Thursday, March 4, 2004

Swastikas painted over on Powell’s Cove rocks

When Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) learned Feb. 25 that swastikas were discovered painted on rocks in the park, he contacted the 109th Precinct and the Department of Parks and Recreation. Comment.

City will renovate streets in Flushing close to river

In Lippmann Arcade, an outdoor plaza from 39th to Roosevelt avenues in the heart of downtown Flushing, Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) joined prominent local politicians and business leaders to announce the city's contribution to the upgrading of 37th and 39th avenues. Comment.

Snows girls fall to St. Robert’s, 10-5

Tara O’Rourke scored three points from going 3-of-4 from the foul line. Briana Rivera had two points, shooting 2-of-2 from the foul line. Offensive rebounds by Jaime Sweeney, Jillian Burke, Jennifer Will and Theresa Conway led to several scoring chances. Spirited defense by Ashley Rodriguez, Kibibi Thorsen, AnnaMaria Pilato, Victoria Pinamonti and Michele Liberto held St. Roberts to 10 points. Comment.

Judge tosses out evidence in College Pt. drug case

The two businessmen, father-and-son Danny and Richard Teng, were charged with conspiracy and trafficking in drug paraphernalia in a case that was expected to go to trial last week, according to published reports. Comment.

St. Mel’s Rookies best OLBS

Point guard Giancarlo Santillo led all scorers with 30 points including an amazing 12-of-15 from the charity stripe. Filippo Gattoni poured in 12 while Anthony Merkle and Joey Kurtz hit for two apiece. Comment.

Landmarks meeting spurs hope for Doug Hill district

Commission spokeswoman Diane Jackier said the agency would meet with Douglaston Hill homeowners on Wednesday, March 10, at 7:30 p.m. at the Zion Episcopal Church "to discuss the Landmarks Commission's designation process and the regulatory process." Comment.

Astoria man sent to jail in sex abuse

An Astoria street vendor was sentenced last Thursday to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting and impregnating an 8-year-old girl who was the daughter of his girlfriend at the time, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Kerry sails to primary win in Super Tuesday contest

U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) won the New York state Democratic primary after Queens Democrats decided to back him two weeks ago following Howard Dean’s departure from the race. Comment.

Don’t gamble with Social Security funds: AARP

More than 500 people from Queens and elsewhere in the city got a lesson in the future of Social Security last week as officials from AARP made their case against plans to create private investment accounts using payroll taxes. Comment.

Jamaica man slain, 2 hurt in shooting outside school

An avid basketball fan and family man who loved the Knicks almost as much as he loved his family was shot and killed last week as he was leaving a basketball tournament at a St. Albans school, police said. Comment.

Deadly Bay Terrace blaze claims life of teenager

A house guest intentionally set a towel on fire in a Bay Terrace house early Sunday, igniting a blaze that killed a 14-year-old Korean girl and left one of her young roommates in critical condition, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday. Comment.

Boro viewers divided on ‘The Passion’ film ‘Passion’

By Doug Chandler Comment.

Civic leaders say 111th Precinct needs more officers

The 111th Precinct is dangerously short of police officers and the community must press the Bloomberg administration for more police to combat crime, civic leaders told Monday’s Community Board 11 meeting. Comment.

$100K grant to fix College Pt. fields under fire

A $100,000 donation for the College Point ballfields from the developer poised to construct a wholesale business complex on the site of the former Flushing Airport has not appeased College Point residents opposed to the ambitious commercial project. Comment.

‘McMansion’ construction raises Doug residents’ ire

A crowd gathered Friday outside a large new home under construction in Douglaston to protest what Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said were loopholes in building regulations that allowed out-of-scale houses on relatively small lots. Comment.

Bayside couple set to wed after childhood friendship

The last time she walked down the aisle of St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church in Whitestone, Anjette LaRocca would not even stand with her partner, Brian Lewis, for pictures. Comment.

Swastikas painted over on Powell’s Cove rocks

A few anti-Semitic symbols that were scrawled on rocks in Powell’s Cove last week have since been painted over in an effort to quickly eradicate hate messages from the College Point landscape. Comment.

District 25 schools plan would ease overcrowding

Region 3 Superintendent Judith Chin touted measures to alleviate overcrowding in School District 25 in northeast Queens and District 29 in southeast Queens last Thursday. Comment.

Politicians back psych programs

The staff at Pride of Judea Community Services got some good news about Medicaid funding from local lawmakers Friday at the Douglaston mental health agency’s annual legislative and community breakfast. Comment.

Bayside biz is right fit for fashion-minded

The co-owner of a new high-end fashion store on Bayside’s Bell Boulevard said it was his interest in clothes that led him to open a showroom with his fiancée three months ago. Comment.

How’s Business?: Sidewalk talk

“East Side, West Side, all around the town there’s something wrong with our city — it’s the sidewalks on the ground.” OK, so I changed the words of James Blake’s and Charles Lawlor’s “The Sidewalks of New York” a little bit. Comment.

Business Calendar

March 4- Growth Network is now seeking members for a new networking group forming in LIC for area business owners. The first Thurs. of each month, from 8 - 10 a.m. For both events, contact Jeremy Rawitz at 347-385-8500. Comment.

DOT to Liu: School walks checked often

City Council members questioned transportation and education officials Monday to try to determine who is responsible for the safety of children on their way to school, a quest brought on by the deaths of two Brooklyn boys. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Editorial: Save the farm

It’s hard to fault John Klein Jr. for wanting to sell the last working farm in the county of Queens. In a modern economy the two-acre farm was too small to support itself. Selling the family farm that was once 200 acres must have been a difficult decision, but it was one that almost anyone would have made. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Boro residents need better police complaint system

The death of Timothy Stansbury, the unarmed 19-year-old gunned down by an NYPD officer on a Brooklyn rooftop, ought not to have happened. It was tragic. No one disputes that. While the reaction at City Hall and One Police Plaza was markedly different than the prior occupants at both those citadels, the bad outcome still concerns me and many other New Yorkers of all backgrounds. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Columnist carries political ball for a touchdown

I think the American public wants a solemn ass as a president, and I think I’ll go along with them. – Calvin Coolidge Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Precinct, community pull together for 109th officer

Good friend and 109th Precinct Officer Tom Brophy’s surgery went well and he has been healing nicely. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing immigrants must take safety precautions

Have serious crimes declined in this part of the city? The answer is negative in the borough’s Asian community. Comment.

Teen Talk: Boro libraries followed Flushing branch’s lead

When I recently stopped in at the Queens branch library in Bayside on Northern Boulevard and 215th Street, I was amazed at the transformation it had undergone in just the handful of months I hadn’t been there. There were more videos, including foreign ones, more newspapers and magazines, and more new recent paperbacks (and not just the juicy bestsellers but the serious, literary kind). Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Forest Park reaps gains of commissioners’ TLC

Even during the “good” times of some of the late 1990s, the Department of Parks and Recreation was not blessed with much money and staff. In comparisons made over the years by environmental groups, New York City was always below the national average of the money spent on parks by other major cities. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Queens residents can help to prevent crimes

The recent death of Huang Chen should be a reminder to all Queens residents of the importance of crime prevention and reporting illegal activity to local law enforcement. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Marshall outlines plans in State of the Borough

Moving to Colden Auditorium in Queens College from the Queens Museum, Borough President Helen Marshall delivered her 2004 State of the Borough Address. Marshall called the list of improvements in Queens “the Marshall Plan.” Comment.

City Council reps in boro support same-sex nuptials

Several City Council members from Queens said they support gay rights activists who are seeking to be legally married in New York City as advocates for the proposal brought their fight to City Hall with planned rallies and protests. Comment.

Police Blotter: Two Queens men arrested on charges of rape, robbery, sodomy in Manhattan

MANHATTAN — Two men, from Woodhaven and Bellaire, were arrested Saturday on charges of rape, robbery and sodomy in connection with an alleged sexual assault in the area of 125th Street and the Harlem River Drive, police said. Comment.

Astoria film museum releases March ’04 movies

7:30 p.m. (Greek Cinema Showcase) Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Brazooka to play in Flushing

Queens Library will host Brazooka on Sunday at 2 p.m. The concert will be held at the Flushing Library, 47-17 Main St., 718-661-1200. Admission is free. Comment.

‘New Hardware Store’ deals with old issues

The 4 p.m. show for Black Spectrum Theatre’s presentation of Earl Lovelace’s “The New Hardware Store: A Buy Black Comedy” on Sunday was very nearly sold out. The play, a somewhat impressionistic comedy set after the independence of Trinidad and Tobago and during a period of unrest, was an unusual project for the Black Spectrum as it was put on by the Caribbean American Repertory Theatre. Comment.

LaGuardia presents ‘The Silly Jellyfish’  March 21

Sent on a quest by the king and queen of the dragons, the young, innocent jellyfish meets up with a menagerie that lives in the deep of the sea — a blue crab, an octopus, two manta rays, a great white shark, a blue whale and a giant sea turtle. Comment.

More than a camera club: Flushing’s Michalec moves on to statewide competition

Most of us have done it, usually without intending to. Comment.

Musica Reginae ready for show

The show will feature four outstanding singers who will perform classics from the world of lieder and opera. They are: Julie Miller, soprano; Jann Degnan, mezzo soprano; Mark Duffin, tenor; and Vaughn Fritts, baritone. They will be joined by Walter Winterfeldt on piano and the evening will be hosted by Maestro David Close. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

Philadanco comes to Queens Theatre in the Park

Philadanco has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Louis Bellson Orchestra, the Duke Ellington Orchestra, and with world-renowned pop celebrities. They have performed at New York’s Madison Square Garden, Lincoln Center, Jacob’s Pillow, the Joyce Theatre, the Kennedy Center, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and the Delacorte Theater, as well as throughout Europe and Asia. Comment.

Bloomberg to join St. Pat’s parade in Queens

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New Paltz Mayor Jason West were scheduled to march in Sunday’s annual St. Patrick’s parade in Sunnyside that welcomes gay people, one of the event’s organizers said Tuesday. Comment.

‘Just For Kids’ gardening series at Queens Botanical

Munch, Crunch, Grow your Lunch: Planning and starting your spring garden Comment.

Queens Botanical offers garden workshops

This series is offered for those interested in the natural approach to gardening and will take the home gardener through every season of the year. Winter is the ideal time to learn, plan, and prune; spring is the time to prepare, propagate, and cultivate; summer is the time to manage garden stresses and pests yet also relax and enjoy your garden; and fall is the time for more planting as well as putting your garden to sleep.Attend three workshops in this series and attend the fourth one free. Pre-registration is not required. Comment.

Sheila Jordan to perform at LaGuardia Arts Center

Considered one of the most consistently creative of all jazz singers, Jordan will perform a selection of soulful numbers with the center’s house band. The session also invites local musicians and singers to come and jam with the band and guest artist. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Recruiting doesn’t jive on HS level

The TimesLedger published an article last week about Chris Matesic, the head boys’ varsity basketball coach at Bayside High School. The story, written by Associate Sports Editor Dylan Butler, described allegations that Matesic was trying to recruit basketball players from other city high schools, a violation of the rules set up by the Public School Athletic League. Comment.

SJU women lock up spot in Big East Tournament

There wasn’t a sea of red floating among the thousands of seats at Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon as the St. John’s women’s basketball team played host to Seton Hall in its inaugural game at the World’s Most Famous Arena. Comment.

Cardozo advances past Manhattan Center, 67-46

If there were an inkling of an upset, guards Dwayne Johnson, Nick Flagg and Vic Morris put an end to that right away for the top-seeded Cardozo boys’ basketball team. The Judges guards ran at will on No. 17 Manhattan Center in a 67-46 romp Feb. 25 at Elmcor. Comment.

Holy Cross ousted by All Hallows in double overtime

The finality of the moment seemed to hit Paul Gilvary as he emerged from classroom 205 at Archbishop Molloy Sunday evening, just a few minutes after the Holy Cross basketball team he coaches fell to All Hallows, 81-80, in a double overtime classic in the first round of the CHSAA playoffs. Comment.

Mary Louis eliminated by Bishop Loughlin, 70-57

Casey Shevlin wasn’t thinking about the other 31 minutes and 28 seconds when she and her Mary Louis teammates — including seven girls who were in their first season of varsity basketball — courageously battled a stronger, more athletic Bishop Loughlin team. Comment.

Harris falls to Midwood in Cerulo’s final game

Minutes after a 72-64 loss to Midwood in the second round of the PSAL Class A playoffs, Katie Driscoll was still playing the part of point guard. Comment.

Queens Haitian advocate stays neutral amid revolt

During a monthlong revolt that has gripped his homeland of Haiti and prompted its president to flee, Herold Dasque said he has tried to stay away from politics. But while his job as executive director of Haitian-Americans United for Progress, a non-profit organization based in Cambria Heights, demands he appear neutral about the uprising, it has not always been easy to do so. Comment.

Van Buren girls upset Beach Channel, 60-45

With five minutes left in the fourth quarter and the Van Buren girls’ basketball team’s 18-point lead slashed to just 10, Jennaer Brown’s thoughts drifted back to last year’s PSAL Class B quarterfinal game. Comment.

Christ the King freshmen best Molloy for city title

The Christ the King freshmen boys’ basketball team defeated Archbishop Molloy, 50-47, to capture the CHSAA championship this past week, making it the 10th freshmen city title for the Royals in 22 years. Comment.

Garden girls ousted in GISAL-Div I semis

Loyola was led by its two junior co-captains, Molly Turbidy (24 points) and Kathleen Abels (20 points). Courtney Blue added eight points. The Lady Griffins’ Monika Derrien had a team-high 17 points to go along with 11 rebounds, four steals and four assists. Amanda Krol and Yomna Nassef scored 11 points and seven points, respectively. Comment.

McClancy routs Mount in ‘C’ hockey semifinals

The McClancy boys’ hockey team hit the ice for its CHSHL ‘C’ best-of-three semifinal series Sunday at Abe Stark Rink on Coney Island sans head coach Mike Brenneis and practice pucks — both delayed because of an accident on the Belt Parkway. Comment.

Dining Out: Water’s Edge one of Queens’ best dining joys

If a spectacular view and elegant ambiance is what you seek, I can’t think of any place in our borough that can beat the Water’s Edge. In fact, you’ve got to admit, there’s no place in Manhattan where you can get a more glorious and unobstructed view of Manhattan. Cross the river if you want to gaze at Queens. Comment.

City approves 7-ft. fence for Queensboro Bridge

Diane Jackier, a spokeswoman for the commission, said the vote was 6-0 in favor of issuing what the agency calls a positive, binding permit allowing the city Department of Transportation to put up the fence. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Bryan Geffen

Name: Bryan Geffen Comment.

Terrace on the Park owes city $5.2M in redo: Audit

Almost half the money owed by the Crystal Ball Group, which signed a 20-year license agreement with the city Department of Parks in 1998, consists of missing receipts and the erroneous categorization of expenses for construction and renovation, the audit found. Comment.

Lutheran All Faiths cemetery marks past

Bordering on both Glendale and Middle Village and divided in half by Metropolitan Avenue, the cemetery was originally incorporated in 1852 as Lutheran Cemetery. It later filed a Doing Business As certificate with the words "All Faiths" added in order to clear up any confusion since it accepts people of any faith. Comment.

JFK helps spur economic rebound

Although new job growth and a variety of strong industries paint an optimistic portrait for Queens, the borough has not yet gotten back to the peak seen in 2000, said Marilyn Rubin, a partner with Urbanomics, an economic consulting firm that works with the Queens Economic Development Corporation. Comment.

Phony doctor’s arrest brings relief to Maspeth family

Dean Faiello, 44, of Newark was arrested last Thursday at the Villas Playa Samara resort in Costa Rica, said Paul Larrabee, a spokesman for state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer. Comment.

Howard Beach park to be fixed

Betty Braton, chairwoman of Community Board 10, said Astroturf will take the place of real grass that has been destroyed because of overuse. Comment.

College Round-up: Beauford nabs America East rookie honor, again

Former Christ the King standout Mitchell Beauford, a freshman guard on the Stony Brook men’s basketball team, was named America East co-Rookie of the Week along with Northeastern’s Bennet Davis, the league announced Monday. Comment.

Monserrate introduces bill to decrease bank robberies

"This legislation is about protecting people's futures," said Monserrate, a member of the Council's Public Safety Committee and veteran of 12 years with the New York Police Department. Comment.

Jackson Heights priest guilty in $50K theft

The Rev. John Johnston, 64, entered a guilty plea to criminal possession of stolen property on Feb. 25. He originally pleaded guilty to grand larceny charges on Feb. 17. Comment.

Commerce Bank planning two Forest Hills branches

"We are expanding in Queens and have plans to open not only these five but quite a few more as well in the future," said Peter Meyer, regional vice president of Commerce Bank for Queens and Brooklyn. Comment.

DA charges boro lawyer in theft plot

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Jeffrey Diamond of 72-36 112th St. has been charged with grand larceny in the third degree and the practice of law by an attorney who had been disbarred. Comment.

DeBerry’s solid Queens career comes to close

It wasn’t the Senior Night Gary DeBerry envisioned. Comment.

Jobs program at Kennedy, LaGuardia renewed

The PA last week announced it would extend the financial support of the Council for Airport Opportunity so the program can continue providing access to airport jobs for Queens residents living near Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Comment.

August Martin teenagers protest alleged brutality

Scores of students lined up along the edge of the sidewalk outside the facility, carrying posters and shouting "education not incarceration" and "we are not criminals" days after three teenage girls contended they were unnecessarily arrested and harassed by a school safety guard. Comment.

CB 9 hopes to secure funds for Forest Park renovation

Mary Ann Carey said in a phone interview Monday morning that she and members of the board submitted a top-10 list of ranked projects to be funded in the district, which includes the communities of Woodhaven, Richmond Hill and Ozone Park. On that list was Mary Whalen playground, which she said needs a host of repairs. Comment.

Phagwah in Ozone Park will be safe: Co-founder

Ramesh Kalicharran, who adapted the India parade in Manhattan to include Guyanese influences in 1990, said residents' fears that parade participants could substitute anthrax or other lethal powdery substances for the official abrack, a pinkish powder, come from a lack of understanding. Comment.

Aqueduct video lottery machines await state approval

Bill Nader, senior vice president for the racing association, said the second floor of the race track's grandstand was gutted to make room for the new gambling machines but a state delay in authorizing new construction has yet to be enacted. Comment.

Jobs program at LaGuardia renewed

The PA last week announced it would extend the financial support of the Council for Airport Opportunity so the program can continue providing access to airport jobs for Queens residents living near Kennedy and LaGuardia airports. Comment.

Queens men fail in bid to make NYCAC Tournament

John Sikiric thought it would be an annual excursion. Comment.

Don’t gamble with Social Security funds: AARP

The AARP, a nationwide retirement organization, sponsored the forum last Thursday at the Radisson Hotel JFK Airport in Jamaica to discuss problems with the benefit program and proposed plans to change it. Comment.

Jamaica man slain, 2 hurt in shooting outside school

Terence Burt, 35, of 109-65 142nd St., was hit in the chest by what appeared to be a stray bullet from a dispute in which two others were also shot, police said. Comment.

150 workers to be laid-off at Jamaica Hospital center

The 387-bed hospital, at the Van Wyck Expressway and Jamaica Avenue, was slated to let go 150 ward clerks, patient assistants and housekeepers, said Ole Pedersen, vice president of public affairs. Comment.

Ambulance corps waits to go home

"I would like to get back to our own base and house," said Melissa Robinson, an EMT and corps board member. The corps is currently stationed with the Jamaica Estates Holliswood South Bayside Volunteer Ambulance Corps at its house on Utopia Parkway and 208th Street. Comment.

Stanley ruled ineligible, as Red Storm falls again

Nothing has gone right for the St. John’s men’s basketball team this season. Comment.

Large house construction raises Doug residents’ ire

Several dozen residents, one holding a sign that said "McMansions not welcome," assembled on the corner of 51st Avenue and 244th Street, where a large peach brick house with red trim appeared nearly finished. Comment.

Woman killed in crossfire outside LIC nightclub

Eileen Acevedo, 34, of Bellerose, died Monday at 8:30 a.m. after the 4:30 a.m. shooting in the vicinity of Queens Plaza South and Crescent Street, police said. Comment.

New commander takes over as leader of 105th Precinct

"All I ask is that you meet me half way until we get to know each other," said Deputy Inspector Thomas Manzolillo, who officially took the commander's mantle from Deputy Inspector Michael Bryan on Feb. 9. Manzolillo previously commanded the 106th Precinct in Ozone Park. Capt. John O. Doherty is now head of the 106th. Comment.

Avella blasts plans for Flushing Airport

"We need to send a very clear message to the mayor that this project is dead on arrival," Avella said Feb. 25 of the proposal for a wholesale business center on the lot that once housed the Flushing Airport but has been abandoned for more than 20 years. Comment.

Verdi’s Restaurant defeats Graham Restoration, 13-7

Carvel scooped up a big win over Ranshaw Plumbing. Samantha Garthright led all scorers for Carvel, pouring in six points. Samantha Angelone hit from everywhere for five, and Gabriella Mardene and Angela Griorakos both slammed in four apiece. Taylor Ann Miller and Medina Hazin provided strong defense with four steals apiece, while Alexis Tchaconos ripped down four rebounds. Comment.

Boro Haitians divided on Aristide

As a talk show host for Radio Lakay in Brooklyn, one of several stations that Haitians living in southeast Queens listen to for their news, Jean Renel Poucher said this week that callers remained concerned for loved ones back in their homeland. Comment.

Borough assemblywoman vetoes MTA rail car plan

A Queens assemblywoman cast a vote that derailed Metropolitan Transportation Authority plans to spend $231 million on commuter rail cars, a transaction protested by New York City straphangers and Mayor Bloomberg. Comment.

State panel close to issuing ed reform plan for borough

Members of a state panel charged with studying how to reform the financing of New York’s public schools said Friday they will focus their efforts on coordinating recommendations from a host of groups to form a united front so issues are not ignored during the upcoming state budget process. Comment.

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