Friday, Feb. 21, 2003

Harvest Buffet: Diverse tastes of the Orient at Harvest Buffet

Steak is a usual item. There was porterhouse cut into half-inch thick strips the night I was there. Prime rib had been carved before you the weekend before. Italian (pizza) and American (New England clam and a side of baked salmon) seem to be staples. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 20, 2003

Munoz, Teran pick up honors at CPRR event

Teran and Munoz each received a cash prize, Runner of the Year certificates and a sports bag with his and her name on it. Comment.

City water pollution plan may split Flushing Airport

In a plan aimed at reducing water pollution, the city will split the 77-acre former Flushing Airport site into wetlands and land set aside for development, officials announced last week. Comment.

More boro seniors depend on centers to supply meals

With the increase in unemployment and decline in the economy more elderly Queens residents are turning to senior centers and emergency food programs for their meals, particularly those who rely on younger family members to supplement their Social Security incomes. Comment.

109th Precinct reaches out to Asians in northeast boro

The 111th and 109th police precincts held a joint meeting last Thursday for the Asian communities in northeast Queens with personal introductions by top police brass, crime prevention tips and information on how to become more involved with the local precincts. Comment.

Cherry Valley Deli slices Big Apple BBQ, 44-41

Cherry Valley Deli ended its long losing streak and won its first game of the year over Big Apple BBQ, 44-41. In a total team effort, Cherry Valley got out to a quick lead in the first quarter behind the hot shooting of Adam Breidbart and Kunar Singh, each with 4 points. In the second quarter. Eddie Johnston and Joe Monti combined for 10 points to help Cherry Valley increase its lead to 17. Big Apple BBQ began to chop away at the lead in the third quarter behind the hot shooting of Jimmy Kozakis and Bobby Dodge. However, an eight-point explosion by James Tierney and strong defen Comment.

111th Precinct reaches out to Asians in northeast boro

The 111th and 109th police precincts held a joint meeting last Thursday for the Asian communities in northeast Queens with personal introductions by top police brass, crime prevention tips and information on how to become more involved with the local precincts. Comment.

Little Neck’s Stop & Shop stops towing cars from lot

In response to complaints from people whose cars were towed from Stop & Shop's parking lot, the Little Neck supermarket will no longer automatically tow cars that appear to violate the store's shoppers-only parking policy, store manager Jeff Greenberg said last week. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L. registration

Following one of its most exciting seasons, the Glen Oaks Little League will be holding its final registration for the 2003 season. The Glen Oaks Little League consists of more than 400 children from the Glen Oaks, Floral Park, Bellerose neighborhoods, as well as other neighboring communities. Comment.

Save cops, firemen, sanitation serices from cuts: CB 5

“I’m very concerned about the provision of essential services,”... Comment.

‘One-stop’ child advocacy planned for Queens Blvd.

A child advocacy center that will offer comprehensive medical, legal and social services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse is scheduled to open in June in Forest Hills, District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comment.

Gennaro, Jews, cops meet to discuss terrorism threat

In response to federal officials’ statements indicating that significant terrorist threats had been made against Jewish institutions, Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) called a meeting of Queens Jewish leaders and New York Police Department officials last week to talk about what measures can be taken to combat and prepare for terrorism. Comment.

Sts. Joachim & Anne fifth-grade girls finish season 12-0

Point guard Cecelia Dixon led all scorers with 6 points. Shooting guard Latasha Harris scored 4 points, and power forward Lataya Milien also added 4 points as the SSJA Lady Dragons squeaked by Sacred Heart, 14-9. Comment.

Boro Rotary provides surgery for sick Chinese orphan

A 3-year-old Chinese orphan who was born with a heart defect was ready to return to her native country this week after undergoing a lifesaving operation at Schneider Children’s Hospital in New Hyde Park. Comment.

Little Neck’s Stop & Shop stops towing cars from lot

In response to complaints from people whose cars were towed from Stop & Shop’s parking lot, the Little Neck supermarket will no longer automatically tow cars that appear to violate the store’s shoppers-only parking policy, store manager Jeff Greenberg said last week. Comment.

Queens jury finds 7 guilty in Bangladeshi Day attack

A Queens jury convicted seven men of brutally assaulting two others outside an Astoria club on Bangladeshi Independence Day in February 2001, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Businessmen, tourists fuel boom of hotels in Flushing

For many years, politicians, planners, business leaders and residents have proposed everything from town squares to movietheaters to more housing for downtown Flushing. Comment.

109th Precinct reaches out to Asians in northeast boro

The 111th and 109th police precincts held a joint meeting last Thursday for the Asian communities in northeast Queens with personal introductions by top police brass, crime prevention tips and information on how to become more involved with the local precincts. Comment.

Bayside historical group thanks Shulman with tea

Clad in vintage hats, members of the Bayside Historical Society and their guests thanked former Borough President Claire Shulman for her support over the years at the society’s Saturday afternoon tea. Comment.

Queensborough to receive new U.S. passport facility

A new U.S. Passport Office will open on the campus of Queensborough Community College next month, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced last week. Comment.

Blizzard buries borough, leaves travelers stranded

One of the worst snowstorms in New York City’s history wreaked havoc on Queens this week, dumping more than two feet of snow on parts of the borough. Comment.

Study points the way toward aging success

These men and women are pioneers in the country of extended old age. This group is exploring new territory, proving that the post-retirement years do not have to be a period of loss and inexorable decline. Quite the opposite. These later years provide powerful opportunities for continued growth — for affirming or reconsidering one’s priorities, taking on new challenges, exploring uncharted paths. Comment.

My all-time Top 10 personal movie winners

Now that the nominees for this year’s Academy Awards have been announced, this is the right time to reveal to what I’m sure is a breathlessly awaiting world the list of the 10 best movies I’ve ever seen. And I’ve seen a lot of movies in my time. Comment.

Should I stop to say hello, or just keep on walking?

Uh-oh! You’re out taking a walk and you suddenly spot someone you think you know. But are you sure? And does she know you? More important, do you remember whether you like her if you do know her? Comment.

Managing your money the second time around

Many clients that I work with in my Little Neck office are near or in retirement, and for many this is not their first marriage. How do you handle your budget, investments and estate plans with a second spouse? Sometimes this can be a very touchy subject and it may be helpful at times to get a third person’s opinion. Comment.

Advice for patients about correct site surgery

A report published by the Institute of Medicine in 2000 estimated that up to 98,000 people each year die due to preventable medical errors. That report also estimated the cost of these errors totals between $17 billion and $38 billion annually. Comment.

Bush’s new retirement account proposals

President Bush is trying to abolish 401(k) plans. He also wants to abolish IRAs, SIMPLEs, Section 457 Deferred Compensation plans, and the Tax-Deferred Annuities. Comment.

Baysider surprised to hear of nomination for Grammy

Born and raised in Bayside, 53-year-old David Holzman has just received his first Grammy nomination for best instrumental soloist performance without an orchestra. Comment.

Celebrating jazz at Jamaica’s Carmichael’s

Jan. 8 marked the beginning of the regular jazz season for the Creative Jazz Organization located in the basement of the historical Carmichael’s Diner. Comment.

Local theatre glows in a frigid February

Who can recall a more frigid weekend than this past one? But what a comfort on those frost-bit evenings to rush inside a local community theatre for a great show to thaw you out and put the warmth of spring in the air. Residents of both Queens and Brooklyn are fortunate indeed to have community theaters quite active even during these harsh winter weeks. Comment.

Northeastern Queens good place to raise kids: Survey

Northeastern Queens surpasses the rest of New York City as a positive environment to raise children, according to a survey by a child advocacy agency that paints a bleaker picture for other parts of the borough. Comment.

Berman to join Musica Reginae at Town Hall

Daniel Berman, a classical pianist in the “grand manner” with unusual musical sensitivity will play Mendelssohn’s Fantasy in f-sharp minor, op. 28, as well as selections from Albeniz and Debussy. He will end the performance with a paraphrase of the memorable tunes from the world’s most famous operetta, “Die Fledermaus.” Comment.

QSO adds top pianist for QCC show Feb. 22

The musical program selected by Maestro Arthur Fagen for the Great Romantic Classics Masterworks Concert Series brings concert-goers some of the most powerful and passionate compositions inspired by love and the intrigues of romance that have ever been penned. Comment.

QTIP’s latest arts series focuses on black culture

Queens Theatre in the Park is trumpeting the borough’s diversity by targeting the black community in the second of its cultural outreach programs for the performing arts. Comment.

Richmond Hill home to international beer store

Starting a business from scratch is a tall order. Comment.

How’s Business?: Vietnam vets

There were parades for the vets of World War I, World War II and the Korean War, but there was no big cheering section when the Vietnam vets came home. Many returned while the war was still in progress, only to be shunned by anti-war demonstrators. Comment.

Business Calender

Feb. 26 - Business Card Exchange – New York Hospital Queens – 5:30- 7:30 p.m. 898-8500 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: Teen killed in Van Wyck crash after being thrown from minivan

KEW GARDENS HILLS — A 17-year-old was killed in a car crash early Friday morning on the Van Wyck Expressway exit ramp to Union Turnpike, police said. Comment.

Editorial: Boss Giff

Move over Tweed. Comment.

Editorial: Justice

Two Queens burglars found out the hard way last week that they had picked the wrong house to rob. Comment.

List of borough top schools draws criticism

Borough politicians, elected officials and union representatives were quick to question what criteria Schools Chancellor Joel Klein used to draw up a list of 70 Queens schools that will be allowed to continue using their own curricula instead of the citywide unified instructional approach. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Ready for war’

It is an interesting irony that three alleged vandals arrested for doing graffiti in Glendale and Ridgewood are believed to be part of a graffiti "crew" that calls itself "Ready for War." The district attorney and the residents of these two communities are also ready for war. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Lower E. Siders take the dough, steal the show

I periodically sneak in a column about my childhood days on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. We were a family of 10 (two parents and eight children) sharing a cramped, two-bedroom apartment with a boarder a Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: City Sanitation workers deserve thanks, respect

Those who keep their word are to be admired. Somehow though, those furry little groundhogs tried a little too hard to prove their point this year. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Questions arise over NYC education plan

While returning from a visit to Australia and New Zealand I read articles about Queens Borough President Helen Marshall’s State of the Borough message last month, which emphasized education and the naming of 10 regional superintendents who will administer our 1,200 city schools, as announced by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Chancellor Joel Klein. Comment.

To The Point: Knights of Columbus hosts St. Pat’s dance

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The Lunar New Year celebration was a wonderful holiday event and, of course, due to the brisk weather the groundhogs had heavy fur coats on. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Spring success sprouts from easy-to-grow seeds

Let’s think spring! Enough winter projects! Now is the time to select packets of seeds for spring and summer planting and begin the process of seedling development. Comment.

Beach Channel struggles in win over Jamaica

Jim Malone’s worst nightmare almost became a reality. Comment.

Van Buren edges Bowne in first-round ‘B’ match up

Following a back injury that sidelined her for much of the regular season, Kim Leotaud thought basketball was behind her. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week

Nick Hamilton-Lopez led the Monsignor McClancy boys’ basketball team to three wins in four games last week, including the first two league wins of the season for the Crusaders. Comment.

SJU blows 13-point lead, falls to Providence

There were two blowouts Saturday at Alumni Hall. The first belonged to St. John’s, which dominated Providence for 20 minutes in an exhibition of just how good the team can be for stretches. Comment.

LaGuardia exhibit chronicles life of Marshall

The photographs hanging on either side of the food court at LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal offer a window into Borough President Helen Marshall’s daily life, telling the story of Queens through her eyes. Comment.

Late scoring drought wastes Queens comeback

They showed grit. They showed determination. They showed heart. Comment.

QC women hit the boards hard, top C.W. Post, 52-43

During three days of practice, in the pre-game meeting and during halftime, Queens College women’s coach Denis Conroy stressed the importance of limiting C.W. Post to one shot per offensive series. Comment.

Men’s baseball league looking for teams

The Queens Alliance plays doubleheaders on Sundays throughout Queens and parts of Brooklyn and a few games under the lights midweek. Comment.

Sacred Heart softball sign-ups

The program is open to all girls in the first through eighth grades who live within the Sacred Heart Parish boundaries, which are basically Corporal Kennedy Street on the West to 46th Avenue on the South to Little Neck Bay on the East and North. Comment.

Weiner decries high cost of prescription drugs

In response to threats of cuts to programs for the elderly due to budget constraints, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) spoke to seniors at the Austin Senior Center in Forest Hills Friday, addressing concerns such as prescription drug programs for the elderly, Medicare and Social Security. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Another loss puts Jarvis in jeopardy

A few weeks ago I dedicated this space to my long and apparently solo campaign of defending St. John’s University men’s basketball coach Mike Jarvis from the steady stream of barbs and catcalls that have plagued his tenure at the Queens school. Comment.

‘One-stop’ child advocacy planned for Queens Blvd.

A child advocacy center that will offer comprehensive medical, legal and social services to child victims of physical and sexual abuse is scheduled to open in June in Forest Hills, District Attorney Richard Brown announced last week. Comment.

Former Molloy swimming star making a big splash at Marist

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. — The thrill of winning is what got Matthew Castillo hooked on swimming eight years ago. And the Jamaica native hasn’t stopped since. Comment.

Ridgewood makes last pitch to stay in Queens

A crowd of Ridgewood residents made a final plea to preserve their neighborhood in a single city council district Tuesday night at the last public hearing scheduled in Queens before the city Districting Commission submits the new boundaries for federal approval. Comment.

State okays plan to clean polluted Phelps Dodge site

The state approved a $19 million plan to decontaminate the polluted Phelps Dodge site in Maspeth last month despite the community's insistence that a more comprehensive cleanup be performed. Comment.

Avella, Jennings stripped of council committee posts

The two Democratic city councilmen from Queens who voted against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's property tax hike in November were stripped of their posts on council committees last week in apparent retribution from Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) for opposing the tax increase. Comment.

Weiner seeks more money to aid school transfer sites

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Kew Gardens) is calling for more money and resources for well-performing schools that accept students transferring from the borough's poorest schools to ensure high test scores and student performance are not sacrificed. Comment.

Leary captures 500th win as SFP beats Cross

St. Francis Prep varsity boys basketball coach Tim Leary picked up his 500th career win on the varsity level Sunday against crosstown rivals Holy Cross, 49-46. Comment.

House hit with violations before deadly blaze

The owner of the two-story Ozone Park house where a mother, her two sons and niece died in a three-alarm blaze last week had been cited twice by the city for allowing illegal construction to be performed on the house, Department of Buildings records show. Comment.

City settles damage suit at Queens Village church

A Queens Village church received a check for $1,390 from the city last week to cover the cost of cleaning its indoor basketball court after water and raw sewage from a city line filled the gymnasium in 2001. Comment.

Molloy captures back-to-back wins following 25-day layoff

Dust may have been starting to collect on their skates, but the Archbishop Molloy hockey team showed no signs of rust after a 25-day layoff, winning back-to-back CHSHL B games Friday and Saturday. Comment.

Fake city employees target southeast Queens residents

Some southeast Queens residents have fallen prey to people posing as city water inspectors seeking access to their homes to test water samples, the city Department of Environmental Protection said. Comment.

Queens jury finds 7 guilty in Bangladeshi Day attack

A Queens jury convicted seven men of brutally assaulting two others outside an Astoria club on Bangladeshi Independence Day in February 2001, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Registration stirs fears of Queens Pakistanis

For the last two months, Mohammed, a 46-year-old Pakistani immigrant who lives in Jamaica, has been agonizing about his child and his expired visa. Comment.

Senior couples renew vows at Glen Oaks ceremony

Two dozen couples said "we do" in unison last Thursday at a ceremony to renew their vows after more than 50 years of marriage. Comment.

College Round-up:LIU’s Bey breaks 1,000-point barrier in loss against Monmouth

If you're from Queens and on the Long Island University men’s basketball team, you had a pretty good day Saturday. Well, with the exception of losing 78-70 at Monmouth. Comment.

Pols, Fresh Meadows residents protest cop relocation

Councilmen Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) and David Weprin (D-Hollis), U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and members of the Fresh Meadows community rallied outside the Police Department's Queens South Task Force headquarters last week, protesting a proposal by the New York Police Department to move the facility to a new building in Rosedale. Comment.

Cuffe benched by Jarvis, to miss at least 2 games

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team announced Sunday that junior center Kyle Cuffe will be held out of two Red Storm games this week, including Tuesday’s encounter with Syracuse and Sunday’s game against the University of Connecticut. Comment.

Congress moves to bring LIRR to Grand Central

Congress has taken preliminary steps toward providing $13.5 million for the EastSide Access project to bring Long Island Rail Road trains into Grand Central Terminal in what U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) called a tough year to get such funds. Comment.

CB 11 helped preserve Bayside quality of life

Over the years much has been done to protect and improve the communities of Bayside and Auburndale. In the mid 1980s there was a sudden wave of demolition of magnificent one-family homes on relatively large parcels of land in R4 areas between 35th Avenue and Northern Boulevard, and from Corporal Kennedy Avenue to 217'th Street. Comment.

Fort Totten mercury plan gets final public meeting

The public comment period on the Army Corps of Engineers’ plan to leave mercury untreated in Little Bay ended last week with a civilian advisory group that monitors the process issuing recommendations to the Army and the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Comment.

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