Thursday, Jan. 30, 2003

Fresh Meadows neighbors seek to move Q65 bus stop

Two neighbors who live in apartment buildings on the corner of Grand Central Parkway and 164th Street in Fresh Meadows are trying to drum up support to move a Q65 bus stop that they say blocks their buildings' driveway. Comment.

Whitestone church defaced by swastikas

Parishioners gathering at a Whitestone church to watch the Superbowl Sunday discovered swastikas chalked onto the side of the building, authorities said. Comment.

2 candidates raise funds in bids to unseat Gennaro

A lawyer with an accounting background and a retired bank worker have begun raising campaign funds to run against City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) in this year's city council elections. Comment.

Flushing driver charged with fleeing deadly crash

A Flushing man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly leaving the scene of a seemingly minor car accident in Maspeth that caused the death of a Glendale man riding in another automobile, authorities said. Comment.

Pizza Chef outlasts Duffner & Voight, 41-31

Pizza Chef beat Duffner & Voight, 41-31. It was a very exciting contest and a well-played game by both teams. High scorers of the night for Pizza Chef were Joey Depperman and Joe Schade. John Montoya, Mike Kern and Chris Franceschini helped out on offense and defense with assists from Coppolino and Romanelli. Glenn Barker and Martinez had great games for Duffner. Comment.

Mayersohn tackles Richmond Hill LIRR eyesore

After only one month serving in the new 27th Assembly District that now includes Richmond Hill, Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) has already addressed a problem plaguing the area for more than two decades. Comment.

Snows girls advance to CYO Diocesan basketball playoffs

Both teams shot well in the opening quarter as Snows grabbed an 11-7 lead. Nicole Weinman scored the first basket of the game and then hit five of six free throws to total all seven of her points in the opening quarter. Michelle Gasperetti came off the bench and hit for two quick baskets. Comment.

Pols praise Marshall’s vision for borough

Borough President Helen Marshall delivered her first State of the Borough address last week, leading her audience on a tour of ongoing and coming economic and transportation projects in each neighborhood in Queens. Comment.

Stop & Shop set to open new Little Neck supermarket

And now the moment Little Neck and Douglaston residents have been waiting for: Stop & Shop was set to open its doors in Little Neck at 6 a.m. Thursday. Comment.

2 candidates raise funds in bids to unseat Gennaro

A lawyer with an accounting background and a retired bank worker have begun raising campaign funds to run against City Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) in this year’s city council elections. Comment.

Job hunters seek to impress at boro employment fair

About 1,500 job seekers from all over the borough braved the cold Friday to attend the Queens Job Fair Winter 2003 at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing. Comment.

Students’ self-esteem focus for parents at SD 29 meet

Teaching children respect for themselves and others will go a long way toward resolving behavior problems, southeast Queens parents learned at a School District 29 PTA Caucus Saturday. Comment.

St. John’s prof charts history of Aristotle

A professor of philosophy at St. John’s University recently launched the first phase of a comprehensive Web-based database on Aristotelian scholarship that includes 43,000 articles, book reviews, books and Ph.D. dissertations. Comment.

City working to minimize sewage odor in Little Bay

Whitestone residents living along Little Bay will have to deal with a little less of an odor when the summer finally rolls around. Comment.

Pataki offers city $500,000 to pay airports back rents

Gov. George Pataki has offered New York $500,000 in back rent the city has long sought for use of John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. Comment.

Macy’s comes out for downtown Flushing biz district

The management of Macy’s has thrown its support behind the plan to bring a Business Improvement District to Flushing, officials with the retail giant announced Monday. Comment.

Stop & Shop set to open new Little Neck supermarket

And now the moment Little Neck and Douglaston residents have been waiting for: Stop & Shop was set to open its doors in Little Neck at 6 a.m. Thursday. Comment.

Fake Flushing doc convicted of scarring women

A Flushing man who jumped bail and fled the country was convicted in absentia of posing as a doctor and performing plastic surgery on seven women, the Queens district attorney announced last week. Comment.

Bayside dad starts group to push rare disease tests

Steven Boswell wants to make sure that what happened to his son Max never happens to another child. 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.

Higher taxes, home values hit boro residents in purse

Queens homeowners are reeling from the one-two punch of the 18.5 percent property tax increase passed by the City Council late last year and the new assessments of their property values that will hit them with even higher bills next fiscal year. Comment.

Mayor plans to boost parking ticket force to raise funds

The Police Department will hire 300 more traffic agents instead of laying off officers to raise funds by handing out more tickets, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday in a budget address. Comment.

Retired Doug Bravest nixes invite to protest Bush speech

A retired Queens firefighter declined an invitation by U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) to attend the State of the Union address in Washington Tuesday. Comment.

‘Jamaica Funk Reunion’ brings out jazz stars

On Jan. 18, music fans from the five boroughs braved bone-chilling winds and single-digit temperatures to gather at a famous New York night club, The Bottom Line, for a star-studded celebration and musical memorial tribute to one of the Long Island’s highly respected and accomplished pianists, composers and playwrights, Weldon Irvine, Jr. Comment.

Mohegan Sun may take your breath away, money, too

My wife Christine and I got off to a late start as we headed up to Mohegan Sun a few weeks ago. It was cold, as most of this winter has been, and we had just dropped off our daughter for the weekend. Comment.

Take a gamble on Connecticut weekend getaway

Picture a piece of quartz sticking out of the rough glacial rock that lays exposed throughout Connecticut. At the right time of day, the quartz reflects the sun, gleaming, almost iridescent. Comment.

Red, hot and sensational

Just in time for your Valentine, voluptuous, sensual forms can be found awash in red: sunflowers bursting with fire; seas aflame by sunset; and scarlet birds, both exotic and domestic. Comment.

Pampered pets sport doggie-‘dos’

Even after being bitten and continually barked at by dogs, the owners of 164th Street Pet Salon in Fresh Meadows still say “Awwww” when they see a cute dog walking down the street. Comment.

How’s Businnes?:Finding a niche

It has been said one man’s trash in another man’s treasure. In today’s very competitive business environment, survival can very well depend on what is known as the all-important “niche.” Comment.

Fund-raisers

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: Three found dead in Jackson Heights apartment

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Two people and a baby were found dead in a Jackson Heights apartment Tuesday morning in what appeared to be a murder-suicide, police said. Comment.

Domestic violence indictments up, fewer dismissals: DA

The number of indictments for domestic violence cases in the borough has increased by more than 250 percent over the past two years and fewer cases are being dismissed, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Editorial: Importing Intolerance

It is the ultimate irony that the organizers of the multicultural Lunar New Year celebration in Flushing are considering banning members of the Chinese Falun Gong movement from marching in their parade. Comment.

Editorial: Save the cowboys

If you grew up watching every cowboy show from “Bonanza” to “Gun Smoke” - as did many Baby Boomers - chances are you never heard of black cowboys. Few Americans know the important role that the black cowboys played in the history of the West. Comment.

Editorial: Senseless

In eulogies, political speeches and editorials, it has become an American tradition to call the taking of a life senseless. But how can one better describe the killing of Bryan Rivera? The 15-year-old boy was beaten to death with an aluminum baseball bat on the streets of Ridgewood. The boy charged with his death, Randy Rosario, is also 15. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Year of Ram starts with wisdom from Confucius

A tourist in China watched as three prominent Chinese were being buried. As the first casket was lowered, several Chinese women came forward, placing chickens, rice, bread and wine on the coffin. “What’s that for?” the tourist asked. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Manners take one-way bus ticket to yesteryear

Sometimes people amaze me. There are those who are constantly doing good, creative things to make this world a better place, and then there are others who are seemingly oblivious that anyone else has any problems or rights. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing residents anticipate Lunar New Year

Two years ago, an influential newspaper in Spain rated the Big Apple the No. 1 city in the world. It makes me proud of being a resident of this great city. Comment.

UConn Huskies take bite out of St. John’s, 74-68

“Tough, tough, tough.” Comment.

Queens’ Brown happy with Garden win despite injury

Taliek Brown’s wrist was nowhere near where it needed to be for the Lefrak City native to be a factor when his University of Connecticut Huskies rolled into Madison Square Garden to take on the St. John’s Red Storm. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Marlon Smith

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Queensborough routs Bronx CC, 84-61

The Queensborough men’s basketball team played an undermanned Bronx Community College team Jan. 23 and came away with a comfortable 84-61 victory. Comment.

Leffler donor owes taxes on LI Press building: City

The home of the defunct Long Island Press newspaper in downtown Jamaica is among the many properties in southeast Queens owned by Hollis real estate mogul Rita Stark, the woman who allegedly gave illegal campaign donations to former City Councilman Sheldon Leffler. Comment.

Boynes’ buzzer-beater sinks Queens, 54-53

St. Thomas Aquinas appeared to be the perfect opponent for a Queens College men’s basketball team desperate for a win. After all, the Spartans entered Fitzgerald Gymnasium Saturday night having won just one game this season, a 90-80 overtime victory at Concordia a week earlier. Comment.

St. Andrew’s comeback falls just short against St. Kevin’s

St. Andrew’s knew it would be a close game based upon the first contest between the two teams when St. Andrew’s pulled out a two-point zero-comeback victory. Comment.

Astoria cops arrest two men in unrelated homicide cases

Police have made two arrests in connection with a pair of unrelated murder cases from last year in the 114th Precinct. Comment.

Astoria doc discriminated against patient, suit says

Chaudhry Yousaf moved his family to the United States from Pakistan in 1985 because he wanted his mentally retarded son to live the kind of life that would have been impossible in their home country. Comment.

Pols lead protest of closing of Woodside Foodtown

Three borough politicians staged a rally Friday to protest the imminent closure of the Woodside Foodtown on Roosevelt Avenue, which is expected to reopen as a drugstore after a national developer assumes the lease next month. Comment.

St. Robert’s seventh-graders top St. Gregory, St. Kevin’s

In the St. Kevin’s win, key contributions were also made by Brian Flynn, who tallied 14 points as St. Robert’s rallied from a 7-4 first-quarter deficit to lead 18-9 at halftime. The home team stretched the lead to 10 after three quarters as point guard Sean Escobedo scored 11 points. Comment.

Neighborhood welcomes zip code change

Short of dragging a giant eraser down Eliot Avenue, there was little more community leaders could have done Tuesday night to celebrate the sudden disappearance of the zip code boundary line dividing Middle Village from Elmhurst. Comment.

Flushing driver charged with fleeing deadly Maspeth crash

A Flushing man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly leaving the scene of a seemingly minor car accident in Maspeth that caused the death of a Glendale man riding in another automobile, authorities said. Comment.

Astoria filmmaker documents Sept. 11 anguish

In the first minute of Dega Omar's documentary film "9/12," a distraught man who just fled the 50-story Citicorp building in Long Island City describes having watched what looked like a missile crash into the second tower of the World Trade Center. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Remembering a lesson from Yogi Berra

Marcus Hatten and the rest of the St. John’s University men’s basketball team reinforced a notion made famous by the unique monosyllabic wisdom of Hall of Fame catcher and New York Yankee Yogi Berra, who once uttered the now immortal phrase “It ain’t over ‘til the fat lady sings.” Comment.

Flushing driver charged with fleeing crash that killed Glendale man

A Flushing man was arrested last Thursday for allegedly leaving the scene of a seemingly minor car accident in Maspeth that caused the death of a Glendale man riding in another automobile, authorities said. Comment.

Peralta sworn into office for new assembly district

Jackson Heights now officially has the "luchador," or fighter, it needs in new state Assemblyman Jose Peralta, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Saturday night. Comment.

Ownership of Richmond Hill GOP club in limbo

Unknown members of Richmond Hill's Republican Club have filed a petition in court effectively asking a judge to undo the September auction of the party's headquarters to a private third party, said lawyers for the company that owns the property's tax lien. Comment.

Queens student arrested in massacre threat

A Forest Hills High School senior from Maspeth was arrested early Friday morning after an Internet buddy told authorities he had allegedly boasted of a plot to carry out a Columbine-like massacre on a New York City school, officials said. Comment.

CK easily handles Molloy second time around

The first time the upstart Archbishop Molloy girls’ basketball team tackled the nationally ranked Christ the King Royals this season, the Briarwood school — in only its second year of varsity ball with no senior on the roster — managed a respectable 17-point defeat. Comment.

Ozone Park job center to train boro workers

A relatively small job-placement center is trying to expand its presence in Ozone Park to better equip the borough's work force and decrease local unemployment, its coordinator said. Comment.

St. Francis Prep shows grit in two tough league losses

The St. Francis Prep varsity boys’ basketball team lost two tough league games this week, a tough 82-75 decision Friday night against Queens rivals Archbishop Molloy and an even tougher 54-49 decision to CHSAA powerhouse St. Raymond’s Sunday. Comment.

Sound museum opens branch in Richmond Hill

There's very little Dan Gaydos does not know about sound and audio recording. Comment.

Fort Totten hosts send-off for Queens Army Reserves

About 100 Army Reservists bid farewell to their families and headed for the Middle East this week after a deployment ceremony at Bayside's Fort Totten Sunday morning. Comment.

Legislators defend support of probe target

Three south Queens assembly members wrote letters in support of continuing state contracts with a prison services company that is the target of an investigation into a suspected bribery scheme to win favor among state legislators. Comment.

Hillcrest rallies to defeat Francis Lewis, 64-60

Trailing 54-37 heading into the fourth quarter of a game for the final playoff berth in Queens II-A, the Hillcrest boys’ basketball team had host Francis Lewis right where they wanted. Comment.

Rep. Weiner calls closing MTA token booths unsafe

Members of Community Board 6 and U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) have opposed the Metropolitan Transit Authority's recent proposal to shut down 177 token booths throughout the city, six of which are in CB 6's coverage area in Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens. Comment.

Retail, patient services planned for Queens Hospital Center site

Queens Hospital Center's brick "A" building at 164th Street and Grand Central Parkway is being demolished to make way for new development projects. Comment.

Black Cowboys reach deal for barn in Howard Beach

City officials and The Federation of Black Cowboys struck a deal last week to save the Howard Beach organization's barn by designing a monthly payment schedule whereby the group could meet its financial obligations. Comment.

Free tax help in Jamaica available for community

Low-income families and some individuals in Queens may be eligible for free tax preparation and filing being offered through April by the Community Food Resource Center. Comment.

Loor scores 30, grabs 24 boards in Newtown victory

So how do you top a 13-point, 17-rebound performance? If you’re Maria Loor on the Newtown girls’ basketball team you score 30 points, grab 24 boards and score the winning layup with three seconds left in the fourth quarter to lift the Pioneers to a 61-60 win over Robert F. Wagner Friday. Comment.

New task force to monitor group homes across boro

The city and state have agreed to form a task force to monitor the placement of group homes in the borough at the request of southeast Queens lawmakers, state Sen. Malcolm Smith said. Comment.

Two Queens high schools on low-performing register

Two Queens high schools have been added to the list of low-performing state schools, but a once trouble elementary school has been taken off the list by state Education Commissioner Richard Mills. Comment.

St. John’s prof charts history of Aristotle

A professor of philosophy at St. John's University recently launched the first phase of a comprehensive Web-based database on Aristotelian scholarship that includes 43,000 articles, book reviews, books and Ph.D. dissertations. Comment.

Bayside interchange repair ahead on LIE, Clearview

Improvements to the interchange of the Clearview and Long Island expressways are running ahead of schedule, engineers from the state Department of Transportation said last week. Comment.

Students’ self-esteem focus for parents at SD 29 meet

Teaching children respect for themselves and others will go a long way toward resolving behavior problems, southeast Queens parents learned at a School District 29 PTA Caucus Saturday. Comment.

After 8 years in boro park, homeless mom finds a bed

The decorations around Kathleen Newhook's bed look like almost any other at Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility on Roosevelt Island. Comment.

Stepinac hands Prep hockey 6-3 loss

Bob Cavallary just doesn’t understand it. Comment.

Flushing parade organizers heatedly debate Falun Gong

Tempers flared at a meeting last week as organizers of Flushing's Lunar New Year Parade debated whether or not to allow the Falun Gong to march. Comment.

Fort Totten documentary may be headed for television

Stay tuned - Fort Totten may be coming to a television near you. Comment.

Macy’s comes out for downtown Flushing biz district

The management of Macy's has thrown its support behind the plan to bring a Business Improvement District to Flushing, officials with the retail giant announced Monday. Comment.

College Round-up: SJU women nearly upset Rutgers, fall in 2 OTs

The tape in the VCR in the St. John’s women’s basketball office is almost worn out. But Kim Barnes-Arico and her staff continue to rewind and play Saturday’s game at Rutgers. The count is somewhere near 100 by now. Comment.

Klein names Dist. 25 super as new S.I. division leader

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein named District 25 Superintendent Michelle Fratti Monday as the only Queens school official to be appointed as a regional superintendent to oversee the Department of Education’s transition to a centralized system governing the city’s public schools. Comment.

Borough bus riders face spring schedule changes

Some Queens riders on New York City Transit Authority bus routes could soon find their waiting times lengthened slightly as the result of proposed new spring schedules. But waiting times would actually be reduced on some routes. Comment.

11-digit dialing for boro, city set to begin Feb. 1

Beginning Feb. 1, all people in Queens and the rest of the city will have to dial 11 instead of seven digits to make a telephone call — even if the person is right next door. Comment.

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