Friday, Feb. 28, 2003

Beach Channel ousted from playoffs by Gompers, 58-51

Rahshon Clark heard the Gompers boys' basketball team was big, but the Beach Channel senior found out soon enough just how big. Between drawing charges and getting hammered when he exploded to the basket, the lanky 6-foot-5 Clark seemed to spend as much time horizontally as he did vertically Thursday at Elmcor. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 27, 2003

Koreans in borough get translation of trash laws

As part of a campaign to increase compliance with sanitation laws among the city's foreign-language speakers, the Department of Sanitation has released a Korean translation of its rules, officials announced at a Tuesday news conference in Flushing. Comment.

PS 29 in College Pt. nears end to lengthy renovations

Workers have nearly finished renovation of PS 29, one of College Point's two public schools, and the project is slated to be completed in April, its principal said. Comment.

Queens Blvd. illegal cabaret shut by FDNY

Almost a week after fire ripped through a Rhode Island concert hall, killing 97 people, owners and managers of live music venues throughout Queens are confident that no major changes are necessary to insure the safety of their patrons. But city fire officials took no chances last weekend, carrying out more than 30 inspections and closing one Queens nightclub, the department said. Comment.

Cars skidding on ice strike, kill Doug woman on GCP

Ice on the Grand Central Parkway led to an accident that claimed the life of a Douglaston woman on Sunday night, the New York Post reported. Comment.

Blind Forest Hills athlete honored by runners’ club

When Crista Earl moved from Fort Wayne, Ind. to Forest Hills six years ago, she missed the biking, swimming and walking she used to do regularly in spite of being blind since the fourth grade due to a disorder that causes cells of the retina to die. Comment.

Panel proposes ed councils to replace borough boards

A new proposal by the state legislative task force charged with suggesting replacements for community school boards might alleviate overcrowding in Queens and allow for more schools to be built throughout the borough. Comment.

Douglas Manor pot growers avoid jail in plea deal

Two men arrested last spring for growing $1.5 million worth of marijuana in a rented Douglas Manor home were sentenced Monday to five years’ probation, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

Pols, residents debate plan for Flushing, Willets Point

Talking of convention centers, bus depots and dreams of clean, traffic-free streets, community leaders descended on the Flushing Town Hall last week to discuss a plan for the future of downtown Flushing and Willets Point. Comment.

Koreans in borough get translation of trash laws

As part of a campaign to increase compliance with sanitation laws among the city’s foreign-language speakers, the Department of Sanitation has released a Korean translation of its rules, officials announced at a Tuesday news conference in Flushing. Comment.

Jamaica man faces charges in killing of girlfriend’s mom

A South Jamaica poet was charged Monday with bludgeoning his girlfriend’s mother to death on Valentine’s Day after a long-running feud, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

St. John’s shooting defendant charged with perjury

A Long Island man charged with attempted murder in 2001 after allegedly shooting a St. John’s University football star in the back and paralyzing him for life has been accused of persuading a friend to lie on his behalf, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.

AirTrain may start service by June despite Sept. crash

Despite setbacks after a fatal crash last year, the AirTrain light rail system linking Kennedy Airport to downtown Jamaica and Howard Beach could be in operation by June, Port Authority officials announced last week. Comment.

RKO Keith’s theater showcases industry’s past

There is a rare jewel in the heart of downtown Richmond Hill trying to make a comeback as a theater and cultural center for the southeast Queens neighborhood with the help of local historians, its owner and tenants. Comment.

Bayside firefighters’ craft to honor Sept. 11 victims

Firefighters at Bayside’s Engine 306 have built a wooden table, to be painted by Bayside High School art students, that will serve as the firehouse’s Sept. 11 memorial. Comment.

Korean-speaking policeman lends helping hand in 111th

Officer Young Choe, the first Korean-speaking policeman at the 111th Precinct, has been on the job for only a month, but his presence has already made an impact on a precinct with a booming Korean population. Comment.

Gunman robs armored truck at JFK airport

A masked gunman hijacked an armored truck from Kennedy Airport Sunday night, snatching about $2.1 million in large bills but leaving behind another $1 million in smaller bills, police said. Comment.

Butterfly garden planned for Cunningham Park

With mounds of snow still piled high, members of the Friends of Cunningham Park are looking forward to spring, when they plan to create a butterfly garden and install two bat houses in Cunningham Park. Comment.

CUNY tightens standards for law school in Flushing

The board of trustees of the City University of New York approved stricter admission and academic standards for the institution’s law school in Flushing this week. Comment.

Bayside’s PS 130 added to list of top city schools

The president of Community School Board 25 expressed confusion Monday after city Department of Education officials announced they were adding PS 130 in Bayside to the list of top-performing schools. Comment.

Ann Henderson: Borough President’s Special Recognition Award

More than three decades later, she’s now of the age where she could also be a client. Comment.

David Cohen: Education Award

At least his absence bought him time to find a place to mount the honor, only the latest of many he has racked up in 93 years of life. Comment.

Grace Lawrence: Civic Award

Grace Lawrence is a dream keeper for a place inspired by the poet himself — the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona. Comment.

Guy R. Brewer. Politician

Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, one of the main thoroughfares cutting through southeast Queens, bears the name of one of the most influential black politicians to come from the borough and the first black majority whip in the state Legislature. Comment.

Paul Gibson: Lifetime Award

First black officer at a major American airline. First black deputy mayor of the city of New York. Comment.

Roy Wilkins, NAACP Leader

For more than 30 years, southeast Queens has been home to Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans, but for three decades before the park was created, the region was home to the man himself, a long-time leader in the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Comment.

Slattery Construction / Gregory Murphy: Business Award

“I started off as laborer. My father was there for 40 years before me and he’s retired now — he started off as a laborer,” said Murphy, 50, of East New York. “And we worked our way up.” Comment.

JFK, LaGuardia airports win industry retail awards

The borough’s two airports brought home 14 awards, including three first-prize honors, for best concession services in a prestigious national retail competition sponsored by Airport Revenue News. Comment.

Tyra Emerson: Arts Award

“At the time we were like, ‘Oh, not, not another cultural event,’” recalled Emerson, a Queens Village resident honored by the borough president for her devotion to the arts in Queens. “But that’s why I have an appreciation as an adult for culture, for art — and that’s where I’m going.” Comment.

Kids’ bilingual theater come to Astoria center

Viva Stage presents original plays and musicals, as well as adaptations of well-known works, such as Chekhov’s “The Marriage Proposal,” in Spanish and English for children of all ages. This touring company was created nine years ago by Executive Director/Producer/Writer Susana Crisan. The company consists of professional actors Fior Marte, Oscar Mory and Sonia Villar, and has performed in theaters, streets, parks, museums and schools. Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Shannon Breeze a family rock and roll band

You know you're a good, rockin' band when you blow out the house speakers. Comment.

Death comes in many forms on Queens stages

The winter explosion of superb community theater continues. Last week I reported on “I Hate Hamlet” at Astoria Performing Arts Center and “Crimes of the Heart” at Parkside Players, both extremely well done. I could hardly have expected better theater in Queens — that is, until this past weekend. Comment.

New York Hall of Science on track for growth

Despite citywide budget cuts, this year the New York Hall of Science will receive $3.2 million in discretionary capital funding from Queens Borough President Helen Marshall that was recently approved by the New York City Office of Management and Budget according to Dan Andrews, the president’s spokesman. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calender Listings

Free Tax Counseling Comment.

Queens natives grab Oscar nominations

As anybody not living under a rock is aware, the 75th Annual Academy Awards will be held Sunday, March 23. And this year Queens has a few of its own that are up for the gold. Comment.

Queens’ Marshall, others pay homage to Shaw

Arvell Shaw, the long time bassist and close friend of legendary Jazz trumpeter Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong, was described in a recent personal correspondence by one of my friends and fellow jazz journalist colleagues, “a man who was fabled for his musical genius on bass” and as “the gentle giant of the jazz bass.” Comment.

Consumer Affairs opens Boro Hall office

In an effort to streamline its operations, the Department of Consumer Affairs opened a new office Tuesday in Queens Borough Hall, which will serve as a hub for a team of 10 inspectors as well as the DCA’s Home Improvement Contractor Unit. Comment.

Have a problem? Flushing man to the rescue

In 1980, Ron Alford had a successful Flushing business that dealt with hundreds of clients across the borough. But the problem was that many people struggled to understand exactly what he did. Comment.

How’s Business?: Heating oil hike

If you’re a homeowner paying heating bills, you are quite aware of the increase in the price of home heating oil. Comment.

Business Calender

Feb. 27 - Entrepreneurship Seminar – “Finance and Credit” - LaGuardia Community College and the Queens Chamber Commerce . 8:30-10:30 a.m., Queens Chamber of Commerce Office –718-898-8500 Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thursday, Feb. 27 - A reception called “Celebrating Queens’ Leadership in Albany, Benefiting Future Generations of Leaders” will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Caffe on The Green in Bayside to provide funds for Queens Library’s children’s programs and materials. Comment.

Police Blotter: Cops release sketch of suspect in immigrant’s fatal shooting

OZONE PARK — Police released a composite sketch of one suspect in the fatal shooting of a 43-year-old Guyanese immigrant two weeks ago while he was drinking coffee in a deli across from the Ozone Park supermarket where he worked, police said. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Loving hearts’

As the hard times linger, Americans are increasingly tempted to reconsider this nation’s generosity. Politicians and talk-show hosts standing under the “America First” banner question all types of foreign aid. They argue that the time has come to do less for others and more for America’s needy. Comment.

Editorial: Doing less for more

We have yet to be persuaded that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority is justified in raising the fare for subway riders. According to Borough President Helen Marshall, the financial information that the MTA is providing to elected officials is two years old. Comment.

Editorial: Moral idiots

Last week Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced that four former students of Christ the King High School in Middle Village had been charged with sexual misconduct for allegedly having sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl at a party at a Queens Village home. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Pioneers paved road to women’s advancement

“Women are like tea bags. They don’t know how strong they are until they get into hot water.” Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Springfield Gds. P.O. goes extra mile for us

All too often, we know very little about the lives of those who serve us, even if that service has been long and done exceptionally well. Comment.

Boro riders protest fare hikes, booth closings

Politicians, civic leaders and many of Queens’ poor and powerless last week denounced a proposed transit fare hike as a tax in disguise and predicted that closing of subway token booths would bring calamitous consequences. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Senators wary of plans to overhaul city schools

Just when city residents were digesting the recently released plans of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to revamp the governance of schools, the New York City Senate Majority issued a statement on Jan. 28 questioning the right of anyone to overhaul the education system without the permission of the State Legislature. Comment.

To The Point: College Point digs out from major snowstorm

It was heartwarming to see many Valentine decorations on the houses and the beautifully lit hearts. It gave me a warm feeling. Comment.

Molloy hockey trounces Christ the King, 8-0

Paul LiVecchi knew the Christ the King hockey team would come out fired up to play against its Queens rivals Monday night. Too fired up, the Molloy junior found out, as the Royals took a pair of early penalties. Comment.

Stanners knock off Hilltoppers in quarterfinals

With Christ the King clinging to a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter against rival Mary Louis and with two starters saddled with four fouls apiece, it got a whole lot hotter for Molloy girls’ basketball coach Marty Towey. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Roslyn Gold-Onwude

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Queensborough wins CUNYAC crown over Hostos

The Queensborough men’s basketball team captured its first CUNYAC championship in five years Friday night after defeating Hostos Community College 81-64 at the Borough of Manhattan Community College. Comment.

Jarvis tossed as Red Storm swoon continues against Connecticut

Marcus Hatten buried back-to-back three-pointers to pull the St. John’s men’s basketball team to within three of the host University of Connecticut Huskies with 1:09 remaining in regulation Saturday at Gampel Pavilion in Storrs, Conn. Comment.

York Cardinals soar into CUNY semifinals

Ron St. John was looking for that extra little bit of motivation to feed the York men’s basketball team before its CUNY quarterfinal game Sunday against the College of Staten Island. Comment.

Our Lady of the Snows Bantam girls win overtime thriller

Snows jumped out to a 10-2 first-quarter lead behind the scoring of Weinman, Adara Simonelli and Tina Khiani; however, St. Margaret’s roared back with 16 points in the second quarter to temporarily stun the OLS girls and grab an 18-14 halftime lead. Comment.

Sacred Heart defeats St. Fidelis, 21-14

Kevin Montoya led the way with 12 points. Jason Chan pulled down 10 rebounds, Tim Chua added 4 points and 5 steals and Tim Keaney scored 1 point with steals. Comment.

Howard Girsky, reporter for borough paper, dies

Howard Girsky, a reporter and senior editor of The Queens Courier for seven years, died Feb. 13. Comment.

Dining Out: Mediterranean delight in Bayside restaurant

42-24 Bell Blvd. Bayside Comment.

Lailla: Mediterranean delight in Bayside restaurant

Entering Lailla is a bit like entering an Oriental bazaar. Small Oriental rugs are hung here, there and everywhere. There are lots of water pipes, too. If they were being smoked outdoors in front, in summer, wouldn't that add fabulous bit of authenticity! Comment.

St. Anastasia finishes with win

Pictured are: (front row) Shawn Henderson (PS 94), Bryan Driscoll (St. A), Nico Pantucci (PS 155), Matt Kane (St. A), (back row) Bill Driscoll (The Parkside Group), Kevin Gallagher (St. A), Nicholas Calandra (St. A), Tom O'Byrne (St. A), Ian Lawson (St. A), Katie Driscoll (Townsend Harris High School). The team had a record of 7-7 for the season and the top scorer was Nico Pantucci. Comment.

Gay-friendly St. Pat march to make Woodside return

Three years have gone by since the borough's St. Patrick's Parade first electrified the streets of Woodside, and what began as a historic breakthrough now endures as a Queens tradition. Comment.

Bloomberg announces plan for Queens Plaza cleanup

Sometimes it's the aesthetic problems that get a neighborhood down: the stray pieces of litter that blow like tumbleweed down the road, the graffiti that layers upon itself across walls and garages. Comment.

First CYO diocesan hoop title for St. Greg’s girls

The St. Greg’s girls were up for the challenge led by Emily Harms’ hard-charging fast breaks, Theresa Quinn, Erin O’Mahoney, Caity Brandt, Dana Guintini in the back court and Courtney Hanson, Celine Ferguson, Megan Concannon, Meghan Hill and Justine Kinsky defending the basket. Comment.

Man acquitted in 1981 shooting at Woodhaven bar

The man arrested in 2001 for allegedly killing two Woodhaven bar owners in 1981 was acquitted of murder charges Feb. 14 after having spent close to two years in police custody at Rikers Island. Comment.

Blind Forest Hills athlete honored by runners’ club

When Crista Earl moved from Fort Wayne, Ind. to Forest Hills six years ago, she missed the biking, swimming and walking she used to do regularly in spite of being blind since the fourth grade due to a disorder that causes cells of the retina to die. Comment.

From Queens to the Silver Screen: Life of brothers put on film

In so many ways, Danny Jacob is just another college freshman. The 6-foot-2, 19-year-old mingles with others at York College, dreaming big dreams of a hip-hop career, starting a clothing line, maybe penning a book or taking up acting. Comment.

St. John’s shooting defendant charged with perjury

A Long Island man charged with attempted murder in 2001 after allegedly shooting a St. John's University football star in the back and paralyzing him for life has been accused of persuading a friend to lie on his behalf, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.

Documentary about Queens pair up for Oscar

Danny Jacob was still in a sleepy daze when his grandmother Erslena Jacob woke him with the news. Comment.

Man fakes identities to get new driver’s licenses

Irving Gonzalez's driving record reads like a trashy crime novel. Comment.

RKO Keith’s theater showcases industry’s past

There is a rare jewel in the heart of downtown Richmond Hill trying to make a comeback as a theater and cultural center for the southeast Queens neighborhood with the help of local historians, its owner and tenants. Comment.

CB 9 votes to honor community leader

Members of Community Board 9 are attempting to rename 96th Street in Woodhaven for longtime civic activist, businessman and benefactor Frank D'Orazi, who died suddenly Jan. 7. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Mike Tyson is his own reality show

If I didn’t know better, I could have watched Saturday’s Mike Tyson fight against Clifford Etienne thinking it was just the latest in a steadily growing long line of guilty pleasure reality TV shows. Or maybe the next evolution of Vince McMahon’s wrestling empire. Comment.

Teen recants rape charge against art teacher

A 12-year-old Rego Park junior high school special education student recanted claims against her art teacher after alleging he raped her several times during a three-month period beginning in December, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comment.

Consortium set to promote film in SE Queens

A group of film makers, screenwriters, community leaders and others want to see southeast Queens in bold marquee lights, and they've started a nonprofit organization dedicated to the medium of movies to get there. Comment.

Laurelton Local Development Corp. opens new Merrick Boulevard office

The newly created Laurelton Local Development Corp. is ready to get to work stimulating the economic development in the area at its new office at the Social Concern Building on Merrick Boulevard. Comment.

Jamaica man faces charges in killing of girlfriend’s mom

A South Jamaica poet was charged Monday with bludgeoning his girlfriend's mother to death on Valentine's Day after a long-running feud, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Pathmark to give $150K to SE Queens biz group

About seven weeks after supermarket chain Pathmark agreed to contribute $400,000 to a community fund to help southeast Queens businesses and organizations, the first payment is nearly ready to go out, said City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton). Comment.

S. Ozone Pk. senior center draws clientele with menu

Chan Jamoona said she decided to open the city's only vegetarian Hindu senior center in South Ozone Park because her house was just too small to host, feed and entertain all her mother's guests, who regularly came to socialize during all hours of the day. Comment.

Bayside girls sink Beach Channel, 66-51

Gayle Silverstein didn’t have to look too far for inspiration after struggling to find her shot in the first half Tuesday afternoon. Comment.

Four expelled from CTK charged in sex case: DA

Four students expelled from Christ the King High School in January were charged last week with sexual misconduct for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old classmate who was legally too young to give consent, authorities said. Comment.

Bayside’s PS 130 added to list of top city schools

The president of Community School Board 25 expressed confusion Monday after city Department of Education officials announced they were adding PS 130 in Bayside to the list of top-performing schools. Comment.

Cross hangs tough, but falls to Molloy, 83-67

The Archbishop Molloy Stanners held off a determined Holy Cross club, 83-67, in the first round Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan varsity basketball tournament Sunday at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.

Attorneys dispute verdict for Astoria gang assault

The attorneys for two Bangladeshi men found guilty of participating in a gang assault outside an Astoria club two years ago are disputing the verdict, claiming their clients are innocent and the jury misunderstood the law. Comment.

Blaze on Braddock Avenue destroys ambulance corps

Fire broke out in the basement of the Queens Village Hollis Bellerose Volunteer Ambulance Corps Friday, severely damaging the building and shutting down the corps' operations. One firefighter was injured slightly. Comment.

Brooklyn Knights to host intramural soccer program at Metropolitan Oval

It is free of charge for children ages 4 to 9. To sign up for the intramural program or for any additional information about the Met Oval and its teams, please call 718-417-4455. Comment.

Boro arts fund gives $5K to Fresh Meadows Poets

The Fresh Meadow Poets group was awarded $5,000 in grant money from the Queens Community Arts Fund last month to continue its efforts to promote poetry among people of all ages in the borough. Comment.

$23M Utopia Center slated to open for biz by year end

A new $23 million mini-commercial center is scheduled to open by the end of the year at the corner of Union Turnpike and Utopia Parkway near St. John's University, according to the center's contractor. Comment.

Mass. man pleads guilty to affair with Bayside teen

A Massachusetts man charged with having sex with a 15-year-old Bayside boy he met on the Internet last summer has pleaded guilty and faces one to three years in prison when he is sentenced next month, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last week. Comment.

Church honors Baysiders for Black History Month

Pride in Bayside's black heritage filled the Community Baptist Church Friday as the 75-year-old institution celebrated Black History Month with songs, prayer, dance and storytelling. Comment.

College Round-up: QC men in driver’s seat for NYCAC tourney berth

The New York Collegiate Athletic Conference basketball tournament is moving from Queens College to the brand-new Pratt Recreation Center on the campus of C.W. Post, the league announced Monday. Comment.

Flushing temple to repair facility damaged by truck

A Flushing Hindu temple has gotten the city's OK to begin repairing the damage left by a dump truck that crashed into its wall late last year. Comment.

Cops, Avella seek cameras to stop College Point thefts

Police and Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) are pushing the management of the large parking lots for The College Point Multiplex Cinema and Target to install security cameras to help combat a high rate of car thefts. Comment.

Bayside firefighters’ craft to honor Sept. 11 victims

Firefighters at Bayside's Engine 306 have built a wooden table, to be painted by Bayside High School art students, that will serve as the firehouse's Sept. 11 memorial. Comment.

Rain, melting snow flood low-lying parts of Queens

The blizzard that buried the borough joined forces with heavy rains over the weekend to leave a trail of flooded streets, backed-up sewers and potholes all over Queens, especially in low-lying areas. Comment.

District leaders play key role for boro voters, parties

In that gray area in the relationship between Queens party politics and the borough’s elected officials lies a group of more than 100 people who represent both the party they belong to and the residents who elected them. Comment.

Hevesi issues subpoena for MTA’s financial info

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has issued subpoenas to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to force the agency to provide financial information to determine whether a transit fare hike is necessary. Comment.

JetBlue to add Atlanta to list of cities served

The Forest Hills-based airline JetBlue has announced it is adding Atlanta to its flight schedule, new service between the West Coast and Florida and two more new jetliners to its fleet. Comment.

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