Thursday, July 31, 2003

Bulldogs plays the best of the best in tourney

The Dogs arrived in Jersey Wednesday night for a pizza party and checked into their hotel rooms in preparation for the big... Comment.

Driver charged with killing 10-year-old Astoria cyclist

More than three months after Emmanuel Kanios allegedly struck and killed a 10-year-old boy with his SUV on Ditmars Boulevard, a grand jury has indicted the Jackson Heights resident on charges of manslaughter and criminally negligent homicide, the district attorney’s office said Wednesday. Comment.

National labor board to hear QSAC union woes

The rancorous labor dispute between a Queens mental health provider and a major health-professionals union intensified earlier this month when the National Labor Relations Board agreed to hear charges that the organization intimidated and harassed workers who were active in a unionization drive. Comment.

Blaze destroys apartment at Queensbridge Houses

The children’s mother, 28-year-old Monique Davis, was... Comment.

Third trial in murder of Astoria couple set to start

Abel Rosas, 36, of 47-16 Greenpoint Ave., faces two counts of first-... Comment.

Ridgewood man sentenced to 13 years in jail for stab

During the two-day sentencing hearing in State Supreme Court in... Comment.

Salvation Army minister gets ready to rock

The 53-year-old Salvation Army minister has been playing guitar for 35 years, and he showed off his chops Friday night at the opening night for Jam for the Lamb, a Christian coffeehouse... Comment.

Queens’ tight rental market brings heartbreak to HIV/AIDS sufferers

Nilsa Ramos, a.k.a. “Cookie,” 47, has been HIV-positive for 20 years. Comment.

Wooden Sept 11th tribute displayed in Maspeth bank

What the Key Largo resident did, however, was unique,... Comment.

Howard Beach Fishermen Losing Sight of Catch

Fishermen perched along the Joe Addabbo Bridge in Howard Beach do not know whether to blame the building of a new bridge across Jamaica Bay, unseasonably cold weather, the relentless rain that fell on Queens in June or just plain old bad luck for this season’s poor catch. Comment.

Breezy Pt. mom accused in bias attack on girl, 12

A white Breezy Point mother was arrested Saturday on charges that she allegedly hit a 12-year-old Hispanic child on the legs with a wagon after yelling racial slurs at the girl and her mother in what the Queens district attorney characterized as a hate crime. Comment.

Corona man threatened Monserrate’s life: Brown

A Corona man who was volunteering to help a political opponent of Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) was charged Monday with threatening the lives of Monserrate, two of the councilman’s aides and the president of a Corona-based political group, the district attorney said. Comment.

Alleged sex predator stung in Forest Hills McDonald’s

A Long Island man was arrested at a McDonald’s Restaurant in Forest Hills last week for allegedly seeking sex from an undercover officer whom he had contacted through the Internet and believed was a 13-year-old girl, Queens County District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Woodhaven, boro mourn loss of Frederick Schmidt

The State Supreme Court judge and former assemblyman from Woodhaven made frequent trips back from Albany to attend special family events in Queens.... Comment.

Bangladesh van accident claims two of Alam’s kin

After suffering the loss of his mother and third oldest brother, who died in a van crash eight weeks ago while traveling to the capital of Bangladesh, community leader Morshed Alam planned to pick up his second oldest brother, nephew and niece from the airport this week. Comment.

Corona man charged in death of toddler

Omar Arias was found hanging from a shower curtain rod in the Crown Motor Inn at 74-01 Queens Blvd. at about 1:30 a.m. after... Comment.

State-of-art fence built at LIRR site

The fencing, installed in May, was part of a deal brokered by... Comment.

Death penalty set in Ozone Park scheme

The pair is accused of insuring their Guyanese... Comment.

Borough politicians mourn slain Brooklyn councilman

Bearing prayer cards and “Love Yourself, Stop the Violence” pamphlets, hundreds attended the funeral for slain Councilman James Davis in Brooklyn Tuesday, where he was remembered as an outspoken advocate of non-violence who lived life fearlessly and lit up rooms with his enthusiasm. Comment.

Feds skip boro in treating trees against Asian beetles

Efforts to immunize trees against the Asian Longhorned beetle are being concentrated in Manhattan and Long Island this year, with no inoculations against the tree-killing pest scheduled for Queens, U.S. Department of Agriculture officials said this week. Comment.

Leffler fraud trial to open in fall after 4 counts nixed

Leffler is accused of getting notorious southeast Queens real estate... Comment.

Jamaica man found guilty of biting court officer’s ear

Gaeton Remy, 31, of 16-15 Hyland Ave., was found guilty of... Comment.

Rosedale man charged with robbing 11 banks

Curtis Barthrop, 46, of 227-17 145th Ave. in Rosedale made off... Comment.

City nixes West Nile spraying for southeast Queens

The city Health Department announced last week that West Nile virus has been discovered in two new locations in Queens, just days before City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) held an emergency town hall meeting in Rosedale to discuss the outbreak. Comment.

Flushing basketballer remembered on birthday

Wearing a T-shirt with a photograph of... Comment.

Recent grad to challenge Weprin for council post

William Horowitz, who graduated from St. John’s University last... Comment.

A Celebration of Native Heritage

As he stood behind a counter Saturday sewing a baby moccasin made out of deer skin, Gabriel Rodriguez of Mexico said it was hard to believe there is a place in New York City like the Queens County Farm Museum during its annual American Indian powwow festival. Comment.

Adrien Brody pal among Iraq troops back at Totten receive warm welcome home

Thomas Zarobinski Jr., who received a special wish for a safe... Comment.

City appoints Parks rep for NE Queens outreach

Janice Melnick, a Floral Park resident, is the newly appointed... Comment.

Little Neck neighbors saw beginnings of diet empire

She started a support group out of her home in Deepdale Gardens, and the word got out. Her friends... Comment.

Residents protest Jetro truck noise

His sleeplessness is not due to stress at work or bad dreams, but from hearing the engines of 18-wheelers, destined... Comment.

Sharing data key to West Nile fight, Flushing doc says

Asnis, chief of infectious disease at Flushing Hospital Medical Center, was the first health-care professional to identify a case... Comment.

A Whitestone political institution: 90-year-old Al Cahn

Like others who donate their time to the candidates, Cahn is convinced that the... Comment.

Jay Liu knocked off ballot in race to unseat John Liu

The city Board of Elections disqualified Flushing City Council hopeful Jay C. Liu from the ballot Monday, saying he cannot run against Democratic incumbent John C. Liu... Comment.

Bay Terrace street named for famed WWII division

A small crowd of elderly 100th Infantry Division World War II veterans gathered at the corner of Bell Boulevard and 212th Street in Bayside Saturday, socializing with each other as they waited for the unveiling of a new street sign named in their honor. Comment.

One hurt in crash at spot Baysiders call dangerous

Firefighters using the jaws of life extracted a woman from a green Nissan Infiniti that had... Comment.

Bayside sanitation worker assaulted stepson: Brown

Gerald Cammisa, 47, was arraigned July 22 at Queens Criminal Court in Kew Gardens on... Comment.

Report blasts boro bishop for not stopping sex abuse

A report by the Massachusetts attorney general harshly criticized the head of the borough’s Catholic churches, claiming the bishop did not do enough to prevent the sexual abuse of children in his eight years in the No. 2 spot at the Archdiocese of Boston. Comment.

Big screen films go back to where they belong

Over the years, films changed from square flickering black and white images on a hastily hung screen to widescreen... Comment.

African’s work stunning addition to Flushing library

Artist Ibiyinka Olufemi Alao, whose lecture-demonstration-exhibit “Open My Eyes,” took place at the International Resource Center at the Flushing Library Saturday, was dressed mostly in white that afternoon. Above his black slacks he wore a sparkling white double-breasted suit, a white shirt and a spotless silver tie. Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

City Park Foundation offers teachers ‘green’ class lessons

The City Parks Foundation will hold a professional development program, “Greening Your Lessons: A Summer Institute for... Comment.

Day Tripping Out Of Queens

The grand tour, a comprehensive three-hour experience, provides visitors with a sweeping view of the estate, and includes all of the best features of Kykuit’s house & inner garden tour and gardens & sculpture tour. And, for the first time, it gives visitors access to the second floor of the house. Comment.

Ayers to take stage to help kick off JAMS 2003

For a true musician, the road never ends. Comment.

Jazz legend Clark Terry to join All-Stars at JAMS

Upon his discharge he found work with Lionel Hampton’s band and rounded out the 40s playing with bands led by Charlie Barnet, Eddie “Cleanhead” Vinson, Charlie Ventura, and George Hudson. Clark worked with Count Basie’s big band and small groups from 1948 through 1951. Comment.

Matos, All-Stars’ jazz will get JAMS jumping

Bronx born and New York City raised, Matos assimilated much of the rich culture that thrives here. Fascinated by Afro-Cuban drumming and dancing, he was also inundated by the jazz and rhythm & blues that have always been a part of the New York scene. By the time he was in high school he was performing, singing, dancing, and drumming as often as he could. Comment.

Jazz’s best gather to honor Townsend at JAMS

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Cunningham is a highly acclaimed bassist, composer, bandleader, and publisher. He began playing the piano at age 7, but discovered his true love, the bass, at age 12. Since then, he has traveled to many... Comment.

City union meets in Queens to discuss budget

DC 37, which represents more than... Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Kew Gardens poet culls art from life lessons

Queens poet Juanita Torrance-Thompson broke her wrist around Memorial Day weekend. Still, she didn’t cut her commitments and at one reading showed up with a long white glove on her hand. Comment.

Get your spikes ready for Rockaway volleyball

Held Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9 and Aug. 10, the Queens preliminaries will be held at Beach 86 on Rockaway Beach from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Aug. 9. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Culture of secrecy’

In a stunning report released last week, the Massachusetts attorney general documented the role that the high-ranking officials of the Roman Catholic Church played in the sexual abuse of what was likely more than 1,000 children. At the time this abuse was going on, Brooklyn Bishop Thomas Daily was the second ranking administrator in the Archdiocese of Boston. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: City must redirect funds to address housing issues

A funny thing happened at a breakfast that my congressman, Greg Meeks (D-St. Albans), hosted for civic leaders who lived in his 6th Congressional District. Ruth Bryan, a civic leader from Southeast Queens Concerned Neighbors who also is active in the Queens Civic Congress, raised concerns that developers plan hotels that do not end up serving visitors and tourists, due to her community’s proximity to JFK Airport. Instead, they end up being congregate housing — shelters — for homeless individuals and families. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: All work, no holidays makes August a dull month

She said: “It will be good to get away.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Chamber of Commerce’s day at the races proves fruitful

From Dee Richard’s believe-it-or-not file — or perhaps truth is stranger than fiction might be more apropos — try this one on for size. State Sen. Serf Maltese is the Republican chair of Queens County, but Serf is endorsing Democrat Ann Seminerio-Culley (Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio’s daughter) for Civil Court Judge District 3; however, longtime Republican Joe Kaspar is also running for judge again, apparently without the Republican chair’s endorsement. Comment.

Editorial: Judging the judges

In a letter to the editor that appeared in last week’s edition, Linda Fedrizzi, the president of the Queens County Bar Association, asks the TimesLedger to “portray our judiciary in a fair and favorable light.” She adds that our editorials have served “to undermine the confidence our citizens have in the judicial process.” Comment.

To The Point: Illegal immigrants’ perilous journey remembered

Quite a few of them jumped into the sea from the... Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Borough should emulate nearby counties’ example

The recent Anniversary Issue of the TimesLedger Newspapers was very interesting to me, especially the descriptions of the different Indian tribes after which many communities were named. Another plus was the notation that Queens and Brooklyn are really part of Long Island. Comment.

Dragons gear up for Flushing Meadows race

Chinese drumbeats flared and bright red ribbons twirled in an HSBC bank conference room in Manhattan Monday as organizers said this year’s annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival will have more than 100 boats manned by 20 crew members each in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Court decision will assist underfunded city schools

In 1993 a group of parents and pro-school advocates created the Campaign for Fiscal Equity and filed suit to obtain more money for the New York City schools from New York state. Their contention was that the state formula that allocated money for the schools throughout the state was unequal. Comment.

To The Point: Poppenhusen Institute to hold zoning meeting

Long Island Blood Services is having a blood drive at the Bank of New York in College Point at 132-07 14th Ave. on Monday, Aug. 18, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Jayne Wadhawan at 718-746-0330. Comment.

Police Blotter: Bayside woman found dead at her apartment

Officers responded to a report of a foul odor emanating from an apartment in the Bayside luxury high-rise around 3 p.m., said Officer Anthony... Comment.

Queens woman lends a healing hand

But that idea does not reflect all the benefits of the practice, said Whitestone masseuse Carmela Egitto. Comment.

How’s Business?: Loan-seekers, beware

I wrote a column on interest rates sometime back detailing the danger of rates going too high or too low. I stated that money is a commodity really no different from bananas, oil or coffee. Any commodity that drops too low in price risks the danger of negativity. Comment.

Business Calendar

August 7 - Dale Carnegie Training Course, 6:15-8: 15 p.m., Sheton LaGuardia East, 135-20 39 Ave., Flushing. 516-496-9097. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 18-65 211 St., Coop, $175,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Comment.

Bayside’s Chronis a soccer star in the making

Then Chronis’ family moved from Whitestone to Bayside and he became neighbors with one of the club’s coaches, Rob... Comment.

New rules restrict College Point fishers

New federal rules outlining what boaters can and cannot do in the waters around Queens have placed restrictions on where Baysiders sail, in what areas people from College Point fish and how Howard Beach boat owners navigate around potential terrorist targets such as Kennedy Airport. Comment.

A truly Cosmopolitan league: CJSL marks 70th anniversary

Today, 70 years after its humble beginnings as an offshoot of the hugely successful adult Cosmopolitan Soccer League, the CJSL proudly... Comment.

Bayside 12s fall in bid for state L.L. crown

The boys, coaches and families trekked... Comment.

New York Freedoms lock up playoff berth

After running himself ragged between coaching the Under-16 Albertson Red Storm Clash in the United States Youth Soccer Association nationals in Maryland and a pair of critical New York Freedoms games in New England this weekend, David Price wasn’t exactly sure where he was on Monday. Comment.

Midville Dodgers freshmen win three straight

The Dodgers took no chances and pitched their ace Anthony Velazquez, a die-hard player who would pitch every day if given the opportunity. Velazquez pitched a great game, going the distance and striking out five while allowing only three runs on four hits. Comment.

Flushing-based soccer club falls in national finals

The games were played at the Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee, Wisc. from July 17 through July 20. In the... Comment.

Cardinals set to soar at California tourney

The Cardinals are red hot at the right time, sporting an overall record of 36-11-1, a prestigious New York Liberty Tournament Championship, the 2003 Elite league title, a .291 team batting average and a 2.44 team ERA. Comment.

CK’s Claxton signs contract with Golden State Warriors

Claxton, who had been a backup with the NBA champion San Antonio Spurs, was signed to help the Warriors replace... Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers hammer Valley Stream Blackhawks, 7-0

Last Thursday the Wanderers beat the Valley Stream Blackhawks, 7-0. Vincent Florido (4 innings), Mike Lowrey (1 inning) and Greg Polkowski (1... Comment.

Day of ‘armed’ combat slated at Rockaway Beach

Weigh-in and registration begins at 11 a.m. and start time is 1 p.m. Free admission and entry will be provided for everyone thanks to the proud sponsor, White Castle Hamburgers. Comment.

DAC Marino Bros. Yankees claim championship, 9-6

Contributing to the win was timely hitting by Gina LoRiggio, Jillian Secada, Alana Laskin and Keren Barach. Helping with some great defensive plays were Katherine Powers, Rachel Ferreira, Kayla Laskin, Joy Hallmark, Dani Yaron and Farhyne Kushner. It was a nail-biting game, with the Mid-Queens Fresh Meadows team putting up a fight until the very end. Comment.

School’s end puts strain on boro food pantries

A group of fourth-graders at PS 151 in Astoria have shown that the youngest people often have the most compassion and resiliency in helping others deal with staggering hunger. Comment.

Boro to mark national night out against crime

This night should prove to be an enjoyable and effective way to promote neighborhood spirit, increase awareness and strengthen Police community relations. Visitors can see the Mounted, Canine, Emergency Service and... Comment.

JetBlue unveils new route from Atlanta to Oakland

JetBlue said it would also increase service from Fort Lauderdale,... Comment.

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