Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003

TimesLedger wins five national news awards

The TimesLedger Newspapers won five awards for its 2002 coverage in an annual editorial contest sponsored by the Suburban Newspapers of America that draws entries from daily and weekly newspapers throughout North America. Comment.

Clergy gather at York to oppose group homes

Southeast Queens has too many group homes and facilities within its boundaries, area clergy told state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer last week. Comment.

A Churrasqueira Restaurant: Welcome to Portugese dining in Jamaica

Blue and white Portuguese tiles, chair rail-high, are used throughout. This 19-year-old churrasqueira, founded by the family of Manuel Cardeso, is set in a small Portuguese community in Jamaica. Three tables for four and three tables seating six are in the dining room with shields and armor on display. A bottle of Portuguese wine was on each table. Caipirinha, a sugar rum drink with lime juice, seemed to be the alternative. Comment.

Boro president plans clean-up of Queens Blvd.

Borough President Helen Marshall met with borough heads of the Sanitation, Transportation and Parks departments last Thursday to coordinate efforts to clean up the medians along Queens Boulevard, which have become overgrown with tall weeds and littered with trash in some areas. Comment.

Black Cowboys seek deal to save barn

Saying it refuses to ride into the sunset, The Federation of Black Cowboys in Howard Beach is attempting to negotiate a deal with the city on a timetable to pay $60,000 in overdue funds or risk losing their barn, an official with the organization said. Comment.

Board eyes city lot for senior apts.

George Delis, the district manager... Comment.

Trucks may get permission to drive on segment of GCP

Trucks breeze down the bridge and rumble along the... Comment.

City seeks help in planning future for Newtown Creek

Officials from the DEP told Community Board... Comment.

Leffler donor Stark owes $84K in property tax: City

Rita Stark, the woman who allegedly conspired to help former City Councilman Sheldon Leffler obtain matching campaign finance funds illegally, is also one of the largest real estate owners in southeast Queens, thanks to her father. Comment.

Queens unemployed turn to food pantries for help

“They don’t have enough money for... Comment.

Alleged boro crime boss indicted on murder charges

Joseph Massino, of 163-37 84th St. in Howard... Comment.

Glendale envisions future shopping at Atlas

But on Tuesday night, the owners of the sprawling Glendale property told their neighbors... Comment.

Addabbo calls for increased security at JFK

City Councilman Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), joined by members of the Police and Fire departments, called on Howard Beach, Ozone Park and South Ozone Park residents and civic leaders last week to open a dialogue with state and city officials to better protect their communities from a terrorist attack near JFK. Comment.

President of District 27 faults city for axing employee

A former Community School Board 27 administrative employee just seven months shy of 20 years of service is unable to get full retirement benefits because the city will not approve the board’s decision to transfer her to another internal position, the board president said. Comment.

Couple seeks Forest Hills library funds

A Forest Hills activist group is planning on raising money to support the Forest Hills branch of the Queens Borough Public Library by approaching local corporations and organizations such as community boards, immigrant groups, churches and synagogues. Comment.

Sunnyside man stabbed riding No. 7 subway

Joseph Cornier, 26, was riding the subway with his girlfriend at 9:25 p.m. when... Comment.

Richmond Hill LIRR site to get $75,000 overhaul

State Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Fresh Meadows) has secured $75,000 from the state Legislature to remove trash and other debris from the closed Richmond Hill Long Island Rail Road station and install high security fencing, her chief of staff said. Comment.

MTA to hold Queens meet on fares, booth shutdowns

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hold a hearing in Queens next month on its plan to hike transit fares, shut down station booths and end the half-century run of that renowned New York City symbol, the subway token. Comment.

Family of AirTrain victim plans to sue

The family of the Springfield Gardens man who was killed during a test of the AirTrain at Kennedy Airport in September said he was a customer service representative and did not have the proper training to operate the train, the lawyer preparing a civil lawsuit on the family’s behalf said. Comment.

Pathmark sets up fund to benefit southeast Queens

Supermarket chain Pathmark has agreed to shell out $400,000 for southeast Queens over the next 20 years in a settlement aimed at stimulating the local economic development at other community projects in the area, City Councilman James Sanders, Jr. (D-Laurelton) announced last week. Comment.

Floral Park teacher killed in blaze at her apartment

Mary Nuccio, who lived in the second-floor apartment at 84-04 266th St., was found dead on her couch in a blaze that started at about 3:19 p.m.,... Comment.

Merchants envision prosperity in Sutphin district

Sutphin Boulevard business owners have a vision of their commercial strip, one where matching awnings and store signs invite visitors at two court buildings to window-shop along the well-lit street and a directory of stores greets airline passengers as they step off the AirTrain link from Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Man shot dead in St. Albans after argument

Carlos Holm, 26, died at Mary Immaculate Hospital after the 4 p.m. shooting at the corner of 191st... Comment.

Community rejects plans for College Pt. pharmacy

Mark Investments, which owns the property at 14-01 College Point Blvd., needs a... Comment.

Whitestone youth, firemen to face off for 9/11 charity

In a game aimed at raising money for the families... Comment.

Leonard Stavisky honored with new name for PS 242

“I’m absolutely thrilled the school board, as well as... Comment.

Wendy’s killer bragged in slay rap: Prosecutor

A day after he masterminded the slaughter of five workers at a Flushing Wendy’s restaurant, John Taylor penned rap lyrics glorifying his deed, prosecutors revealed in court last week just before he was sentenced to death. Comment.

Bayside asked to help track father missing since holiday

Tung Tung “Tommy” Lam, 30, was last seen about 10 p.m. on Dec. 24 leaving his aunt’s Bayside home, his... Comment.

X-Box, cheesecake at new Bell. Blvd arcade

Game Zone Café, a multi-player video game... Comment.

City to acquire 2.5 acres along Udalls Cove ravine

An additional 2 1/2 acres of land in the Udalls Cove ravine will be acquired by the city Parks Department, continuing a process of wetlands preservation begun by the late Douglaston environmentalist Aurora Gareiss, whose historic house on the cove is being sold. Comment.

Grodenchik touts diversity as he takes assembly oath

“There is one Flushing for everybody here and one standard for all... Comment.

Kmart to axe jobs, store in Fresh Meadows

A spokesman for Borough President Helen Marshall said she would... Comment.

New Queens court show a ‘Supreme’ waste of time

Perhaps the kindest thing to say about the new CBS series “Queens Supreme” is that it has a great theme song. Comment.

Ex-JFK INS agent swindled Chinese: Feds

A former INS agent based out of Kennedy Airport accused of using his knowledge of the system to steal $1 million from immigrants seeking help to bring relatives into the United States from China was on trial in federal court in Brooklyn. Comment.

Beat winter chill at Queens community theater

With sleet, snow, and wind chill factors to freeze your fanny, Queens residents can take comfort in the hustle and bustle going on in local theatres throughout the borough. While most of us are just struggling to get home each night after work without frostbite, the hardy thespians that make up this borough’s tremendously talented core of performers and directors are rushing to rehearsals in preparation for a promising winter season. Comment.

Store helps buyers ‘yarning’ for sales

Never straying from its policy of “Only the best always for less,” Smiley’s yarn store, at 92-06 Jamaica Ave., has been selling quality products at discount prices to Queens’ residents for almost 70 years, its present owner said. Comment.

How’s Business?: Manufacturing woes

When one thinks of manufacturing, giant product-producing plants often come to mind. Attention is seldom directed to the many who depend on those jobs in their weekly quest to pay bills and put food on the table. Comment.

Business Calendar

Jan. 16 - Bayside Business Association meeting North Fork Bank. 229-2277. Comment.

Long Island has major role in countdown to Kitty Hawk

Two weeks before the end of the year, on Dec. 17, to be exact, the centennial of a historic event that changed the character of the human race forever will be celebrated. Comment.

Don’t call me! I’m eating!

“Let it ring,” my husband says, as he spoons gravy over his potatoes. Comment.

Is it time to invest more internationally?

Most investors I meet with do not have sufficient exposure to international stocks and bonds. I believe this is a mistake. You can reduce your overall risk and increase your return potential by having the right allocation to international investments. Of course this allocation is different for everyone and depends on many variables such as your risk tolerance level, goals and time horizon. Comment.

Police Blotter: California man stabbed to death on Farrington Street in Flushing

FLUSHING — A 46-year-old California businessman was stabbed to death early Tuesday morning in Flushing, police said. Comment.

Editorial: Yadda yadda

Minutes after Gov. Pataki finished his State of the State speech last week, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) was on television offering an opposing point of view. The contrast was stark. Although the state is facing difficult fiscal times, Pataki gave an upbeat, optimistic view of the year to come. Comment.

Editorial: Stand and deliver

Pathmark has agreed to make a $400,000 payment to the “community” for being granted the right to open a badly needed supermarket at the corner of Springfield and Merrick boulevards three years ago. Comment.

Leffler built political base on strong roots in Queens

As the city’s Campaign Finance Board and the Manhattan district attorney’s office began investigating the campaign finances of then-City Councilman Sheldon Leffler in August 2001, the candidate for Queens borough president choked back tears while talking about his father in an interview with the TimesLedger Newspapers. Comment.

Editorial: More than your wallet

Police arrested an 18-year-old Richmond Hill resident last week and charged him with using the Internet to steal more than $500,000 in credit and debit cards. It is alleged that Shiva Sharma set up a phony AOL Web site to send out e-mails that he used to get credit card numbers and other information from unsuspecting victims. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: MLK spoke out for Jews at critical moments

We will celebrate the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 20. Deservedly, he merits this honor. King was the most important public figure to emerge from the Deep South in the 20th century. He was not simply a regional figure, but a worldwide one as well. By destroying segregation in his home territory, he redefined the world’s approach to human rights. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing Mall packs it in for New Year’s party

Holding a party is by no means news, particularly on New Year’s Eve. What’s new is that the Flushing Mall invited scores of people to help it usher in the New Year. I was uninvited but went there anyway, on behalf of a guest. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Family history teaches children ethics, morals

District 29 Superintendent Michael Johnson’s moral and ethical principles, which recently appeared in a Queens weekly and which he encourages those at home to develop, are to be applauded. They are the same lessons and procedures our parents taught us, with the exception being we did not delve deeply into our cultural and familial heritage. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens graduates earn $119M in scholarships

The Queens High Schools District Office has announced that Queens high school graduates of June 2002 have been offered $119 million in four-year scholarships. This $119 million is based on statistics submitted by 34 Queens high schools for the 2001-2002 school year. Comment.

To the Point: Poppenhusen to offer country line dancing

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. I hope that each and every one of you celebrated a very happy New Year which will continue throughout the year. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Alston may have found new home

When Rafer Alston failed to get picked up by the Golden State Warriors prior to the start of this NBA season, I have to say I was a little concerned that the professional basketball career of the former Cardozo High School standout was all but over. Comment.

SJU’s Bradley attends MLS Player Combine

Fort Lauderdale, Fla. — Rich Bradley slouched on the bench with his head resting on his hand, his eyes fixed on the field and just a few steps from the heart of professional soccer. The butterflies fluttered inside, but the former St. John’s midfielder never felt closer to a dream. Comment.

Bayside girls not satisfied with 59-37 victory

Shakia Woods’ steal and layup just capped a game-ending 14-2 run, but there were no smiles for the Bayside girls’ basketball team, despite defeating second-place Van Buren on its home court by 22 points Monday. Comment.

Cardozo gets payback with win over Jamaica

In a statement game, Cardozo’s Skyler Khaleel made perhaps the loudest statement of all, following Raynard Jones’ dunk with a thunderous two-handed jam of his own in the Judges’ convincing 83-65 win over Queens II-A rival Jamaica Friday afternoon at Cardozo High School. Comment.

Trade Center design meet draws low turnout in LIC

The latest design proposals for the World Trade Center site brought mixed reactions from the handful of Queens residents who attended Monday’s public meeting at LaGuardia Community College. Comment.

PSAL head Kevin Gill steps down from post

Kevin Gill, the man credited with the revitalization of the Public School Athletic League, announced his retirement last week after 35 years in the Department of Education. Comment.

Mary Louis battles back to best Kellenberg, 57-47

The Mary Louis Academy girls’ varsity basketball team dropped a 35-point loss to national powerhouse and league foe Christ the King, marking the second straight season the Hilltoppers have started the season 2-8. Comment.

Prep shuts down Taft to score upset over Xaverian

Coming into this season, no one would have expected the short and not-so-athletic St. Francis Prep varsity boys’ basketball team to make a lot of noise in the CHSAA ‘A’ League. But 13 games into the team’s season, it’s time people started listening. Comment.

St. Francis shines on ice in 4-2 win over Clippers

A day after suffering a tough 3-2 loss to Chaminade, the St. Francis Prep hockey team rebounded by playing its best game of the year in a 4-2 victory over perennial powerhouse Xaverian Saturday at Abe Stark Rink on Coney Island. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Cameron Tyler

School: Cardozo High School Comment.

College Round-up: Queens Knights drop 4th straight with 76-72 loss to C.W. Post

The Queens College men’s basketball team’s snide has reached four games following the Knights’ 76-72 loss to C.W. Post at Fitzgerald Gymnasium Saturday night. Comment.

Red Storm scores ‘huge’ win over struggling UCLA

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team got a much-needed win Saturday at Pauley Pavilion, soundly defeating the once-mighty, now struggling UCLA Bruins, 80-65. Comment.

SJU women start well, but fall to Seton Hall

A burst of energy Saturday signaled the return of the St. John’s women’s basketball team after a month of play on the road. The Red Storm, boosted by a brief pre-game ceremony honoring first-year coach Kim Barnes-Arico’s recent 100th career victory, caught Seton Hall off guard, opening an early lead against the Pirates. Comment.

Stitches tops Whitestone Diner, Lee’s Jewel Box

In a tightly contested game, Stitches defeated Whitestone Diner 24-22. Steve Foley led Stitches in scoring with help from Derek Capponi and Logan Frankel. Dave Legaz and Vinay Chodha played very hard at the guard position. Daniel Acevedo also contributed for the Stitches team. Vinny Depperman excelled with tenacious play for the Whitestone Diner team. Comment.

Queens Kiwanis Sports to hold managers, coaches meetings

The first meeting, for managers and coaches of Senior and Junior Division baseball and softball teams (ages 15-16 and 17-18), will be held Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 7:30 p.m.. Comment.

CB 11’s early persistence left legacy of Udalls Cove

In 1970, private wetlands in northeast Queens were under a gray cloud. Udalls Cove wetlands were to be filled for the construction of a golf course between Douglaston and Great Neck. The ravine, partially owned by St. Anastasia Parish at the southern end and by private owners at the northern end, was under great pressure for development. In 1975 a major supermarket was planned for the St. Anastasia property directly across from the parish. Comment.

Activists protest nuclear plant at CB 2 meet

A contingent of activists stepped up to the microphone at last Thursday’s Community Board 2 meeting to demand that its members sign on to a resolution calling for the Indian Point nuclear power plant to shut down in light of the risks they say it poses to its neighbors. Comment.

Port Authority to use E-ZPass at LaGuardia

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has introduced the use of E-Z Pass-Plus at John F. Kennedy International Airport parking lots with plans to include LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports soon. Comment.

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