Thursday, Aug. 21, 2003

NY Cardinals schedule tryouts for 2004 season

The Long Island Cardinals will hold their annual tryouts at Benjamin Cardozo High School for all players age 13 (born after August 1, 1990) through 16 (Not turning 17 before August 1, 2004). Comment.

Grenade launchers AWOL from St. John’s army depot

Federal and local law enforcement officials were looking for two M203 grenade launchers missing from a U.S. Army depot located in Jamaica in a building owned by St. John's University, said Army officials. Comment.

Chinese TV station plans gala banquet in Flushing

A local Chinese television station that prides itself on being independent from the Chinese government is planning a Moon Festival banquet at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in downtown Flushing. Comment.

Pre-K contracts returned to SD 25 nursery schools

Private nursery schools in northeast Queens' School District 25, where universal pre-kindergarten contracts were terminated for the coming year, have been given back their contracts, educators and public officials said last week. Comment.

City Council approves Flushing BID proposal

As expected, the City Council overwhelmingly approved a bill this week establishing a Business Improvement District for downtown Flushing. Comment.

Long walk home for Queens

As subway trains resumed service, business owners tallied their losses and bare supermarket cases across the borough started to fill up once again with steaks and filets, Queens slowly began to resemble the place it was on Aug. 13 before the largest blackout in American history. Comment.

Whitestone man juggles FDNY, community, church

Rushing to the scene of a three-alarm fire is plenty of work for many people. But for Beechhurst's Joe Governale, responding to a blaze is often just the beginning of his day. Comment.

Security boosted at airports during blackout

Queens’ most vulnerable properties — its two airports and five power plants — were well-protected during last Thursday’s blackout, the borough president’s chief of staff said. Comment.

Grenade launchers AWOL from St. John’s army depot

Federal and local law enforcement officials were looking for two M203 grenade launchers missing from a U.S. Army depot located in Jamaica in a building owned by St. John’s University, said Army officials. Comment.

102-year-old Jamaica woman honored by Weprin

When former state Assembly Speaker Saul Weprin was born in 1927, 26-year-old Julia Waisman Harris was earning her law degree as one of six women in a class of 150 students at New York University. Comment.

Woman shot to death at Ravenswood Houses

A Long Island City man allegedly went berserk, firing wildly at trees, windows and the sky outside the Ravenswood Houses after he shot his girlfriend to death inside the couple’s apartment, police and witnesses said. Comment.

Police, Bravest work extra in borough during blackout

Police officers and firefighters from Bayside to Astoria worked overtime to keep the streets safe, traffic moving safely and blazes from spinning out of control during last week’s blackout. Comment.

‘Battle of Badges’ fireman cleared in borough scuffle

John Gaine, the firefighter who scuffled with a police officer at a Jackson Heights crime scene earlier this summer, will not be charged, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment.

Bayside driver dragged teen down street: Police

A 22-year-old Bayside man was arrested Sunday on charges of dragging a teenager with his car 100 feet down a Long Island street, sending the victim into a coma. Comment.

New 111th Pct. head gets earful from civic group

Capt. Thomas Pilkington, the new commander of the 111th Precinct, got a crash course in Bayside issues Tuesday night at a meeting of the East Bayside Homeowners Association. Comment.

City finds few weak decks after fatal Bayside break

Fifteen decks in the area of Bayside surveyed door-to-door by Department of Buildings inspectors following the fatal collapse of a deck on 221st Street Aug. 9 had minor defects, a Buildings Department spokesman said Tuesday. Comment.

NE Queens makes its way through the darkness

Northeast Queens residents braved the largest blackout in the nation’s history with a combination of strong legs, patience and humor. Comment.

LIE, Cross Island ramps slated to open, state says

After a delay caused by the blackout, two new ramps in the interchange between the Long Island Expressway and Cross Island Parkway were scheduled to open by 6 p.m. Saturday, the state Department of Transportation said this week. Comment.

Avella wants city to clean bus stops near businesses

Five days a week, Seane Gorry dons a pair of rubber gloves and gets to work cleaning up the bottles, cans, cigarette butts and fast-food scraps on the sidewalk outside Defining Style, the Whitestone hair salon she co-owns. Comment.

Boro nursing homes, hospitals outlast outage

One hour after the blackout hit, workers at Flushing’s Union Plaza Nursing Home came to the Sears Roebuck and Co. on Northern Boulevard looking for fans. Comment.

Richmond Hill yoga institute helps residents find harmony

For almost a year, a South Ozone Park native has been teaching yoga in Richmond Hill to a variety of borough residents. Comment.

How’s Business?: Unemployment

There are those of us who remember that old song: “Yes! We Have No Bananas.” We are getting the same kind of double talk from Washington in the latest employment report figures. Comment.

Business Calendar

Sept. 9- Queens Chamber of Commerce Luncheon – Sheraton LaGuardia East – Workforce Development – Joel Klein, Chancellor-NYC Board of Education. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Recent Real Estate Transactions

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

Adult children caring for aging parents face role reversal

On top of all this, adult caregivers are thrust into the awkward and often unwanted position of feeling like they’re parenting their own parents. “It can be unsettling to find yourself in this role,” said Richard Bitner of Visiting Angels, a national network of franchised non-medical senior homecare agencies. He points out that this reversal in the parenting role can give rise to stress for both parents and caregivers. Comment.

10 ideas for fun family times at home

Life isn’t always easy to navigate. Work, school, activities, people, and other things can at times pull family members apart rather than bring them together. Too often, we feel as if everyone is traveling on a different road. Comment.

Healthy Lunchbox Makeover

Though rushing to meet the hectic pace of another school year is inevitable, it’s important for parents and caregivers to make sure their kids are getting the nutrition they need to make it through the activity-packed school day. Comment.

Homeward Bound: Why today’s familes really don’t fall far from nest

“The advantages of living near our family have a lot to do with comfort,” said Jeff Livingston, of Sloatsburg, N.Y. “It’s just easier when you can ask your father-in-law, ‘hey, where should I take my car to get new tires?’ Now, living near my family, I take my car to the same guy that used to service my grandfather’s vehicles.” Comment.

National effort to prevent childhood obesity is underway

Another startling fact reported recently in the Washington Post is that the health care costs for overweight and obese individuals are rivaling the financial toll of smoking. Comment.

Queens businesses lose $50M in blackout: Beep

Working off the city comptroller’s citywide tallies of spoiled meat, melted ice-cream and other blackout-related damages, the borough president’s economic development staff estimated Tuesday that Queens small businesses lost some $50 million during last week’s power outage. Comment.

Avoiding power struggles with your children

The truth is that it’s a common problem that, with a little training, can be overcome. Comment.

Editorial: Seeking balance

Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has shown leadership and vision in commissioning a comprehensive review of the zoning for his entire district, which includes Bayside, Whitestone, College Point and Little Neck. Avella knows that his constituents are frustrated by growth and expansion. And he is right when he says that in the past the zoning laws were passed piecemeal without legislators seeing the larger picture. Comment.

Editorial: Do numbers lie?

When the city, faced with a multibillion-dollar deficit, first proposed closing a handful of firehouses, local elected officials, community leaders and union representatives warned that the sky was most certainly about to fall. They assured us that people will die because of increased response times. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Bus travel in Queens poses ultimate challenge

This column owes itself to former Bronx Deputy Borough President Anthony Suber, now a key aide to Nassau County’s Tom Suozzi. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Gourmet tales from my Lower East Side youth

A Martian landed in New York City and found he had broken one of the little wheels on his spaceship. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Golf outing suits Queens County Dems to a tee

One of the fun things about this job is going to places, meeting people from all walks of life, and being exposed to all the multi-faceted wonders not only of Queens, but all of New York City as well. Case in point, the mysterious world of golf. Mysterious because my only golf experience has been as a dinner guest at one of the clubhouses or being invited to one of the many fund-raisers held at same. Comment.

The Civic Scene: City agrees to protect boro’s residential nabes

For years, civic association leaders have pleaded with the Department Of City Planning to change the outdated 1961 Community Facilities Zoning Text. At meeting after meeting in the Queens borough president's conference room, City Planning promised revision was just around the corner. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: 105th, Nassau join forces on National Nite Out

National Night Out Against Crime has gone for another year. If you missed it in 2003, it was not only your loss, it was ours. Comment.

Teen Talk: Double standard still haunts young women

There are many things I feel that are wrong in our society, but the one that has confronted me lately is the double standard that exists between girls and boys in the dating field. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Bringing amaryllis back to bloom time again

Amaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrida) is probably the most popular, and least understood indoor plant. Comment.

Blackout brings LIRR service to a standstill

Long Island Rail Road trains rolled slowly to a halt when the blackout hit last Thursday afternoon, leaving thousands of rail passengers who were going into the city for an evening out or headed home early after a day at work stranded in Queens. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man found dead behind stores on Kissena Boulevard

FLUSHING — An unidentified man in his 30s was found dead in the parking lot behind a chain of stores on Kissena Boulevard Sunday morning, police said. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Queens comedian, lawyer tells jokes for Scarborough

The kid voted funniest male in high school has been performing in clubs and hosting shows for more than two decades. Comment.

2003 US Open Affiliated Events

Lleyton Hewitt will conduct a clinic in conjunction with the Special Olympics open to the public at the USTA’s National Tennis Center. Comment.

Significant US Open Anniversaries

Sept. 4, 1993 - Mats Wilander finally defeats Mikael Pernfors 7-6 (7-3), 3-6, 1-6, 7-6 (8-6), 6-4 in a four-hour-and-one-minute match that concludes at 2:26 a.m - the latest ever conclusion of a US Open match. In the post-match press conference, when asked if he had ever played this late in the evening, Wilander dead-panned, “Played what?” Comment.

US Open 2003: Previewing the Men

Contributing Writer, USOpen.org Comment.

U.S. Open 2003 Lands in Flushing

The 2003 US Open Tennis Championships are the dazzling, demonstratively defining final act of the professional tennis summer tour. Year after year, the US Open remains the benchmark two-week knockout tournament of will for the athletes who walk through the gates of the USTA National Tennis Center in pursuit of a moment in the sun. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: U.S. Open seems like snoozefest

Hey, did you know the US Open is starting next week? Comment.

Stars to entertain crowd at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

The USTA announced that R&B superstar Monica, rock sensation Smash Mouth and British chart-topper Daniel Bedingfield will join tennis stars Andre Agassi, Andy Roddick, Anna Kournikova, James Blake and other top players to headline Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day presented by Aetna. Comment.

Hatten inks contract with NBA’s Clippers

Marcus Hatten, who led the St. John’s University basketball team to its fifth National Invitational Tournament championship last season, signed a professional contract with the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, the club announced last week. Comment.

Red Storm’s Jarvis bounces back from criticism

There aren’t many coaches who are publicly criticized, both in the media and by fans, after winning a national championship. But St. John’s University skipper Mike Jarvis managed to pull it off. Comment.

No place to call home for College Point’s First Sport Club

Tony Cusenza just needs to look out the front door of his home to see what was and what may never be again for the First Sport Club of College Point. Comment.

CUNYAC All-Stars drop final game of goodwill tour

“This was the perfect way to end the tour,” said CUNY head coach Harold Merritt. “We may have been on the losing end of the final score, but this trip was about way more than basketball. The people of the Dominican Republic opened their country to us, and I think our guys have really made an impression on them. I could not be more proud to have been associated with this team and this trip.” Comment.

The Butler Did It: Sancho lands long-awaited spot on Scottish team

Brent Sancho made his first start Sunday with Dundee of the Scottish Premier League in a 2-0 home loss to Dunfermline. Comment.

Teams needed for King of Queens tourney

The annual softball competition will be held Aug. 30, Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, with bracket play on Saturday and double elimination on Sunday. Five games are guaranteed to all teams in two separate divisions open to men, women and co-ed teams. The entry fee includes Clincher Golds and umpire. Prize money depends on final number of teams. The tournament will also featuring a home run hitting contest!. Comment.

A Quiet Night in Maspeth during power outage

As the sun set behind Manhattan last Thursday evening, an unusual darkness settled across Maspeth after the blackout had extinguished the lights and sounds that define the neighborhood. Comment.

CB5 decides to turn four streets one-way

Turning four small streets in Ridgewood, Glendale and Middle Village into one-way thoroughfares should reduce accidents and improve quality of life along those roads, local residents and members of Community Board 5 contend. Comment.

Borough jeweler charged with financing terrorists

A Forest Hills jewelry dealer was arraigned last week in federal court in Manhattan on charges of transmitting money in a scheme to deal shoulder-fired missiles to terrorists, said a federal court official. Comment.

Western Queens copes with isolated looting

Frustration and fear gave way to calm and cooperation in western Queens last Thursday evening as the great blackout of 2003 brought activity in the borough's busiest section to a standstill. Comment.

Howard Beach Gotti tried to kill mob turncoat: Feds

The late John Gotti's brother has been accused in a federal indictment of planning a rub-out of Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a one-time gangland assassin whose turncoat testimony sent the mob kingpin to prison for life. Comment.

Flushing Flyers to hold tryouts for upcoming swim season

The Flushing YMCA Flyers will be holding tryouts for their swim teams on Thursday, Sept. 11, and Monday, Sept. 15, at 5 p.m. and Sunday, Sept. 14, at 8 a.m. The tryouts are open to girls and boys ages 6 through 17. The Flyers consist of an ‘A’ and a ‘B’ team totaling about 180 swimmers. Comment.

Crowley suggests device to battle West Nile Virus

Would you rather breathe airborne pesticides or risk potentially deadly insect bites? Comment.

Brooklyn judge to decide fate of Engine 261 in LIC

A Brooklyn Supreme Court judge heard oral arguments last Thursday on the fate of Engine Co. 261 in Long Island City but said he would make his decision at a later date. Comment.

‘Battle of Badges’ fireman cleared in borough scuffle

The Battle of the Badges is a draw. Comment.

LIC man convicted of killing Astoria couple

A 36-year-old Mexican immigrant was convicted last Thursday in his third trial for the fatal shooting of an Astoria couple as they lay sleeping in their bed on Easter Sunday 1997. Comment.

Western Queens copes with looters, walking

Frustration and fear gave way to calm and cooperation in western Queens last Thursday evening as the great blackout of 2003 brought activity in the borough's busiest section to a standstill. Comment.

Forest Hills jeweler charged with financing terrorists

A Forest Hills jewelry dealer was arraigned last week in federal court in Manhattan on charges of transmitting money in a scheme to deal shoulder-fired missiles to terrorists, said a federal court official. Comment.

Candle causes fire in Rego Pk. during blackout

A Rego Park woman who was exhausted after being stuck underground in a subway train and then walking home during last Thursday's blackout fell asleep with several candles lit in her kitchen and awoke to a screaming fire alarm and a house filled with smoke. Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers advance to championship

Before the playoff, the Wanderers closed out the regular season with an impressive 15-3 win over the Franklin Square Seminoles . The teams banged out a season high 17 hits last Thursday. Comment.

Six from Far Rockaway charged in car fraud ring

Five men and one woman from Far Rockaway were charged in an auto fraud scheme that bilked insurance companies of more than $17,000 as part of a continuing boroughwide investigation into auto-related crimes, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Richmond Hill stores take hit in blackout

Last week's blackout disrupted the lives of many Howard Beach and Richmond Hill residents and business owners who suddenly found themselves coping without basic amenities at home and facing threats to their livelihoods. Comment.

Two Rosedale men killed in Hollis LIRR car wreck

Two Rosedale men were killed Friday night when the white Ford Mustang they were in slammed into a concrete wall adjacent to the Long Island Rail Road yard in Hollis, police said. Comment.

Rally against violence planned for Merrick Boulevard

Hundreds of people whose families have been touched by violence were expected to fill Merrick Boulevard this weekend at an anti-violence rally. Comment.

Bayside Yankees to hold tryouts for 2004

The Sunday tryouts will take place at 9 a.m. for players ages 13-14, and at 12 p.m. for players ages 15-16. Comment.

Jennings off Democratic ballot for primary elections

Maverick City Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) was knocked off the ballot in his own re-election bid after a court battle with the Queens County Democratic Organization, officials from the city Board of Elections said last week. Comment.

Darkness lingers longer for SE Queens residents

When the massive power outage swept through the Northeast last Thursday afternoon, Jamaica resident Sandra Green climbed down 14 flights of stairs in the Midtown Manhattan building where she takes classes in nursing administration to begin her journey home, she said. Comment.

Grandmother shot to death in Jamaica basement

The brother-in-law of a Jamaica grandmother has been arrested on charges of shooting to death the 61-year-old Guyanese immigrant in the basement of her Jamaica home, authorities said. Comment.

Flushing native tells boro of forged papers in China

When he worked as an officer at the American consulate in Shenyang China last year, Flushing native Kamal Latham began to question why an unusual number of Chinese citizens were presenting him with invitations to visit casinos in Las Vegas. Comment.

Workers burst gas main on Alley Pond sewer job

On the heels of last week's blackout, more than 200 people were evacuated in Bayside Hills Monday morning when workers on the Alley Pond Drainage Improvement Project ruptured a gas main for the second time this summer. Comment.

Mary Louis to hold preseason hoop clinic

Both sessions will run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and noon to 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. Each session is $80. The clinic will be directed by varsity coach Joe Lewinger and assistant coach Ron Liccese. The clinics are open to all girls entering the sixth, seventh and eighth grades. Comment.

Boro transit riders escape dark subways, take buses

The blackout of 2003 created nothing less than a nightmare for Queens commuters, shutting down subway service and forcing travelers to squeeze into buses. Comment.

Blackout grounds planes, costs air industry millions

Thousands of airline passengers were left stranded at Queens’ two airports when the electricity went out last Thursday afternoon, a crisis that could cost the air travel industry tens of millions of dollars, Port Authority and industry officials said. Comment.

Con Ed limited in ability to restore boro’s power

Queens residents regained their power as early as 5:17 a.m. Friday morning in Long Island City and as late as 6 p.m. Friday in Jamaica, but a Con Edison spokesman assured all energy recipients that the utility was not playing favorites. Comment.

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