Thursday, June 26, 2003

PS 26 award honors firefighter killed Sept. 11

Ever since he read in the newspaper that his elementary school buddy with whom he spent many nights playing basketball died in the Sept. 11 attacks, Mike Hecht has been trying to get a Fresh Meadows playground named after him. Comment.

Board members say Fresh Meadows bar is illegal

Members of Community Board 8 have complained that a Fresh Meadows Internet cafe that recently opened up a wet bar in the back is violating state law by serving alcohol within 200 feet of a school. Comment.

Post office on Main Street renamed for neighborhood

How long does it take to change the name of a post office? Comment.

Flushing Ford dealership closes after four decades

Despite attempts to keep it open, Flushing's Monahan Ford dealership has officially closed, and its landlord is in the process of selling it. Comment.

Downpours washed away borough’s spring

If the weeks upon weeks of gloom, wet shoes, soggy umbrellas and rainouts of everything from Mets games to street fairs seemed like an all-time record for downpours, you weren't dreaming. It was. Comment.

Yellow cabs back in Flushing at reopened taxi stand

Bringing to life a taxi stand that has sat unused for decades, the city launched a pilot program this week to have yellow cabs stop in downtown Flushing. Comment.

Ex-Whitestone cop gets 60 days for assault

A former police officer from Whitestone was sentenced to 60 days in jail for beating up a Westchester teacher in a fit of rage, authorities said. Comment.

Angry parent sues College Point taekwondo

Seeking to get back her lost $2,000 payment, a College Point mother has filed suit against the owner of a neighborhood Taekwondo business that suddenly closed down. Comment.

TimesLedger wins five awards for advertising

The TimesLedger Newspapers won five awards this year in the annual Advertising and Promotions Contest of the Suburban Newspapers of America, a record for the chain of 14 Queens weeklies, the SNA announced last week. Comment.

Schneider’s Patient Inspires Song of Love

Eight-year-old Danielle Dugan is not an unusual little girl in her love for music, the beach, animals and her cat. Her distinguishing characteristics come in the form of a rare kind of cancer known as Wilm's Tumor and an unusual ability to endure its painful symptoms. Comment.

Ballers get busy in Long Island City YMCA’s new gym

The directors and staff of the Long Island City YMCA could not have chosen a better year to open the new indoor basketball court at the north end of their Queens Boulevard building. Comment.

Flushing Victorian home transformed into museum

Just a half block away from the honks of Northern Boulevard, a two-story, bright-pink Victorian home sits on Murray Hill’s 38th Avenue. Comment.

Civic leader urges ‘bombardment’ of 311

Middle Village residents must treat excessive noise as a crime and report every incident to the city’s new 311 hotline if they are to preserve quality of life in their neighborhood, Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden said last week. Comment.

LIC travel agency ordered to refund disatisfied clients

Swindled customers of a Long Island City travel agency will receive refunds, thanks to a ruling from a Manhattan State Supreme Court Judge, state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer said. Comment.

Queens County judgeships: No Republicans need apply

The Queens County Democratic Organization’s odds of getting its judicial candidates on the bench are not just favorable, they’re overwhelming. Comment.

Gas main ruptured during Bayside work

Workers digging a trench for a new storm sewer underneath Springfield Boulevard in Bayside hit and ruptured a gas main Friday morning, causing two blocks of homes to be evacuated. Comment.

Auburndale residents complain about auto businesses

A crowd of Auburndale residents vented their frustrations at the managers of four automotive businesses in the area Friday afternoon at a meeting arranged by Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). Comment.

LIE, Cross Island project delayed by rainy weather

A rainy spring has delayed work on the state Department of Transportation’s project to reshape the interchange between the Long Island Expressway and the Cross Island Parkway, but some key parts of the project are either underway or complete, a DOT spokeswoman said Monday. Comment.

Unwelcome rats overrun neighborhood in Bayside

Baysiders living near the intersection of 36th Avenue and 201st Street have been repeating the same exclamation lately: Rats! Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Beari production livens up wet Queens weekend

It was yet another dark and stormy evening on June 21 when Beari Productions presented “The Best of Magical, Musical Moments” in the gymnasium of Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Village. Rollicking, beautifully put together and performed by a troupe of brilliantly talented singers, the revue of 38 of Beari’s best loved and most-often-requested songs made the audience forget how miserably soggy they were. Comment.

New rule may cost Manton money

The bosses of the Queens County Democratic Organization and their partners stand to lose a lucrative business with new rules that recently went into effect as part of Chief Judge Judith Kaye’s ongoing reforms of the court system. Comment.

Queens teens light up Theatre in the Park

Saturday night’s downpour did little to dampen the spirits of the talented local youngsters appearing in the Theatre Learning Center’s student showcase, “Fame-Us: A Night of 30 Stars,” at the beautiful 464-seat Queens Theatre in the Park. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Magic book flies off shelves

The waiting was over. Comment.

The Boro Beat: Delightful, risque Dalí exhibit opens at QMA

I went to the Queens Museum of Art last Thursday night, and I was absolutely stunned at how much the place had changed in the last few weeks. Comment.

Little Jimmy Scott assists FTH in goodbye to Jones

The Q-20A was horribly late and I got to Flushing Town Hall just in time to catch the beginning of Little Jimmy Scott’s concert for Jo-Ann Jones, who is stepping down as the executive director of the hall, and the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Comment.

International film exhibit runs all summer at Socrates

On Wednesday evenings in July and August, Socrates Sculpture Park, in collaboration with the American Museum of the Moving Image and Partnerships for Parks, will present the fifth annual international festival of open air cinema, music, dance and food. Comment.

‘T’ai Chi Army’ invades Rockaways’ Fort Tilden

“Where in the Sam Hill is Battery Harris West?” I demanded of artist Bill Bierne after I failed to find the World War II gunnery placement at Fort Tilden on Father’s Day weekend. Comment.

Chinese food gets a twist of kosher

Like any other Chinese restaurant, Annie Chan’s Restaurant in Fresh Meadows serves the usual General Tsao’s chicken, lo mein, egg rolls and hot and sour soup. But there is a twist to Chan’s Chinese food: It is prepared and served according to strict glatt kosher rules. Comment.

How’s Business?: Bank business

Interest rates continue to occupy low-rate territory with the notion of continuing south. It’s a dream come true for borrowers, but what about depositors? Comment.

Business Calendar

June 26- The Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneur Assistance Program Graduation, 6 p.m. Queens Borough Hall, 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens. 718-263-0546 Comment.

Want to be a judge? Who do you know?

Aspiring judges can reach the bench either by election or by appointment, and which method they follow is determined by which court they want to serve on. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thursday, July 17 - The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society hold the 2003 Light the Night Kick-off Celebration at the Ramada Hotel at 220-33 Northern Blvd. in Bayside from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. For more information call Donna at 212 448-9206, Ext. 230. Comment.

Police Blotter: 4 students charged in assault of Cardozo High School girl

BAYSIDE - Four girls were arrested June 12 for allegedly assaulting another girl at Benjamin N. Cardozo High School, the Queens district attorney’s office said last week. Comment.

Editorial: The awning police

Like most New Yorkers, we have been stunned and appalled by the ticket blitz targeting the awnings on small businesses. And like most New Yorkers, we assumed that the blitz was the result of the city's budget crisis. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: CCRB needs resources to increase its effectiveness

“In fact, the vast majority of decent men and women in the NYPD do their job every day with respect for the citizens of this city and their rights.” Comment.

Berger’s Burg: U.S. is not alone in celebrating independence

The old gentleman was on his deathbed. He had difficulty breathing and he beckoned his daughter to him. “Veronica, darling,” the old man whispered, “I smell Mama’s apple strudel baking in the kitchen. I long for my lips to taste her sweet apple strudel one last time. Please go in and tell Mama to cut me a piece and bring it back quickly before it is too late.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Ridgewood Democratic Club holds dinner-dance

Just as Councilman Eric Gioia thought he had amicably disposed of a serious potential rival for the 26th Councilmanic seat in the person of Joseph Conley, Community Board 2’s former chairman and now vice chairman, up pops Republican Patrick Hurley, president of the 30th Assembly District Republican Club. Comment.

Teen Talk: Early forms of body art still popular with teens

Body piercing and other forms of body art are among the most popular methods of self-expression that have ever existed. But what most people don’t know is that body mutilation has been a part of non-Christian cultures as a positive mark of identity that can be traced back more than 30,000 years. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Anti-crime event to be held at Belmont Park

As autumn is generally known as the gathering of the harvest, late spring and summer often inspires the gathering of friends, family and neighbors whom we might like to know better. A “harvest” of compatible people contributes positively to one’s life as much as does food for the body. Comment.

The Civic Scene: CB 8 member makes zoning issue a priority

Anna Sawchuck has been president of the Jamaica Hill Community Association for six years and has been working in many places during that time. She and her husband, Ed, have raised their three children: Edward, a lawyer; Patricia, an actuary; and Susan, a systems analyst. Comment.

Boro landlords use renovations to elevate rents

What happens when a rent stabilized apartment is vacated? Comment.

To The Point: College Pt. school offers exam preparation classes

Welcome to the Point. The Point being 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.

The Plant Doctor: Soil analysis determines garden’s nutrition needs

It would be ideal if we could treat “soil nutrition” in much the same way as the FDA labels vitamins and minerals. In essence, the labeling of these products allows us to determine the minimum daily requirements of a particular nutrient … well, not really. Comment.

Mets fans left fuming, again, as Yanks take two at Shea

On Sunday night, with the Mets desperately holding on to a 3-2 lead over the visiting Yankees in the top of the ninth, Shea Stadium was going wild. Comment.

Villanueva skips draft, to join UConn Huskies

Charlie Villanueva expressed a desire to test the waters when he declared himself eligible for the NBA Draft. Comment.

Former St. John’s star signs with Columbus

Less than a month after being released by the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, former St. John’s standout Jeff Matteo is back in Major League Soccer and back with the Columbus Crew. Comment.

Queens man turns basketball into way of life

Louis Xifaris involves himself with New York City basketball for 12 months a year. Comment.

Rosedale Jets gearing up for fall football season

Football lovers cannot wait until the dog days of summer finally end. Instead of sulking in the stands and watching the boys of summer have their time in the sun, local football players will strap on their pads and practice in the sweltering heat. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Burger King Phillies ousted by Merillon, 2-1, in semis

Merillon jumped out to a 1-0 lead, scoring on a fielder’s choice in the top of the third inning. The Phillies continued to play strong defense and battled to finally tie the score at 1 in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Phillies got their run when Theo Alexandrou doubled and Julia Hannigan followed with a triple. Comment.

St. Margaret’s edges OLS in Diocesan playoffs, 10-8

The Snows team, however, did not fold. Champions of their section heading into the game, the girls kept coming back against a determined St. Margaret’s team, but could not get over the top, losing, 10-8. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Storm star has earned high pick

For the past two seasons, Marcus Hatten has made covering the St. John’s University basketball team a worthwhile endeavor, undoubtedly keeping the storied program afloat during his brief but successful tenure. Comment.

Pols, authorities seek clues in murder of Elmhurst teen

City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona), Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Corona), Police Department officials and the family of a murdered 16-year-old held a news conference in Elmhurst Monday in an effort to mobilize the community against crime and uncover information about the boy’s death. Comment.

Little Neck’s Duffy leads Bayside Yanks to 1-0 win

While he would have liked a little more run support, Brian Duffy had no complaints about the pace of the Bayside Yankees National Junior Baseball League game Monday at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. Comment.

Cardinals duo combines to no-hit L.I. Tigers

Charlie Foster said it took him three innings to realize he hadn't allowed a hit. And then, just as quickly, the Long Island Cardinals hurler forgot. Comment.

Super-subs help Knights score 4-1 win over Worcester

It’s been one of Dan Fisher’s biggest weapons this season, but when injuries depleted his team’s midfield, the Brooklyn Knights head coach was forced to start super-subs Rinaldo Chambers and Chris Lefferts Sunday at the Metropolitan Oval. Comment.

The Butler Did It: D’Aquila finds sweet success as soccer ref

Jack D’Aquila always dreamed of being in professional soccer. Comment.

The Ground Round: Toss your bland suburban cuisine ideas aside

A big sign in the main dining room proclaims "Ground Round of Flushing." It's the newest addition to American Hospitality Concepts, Inc. For years, I passed Ground Round on Northern in Manhasset and never ventured in. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Gemini Tanning falls to Mardene Construction, 8-5

Mardene Construction 8, Gemini Tanning 5. Joe Black had a double and two runs batted in for Mardene in the win. Pitcher Zachary Haskowitz threw two strong innings for Mardene, while Gemini was led by Jake Spade, who had a single and two RBIs in the loss. Comment.

Abandoned baby found by Van Wyck Expy

A 33-year-old homeless man who found a newborn girl abandoned by the Van Wyck Expressway Saturday morning said he is very disappointed that agencies involved in the baby's welfare have not contacted him to let him know where the baby is and how she is doing. Comment.

Grenade discovery forces evacuation in Sunnyside

Residents of a six-story apartment building in Sunnyside were evacuated from their homes after one resident found a grenade in a hallway Sunday morning, police said. Comment.

Civic leader urges ‘bombardment’ of 311

Middle Village residents must treat excessive noise as a crime and report every incident to the city's new 311 hotline if they are to preserve quality of life in their neighborhood, Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden said last week. Comment.

Ratner thrives in building Queens commerical sites

Commercial sites developed by Forest City Ratner Companies -  Queens Place in Forest Hills, the Steinway Street Theaters in Astoria, the Shops at Northern Boulevard in Long Island City and Maspeth Center - have been fully occupied since they were opened, a director of the company said. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe: Flowers by Peter readies for playoffs with 3 wins

Flowers by Peter 5, Mass Electric 0. Flowers by Peter defeated Mass Electric, 5-0. The shutout was the first for goalie Thomas Bellismo, who played a fantastic game from the first save to the last. Matt Malo played a strong two-way game with two assists. Comment.

State to increase security at borough power plants

A bill that would mandate tougher security at the many power plants and energy facilities that dot western Queens passed both houses of the state Legislature June 19 in unanimous votes, marking the first passage of major anti-terror legislation since Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

Late-night deal averts strike at power plant in LIC

A last-minute settlement between management and labor at the Ravenswood Power Station in Long Island City averted a strike by 131 at the plant that supplies a third of the city's electricity. Comment.

Construction worker dies in Ridgewood gun mishap

A 52-year-old construction worker was killed Friday morning in Ridgewood when a shotgun he found in a dumpster discharged, firing shot pellets into his neck at nearly point-blank range, police said. Comment.

NE Queens Jewish group discusses prejudice crimes

Members of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council were urged to report any possible hate crimes to the police and to develop an emergency plan for their synagogues and community centers to prepare for attacks, fires or natural disasters. Comment.

Rent laws extended after debate by boro politicians

Queens lawmakers found themselves in an 11th-hour showdown last week between the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democratic Assembly, a conflict that resulted in the state Legislature’s extending the city’s existing rent laws for another eight years. Comment.

Liberty Avenue BID sought by Ozone Park businesses

Business owners and leaders in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park are starting to organize a drive to establish a Business Improvement District along Liberty Avenue. Comment.

Long Island father killed outside Ozone Park bar

Neighbors near a bar on the corner of 85th Street and Rockaway Boulevard in Ozone Park blamed the shooting death of a 27-year-old father Sunday outside on a pattern of weekend drinking, fighting, loud music and screaming that has riled residents. Comment.

School Board 27 prez critical of city ed reform plan

The president of Community School Board 27 criticized a crucial piece of legislation passed by the state Legislature Friday that paves the way for new community councils to replace community school boards. Comment.

6 Queens residents charged in insurance fraud scheme

A former police officer from Howard Beach was one of six borough residents charged last week in connection with an auto insurance fraud scheme that led to the filing of phony lawsuits by residents in both Queens and Nassau counties, the state attorney general said. Comment.

Up, up and away in my beautiful JetBlue

Before JetBlue Airways inaugurated its service three years ago from Kennedy Airport, Chief Executive Officer David Neeleman said he met with then-Borough President Claire Shulman to discuss the impact of headquartering a new airline in Queens. Comment.

Jamaica school for pregnant teens to stay open

Teachers and students at a Jamaica high school for pregnant and parenting teens have spent the last few weeks packing, worrying and fighting to keep their site open after hearing that the city Department of Education planned to close it. Comment.

Board approves BID for Sutphin Blvd. blocks

Community Board 12 approved a proposal last week to create a business improvement district along Sutphin Boulevard despite warnings from City Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) that the tariffs associated would harm some businesses. Comment.

Hundreds mourn Cambria Heights family

Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday to pay their respects to the family found murdered in Cambria Heights earlier this month, and shouts of hallelujah rose up as speakers promised earthly or heavenly justice for the crime. Comment.

Mental health group fights to open home in Laurelton

A Corona-based social agency is trying to establish a group residence in Laurelton for five mildly retarded adults even though Community Board 13 has rejected the proposed facility. Comment.

Two arrested in $10M drug bust at LaGuardia airport

Port Authority Police arrested two men allegedly carrying $10 million worth of cocaine, heroin and ecstasy last week at LaGuardia Airport, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a news conference last Thursday. Comment.

Douglaston, Bayside to serve as sets for film shoot

Douglaston and Bayside are literally under the spotlight once again as an independent film with hopes of major distribution shoots scenes at a Douglaston house and at Bayside High School. Comment.

Fire marshals blast plan to close Fort Totten post

About a dozen fire marshals gathered Friday with Queens elected officials to protest the Fire Department's plans to close the marshal base at Fort Totten, a move they said would encourage arson by eliminating the only fire investigation office in the borough. Comment.

NE Queens Jewish group discusses prejudice crimes

Members of the Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council were urged to report any possible hate crimes to the police and to develop an emergency plan for their synagogues and community centers to prepare for attacks, fires or natural disasters. Comment.

CB 13 votes to honor Bellerose firefighter

Community Board 13 voted unanimously Monday to approve a proposal to name a stretch of 87th Drive in honor of firefighter, author and Bellerose resident John Sineno. Comment.

New 5-patient hospice opens in Flushing

Every day many Queens residents are forced to confront the brutal reality that a loved one is dying. For the families, watching relatives in their final days is an extremely painful process. Comment.

Borough Korean War vets receive honorary medals

The 50th anniversary of the cease-fire that ended the "Forgotten War" was remembered in Flushing Saturday by those who lived it - the Korean immigrants who were freed by the conflict and the Korean War veterans who fought the battles. Comment.

Olympic stadium plans on hold for Willets Point

Leaders of NYC 2012 took the next major step in bringing the 2012 Summer Olympics to New York City, opening the organization’s new offices on Monday at One Liberty Plaza in Manhattan. Comment.

Mayor warmly welcomed at Jamaica Estates temple

After speaking about the city’s awning laws, crime and firehouses Mayor Michael Bloomberg received a standing ovation from his audience at the Young Israel of Jamaica Estates synagogue Monday night. Comment.

Klein says communication broke down on ed reforms

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein admitted to borough officials Monday night that the city should have had better communication with educators and parents in announcing reforms to the city’s education system. Comment.

CUNY vote to raise tuition angers students in borough

In front of protesting students, the City University of New York voted at a meeting Monday to hike tuition by $800 at its four-year schools and $300 at its two-year schools, the largest dollar increase in the system’s history. Comment.

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