Thursday, July 3, 2003

Court says schools in city deserve more state money

State lawmakers and school officials from Queens hailed a 4-1 decision by the New York State Court of Appeals last Thursday that said schools in the borough and the rest of the city were not getting enough money to educate their students. Comment.

Housing for seniors slated for empty Whitestone plot

For nearly four decades it was a summer camp and country club. The 13 acre at the north end of Whitestone off the East River were home to dances, baseball games and swimming lessons. Comment.

Bowne, Latimer homes join city’s Historic House Trust

The oldest house in Queens along with the home of a renowned black inventor in Flushing are in the process of being taken under the wing of an agency that looks out for many of New York City's historic dwellings. Comment.

New Douglaston pastor has eye set on outreach

The new pastor at the Community Church of Douglaston has begun his ministry with the goal of bringing more children into the fold and using the creative talents of the 88-year-old congregation to lift its spirits into the heavens. Comment.

MTA against effort to keep Queens token booths open

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has expressed serious objection to Gov. George Pataki about a legislative law that would maintain operation of 12 Queens subway token booths that the MTA wants to shut down this year. Comment.

Explosion ignites Astoria building

A fire broke out in Astoria last Thursday at around 4 p.m. when a transformer in an underground vault blew up, setting fire to a nearby vehicle in a blaze that spread to a three-story commercial building with a pharmacy on the ground level, FDNY officials said. Comment.

City to install traffic signal at Ditmars, 75th St. corner

More than two months after a 10-year-old boy was struck and killed by an SUV at Ditmars Boulevard and 75th Street, the city Department of Transportation has approved requests for a traffic light to be installed at the Astoria intersection. Comment.

Sculpture Center hosts LIC’s first blimp derby

Sculpture Center’s art gallery in Long Island City was the site of an entertainingly chaotic scene Saturday as families and artists converged in large numbers on the converted trolley repair shop for an afternoon of remote-controlled blimp races. Comment.

Astoria sewage worker shoots man, flees: Cops

A 49-year-old Brooklyn man was arrested and charged with attempted murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon after he allegedly shot a co-worker at an Astoria sewage treatment facility Friday afternoon, police said. Comment.

Handicapped protester stops bus traffic on Jamaica Ave.

A handicapped Brooklyn man held a 2 1/2 hour sit-in in the path of a Green Bus coach in Jamaica last Thursday after four successive buses could not accommodate his wheelchair. Comment.

Queens DA charges man in Lil’ Kim jewelry extortion

A New Rochelle man was charged Monday with attempting to extort money from rapper Lil’ Kim in exchange for returning the $250,000 in baubles that were stolen out of the performer’s luggage at Kennedy Airport last month. Comment.

Judge nixes Bayside suit against Chabad construction

A lawsuit filed by a group of Baysiders seeking to overturn the city’s approval of a controversial synagogue construction project has been dismissed by a Queens judge, participants in the suit said this week. Comment.

Ex-TimesLedger employee dies of transplant rejection

Philomena Marino, whose father owned the C & V pork store in Bayside, died June 22 after a prolonged rejection of transplanted lungs she had received to treat cystic fibrosis. She was 28 and lived in Whitestone. Comment.

Fireworks spark concern in Bayside during holiday

Sharon Waltke was sound asleep Sunday morning at 4 a.m. when several loud bangs and a bright light gave her a rude awakening. Comment.

Bronx man found guilty in 1992 Woodside shoot

Nearly 11 years to the day after he helped a gunman shoot a Woodside couple, a Bronx man was convicted of murder and attempted murder in the attack that left the woman dead and the man seriously injured, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Bowne, Latimer homes join city’s Historic House Trust

The oldest house in Queens along with the home of a renowned black inventor in Flushing are in the process of being taken under the wing of an agency that looks out for many of New York City’s historic dwellings. Comment.

Avella secures $350,000 for Udalls Cove parcels

The city is set to acquire an additional half acre of forested land near the Udalls Cove ravine with $350,000 in capital money secured by Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the fiscal year 2004 budget. Comment.

Bookworms grab a bite in Bayside

Readers searching for the latest Harry Potter adventure may be hard-pressed to find a copy at The Book Shop in Bayside. Comment.

How’s Business?: Perks peter out

In the past perks were thought of as an employee and not general customer incentive. Complimentary meals for restaurant workers, free or reduced flight privileges for airlines staff, cost-free cable service for cable company personnel, and retail discounts for department store employees to name a few. Comment.

Business Calendar

July 9-Long Island City Business Development Corp. 's 4th Annual All Ears Music Fest Starts Wed., July 9. Another season of free lunchtime concerts on Wednesdays at noon in Court Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 58-43 Clearview, Single-Family Attached, $379.000, Bed 3, Bath 2, Construction-Brick, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 18 x 100, Taxes: $1,405 Comment.

Editorial: First step in judicial reform

Under the leadership of Chief Judge Judith Kaye, the state has taken an important first step in cutting the Queens judiciary free from the apron strings of the county's Democratic Party machine. Comment.

Council, mayor reach budget deal restoring threatened boro services

The City Council officially passed the city’s $43.7 billion budget Friday by using $3 billion in tax hikes to avoid drastic service cuts. Comment.

Editorial: The bigots win

Last week a federal judge ruled that the city was wrong when it fired two firefighters and a police officer for riding on a racist float during the 1998 Broad Channel Labor Day Parade. The judge said the three men could not be punished for exercising their constitutional right to free speech, even if their speech was offensive. Comment.

Editorial: Unfinished business

The state lawmakers have gone home for the summer without making any progress on two issues of vital importance. Once again the legislature has failed to reform the oppressive Rockefeller drug laws. These laws mandate substantial prison time for defendants found guilty of selling relatively small quantities of illegal drugs, even first offenders. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: City can take certain steps to ease fiscal woes

As you read this, another city budget has passed. Many in government and many pundits blame the city’s fiscal misfortunes on Sept. 11. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: America celebrates its fight for freedom, birthday

America: A land where we can say what we are thinking without thinking. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Flushing Rotary celebrates 50th anniversary

Where do we begin? There is such a logjam of information piling up, how does one condense it and still do it justice? If you save it too long, it becomes stale, and if you only report on the big, the smaller groups are left out. It’s not very fair to them since a lot of them do a good job and are a great resource for their respective communities. But here goes, we will try our very best. Comment.

Point of View: Immigrants’ journey leads to poor living conditions

From both political and economic perceptive, a lot of people around the world think the United States is their utopia. Comment.

Teen Talk: Cool clothes are crucial in hot summer weather

Summer officially began on June 21. And I must say, it got started with a bang. In my opinion, it is one of the more flamboyant seasons, but the weather it brings can sometimes peak at temperatures so unbearable you wish you were an Eskimo trying to keep warm in your igloo in some arctic region of the world. You wouldn’t care where, just as long as you weren’t in this heat. Comment.

Neighbor to neighbor: Sanders holds awards banquet in Floral Park

Councilman James Sanders Jr., 31st Councilmanic District, held his Second Annual Awards Gala and Scholarship Banquet June 19 at the beautiful Floral Terrace in Floral Park. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civic newsletters report on community facilities

The April 2003 newsletter of the Douglaston Civic Association gave an update on the proposed changes in the community facilities rules. The civics stated that the City Planning Commission has been working on these changes. Comment.

To The Point: Msgr. McClancy H.S. to hold baseball camp

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

Boro Kids to be Helped

The recent budget deal between Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council included millions of dollars in restorations of proposed cuts for child care and infant mortality programs, but advocates for children say they still face stretched budgets and tough times. Comment.

Police Blotter: Two men stabbed in Flushing incident

FLUSHING - Two unidentified men were stabbed in the back near 147-03 Northern Blvd. at about 12 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to the Breaking News Network. Comment.

50 Cent Makes Mad Dollars: Queens rapper to headline Jones Beach Monday

That’s why, despite being blackballed by the industry, without a major-label recording contract, heads still gravitated to Jamaica, Queens’ realest son, 50 Cent, like the planets to the Sun. Comment.

On a High Note: Susan Agin shares her talents with borough hopefuls

“My theatrical activities and deep attachment and commitment to music stem in part from my family roots,” said Queens musician and teacher Susan Agin. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Tiger Mountain in Bronx offers family fun at zoo

Amazing animals, inspiring exhibits, entertainment, crafts, and a terrific day out! Below are the July offerings that are sure to delight animal enthusiasts at the Bronx Zoo. Comment.

DeterminingDirection: Queens Museum of Art’s executive director has vision

At the opening of the Salvador Dali “Dreams of Venus” exhibit at the Queens Museum of Art in June, Executive Director Tom Finkelpearl, who has headed the museum for about a year, was beaming with excitement. Comment.

AMMI to highlight Frears’ work in festival

The American Museum of the Moving Image will present a six-film retrospective, Stephen Frears’s England, that includes such early works as “Gumshoe” (a comical homage to film noir starring Albert Finney), “Bloody Kids” (a rarely-screened teen drama from 1979) and concludes with a preview screening of “Dirty Pretty Things” and a Pinewood Dialogue with Frears, moderated by David Schwartz, the museum’s chief curator of film. Comment.

QCC to host conference on Holocaust instruction

“The Holocaust is a watershed in the 20th century and has an impact on everything that has happened since,” said William Shulman, director of Queensborough’s Holocaust Resource Center. “Genocide studies are crucial, in that learning from the darkest eras of human history is essential for the understanding of ethical behavior.” Comment.

MusicFest brings free music to LIC’s Court Square Park

The 4th Annual CyberCity @ LIC AllEars Music Fest kicks off on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. in Court Square Park in Long Island City. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Teacher Aides Eliminated

There were no major surprises or last-minute cuts in city education spending that came with the mayor’s signing of the city’s $43.7 billion budget last week. Comment.

Qstyle: These shoes were made for..

Here is this seasons 411 on the shoe scene. The style, the designers, the where-to guide for the fashion-conscious of Queens. Comment.

Southeast, West Queens Community Calendar

Housing work group Comment.

Learn to swim in boro pools

Learn-to-Swim is a free instructional program that runs at New York City’s public outdoor pools. The program teaches tots (ages 1 - 5) and children (ages 6 - 14) basic water safety and swimming skills. This summer, there are two three-week Learn-to-Swim sessions, and one five-week session. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Fans start clamoring for Naclerio

Ron Naclerio has become a hot topic lately among St. John’s University basketball fans. The head coach of the successful Cardozo High School boys’ basketball team has become the write-in favorite to be the next assistant coach on the men’s hoop team among posters on one Web site dedicated to SJU athletics. Comment.

Queens football stars to play in annual Empire Challenge

The sentiment among the Queens contingent that will play for the New York City football team in the annual Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge was unanimous. Despite the 90 degree heat and humidity at the New York Jets training facility at Hofstra University, not a one failed to crack a smile. Comment.

2003 TimesLedger PSAL Girls’ Soccer Team

One glance at Bal’s statistics is all you need to see her steady improvement. As a sophomore, Bal made 36 saves and allowed 26 goals in seven games. In her junior year, Bal nearly tripled her saves made (93) while lowering her goals against to 12 in 12 games. As a senior, Bal quietly excelled, stopping 121 shots while allowing 0.57 goals per game. Comment.

PSAL Girls’ Soccer Coach of the Year: Frank DeNunzio, Thomas Edison H.S.

Not only did the Inventors make the PSAL ‘B’ playoffs, they advanced to the quarterfinals in its first varsity season. Comment.

PSAL Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year: Jackie Miccio Sr. Mid. Townsend Harris H.S.

Jackie Miccio, the TimesLedger PSAL Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year, is one of those players, a special player whose presence is felt the second she touches a soccer ball. Comment.

Bayside Yanks, L.I. Cards split doubleheader

With his team struggling to adjust to wood bats, Bayside Yankees coach Ryan Nevins realized the importance of aggressive base running in a doubleheader against the Long Island Cardinals last Thursday at Pace University in Pleasantville, N.Y. Comment.

Modell’s Lions capture Glen Oaks L.L. crown

With Joey Caraballo on base, Anthony Meo hit a home run to right center that gave the Lions a 12-10 lead. Those two runs decided the game for the Lions. Comment.

Queens Libraries Stay Open

The Queens Borough Public Library was one of the winners in the city’s budget war, getting an additional $2.2 million to ensure five-day-a week service at 50 branches, a library spokesman said. Comment.

Blau-Weiss Gottschee: Defining success

Blau-Weiss Gottschee is one of the most recognized clubs in youth soccer, and success for the Ridgewood-based organization with German roots can be found in its Zen-like approach to the game. Comment.

Snows Intermediate boys take two in playoffs

In their opening-round playoff game, they faced off against a very good St. Luke’s team. St. Luke’s jumped out to a quick 2-1 lead in the first inning and a led 3-1 after three. But as has been the case all year, Snows hung tough with strong pitching and solid defense. The boys eventually tied the score at 3 in the fourth inning on an RBI single off the bat of Anthony Civitano, who later in the inning stole home to tie the score. Comment.

Pair of first-half goals lift Freedoms over Pioneers

Western Mass Pioneers coach John Voight is aware how dangerous strikers Rocky Bojovic and Julio Cesar Dos Santos are and how critical they are to the New York Freedoms’ success on the soccer field. Comment.

World’s Fair Marina: Dining on Indian food while watching the Bay

The first floor of the sprawling white building beside Flushing Bay is a devoted banquet room for up to 250. Here, the cuisine is American, Continental and Indian. Upstairs you dine Indian at the daily lunch buffet and dinner. Comment.

NYPD, FDNY clash at site of rescue for Jamaica man

Police and firefighters clashed Friday in Jackson Heights over which force was authorized to rescue a man suspected of trying to rob an Italian restaurant who had gotten stuck in the chimney of the establishment. Comment.

Gioia throws first pitch to kick off youth league

Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and former New York Mets first baseman Ed Kranepool joined representatives of Long Island City's two major housing developments Sunday afternoon at Queensbridge Park to throw out first pitches and kick off the second season of the area's only youth baseball league. Comment.

Sculpture Center hosts LIC’s first blimp derby

Sculpture Center's art gallery in Long Island City was the site of an entertainingly chaotic scene Saturday as families and artists converged in large numbers on the converted trolley repair shop for an afternoon of remote-controlled blimp races. Comment.

Ridgewood street renamed for ‘quiet hero’

Doreen Angrisani was not a firefighter, police officer or paramedic. Comment.

Police release sketches of men in slash of Ridgewood woman

Police have released sketches of two men who allegedly slashed a Ridgewood woman in the face before throwing acid on her in a vicious attack June 2 at a Brooklyn law office. Comment.

Astoria food distributor recalls whitefish packages

An Astoria distributor of kosher spreads, salads and dips has recalled 7-ounce packages of smoked whitefish salad that may be contaminated with the potentially deadly Listeria bacterium. Comment.

New York Sharks swimming back to crown

The New York Sharks killed their competition during the 2003 season. The defending gridiron champions of the Independent Women’s League outscored their competition, 415-6, including a 98-0 thrashing of the Albany Night-Mares on May 10. Comment.

Middle Village welcomes Commerce Bank

Hundreds of area residents in need of better banking options - or just seeking some fun - turned out for the grand opening of the new Commerce Bank branch at 80th Street and Metropolitan Avenue in Middle Village Saturday afternoon. Comment.

Gallagher procures $500K to help buy Catalpa YMCA

As the City Council's last-minute budget negotiations reached a fever pitch last week, Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village) won a $500,000 appropriation to go toward a city purchase of the Catalpa YMCA building - a move that preserves Ridgewood's sports and recreation programs despite the YMCA's decision to move out. Comment.

Blackout spoils HS dance at Cross Bay banquet hall

Hundreds of students lost out on their senior prom at Russo's on the Bay last Thursday when a power outage left thousands of residents and several businesses in Howard Beach in the dark. Comment.

Middle Village’s Scala named Adelphi baseball coach

Former New York Yankees bullpen coach Dominic Scala has been named the new head baseball coach at Adelphi University, it was announced Monday. The Middle Village native, who replaces Ron Davies, is just the second head coach in 40 years. Comment.

Spitzer calls for reforms at Aqueduct Race Track

Saying state racing officials have done little to stem alleged criminal activities at Aqueduct Race Track since his office issued a report last month, the state attorney general again called for reforms on how race tracks are managed by the New York Racing Association. Comment.

Sneaky thief swipes $100 from church

A thief climbed through a window of the Our Lady of Mercy Church in Forest Hills and stole money out of the church's collection boxes sometime between 7 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, police said. Comment.

Addabbo suggests Parks takeover of city wetlands

City Councilman Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) called on city officials to allow the city Department of Parks and Recreation to take control of several plots of wetlands around or near Kennedy Airport to ensure they are protected and preserved. Comment.

Little Neck Thunderbolts to play at Cooperstown

Coached by Bill Grgas, the Thunderbolts feature players Justin Grgas, Edward Borman, Stephen Carcione, Russel Deutsch, Robert Fielder, Ryan Furlong, Evan Kaston, Matthew Mahler, Robery O’Boyle, Joshua Price, Jonathan Sirica and Joseph Sirica. Comment.

A Haven for Borough Skateboarders

Robert Arce came to Ozone Park from Costa Rica four years ago and immediately decided to start skateboarding. Comment.

Two Republicans to challenge Addabbo

Two men are gearing up to challenge incumbent City Councilman Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) in the upcoming election to take place Nov. 4. Comment.

Richmond Hill girl drowns in backyard pool

Pricilla Garcia's favorite treat after coming home from a day at school was to have her grandmother, Julia Garcia, fix her a cup of hot chocolate. Comment.

Southeast Queens fights to restore wetlands

Southeast Queens civic leaders are working to repair damaged wetlands in Idlewild Park in Rosedale after decades of development have degraded the natural wildlife habitat. Comment.

Glendale Diner Devils win RGMVM L.L. softball crown

The Glendale Diner Devils took on the AJ Roofers for the RGMVM Senior Softball Championship. In game one the Diner Devils handed the ball to windmill pitcher Sammy Stallone, who threw nothing but strikes and used her gold glove defense behind her to make all the right moves. Making some great plays were Bonnie Defina in center field, Michele Esposito at third and Lauren Ferenc at short. Comment.

Queens DA charges man in Lil’ Kim jewelry extortion

A New Rochelle man was charged Monday with attempting to extort money from rapper Lil' Kim in exchange for returning the $250,000 in baubles that were stolen out of the performer's luggage at Kennedy Airport last month. Comment.

JetBlue starts new San Diego route from JFK

The Forest Hills-based low-fare airline JetBlue has inaugurated nonstop service from John F. Kennedy International airport to San Diego with a second daily flight to be added on July 14. Comment.

Pizza man brings message of harmony to Ozone Park

For the fifth year in a row, Tony Modica was giving out free pizza and soda Saturday at La Bella Vita pizzeria to Ozone Park youngsters. Modica, restaurateur, recording artist, community activist and all-around unique individual, is the man behind the Pizza Dance Foundation - an anti-drug, anti-crime community group that takes its philosophy from, well, pizza. Comment.

Broad Channel stays silent after blackface case ruling

Mum's the word in Broad Channel following last week's ruling by a federal judge in Manhattan who said the city wrongfully fired two firefighters and one police officer for wearing blackface on a Labor Day float in the island community in 1998. Comment.

JFK merchants prepare for 2012 summer games

While the benefits of New York City's hosting the 2012 Olympic Games are apparent for Manhattan and even western Queens, members of the JFK Chamber of Commerce wanted to know what's in it for them. Comment.

Residents of Floral Park oppose Hillside Ave mall

Residents of a Floral Park neighborhood voiced strong opposition about a plan to build a 10,000-square-foot shopping center at the corner of 260th street and Hillside avenue during a recent meeting of Community Board 13. Comment.

St. Robert’s repeats as Diocesan champions

Starting pitcher Joey Marden struck out seven in a great battle with St. Kevin’s starter John Apostolo (five strikeouts) to get the win on the mound. Marden also delivered two RBIs with a single and a double to stake St. Robert’s to a 2-0 lead after three innings. St. Kevin’s battled back to tie the game at 2 in the third with some aggressive base running as the momentum shifted back and forth in this well-played contest. Comment.

Hollis teen finds gun, shoots brother in chest: Cops

A Hollis teen shot his younger brother in the chest while playing with a gun he found Sunday night and dragged him down three flights in a desperate attempt to get help, police said. Comment.

House blaze sets off ammo in Flushing 2-family home

A two-story home in Flushing erupted into flames Sunday afternoon, setting off some of the more than 2,000 rounds of ammunition allegedly kept there by a second-floor tenant, police said. Comment.

Flushing Falun Gong man hurt in Chinatown assault

A Flushing man said he was one of several Falun Gong practitioners who were beaten by more than 10 people last week outside a restaurant in Manhattan's Chinatown, where they were handing out fliers and holding signs about their spiritual group. Comment.

Fireworks spark concern in Bayside during holiday

Sharon Waltke was sound asleep Sunday morning at 4 a.m. when several loud bangs and a bright light gave her a rude awakening. Comment.

New Douglaston pastor has eye set on outreach

The new pastor at the Community Church of Douglaston has begun his ministry with the goal of bringing more children into the fold and using the creative talents of the 88-year-old congregation to lift its spirits into the heavens. Comment.

Gays in Queens celebrate landmark court ruling

Members of Queens’ gay community reacted with joy last week after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down a Texas law banning homosexual sex, with activists calling the move a watershed moment in the fight for gay rights. Comment.

Queens County Savings to acquire Roslyn Bank

New York Community Bancorp, parent of Queens County Savings Bank, announced Friday it will purchase Roslyn Bancorp for $1.57 billion in a merger that will create a network of 32 branches in Queens that are open seven days a week. Comment.

Mitchell Gardens synagogue celebrates past

Half a century ago, tenants of the newly created Mitchell Gardens cooperative in Flushing were looking for a place to pray. Most of the residents were Jewish, and they formed a congregation housed in the basement of the complex. Comments (1).

Boro worker still in coma after fire in SJU building

An electrical worker whose face and chest were severely burned by a flash fire that broke out in the basement of a St. John's University dormitory on June 5 has been in a medically induced coma ever since the incident, said a lawyer representing the worker. Comment.

LI teen critical after jump from roadway above GCP

A 17-year-old high school student who had been riding in a limousine with friends on prom night jumped off an overpass and fell onto a westbound lane of the Grand Central Parkway in Briarwood at around 2:15 a.m. last Thursday, police said. Comment.

City nixes idea to give airports for WTC land

The city has decided to forgo the idea of taking control of Ground Zero in exchange for the two Queens airports, a spokesman for the mayor’s office said. Comment.

Queens Zoo Spared

After an outpouring of support from the public, including a petition with more than 180,000 signatures, the Queens Zoo has been saved from the budget ax and will continue to operate every day of the year. Comment.

Recycling Expands in Boro

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and City Council leaders announced last week that the city’s recycling program will be altered as part of a deal to balance the 2003-2004 budget. Recycling pickups will drop from once a week to once every two weeks, the mayor said. Comment.

Queens Seniors Rescued

Queens seniors breathed a sigh of relief when the fiscal year 2004 budget restored some $2.1 million in proposed cuts to senior services in the city, money that will prevent closure of senior centers and continue to pay for one take-home weekend meal a week, said Department for the Aging spokeswoman Theoni Angelopoulos. Comment.

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