachers’ dirty looks,” –the graduating class of 2003. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Eastern Queens Democratic Club has awards event

As promised last week it’s time for some political updating. We had a telephone interview this week with William Horowitz, the young man challenging Councilman David Weprin for the 23rd District councilmatic seat. Comment.

Point of View: Ticketing, traffic problems persist in Flushing

A new landmark of sorts has emerged about 100 feet from Flushing Library’s facade. It’s an ordinary police booth that was dedicated recently with fanfare. City and local politicians and community leaders were invited to cut a red ribbon for the occasion. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Queens Parks volunteers meet Bloomberg, Benepe

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is a gentleman of his word, and one with an interesting sense of humor. He also has creative ways of dealing with problems. As he said he would, he participated in the Laurelton Memorial Day parade. We were delighted. Many were also astounded, not only that he came, but that he came in spite of a downpour. Comment.

Our History: Early governors trace roots to New York City

While browsing through some of my collection of “antique” books, I became intrigued with the history of the governors of our state in its early years. Comment.

College Round-up: Molloy’s Baxter leaving Columbia for Vanderbilt

Mike Baxter had the freshman year he was expecting, finishing second on the Columbia baseball team with a .375 average while starting 42 of 46 games. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Holliswood civics work to rezone neighborhood

The Holliswood Civic Association has been working on the rezoning of its community to protect it from developers and homeowners who tear down one-family homes and build several houses on the lot. This changes the character of the community. Comment.

Teen Talk: Teens define, show love in many different ways

Relationships are like Rome. Difficult to start out, incredible during the prosperity of the ‘Golden Age’ and unbearable during the fall. Then, a new kingdom will come along and the whole process will repeat itself until you come across a kingdom like Egypt ... that thrives and continues to flourish. This kingdom will become your best friend, your soul mate and your love. -Helen Keller Comment.

East Manor: Flushing’s East Manor rivals authentic cuisine

The look? Elegant banquet hall with ballroom dancing (including the samba) on Monday nights when there's a beautiful buffet. Comment.

Borough animal center offers ID tags that stick

Maria Gutierrez knows her dog has wanderlust, so when she heard that the Center for Animal Care Control in Rego Park would be placing microchips in cats and dogs for a low cost, she took advantage of the opportunity. Comment.

Sept. 11 remains identified as Woodside FDNY officer

Donna Hickey got a birthday present June 11 - only the birthday wasn't hers. Comment.

Boys, girls club to build senior housing in Astoria

Officials at the Variety Boys and Girls Club stood enthusiastically in front of a large hole in the ground as they broke ground last week on a low-rent senior housing center in Long Island City. Comment.

Astoria firefighter’s family to give scholarship awards

Alexander Santora was elated when his son Christopher told him he wanted to leave his job as a teacher and become one of New York's bravest. Comment.

Astoria street renamed to honor three firefighters

Three firefighters who died on Father's Day two years ago while battling a five-alarm fire in a hardware store were honored Sunday when a stretch of Astoria Boulevard between 12th and 14th Streets was named after them. Comment.

LIC resident pleads out in 9/11 marketing scam

A Long Island City man pleaded guilty Monday to defrauding dozens of individuals and businesses in a telemarketing scam that involved a non-profit organization that was supposed to have helped the families of police officers who had been killed in the line of duty, U.S. Attorney James Comey said. Comment.

To The Point: Civil War music, lecture comes to Poppenhusen

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The wonderful activities continue in College Point. The College Point Street Fair is back. It will take place on Sunday, June 29. Call Susan for vendor information at 718-444-6028. Comment.

Five teens indicted in baseball attack

Five Brooklyn teenagers accused of running onto the field and firing guns, throwing beer bottles and swinging baseball bats during a baseball game at Grover Cleveland High School in Ridgewood have been indicted on charges of attempted murder and other counts, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

‘Mr. Maspeth’ steps down from chairmanship of CB 5

Frank Principe, a longtime member of Community Board 5 and a respected advocate for the community for decades, has stepped down from his position as chairman due to health concerns. Comment.

Boro teachers honored with state lottery award

Two veteran borough educators received awards from the New York State Lottery last week in recognition of their longtime efforts and unique teaching styles. Comment.

Little Neck’s Munro helps Houston hurl no-hitter

Less than 24 hours after being part of baseball history, Pete Munro sat in the visitor’s clubhouse at Yankee Stadium still struggling to grasp the reality. Comment.

Retrial sought in St. Albans worker murder

A man who was convicted of killing a 32-year-old construction worker in St. Albans in 1994 testified this week that he was at home the night of the murder and that his lawyer never checked his alibi. Comment.

Cambria Heights residents defend area after 3 killings

More than a week after three people were murdered inside their home on a quiet Cambria Heights street, police were still looking for the killers and a neighborhood was struggling to defend its reputation. Comment.

Marines thank St. Thomas student for letters

Mary and Dennis Farley stood proudly onstage Friday while U.S. Marines thanked their 11-year-old daughter Meghan at her Woodhaven school for initiating a letter-writing campaign supporting American troops. Comment.

Ex-CTK star helps spur San Antonio to title

Craig “Speedy” Claxton knows how to win. He did it while a guard with the Christ the King Royals in Middle Village and later as the centerpiece of the Hofstra University basketball program. Comment.

Landmark’s condition alarms leader

A Richmond Hill community leader is beginning to worry about the survival of The Republican Club building after more than five months of legal battles have prevented preservationists from restoring the 85-year-old site. Comment.

FDNY renovating Queens fire communication center

A major modernization project is underway in Woodhaven to update equipment and rehabilitate the interior and exterior at the only communication center in Queens handling the borough's emergency fire calls. Comment.

Police arrest 15 on Merrick Blvd.

With cuts and bruises on their arms and heads, six friends told members of the Laurelton community Saturday about being slammed on the ground, handcuffed, kicked, maced and arrested by police on June 11 for no apparent reason. Comment.

Weiner pushes airlines to share crash info

A new federal law sponsored by a borough congressman now holds airlines responsible for providing essential information to family members of airplane crash victims on their relatives. Comment.

S. Jamaica carpenter gets 50 years in hammer attack

A South Jamaica carpenter was sentenced to 50 years to life in prison last week for beating one man to death with a hammer and paralyzing another in a Halloween attack three years ago, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Jailed Pakistani from Jamaica fights deportation

For more than six months, Shabih Ul-Hassan, a Pakistani immigrant seeking asylum in the United States, has been living in a detention cell, far from his wife and children in Jamaica. Comment.

Man killed for attempt to stop fight

A 21-year-old South Jamaica man was shot and killed near his home Sunday night, a day after trying to break up a fight between his ex-girlfriend and another girl, his sister said. Comment.

Molloy falls to Iona Prep in CHSAA finals

It was not going to be easy, not by a long shot. Playing against the playoff perfect Iona Prep Gaels, Jack Curran’s Archbishop Molloy varsity baseball team would have had to win two games to claim their coach’s 18th CHSAA championship. Comment.

Queens Village vegan dad slashed by Rikers inmate

A Queens Village man in jail for starving his baby daughter on a bizarre vegetarian diet of ground nuts, seeds, herbal teas and fruit juices was slashed by another inmate at Rikers Island on May 29, the city Department of Corrections said. Comment.

Whitestone team taking local baseball to new level

Joey Depperman took a modest lead off of third. And just as the opposing pitcher started his motion, Depperman took off, scampering down the third base line and sliding into home safely, reminiscent of Jackie Robinson in game seven of the 1955 World Series. Comment.

Queens schools supervisor hears parents’ ed questions

The administrator who will run the schools in District 29 this fall remained calm under tough questioning from parents from southeast Queens at a forum June 12 at Springfield Gardens High School. Comment.

LIJ doctors rally for malpractice suit reform

More than 200 doctors called upon the state Legislature to enact malpractice tort reform at a forum to organize doctors against the skyrocketing insurance premiums at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park Friday. Comment.

Mets bump HS ballgame for Ackerman wedding plans

A major league mixup by the New York Mets in booking the wedding of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman's daughter at Shea Stadium forced the Public Schools Athletic League's baseball championship teams to play their final game at Coney Island's KeySpan Park. Comment.

LIJ hospital network gets $15M for clinical research

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) joined representatives of the Long Island Jewish-North Shore Health System in Manhasset Monday, calling for health care reform as she congratulated the hospital network on receiving a $15 million grant for clinical research. Comment.

Abused kids receive aid from PS 18

Soap and a washcloth so they can freshen up. A small bottle of water in case they get thirsty. And a stuffed animal and a handwritten poem to help them get through the night. Comment.

Internet bill gets support from Queens cafe owners

An organization representing Internet cafes in the city and Long Island has thrown its support behind City Councilman John Liu's (D-Flushing) bill aimed at restricting teenagers' truancy at the establishments. Comment.

Smart’s two goals lead Brooklyn Knights to 3-1 win

Fifteen minutes into his first start with the Brooklyn Knights, Craig Smart missed his defensive mark and allowed Scott Pagluca to head in Luke Vercollone’s corner kick at the far post to put the Cape Cod Crusaders ahead, 1-0. Comment.

Runners, dancers descend on SJU for cancer benefit

The St. John's University football field was transformed Saturday afternoon from a sporting arena to a multicultural festival with traditional Asian dance performances, stands selling Korean pancakes and pork buns, and hundreds of people milling about speaking Asian languages. Comment.

Bayside’s problem Solver: Napier takes King’s lead to foster unity

Longtime activist Loretta Napier has spent decades bringing together Bayside's diverse communities to find solutions to problems big and small. Comment.

Flushing man gets 50 years in grisly Astoria knife slay

A homeless man from Flushing was sentenced Monday to the maximum punishment of 50 years to life in prison for slaughtering two employees with a 17-inch butcher knife at an Astoria supermarket Comment.

Flushing man dealt guns to undercover police: DA

A resident of Flushing's Pomonok Houses and his brother have been charged with illegally dealing shotguns, rifles and handguns to an undercover police officer, authorities announced last week. Comment.

Midville Dodgers scalp Braves, Cetto Stars

In the opener, Midville defeated the Throgs Neck Braves, 7-3, at Juniper Valley Park, making a successful debut for new manager James Arrante. Over the weekend, Midville dropped a 6-5 decision to the Somers Angels Saturday, but the team bounced back to sweep a doubleheader from the Ardsley Angels, 8-5 and 11-7, at Ardsley High School Sunday. Comment.

Jamaica’s Polina captures first 5K in CPRR three-race series

Polina, 40, covered the two-loop course in Flushing Meadow Park in 16:31, ahead of Samir Halihovic of Ridgewood and Jason Corley of Jamaica. Halihovic was timed in at 16:42, 28 seconds faster than Corley. The former is on the cross country team at Vassar College. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Erin’s Isle skates past from Flowers by Peter

With Kenneth Tomlinson scoring goals in the first and second periods, Flowers appeared to be on the way to an easy win. The action see-sawed in the third period with Erin’s goalie J.D. Schabhuttl shutting the door on Flowers. Anthony Lenis scored the go-ahead goal with a pass behind the net that hit the goalie and found the back of the net. Eric Wong banged in his 33rd goal of the year. Steven Rufo had two assists, while Jet Lem and Robbie Posch each had one assist. Comment.

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