Thursday, Jan. 23, 2003

Mercury near Fort Totten is safe, officials announce

After a four-year analysis of mercury contamination in Little Bay, the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said last week that no cleanup was necessary, a position that left local residents questioning the methods used to investigate pollution in the waters off Fort Totten. Comment.

Napa and Sonoma defeat Cosmo Plumbing, 23-18

In a well-played game by both teams, Napa and Sonoma Restaurant defeated Cosmo Plumbing, 23-18. Shannon Kern was the leading offensive player for Napa, scoring 10 points and controlling the flow of the game. Sarah Smith continued her strong play, scoring 4 points and playing a heads-up game. Comment.

Jamaica Estates man stole using fake identities: Cops

A Jamaica Estates man cheated more than 45 victims out of at least $20,000 over the last five years by promising to sell them impounded luxury vehicles from the New York City auto pound, authorities said last week. Comment.

21 boro teens win honors in national science contest

After spending hundreds of hours researching, analyzing data and performing experiments, 21 Queens high school students were among 300 students chosen last week from 1,581 applicants nationwide to become semifinalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search competition. Comment.

School construction layoffs spark union protest in LIC

The city’s public employees union rallied outside the Long Island City offices of the School Construction Authority last Thursday to protest the planned layoffs of more than 100 workers expected to accompany an overhaul of the city agencies responsible for building schools. Comment.

Developer seeks zoning change in Flushing

A Queens developer is seeking to rezone the property where a wholesale appliance and plumbing business sits in an industrial area of Flushing in order to build a large condominium on the site. Comment.

Whitestone veteran continues years of service

On a recent afternoon, Rosa Belmont was busy in Whitestone's American Legion Post 131 on Clintonville Street. The World War II veteran quickly went from decorating the women's bathroom for Valentine's Day to boxing clothing donated for the homeless. Comment.

900 graduates earn degrees from St. John’s

Bearing feelings of excitement, nervousness and relief, more than 900 St. John’s University students dressed in red graduation gowns lined up outside the school’s auditorium Sunday morning, ready to receive their bachelor’s and graduate degrees. Comment.

College Pt. teen scores big with dream of outer space

Ever since his days of playing with Legos, Emmanuel Joseph Sin knew he wanted to be an astronaut. Now the pursuit of his dream has earned the 17-year-old College Point resident national recognition. Comment.

Whitestone CVS found in violation

The controversial new CVS Pharmacy in Whitestone has been hit with a violation because trash in its parking lot encouraged rodents, Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said. Comment.

Falun Gong controversy emerges with parade

Visitors from the Bahamas, members of the Hindu Temple Society of North America and a Howard Beach group known as the Black Cowboys will march through Flushing Feb. 1 alongside Chinese and Korean groups in the giant multicultural celebration of the Lunar New Year. Comment.

Callers threaten deputy mayor, Baysider over FDNY comments

Deputy Mayor for Operations Marc V. Shaw, who lived in Bayside at the time of his appointment to the Bloomberg administration a year ago, has recently received threatening phone calls at his City Hall office, a published report said. Comment.

Private pantries are targets for hungry boro immigrants

It is hard for Rev. Lemuel Rodriguez to walk from one part of his ministry's food pantry to the other without having one of the grateful beneficiaries pull him over by the arm and thank him for making life in the borough less harsh. Comment.

Education high on list in State of the Borough

Making education her top priority, Borough President Helen Marshall promised to fight for new school construction and involve parents in their children’s learning in her first State of the Borough address. Comment.

Douglaston civics angered by real estate ad

A real estate advertisement that described a property for sale in Douglaston as "suitable for community facilities" has sparked outrage over what some see as an invitation for another public building to invade the neighborhood. Comment.

Boro Koreans form group to show patriotism for U.S.

In response to anti-American protests in South Korea, members of the Queens Korean-American community have formed an organization in support of the United States. Comment.

Bayside freight building renovations set to begin

Renovations to the old freight building at Bayside's Long Island Rail Road station, which is to become a visitor's center and headquarters of the Bayside Business Association, should begin next month. Comment.

City saves Avella work, shortens Bell Blvd. median

The city's Department of Transportation has chopped off the end of a traffic median in Bay Terrace that community leaders say caused cars to blow out their tires for nearly a year. Comment.

Boro pols fill coffers early in this year’s council races

The Queens delegation of the City Council has raised nearly $1 million in campaign funds to prepare for this year’s primary and general elections, according to the city’s Campaign Finance Board. Comment.

Orion to occupy another space on Bell Boulevard

Orion Telecommunications Corp., a Bayside company that bills itself as one of the largest providers of prepaid calling cards in the country, is moving into the former Associated Supermarket building at 42-11 Bell Blvd. Comment.

Bayside merchants demand more cops after armed rob

An armed robbery of a grocery store in Bayside last week by three teenage suspects has renewed calls by merchants on 32nd Avenue for a bigger police presence and the removal of a bus stop they say encourages crime. Comment.

How to help make your child bully-proof

Teasing, taunting and other forms of bullying can cause serious emotional harm to children that lasts much longer than the bloody nose or scraped knees. Ignoring or excusing the behavior, saying things like “kids will be kids,” only perpetuates the situation. Comment.

Schools find new source for substitute teachers

On any given school day, one in every 10 classrooms needs a substitute teacher, according to The Substitute Teaching Institute at Utah State University. The nationwide shortage of teachers, including substitutes, has many schools scrambling to fill these classrooms. Comment.

Understanding economics of school supplies

“With teens making budgeting and purchasing decisions alongside their parents, the act of school shopping helps build openness with money issues,” said Diana Don, director of financial education at Capital One. Comment.

Taking stock of our children’s educational needs

According to Education Week’s “Technology Counts 2002,” 32 states now sponsor e-learning initiatives. A recent independent study, sponsored by Apex Learning and Blackboard Inc., surveyed 447 high school principals and 345 school district administrators and found that more than 50 percent of U.S. high schools are offering online courses or are considering offering them in the near future. Comment.

Questionnaire helps parents assess child development

The simple questionnaire below, developed under the guidance of child psychiatrist Stanley I. Greenspan, will help you identify your child’s relative strengths and weaknesses in important areas of intellectual and social functioning. Comment.

‘Blockbusters Take II’ — cure for Arctic freeze

The coldest day of the year so far hit New York City on Friday night of Jan. 17, with temperatures plummeting overnight — so that those of us who had to go out on Saturday morning had to endure temperatures of 10º, with wind chill below zero. However, that same Friday night, BASIC productions’ “Broadway Blockbusters II” opened at Flushing Town Hall and generated enough heat to blast the East coast into a new El Niño cycle. Comment.

Centuries of engraving displayed in Ridgewood

This new and exciting exhibit explores the fascinating properties of hand engraving and its unique combination of the artist’s force of hand, judgment of eye and decisiveness of mind that underlie the act of making the engraved line. Comment.

Queens reaction lukewarm to regional school districts

Queens’ politicians and school board members had mixed reactions to Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein’s proposals to reform New York City public schools last week. Comment.

Find your way through NY Hall of Science

The maze is constructed by Minotaur Amusements Inc. and is a 48-foot square made of aluminum tubing and vinyl panels. Each panel stands eight feet tall, and will be moved into different configurations during the course of the winter season. Don’t worry, the maze has a built-in watch tower so that alert spotters can see lost travelers and safely guide them to the nearest exit. Comment.

Leslie fights for music, is music for fighters

A one-two power punch is what its all about, and Glenn Leslie, a resident of Bayside since the fourth grade, knows that better than your average Joe. When it comes to understanding the proverbial ropes of the music industry in addition to — as strange as it may seem — the sweet science of pugilism, some say he’s the man. Comments (1).

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Roger W. Martin; May 24, 1932 - Jan. 4, 2003

Martin began his restaurant career as a student of NYU when he was an evening coat checker at the famed “21” Club. Martin soon put on a a black tie to assist the owners in seating guests according to an in-house pecking order. Comment.

Flushing boasts ‘oldies but goodies’

With its narrow aisles stretching the length of a city block, Golden Oldies in Flushing resembles a Hollywood movie set more than it does an antique shop. Comment.

How’s Business?: NYC business

Here’s a riddle. What metropolis employs one-sixth the size of the federal government and more employees than the population of Miami and has one out of every 11 adults living in NYC on its payroll? Why, it’s New York City. Comprised of full- and part-timers, NYC boasts up to 350,000 employees. Is that bad? Comment.

Business Calender

Jan. 24 - TimesLedger Newspapers – Queens Job Fair Winter 2003 – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing – Great Opportunity For Companies Looking to Hire and Also For Individuals Looking For Employment. 229-0300, Ext. 126 Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 29-36 214 St., Single-Family Detached, $739,000, Bed 3, Bath 2, Halfbath 1, Construction: Stucco, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 50 x 115, Taxes: $2,240 Comment.

Hollis real estate heir owes taxes on $4M holdings: City

The Hollis real estate mogul who allegedly gave illegal campaign donations to former City Councilman Sheldon Leffler owns about $4 million worth of property in the southeast Queens area, according to city records. Comment.

Fund-raiser

Tuesday, Feb. 25 - Queens Centers for Progress holds an Evening of Fine Food honoring state Sen. Frank Padavan, Borough President Helen Marshall and Chef of the Year Georgiana Reese of the N.Y. Community Bank at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 6:30 p.m. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man wielding toy gun shot by police in Springfield Gardens

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS – Officers shot a 31-year-old man wielding a black toy gun outside his family’s home about 5:50 a.m. Saturday, police said. Comment.

Editorial: Catering to hysteria

The Holocaust was horrific. Comment.

Editorial: On the wrong side Of the LIRR tracks

After 10 years of inexcusable neglect, intrepid state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Fresh Meadows) is about to get the Long Island Rail Road to do the right thing at its abandoned station in Richmond Hill. The station closed five years ago, but Community Board 9 has been complaining about the property for more than 20 years. Comment.

Editorial: Get the guns

Last week the NYPD announced that it was pulling the trigger on a sting that resulted in the seizure of hundreds of illegal guns and the arrests of dozens of suspects who sold the weapons out of a Brooklyn housing project. The impressive sting was largely the work of one courageous cop who spent four years risking his life working undercover. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Team owner eases fan’s giant disappointment

I began writing this column Jan. 5 on the plane ride from San Francisco; however, I didn’t have the mindset to finish it until now. Please forgive the delay. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Civilians help control crime in SE Queens

No one likes to think about dangers that might occur in the future; however, advance knowledge and preparedness can sometimes prevent or minimize problems that might lie ahead. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Lecturer seeks historic status for Motor Pkwy.

Bob Miller, historian for Motor Parkway as well as Vanderbilt Parkway, works Comment.

To The Point: Knights of Columbus  to tour Rockies, Ireland

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. It has gotten a little frosty, but our warmth will keep it all melted. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: 5 easy-to-grow orchids add enjoyment to home

Welcome to the beautiful world of orchids. Now let’s apply what you read in the last column on orchid care. Comment.

Liu aims to abolish rules he says delay dollar vans

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) has introduced legislation governing commuter vans to abolish two rules he contends needlessly delay and complicate the daily trips of thousands of residents of Queens. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Just let the guy coach the team

Very few things bother me as much as sports fans who whine from the cheap seats, armchair quarterbacking their lives away, slinging insult after insult at athletes, coaches and anyone else attached to the team they are railing against. That kind of thing is my job. Comment.

Magnet’s Granby sets all-time PSAL win record

A meaningless game played in a cold, empty gym hardly serves as an appropriate background for a historic event, but then again Campus Magnet basketball coach Chuck Granby is never one to seek out attention. Comment.

St. Francis Prep holds off late rally by Molloy

The St. Francis Prep girls’ basketball team defeated Archbishop Molloy, 74-71, Sunday in one of the most anticipated matchups of the CHSAA season. The win was anything but a cakewalk for coach Tom Finn’s team against Marty Towey’s Stanners, in only their second season on the varsity level. Comment.

Dining Out: Welcome to Portugese dining in Jamaica

95-29 Sutphin Blvd. Comment.

LaGuardia pay tribute to diversity

Flying alone, the 157 flags that line the walls of a central corridor at LaGuardia Community College stand as symbols of the nations its students once called home. Comment.

LaGuardia pays tribute to diversity

Flying alone, the 157 flags that line the walls of a central corridor at LaGuardia Community College stand as symbols of the nations its students once called home. Comment.

Knights nip Terriers for first league win of season

The Holy Cross High School varsity boys’ basketball team got its first league win of the season Friday night, narrowly defeating neighborhood rival St. Francis Prep, 64-63. Comment.

Long-dormant bridge reawakens to traffic

There was little fanfare Friday morning when the Honeywell Street Bridge reopened after a 24-year hiatus, just a crew of orange-vested men who cleared away the barricades on a snow-sprinkled roadway in dire need of a plow. Comment.

Alger Hiss’s son describes home life in McCarthy era

When he was a boy, Tony Hiss paid monthly visit to his father in Lewisburg, Pa. federal prison, occasions on which Hiss says he recalls thinking: "Finally, I have my father all to myself." Comment.

Lewis girls take Msgr. King Tournament title

The Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team was a confident group heading into the championship game of the Monsignor King Tournament at St. Thomas Aquinas in Brooklyn Monday night. Comment.

Ridgewood teenager dies after baseball bat beating

A teenage boy died Monday at Elmhurst Hospital Center after lingering in a coma for days from injuries he suffered when a classmate allegedly beat him with a baseball bat on the street in Ridgewood last week, authorities said. Comment.

Students find art in unlikely venue - the trash

You know what they say about one man's trash. Comment.

Maspeth street renamed for fallen 9/11 firefighter

The gesture could not match the sacrifice made by the man it was meant to honor. Comment.

Judge clears way for suit against church

A State Supreme Court justice ruled last week that a former Ozone Park principal can sue the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and the school's former pastor on charges of sexual abuse and harassment. Comment.

Conductor killed in A-train accident in Ozone Park

The conductor of a northbound A train died Saturday just before 8 a.m. after her head struck a metal gate while the train was pulling out of the elevated Aqueduct/North Conduit station in Ozone Park, police and transit authorities said. Comment.

Molloy hockey trounces Holy Cross for 6-3 win

It was a script that was getting way too familiar for Molloy hockey coach Richie Rodgers. Comment.

Forest Hills Community House recevies $29K MetLife grant

Two non-profit Queens organizations recently received grants from the MetLife Foundation for after-school programs that will help students and teachers explore the cultural richness of their community. Comment.

Queens DA aims to continue downturn in boro crime

While the judicial system has helped southeast Queens reduce crime over the past decade, more work must be done to reform the Rockefeller drug laws and educate prisoners, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a meeting of Community Board 12 last week. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Japhet McNeil

School: Christ the King Comment.

SD 27 employee determined to obtain full pension

The former executive assistant at School District 27 who was laid off seven months shy of logging 20 years of service because of city budget cuts and offered partial retirement benefits said she will do whatever it takes to qualify for a full pension. Comment.

College Round-up: Queensborough Tigers tame Orange C.C., 83-66

The red-hot Queensborough men’s basketball team won its seventh game in its last eight attempts Saturday, defeating Orange Community College, 83-66, at home Saturday. Comment.

Private pantries are targets for hungry boro immigrants

It is hard for Rev. Lemuel Rodriguez to walk from one part of his ministry's food pantry to the other without having one of the grateful beneficiaries pull him over by the arm and thank him for making life in the borough less harsh. Comment.

Springfield Gdns. cargo center starts community fund

A Springfield Gardens air cargo center that was built on wetlands has agreed to contribute $250,000 into a community fund to mitigate the impact the facility may have on the environment and traffic in the area. Comment.

Queens struggle continues with loss to Philadelphia

Just how important is Gary DeBerry and John Sikiric to the Queens College men's basketball team? With them both in the lineup, the Knights are one of the deepest, most dangerous teams in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference. Comment.

City to hear plan to create theater in Jamaica church

A proposal to convert the landmarked First Reform Dutch Church in Jamaica into a theater and community center is slated to go before the city Landmarks Commission later this month. Comment.

Group plans cancer study for Jamaica

Southeast Queens leaders and volunteers are planning to go door-to-door in Jamaica over the next few months to conduct a cancer study to determine the extent of the disease in area residents. Comment.

Man with gun attempts abductions in Bayside, Flushing

Two attempted abductions, one in Flushing and the other in Bayside, last Thursday involved the same man pointing a handgun at female victims and telling them to get in his car, police said. Comment.

A rally to remember: Storm stuns Georgetown

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team rallied from a 16-point deficit with 7:23 remaining in the second half to upset the Georgetown Hoyas, 77-72, Saturday afternoon at the MCI Center in Washington, D.C. Comment.

Miller tackles budget woes at boro chamber reception

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) has one thing on his mind these days — the city budget. Comment.

Queens officials speak out about police dept. policies

With the threat of police layoffs now in abeyance, Queens leaders are still sounding the alarm over a dwindling police force and the equity of coverage from one precinct to another. Comment.

Boro watchdogs question MTA’s number crunchers

Queens activists have expressed skepticism over the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s reported budget gap in light of an audit suggesting the MTA grossly overstated the severity of its financial plight. Comment.

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