Thursday, July 24, 2003

RGMVM softball teams win District 27 crowns

The Major Girls of RGMVM competed valiantly in the Little League District tournament. The girls were defeated 17-16 against Ozone Howard in their third game. The RGMVM girls’ hitting was awesome to say the least, and everyone got into the act slamming the ball all over the field. Comment.

DEP sewer work targets Queensborough Hill floods

During her 31 years living in Queensborough Hill, Margaret Grillo has developed a strategy for fighting flooding on her street. Comment.

College Pt. man marks 75th anniversary of Maspeth print co.

Maspeth Press may print brochures, business cards and banners for such high-profile clients as the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, but Fred Strobel, owner and operator of the Grand Avenue shop, still works the front desk, making 20-cent photocopies for longtime customers and friends in the neighborhood. Comment.

FDNY orders diesel station in Whitestone closed down

A small Whitestone diesel station that leaked fuel into the ground as it pumped petroleum out of a dilapidated truck on the property has been ordered to shut down, the Fire Department said. Comment.

Driver in Jamaica bus crash hits cop car: DA

The bus driver from Rochdale Village who struck 15 cars and injured nine people after suffering a seizure in April was in another accident last week, hitting a police car on the Van Wyck Expressway, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Fresh Meadows man, 76, defends jailed ‘girlfriend’

Last week Edgar Hultman, a 76-year-old retired meteorologist living in Fresh Meadows, made a trip to Riker's Island carrying with him a bra. Comment.

Nature concerns arise over work on Douglaston homes

The owner of four houses under construction just north of the Douglaston Long Island Rail Road station said Monday he expects the homes to be completed in three months even as local environmentalists voiced their concerns about pile driving on the site. Comment.

Gioia protests cut to AmeriCorps $$

Teachers, students and young volunteers protested a potential 60 percent cut in funding to the federal AmeriCorps program in front of PS 229 in Woodside Monday as Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) slammed President George Bush and the Republican-controlled House of Representatives for failing to restore the money. Comment.

Boro pols call for inquiry into handling of Iraq info

With politicians around the country questioning President George W. Bush’s statement on Iraq’s supposed effort to acquire nuclear weapons, several members of the Queens congressional delegation have called for an investigation into the nation’s intelligence network. Comment.

Homicides, rapes increase in Astoria, LIC

Despite an overall drop in crime, statistics showed that homicides doubled in the 114th Precinct in Astoria and rape shot up 366.6 percent to the south in Long Island City’s 108th Precinct during the first six months of 2003, compared with the same period last year. Comment.

Sunnyside man to challenge Gioia, Hurley in primaries

The owner of a telecommunications company will challenge both incumbent City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and Republican/Conservative hopeful Patrick Hurley in separate primary elections in the 26th Council District. Comment.

SE Queens sewer work gets started

Most Springfield Gardens residents say they have been waiting for street and sewer improvements for 30 years, but no one argued when city officials pegged the delay at 50 years last Thursday. Comment.

Drug bust at LeFrak City nets 20 ‘rats’

Twenty alleged “drug rats” who used underground tunnels at Lefrak City to peddle heroin, marijuana, cocaine and guns were charged last week in 13 indictments containing a total of 122 drug-related charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Keep parties on ballot, Marshall advises panel

Queens public officials and civic leaders came out last Thursday against a proposed amendment to the city’s charter that would eliminate partisan primary elections by allowing candidates to run for office without registering their political affiliations. Comment.

Doctors at LIJ treat ticker of artificial heart engineer

When Richard Chang was working on a team of engineers that successfully developed the first permanent artificial heart in 1982, he didn’t think ahead to the possibility that he might one day need medical attention for his own heart. Comment.

Hillcrest High honored for improvement

Hillcrest High School was one of six schools nationwide to receive the prestigious National School Change Award last Thursday. The award recognizes schools that have shown significant improvement within a short period of time. Comment.

LIJ opens Great Neck center for nuerological disorder

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) joined neurologists and patients at a news conference Monday as they opened the doors of Long Island Jewish Hospital’s Chiari Institute in Great Neck. Comment.

Flushing group gets $370K for Korean War memorial

The city has allocated $370,000 to build a monument dedicated to veterans of the Korean War in Flushing’s Kissena Park, a project that community leaders have pushed strongly in recent years. Comment.

Man ignites girlfriend, self on Auburndale street: Cops

A 44-year-old Korean man threw gasoline on his girlfriend next to a Korean church in Auburndale Friday at around 8:13 a.m., then lit her on fire with a lighter before setting himself on fire after pouring gasoline on his body and hugging her, police said. Comment.

Rosedale mosquito pool tests positive for West Nile

The West Nile virus has officially hit Queens this summer with the discovery last week of the virus in a mosquito pool in Brookville Park and the death of an elderly Rosedale man who contracted the virus last year. Comment.

Council committee okays restrictions on facilities

The City Council’s Land Use Committee approved the first major changes to the city’s zoning resolution in more than 40 years Tuesday, a day after several of Queens’ most prominent activists voiced their support for the proposal designed to restrict the growth of community facilities in residential neighborhoods. Comment.

Upscale pizza restaurant to open on Bell Boulevard

Bell Boulevard is set to get — what else? — another pizza restaurant come fall. Comment.

111th Pct. reports jumps in assault, grand larceny

The 111th Precinct recorded its first murder in nearly two years when a suspected madam was found murdered in April in what police believed to be a Little Neck brothel, Police Department statistics for the year to date showed. Comment.

Tractor trailer accident kills truck driver on LIE

An accident involving three tractor trailers and a box truck at 5:24 a.m. last Thursday left one driver dead and delayed traffic on the Long Island Expressway until the afternoon, said police. Comment.

Flushing’s NYHQ unveils breast center on Main St.

Ever since Dr. Karen Karsif joined the team of surgeons at New York Hospital Medical Center Queens in 1999, the hospital has been the largest provider of breast services in the borough. Comment.

Fresh Meadows man, 76, defends jailed ‘girlfriend’

Last week Edgar Hultman, a 76-year-old retired meteorologist living in Fresh Meadows, made a trip to Riker’s Island carrying with him a bra. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

‘A Stoop On Orchard Street’ is oysgetsaychen*

This reviewer is a former resident of Manhattan’s Lower East Side, born and raised less than one block from Orchard Street. So, after learning that the play’s author, Jay Kholos, was a Californian who never lived on the Lower East Side, I was prepared to view this play with a jaundiced eye, more for its authenticity on depicting life on Orchard Street than for purely entertainment purposes. Comment.

Joubert made Totten jump

This past Father’s Day the Bayside Historical Society welcomed the community to the Grand Ballroom of the Officer’s club at Fort Totten for an afternoon performance of exquisitely executed piano arrangements performed by Joseph Joubert. Comment.

A whale of a good time at Museum of Natural History

Giant whales, prehistoric dinosaurs, Aztec chocolate and a large-format film on endangered coral reefs are just some of the highlights a family can experience on a trip into Manhattan’s American Museum of Natural History. Comment.

Attorney takes stand at retrial of man convicted in 1994 St. Albans murder

A defense attorney who represented a man convicted of killing a 32-year-old construction worker in St. Albans in 1994 testified last week he did not know about his client’s potential alibi until the trial had begun. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Money available for cultural programs through Queens Community Arts Fund

The Queens Community Arts Fund offers Queens-based not-for-profit cultural organizations and individual artists the opportunity to apply for funding, to help them pursue their artistic dreams, through a competitive process ensuring the highest quality of arts activities and services in Queens County. Applications for the 2004 Queens Community Arts Fund, outlining complete eligibility requirements, are now available, with an application deadline on Oct. 1. All applicants are now required to attend one workshop prior to application submission, see Web site for complete schedule. Comment.

Sports, community team up for unique Rockaway show

Capturing the essence of sports played in a very special New York City neighborhood by the sea, this art exhibit widens its view to express the universal themes of athletics and to depict the action and excitement of athletes in many different venues. Comment.

Starry Nights: Live jazz at the Rose Center for Earth and Space

Starry Nights, live jazz at the museum’s Rose Center for Earth and Space (formerly the Hayden Planterium), presents some of the world’s greatest jazz musicians in one of the most spectacular settings in New York. Visitors to Starry Nights, which is presented the first Friday of every month, can enjoy tapas and beverages along with the music. Comment.

Editorial: The LaGuardia connection

Despite the fact that $645 million had been set aside to create a rail link between LaGuardia Airport and midtown Manhattan, the MTA says the project is all but dead in the water. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Clean fuel a breath of fresh air for choking masses

Most folks, if they stay in town, enjoy summer. Yeah, some of us hate the heat, but we enjoy driving with our windows down (unless garbed up in suits); we like walking under cool tree-lined streets, a characteristic I particularly enjoy about many streets in Queens. We frolic in parks and at beaches. You get the picture. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: The good old days were filled with brotherly love

I am the second-youngest in a family of eight children and I want to tell you about the second-oldest, my brother Larry. Now, Larry was someone special. He was personable, handsome, charming, funny and possessed a wonderful... Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Eastern Military Academy alumni get royal treatment

On Wednesday, July 9, we attended a fabulous 75th birthday party for Dr. Leopold Hedbavny Jr. at Oheka Castle in Cold Spring Hills. Comment.

Our History: Columnist offers a flight through aerial history

The year 2003 heralds the 100th anniversary of the conquest of the skies and the Wright brothers’ contribution to the aerial age. It is appropriate as a topic, for Long Island has a long and impressive aerospace heritage. Comment.

Teen Talk: First paycheck: Milestone on the road to adulthood

Most have heard the phrase “Money can’t buy happiness.” But not many have heard the response to this statement: “Whoever said that just doesn’t know where to shop.” Comment.

City honors Greater Jamaica for AirTrain station plans

The city has given the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation an Award of Merit for its project to develop a business center around the new AirTrain terminal in downtown Jamaica. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Belmont Park to host crime-prevention event

Now that most, if not all, civic associations are taking their annual two-month holiday, attending National Night Out Against Crime is an important event in which everyone should try to take part. The date is Aug. 5 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at Belmont Park Race Track, gate 5, rain or shine. It is a fun family night out. It is an alcohol-free event and, yes, coolers will be checked. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civic meeting addresses education restructuring

At a recent meeting of the Queens Civic Congress, scores of civic leaders talked with Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott about the restructuring of the education system of New York City. Walcott’s job is to oversee the education system. He has a vested interest in a good education system because he lives in southeast Queens and his children attend local public schools. Comment.

To The Point: Avella takes up civic’s cause in College Point

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

The Plant Doctor: Summer timesaving tips allow gardeners to relax

I love my garden. What I don’t love is spending most of a delightful summer day tending garden chores such as watering, pulling weeds and fighting pests (the six-legged variety). Comment.

Police Blotter: Far Rockaway restaurant employee murdered in attempted robbery

FAR ROCKAWAY — A Chinese restaurant employee was murdered in an attempted robbery of her establishment Friday night, police said. Comment.

Art speaks in Douglaston workshop

Scott Gramlich was looking for perfect audio speaker sound quality. He found it in cornucopias, coffins and gigantic ice-cream sundaes. Comment.

How’s Business?: Attorney fees

In our present age of corporate cost-cutting, a category now under the knife is attorney fees. Law firms have been accustomed to hourly rate charges. It’s difficult for a firm to determine how long a legal assignment took or should take to complete. Another factor to consider with the services of a large law firm is how many attorneys should be assigned to the job. Comment.

Business Calendar

July 24 - poolside party at Courtyard By Marriott at LaGuardia Airport, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The theme this summer us the 60’s and 70’s. $20 members, $30 non members. 718-898-8500. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thurs., Aug. 14 - New York Jets alumni will host the second Annual Golf Outing to benefit the Ronald McDonald House of Long Island at the Brookville Country Club for the “Extensions of Love” capital campaign. The outing will begin at 10:30 a.m. with registration and brunch. A shotgun start in scheduled for noon. Comment.

Meeks decries ‘huge gap’ in House prescription bill

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) told a group of southeast Queens civic leaders Saturday that he opposed two congressional bills aimed at lowering prescription drug costs, calling the legislation flawed. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: No reason to hate all other teams

The now famous — or infamous — words or Rodney King, “Can’t we all just get along?” have been used ad nauseam since the street-racing king of Los Angeles first uttered them more than a decade ago at every possible opportunity. Comment.

Queens’ Davies a hit with Long Island Ducks

Justin Davies loves going to work. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Super-Y? Because it makes sense

It’s not often coaches in competing organizations agree on things. But in the case of the Super Y-League, members of the New York Freedoms, Brooklyn Knights and Blau-Weiss Gottschee are unified. Comment.

Simple goals yield soccer success for Auburndale

The goal of the Auburndale Soccer Club is simple and, according to club President Jimmy Formato, it has nothing to do with trophies or league championships. It is the same goal the club has had since its inception in 1977. Comment.

L’Italiano Trattoria: When good friends make food, delights ensue

The location, the corner of Bell Boulevard and the Horace Harding Expressway, has an amazingly green look about it. The double-door sized opening on Bell permits breezes to flow and dining outside under an umbrella. A gilt "Bayside Gardens" sign planted in a green mall is there over your left shoulder. All of which makes the viewing from your indoor table rather bucolic. Come evening, with more tables set up outdoors, it becomes a sidewalk cafe. Comment.

Queens council members relive City Hall chaos

Queens council members who were in City Hall's council chamber when gunfire erupted Wednesday stood below buzzing helicopters among crowds of reporters after the shooting, recounting their harrowing experience and speaking about their colleague, Councilman James Davis, who was killed. Comment.

City hall of fame planner eyes Woodside

What do architect I. M. Pei, choreographer Alvin Ailey and actor Christopher Reeve have in common? Comment.

16.3M feet of graffiti gone, mayor says in Ridgewood

More than 16 million square feet of graffiti has been removed from public parks, streets and buildings since Mayor Michael Bloomberg launched a graffiti clean-up initiative a year ago, the mayor announced at a news conference near the Brooklyn-Queens border in Ridgewood. Comment.

Brooklyn Knights kept out of playoffs by Cape Cod

SOUTH YARMOUTH, Mass. — The convoluted playoff picture in the Premier Development League’s Northeast Division was about to become much clearer for the Brooklyn Knights following the team’s five-hour bus ride north for the regular season finale Saturday night. Comment.

Maspeth print company marks 75th anniversary

Maspeth Press may print brochures, business cards and banners for such high-profile clients as the Diocese of Brooklyn and Queens, but Fred Strobel, owner and operator of the Grand Avenue shop, still works the front desk, making 20-cent photocopies for longtime customers and friends in the neighborhood. Comment.

Middle Village pays honor to WTC victim with street

Middle Village resident Dianne Signer was a woman who above all else loved her family, relatives said. Comment.

Retired doc returns to Ridgewood

At age 68, most doctors would start referring their patients to younger colleagues, closing their offices and spending more time out on the golf course. Comment.

Business owners in boro hit by new property tax

Eight months after its implementation, business people around the borough see the 18.5 percent property tax increase as a necessary belt-tightening measure even though it has caused them to do more with less and cut donations for services like the Doe Fund street cleaning. Comment.

Love of golf pushes Maguire to succeed

Passionate athletes work around the clock to improve their game, whether they compete on the gridiron or in the boxing ring or, in the case of Martin, on the golf course. Maguire, an 18-year-old resident of Bayside, first discovered his love for golf at the age of 14 and since has pushed himself to excel and dominate at the sport. Comment.

Circus comes to Forest Park, Flushing Meadows

The circus is coming to Forest Park. Comment.

Forest Hills vigil planned for Queens Blvd. victims

Leaders of a Forest Hills activist group plan on holding a vigil at 6 p.m. on July 31 to address the safety of Queens Boulevard following the recent accident that killed two women as they were crossing the boulevard. Comment.

City agencies get new digs at Borough Hall

With the fourth phase of an $18 million renovation of Borough Hall completed, several city agencies, including the departments of Buildings and Transportation, will be moving into new offices below the borough president's office next week. Comment.

Jr. Americans claim NABF regional crown

As he stepped on the field at Kings Park Memorial Park Saturday, Bayside Yankees Junior Americans head coach Joe Kessler had a sense of déjà vu and he didn’t like it one bit. Comment.

Corona man nabbed in Jamaica shooting

Police arrested and charged a Corona man Monday with shooting an immigrant bodega store owner in February during a robbery in Jamaica, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Couple fetes 50th anniversary at Jamaica LIRR station

Fifty-seven years after crossing paths at the Jamaica Long Island Rail Road station, Robert and Joan Newman of Pittsburgh, Pa. returned to the place where a chance encounter set in motion the forces that ultimately led to their 50-year marriage. Comment.

Line of cars stops traffic on Gold Rd.

Some Howard Beach residents living on a side street of Cross Bay Boulevard said that a nearby car wash is preventing them from getting to their houses and creating dangerously wet sidewalk conditions. Comment.

Trucchio son gets jail in Ozone Park gambling plot

The son of a Gambino crime family captain from Howard Beach and his associate were formally sentenced to prison terms Monday for their parts in a gambling scheme that netted $30 million a year, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Art gallery displays paintings by Gotti widow

There among the paintings of elegant ladies both clothed and nude, many of them accompanied by leopards and tigers, is the likeness of a dapper man in a dark suit with a perfectly folded breast pocket handkerchief. Comment.

Ozone Park man on trial for World Trade Ctr. fraud

The trial of a South Richmond Hill man accused of fabricating the death of a child in the World Trade Center attack and then wrongfully taking $190,000 from charities helping families of Sept. 11 victims began last week in Manhattan. Comment.

Summer bus trips for borough youths cancelled

Several summer bus trips designed to get Queens youth to area parks and picnic areas had to be canceled because the city was unable to secure a bus contractor in time, the district manager for Community Board 9 said. Comment.

Midville Dodgers come up short in Northeast Regional

The Dodgers returned from San Diego to enter the National Amateur Baseball Federation Northeast Regional Tournament. Play began last Thursday, against the Long Island Bulls. Andrew Kapela started game one, keeping the Bulls off balance for 3 1/2 innings, during which the game remained scoreless. Comment.

Mourners press for light at Cambria Hts. crossing

Two grief-stricken families joined community leaders Monday in demanding a traffic light at the Cambria Heights intersection where a little girl and a motorcyclist were killed in a collision Saturday night. Comment.

Cambria Hts. crash kills 2 at 121st Ave. intersection

A toddler with a love for fireflies and a motorcycle enthusiast died in a Saturday night crash at a Cambria Heights intersection that some said is in dire need of a traffic light. Comment.

Drug bust at LeFrak City nets 20 ‘rats’

Twenty alleged "drug rats" who used underground tunnels at Lefrak City to peddle heroin, marijuana, cocaine and guns were charged last week in 13 indictments containing a total of 122 drug-related charges, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Jury convicts Jamaica man in retrial for 2002 shooting

A Jamaica man was convicted a second time last week of shooting a 50-year-old bar owner while trying to steal his car, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

St. Albans celbrates history of jazz with festival

Sitting under a tree in St. Albans Park Saturday afternoon, the relatives of three jazz legends patiently waited to hear the music they loved. Comment.

St. John’s players sizzling during summer play

If their play during the summer is any indication, the 2004 season will be much better for members of the St. John’s baseball team. Comment.

Bone marrow drive at pow wow for Astoria toddler with disease

Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) is urging Queens residents to take a simple blood test to determine if their bone marrow could save the life of a 2-year-old Astoria boy stricken with a rare blood disease. Comment.

Flushing’s NYHQ unveils breast center on Main St.

Ever since Dr. Karen Karsif joined the team of surgeons at New York Hospital Medical Center Queens in 1999, the hospital has been the largest provider of breast services in the borough. Comment.

Fire in Bayside apartments leaves four units destroyed

A three-alarm fire raced through four apartments in the Windsor Oaks apartment complex in Bayside last week, destroying victims' cherished memorabilia and leaving nine people homeless. Comment.

Our Lady of Hope wins Diocesan championship

Thomas Cloonen provided leadership, going the distance with 12 strikeouts, pitching a gutsy game against the hot-hitting Flushing team. Cloonen was all business, never faltering and leading this team to victory while celebrating his 12th birthday. Comment.

Boro students lukewarm over summer school

Students at John Adams High School in Ozone Park had mixed reviews of this year’s summer school program, coordinated by the city Department of Education. Comment.

TimesLedger Newspapers captures 9 national honors

The TimesLedger Newspapers won nine awards in the National Newspaper Association’s 2003 Better Newspaper Contest last week, drawing praise from judges in a competition against weekly and national newspapers from across the nation. Comment.

Borough veterans honored with medals in St. Albans

About 35 veterans from around Queens were presented with state medals and awards owed to them for their service in military conflicts going back to World War II at a ceremony at the St. Albans Veterans Hospital last Thursday. Comment.

Wednesday, July 23, 2003

Political rival kills councilman in City Hall

Brooklyn Councilman James Davis was killed Wednesday afternoon by one of the political hopefuls vying for his seat when gunshots rang out from the balcony of the City Council chambers in City Hall in a shoot-out that ended in the gunman's death, police said. Comment.

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