Friday, Aug. 15, 2003

Maguro: Maguro’s style reminiscent of Asian farmhouses

Heading east on Old Northern Boulevard (25A) where it meets Northern Boulevard (25), you'll see a trio of black and white striped umbrellas shading wrought iron tables. Look again and you'll notice the sign reading "Maguro." Comment.

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Thursday, Aug. 14, 2003

Late Bellerose civic leader honored with green space

Nearly six years after his death, Frank LoCicero, a longtime civic leader in Bellerose who fought against the establishment of a sanitation garage at the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, was honored Monday by having a triangle island in Bellerose named after him. Comments (1).

‘Filthy’ shop on Hillside draws fury

In an ongoing struggle between Bellerose residents and Hillside Avenue businesses and developers, neighbors living near the Subzi Mandi supermarket at 249-12 Hillside Ave. have filed complaints against the store, which they say produces excessive noise and garbage and attracts vermin. Comment.

Liu courts disabled voters at Jamaica election forum

Central and southwest Queens political candidates addressed rights for the disabled last Thursday at a forum sponsored by the 504 Democratic Club, a citywide organization of Democrats with disabilities as well as their family and friends. Comment.

Dragons Swoop Down on Meadow Lake

The day of races was almost complete when disaster struck the MaYi Theater Company’s dragon boat. Comment.

Man could face death in murders

A Virginia man who allegedly stabbed his ex-girlfriend and her younger daughter to death and wounded the woman's older daughter and husband in Fresh Meadows and Elmhurst in January was indicted last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Liu courts disabled voters at Jamaica election forum

Central and southwest Queens political candidates addressed rights for the disabled last Thursday at a forum sponsored by the 504 Democratic Club, a citywide organization of Democrats with disabilities as well as their family and friends. Comment.

Flushing street renamed for Auburndale man killed on Sept. 11

In his travels around the world, Auburndale's Arthur Warren Scullin could not help but express pride in his native New York City. Comment.

Liu gives landlords chance to prevent BID in Flushing

Downtown Flushing property owners against the proposed Business Improvement District have one last chance to stop the plan, Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said last week. Comment.

Philly takes top honors in race on Flushing lake

Philadelphia Men’s Dragon Boat Team, the defending champion of the borough’s Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival, took the race again this year, easily beating DCH Open and Gum Fung Restaurant to win the 500-meter US Open Championship. The Philadelphians won by a margin of nearly five seconds with a time of 2:24:61. Comment.

Stinky sludge cleaned from Flushing subway station

Transit workers tackled a dirty job this week, cleaning up standing water and sludge that was causing a stink on the tracks of the No. 7 train at the Flushing Main Street station. Comment.

A Connection is Made: College Pt. man finds brother, father at 42

On what had been another ordinary day in January 2001, Guy Nassiff returned home to College Point from his job at Lehman Brothers in Lower Manhattan, expecting to eat a home-cooked meal, watch television and get a good night's sleep. Comment.

New zoning sought for College Point

With the construction of condominiums on the waterfront and the destruction of historic homes throughout the neighborhood, College Point needs new zoning that more properly reflects its character, a local preservationist said Tuesday. Comment.

Flushing Rotary pitches in to repair Iraqi baby’s heart

Karam Alobadi acts like a typical healthy 11-month-old: He wriggles in his mother's arms as he tries to grab anything his tiny fist can hold, taking in the world with huge brown eyes and the very beginnings of a toothy smile. Comment.

Doug Hill historic district fetes 150th year

Douglaston Hill, the picturesque neighborhood that features lovingly preserved historic homes, is celebrating its 150th year as one of New York City's first "garden suburbs." Comment.

Borough pols slam Pataki for axing $500M measure

Saying the state of New York had essentially abandoned the city of New York, members of the city council delegation from Queens blasted the governor Monday for blocking $500 million in debt relief that helped the city climb out of its $3.8 billion budget deficit. Comment.

Flushing street renamed for Woodside native killed on Sept. 11

"Wherever he traveled, no matter where he was, he would say he was from the city," said his wife, Catherine. "People would ask him, 'What do you mean?' And he would say, 'The city. There's only one city.'" Comment.

Whoopi Goldberg series to start shooting in boro

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and actress Whoopi Goldberg were all smiles last week as they announced the start of production in Astoria for a new comedy series featuring the New York-born star. Comment.

Port Authority puts more water patrols around JFK

The Port Authority has put in place interim security patrols in the waters around Kennedy Airport following a weekend incident in which three youths docked their inflatable raft on a runway’s edge and wandered for an hour in restricted areas. Comment.

Rosedale man gets 22 years in livery rape

A Rosedale man was sentenced to 22 years in prison last week for sodomizing and robbing a livery cab driver at gunpoint on Easter 2002, the Queens District Attorney said. Comments (1).

Landlord murdered tenant in Springfield Gdns.: Judge

A former Springfield Gardens landlord was found guilty after a non-jury trial last week of the 1999 shooting of a tenant during a rent dispute, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Collapsed deck in Bayside claims life of one woman

The collapse of a wooden deck during a birthday party in Bayside Saturday night killed one woman and injured three others, prompting the Buildings Department to blanket the area with inspectors to check the safety of decks that may have been built by the same contractor. Comment.

City sprays NE Queens for West Nile virus

After a rain delay last week, the city Health Department sent out its trucks Monday and Tuesday night to conduct ground-based spraying against the West Nile virus all over northeast Queens. Comment.

Sewer workers to remove dirt, rock from 207 St. lot

A group of Bayside neighbors who complained about a mess on their street from a nearby sewer project will see some relief now that the contractor is no longer allowed to use a piece of vacant parkland on their block as a dirt processing site. Comment.

Oakland Gds. man dies in Grand Central car crash crash

Two men from opposite ends of Queens lost their lives Friday morning in a car crash on a rain-slicked stretch of parkway near the borough’s center. Comment.

Boro pol fights to keep high learning standards

A state assemblywoman from Queens is fighting to keep city education standards high despite a push by statewide groups to lower them so the state can spend less money educating students. Comment.

Hollis Hills teen wins national essay contest

Eleventh grader Rachel Trager of Hollis Hills has always thought about what it means to be Jewish, so when a national Jewish foundation asked students to submit essays about what it is that binds all Jews together, it only took her about half an hour to write the essay, she said. Comment.

WTC site more patriotic thanks to Glen Oaks man

A Glen Oaks carpenter with a passion for the Stars and Stripes plans to have his collection of dozens of American flags flown over Ground Zero in Times Square on Sept. 11. Comment.

Hillside Ave. juice bar offers a toast to your health

The man nodded and Grimsley, owner of the shop on Hillside Avenue, went about cutting up fruits, juicing vegetables and adding nutritional supplements. But... Comment.

How’s Business?: Taxing times

The two hot topics we’ve always been advised to avoid are religion and politics. But did you know the third? It’s taxes! Comment.

Business Calendar

August 21- Business Card Exchange – Atria Kew Gardens Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 209-39 23 Ave., Coop Hi-Rise, $259,000, Bed 3, Bath 2 Comment.

Editorial: The future of Aqueduct

Gov. Pataki’s plan to install 4,500 video slot machines at Aqueduct race has been put on hold. MGM Mirage, a key player in this project, is getting cold feet because the New York Racing Association is facing a criminal probe. Comment.

Editorial: The big chill

Tom Manton and the Queens Democratic Machine are to democracy what Hugh Hefner and Playboy are to chastity. The boss and his powerful machine have held onto power in Queens by making certain that no one gets elected in Queens without their blessing. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Closing of unused city jails would save millions

Last month, some news articles explored the national growth in prison. This phenomenon, fortunately, has bypassed our state and city, where jail populations have steadily declined. Comment.

Borough, city will indict rape suspects with DNA

Authorities announced plans last week to review hundreds of the city’s unsolved rape cases and file indictments against unapprehended sex offenders, based only on their DNA, in order to circumvent the statute of limitations. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Stolen license plates spell headaches for Giants fan

Everything in football has become so specialized. Now when the Giants travel, they take two priests with them — the defensive chaplain and the offensive chaplain. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Jamaica Rotary donates horse to police unit

On July 30 the Jamaica Rotary had its second annual luncheon at Sarabella’s Restaurant in Forest Hills. Last year the rotary held its first special luncheon at which it presented the New York City Mounted Police Unit with two horses, “Woody” and “Jonathan.” They were both assigned to male police officers. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing an ‘underdeveloped nation’ in NYC

It’s a shame that Flushing has to rely on just a few volunteers to pick up litter on its sidewalks and streets. To keep the town clean is an impossible mission without the support of businesses and shoppers. Volunteerism only makes a ripple. I hope the business improvement district plan will soon sail through the City Council and be put into practice. Comment.

Teen Talk: Former relationships add color to the mural of life

I think it’s pretty amazing how so many people enter and leave our lives throughout the course of time, even the relatively short time of our childhood. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Free Family Day event comes to Liberty Park

It’s hard to believe that 2003 is racing away from us. I always like to plan ahead, but August crept up and is already being pushed by September. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Behavior changes vital to keeping streets safe

Two fine young ladies were just killed on Queens Boulevard. Their deaths had nothing to do with things they did. They crossed part way and were waiting on the median when a Subaru Forester ran a red light, according to police, and hit a BMW SUV that flipped into the air, turned over and landed on the two young women. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man charged with DWI after fatal accident in Hollis

HOLLIS — A Queens man was arrested on charges of driving while intoxicated after he was involved in a fatal accident, police said. Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Jazz piano master Brubeck plays for ‘Friends’

The Dave Brubeck Quartet were all smiles as they shared their love of jazz. Comment.

‘Garden of the Furure’ as designed by a kid’s mind

Trees, bees and flowers of all shapes and sizes were among the most common requests that kids at the Queens Botanical Garden had for the new Children’s Garden, which will be completed in 2006 as part of QBG’s master plan to renovate and revitalize its grounds. Comment.

Queens Episcopalians support homosexual bishop

Leaders of several Queens Episcopal churches said Tuesday that they supported the decision of bishops at the recent national Episcopal General Convention to confirm Rev. Gene Robinson of New Hampshire as the nation’s first openly gay bishop. Comment.

Famous faces take the stage for Friends of the Arts

The annual three-day Washington Mutual Jazz Festival produced by the Friends Of The Arts in Oyster Bay concluded its seasonal run last weekend with the dynamic, swinging vocal and piano styling of the reigning queen of jazz, Diane Schuur, and the contemporary jazz quartet, The Yellow Jackets. Comment.

Earnest ‘Flute’ played at Flushing Town Hall

Saturday night’s performance of The Magic Flute by the Asian-American Opera Society at Flushing Town Hall was an earnest, if not magical, endeavor. Comment.

Mayfair of Great Neck hosts two local authors

Bucalo is the publisher and creator of the recently released “Ultimate Book of Great Neck,” which is a celebration of Great Neck past and present. Hidden histories of the Gold Coast peninsula, photo montages of celebrity homes and historical images fill the 248 pages along with practical information on Great Neck’s nine villages including the local arts scene. Comment.

The wizard of Nas: Nas creates high minded street-hop with a message

Spirituality and rap music may seem about as contradictory as a warm hug and a gunshot to the chest — but not to Nas. In fact, Nas has been mixing beauty with brutality since he began his career in the early ’90s. Not that he’s turned religious — don’t make us laugh — it’s just that Nas has matured over the past few years, and on his latest CD, “God’s Son,” ethereal matters have seeped into his music. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Songs and costumes of Colonial times in Flushing

Free, off-street parking is available near the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Parsons Boulevard in the Temple Gates of Prayer parking lot. Comment.

The best 18 golf holes in Queens: A Special Report

Selecting the best 18 holes in Queens required hours of exhaustive research on the four public golf courses in the borough: the Clearview Golf Course, the Douglaston Golf Club, the Forest Park Golf Course and the Kissena Park Golf Course. Without playing favorites, the result is a Par 71, 6,472-yard golf course with a little something for everyone. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Stock cars in Queens? Why not?

A story published in the TimesLedger last week said rumors about the future of the Aqueduct Race Track may in fact turn out to be true, that the world’s fastest sport, stock car racing, might find a home in Queens. Comment.

NYC Heat scorches summer foes

The New York City Heat’s girls’ basketball AAU team proved it can compete at the national level by going 12-2 during the month of July. Comment.

Queens activists demand abolition of nuclear arms

When the United States dropped two nuclear weapons on Japan on Aug. 6, 1945, bringing an end to World War II, Bill Hagel, like many U.S. soldiers, celebrated. Comment.

Local kids come up big at summer hoop tournaments

Mike Marin from St. Francis Prep High School and Ryan Eisner from Bayside High School took on lead roles to lift the team to the championship games. Comment.

College Point ‘A’ team takes first in final summer series race

A team consisting of three members had to enter the competition. The two other races during the summer were two individual 5K events. Comment.

Cardinals land in top 8 at USABF World Series

“I would figure that we were playing flawless baseball, the planets were aligned, Elvis was in the building and this would be our year for a championship,” said Millman, whose Cardinals lost, 5-3, to eventual USABF champion Firestone Rangers in a season finale Friday in San Diego. Comment.

Little Neck-Douglaston Youth Club: Keeping it simple

It’s not the biggest or most successful club in Queens, but the soccer program in the Little Neck-Douglaston Youth Club has found its niche: providing an organization for soccer players of all ages and skill levels. Comment.

Red Storm lacrosse to join ECAC league

The Red Storm announced the addition of men’s lacrosse in December 2002 and named Rick Sowell head coach on July 9. Comment.

LIC fire response times improved: FDNY report

Fire Department units responding to emergencies in Long Island City actually arrived on scene faster in the two months since Engine Co. 261 was closed than during the same two months in 2002 when it was operating, department statistics released last Thursday show. Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers take two-of-three from L.I. Gold

On Saturday, the two teams split a doubleheader. The Gold took the opener, 8-7, and then the Wanderers responded with a 22-11 win in the nightcap. Moreno shined in both ends of the doubleheader by going a perfect 7-for-7 with an astounding six home runs and 14 RBIs on the day. Mike Georgeou went deep twice, while Kevin Brown hit one out of the yard as well. Chris Cacioppo and Giancarlo Santillo each had three hits on the day. Comment.

Street renamed for Woodside native killed on Sept. 11

In his travels around the world, Auburndale's Arthur Warren Scullin could not help but express pride in his native New York City. Comment.

Crowley demands share of federal beetle-fighting funds

Two borough congressman warned that the Asian Longhorned beetle could devastate the Queens economy and significantly diminish tree growth if the federal government does not come through with $46 million to combat the bug infestation. Comment.

Jury weighs evidence in Astoria double murder

A jury of seven women and five men began deliberations Tuesday in the third murder trial of a Long Island City man accused of shooting a Lithuanian couple as they slept in their Astoria bedroom in 1997. Comment.

Spiritual marathoner ends 2-month Jamaica Hills run

Trishul Cherns has been around the block. Comment.

Soldier killed in Iraq war laid to rest in Ridgewood

Growing up in Ridgewood, Spec. Wilfredo Perez Jr. enjoyed playing handball in the local parks with his neighborhood friends. Even after he moved to Norwalk, Conn., in the early 1990s, he often returned to those streets to play a game, friends and relatives said. Comment.

Weiner demands share of federal beetle-fighting funds

Two borough congressman warned that the Asian Longhorned beetle could devastate the Queens economy and significantly diminish tree growth if the federal government does not come through with $46 million to combat the bug infestation. Comment.

Ozone Park man convicted of bilking Sept. 11 charities

A jury convicted an Ozone Park man last Thursday of fabricating the death of a non-existent child in the World Trade Center attack and then wrongfully taking $190,000 from charities helping families of Sept. 11 victims, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan DA said. Comment.

Queens Alliance registering baseball teams

Slot machines installation suspended pending probe

The installation of 4,500 video slot machines at Aqueduct Race Track in Ozone Park was put on hold last Thursday after private investors got cold feet about a federal criminal probe examining employee activities at all three state-owned horse racing facilities, a spokesman for the state attorney general said. Comment.

Port Authority to beef up security around water at JFK

The Port Authority has put in place interim security patrols in the waters around Kennedy Airport following a weekend incident in which three youths docked their inflatable raft on a runway's edge and wandered for an hour in restricted areas. Comment.

Pols court disabled voters at Jamaica meet

Central and southwest Queens political candidates addressed rights for the disabled last Thursday at a forum sponsored by the 504 Democratic Club, a citywide organization of Democrats with disabilities as well as their family and friends. Comment.

Astoria man killed in Grand Central Parkway crash crashborough men

Two men from opposite ends of Queens lost their lives Friday morning in a car crash on a rain-slicked stretch of parkway near the borough's center. Comment.

Jogger sexually assaulted exercising in Forest Park

A 39-year-old woman who was jogging in Forest Park in the vicinity of Freedom Drive at around 8:30 p.m. Saturday was sexually assaulted by a man who fled the scene after she fought him off, said police. Comment.

Queens DA launches probe in alleged brutality arrests

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown has begun an investigation into allegations of police brutality on a Laurelton street corner when 15 men and women were arrested in June, a spokesman for his office said. Comment.

Astoria Clippers offer free baseball clinic

Suit filed for wrongful conviction in Richmond Hill slay

The lawyer for a Brooklyn man wrongly convicted of a 1985 murder in Richmond Hill said his client is seeking $50 million in damages against the state for having spent 17 years in jail for a crime he did not commit. Comment.

Man sentenced for biting girlfriend’s ear off in Feb

A South Ozone Park man who pleaded guilty to assaulting his girlfriend and biting off a portion of her ear was sentenced last week to 11 1/2 years in prison in State Supreme Court, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

JetBlue begins construction of new hangar at JFK

Forest Hills-based JetBlue Airways broke ground Friday on a new maintenance hangar and technical support building that together will total 102,000 square feet of new construction at Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Queens Snowflake league signing up teams

A 6 to 12 foot arc pitch league with playoffs and trophies, the Queens Snowflake Softball League will play doubleheaders on Sundays beginning Sept. 14. Comment.

City guts Jamaica firehouse in battle against large rats

Three firefighting units were moved from their Jamaica firehouse last week after losing a battle with large rats that had infested the building, Fire Department officials said. Comment.

Hollis teen does not face prison after shooting bro

A Hollis teen who said he accidentally shot and killed his brother while they were playing with a gun they found has been determined to be a youthful offender and will not face jail time in the shooting, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Traffic light slated for Cambria Heights intersection

The city has agreed to install a traffic light at the Cambria Heights intersection where a toddler and a motorcyclist were killed last month, officials said Tuesday. Comment.

Sony, Simmons to sponsor music production program

When Randy Fisher worked out of a Liberty Avenue recording studio in Jamaica, he got tired of seeing teenagers and young people using the negative images in hip-hop as an excuse to deal drugs or live out the personas created by their favorite rappers. Comment.

Lane closures on Northern planned for drainage work

How slow can you go? Comment.

Rosedale Jets gear up for trip to 2nd annual football camp

This football camp for children ages 9 to 14 also will provide swimming, basketball, miniature golf, go-kart riding and other activities. Comment.

MTA to close token booths at 9 boro sites

Despite legislation, lawsuits and protests, transit officials will shut down nine Queens subway fare booths Sunday in a retrenchment the Metropolitan Transportation Authority contends will save $6 million over three years. Comment.

Illegal housing in borough outstrips rest of city: Study

The proliferation of illegal housing conversions is hardly news to residents of many Queens neighborhoods and a new study says that in no other area of New York City is the situation as acute as in the nation’s most ethnically diverse borough. Comment.

Increased fees proposed for borough’s landmarks

Under a proposal assailed by borough preservationists, owners of buildings in historic districts all over Queens will have to pay the city new fees to make renovations to their properties. Comment.

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