Thursday, March 11, 2004

109th cops seize guns on College Pt. Blvd.

Two officers went into the store undercover to purchase knives and DVDs last week, Lt. Louis Riccardo of the 109th Precinct said, in order to collect enough evidence to secure a search warrant. Comment.

Linden Place rebuild may proceed without airport sale

"At this point, there's no guarantee that the Linden Place road would be built if the Flushing Airport sale does not go through," Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), chairman of the Transportation Committee said Monday. "However, I am looking to secure funding through other channels because we need that road regardless of what happens to Flushing Airport." Comment.

Glen Oaks Little League readies for opening day

The League expects a number of public officials and dignitaries to help more than 350 boys and girls and their siblings and families kick off the season. Comment.

Avella blasts PBS series depicting ‘mob’ Medicis

In a March 1 letter to PBS President Pat Mitchell, Avella said the four-part documentary series' Web site, which describes Medici family members and their confidantes through the modern-day prism of fictional mob characters - monikers included - offers a particularly distorted view of Italians and Italian-Americans and serves to reinforce negative public perceptions. Comment.

Aurora Pond project awaiting state permits

The pond, named for the late Douglas Manor environmentalist Aurora Gareiss, was originally as large as an acre in size, but over the last several years it has become "a tiny weed-choked puddle," according to Udalls Cove Preservation Committee President Walter Mugdan. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

Outrageous Fortune breathes morbid air into ‘Buried Child’

The Outrageous Fortune Company’s latest effort is an ambitious production of Sam Shepard’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Buried Child,” a work in which grotesque realism is juxtaposed with symbolism in a stinging indictment of the myth that is the American Dream. Comment.

Same-sex marriage focus of St. Pat’s parade

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined City Council Speaker Gifford Miller and many Queens politicians Sunday in Sunnyside for a St. Patrick’s Day parade that turned into a rally calling for the legalization of same-sex marriages. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

‘Hansel and Gretel’ get lost, wind up in Queens

The school’s joint production between the Drama, Theatre and Dance Department and the Aaron Copland School of Music will be a new adaptation by Doris Lang Kosloff of Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel,” directed by Charles Repole. Comment.

Sweet jazz sounds emanate from LaGuardia

The sweet and soul-stirring sound of the blues was featured last month as part of the new spring edition of the LaGuardia Community College jazz series. Comment.

Music industry round table at LaGuardia CC

Admission is $5 / Free for QCA members and students with ID. Comment.

Queens Symphony will premiere new concerto

Attendees of the March 28 concert will also hear Beethoven’s dazzling “Symphony No. 5 in C Minor” on the program. QSO’s artistic director, Maestro Arthur Fagen, will conduct this momentous performance to end the orchestra’s 51st season of the Masterworks Concert Series at Queensborough Community College. Comment.

Firm may seek sale of Astoria power plant

The Astoria Generating Station, New York City’s second-largest power plant, is reportedly going on the selling block. Comment.

Maloney gets 100% rating by environmentalist group

U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) has been cited by an environmental activist organization with what the agency calls a 100 percent score for her congressional voting record in favor of preserving the environment. Comment.

City clerk denies marraige for boro same-sex couples

The city clerk denied dozens of same-sex couples their requests for marriage licenses as the pursuit among gays and lesbians fighting for the right to wed arrived in New York City last Thursday. Comment.

Group to propose Merrick Blvd. BID

A Laurelton development group is hoping to present a proposal to create a business improvement district along Merrick Boulevard to the city this summer. Comment.

AirTrain accidentally diverted, Port Authority reviews system

About a dozen passengers aboard the Kennedy Airport AirTrain were accidentally diverted from the shuttle’s normal route to the Howard Beach station to a storage yard last month, a Port Authority spokesman said. Comment.

Flowering Hope for an Ozanam Hall Resident

An Ozanam Hall resident’s life is a little brighter these days, thanks to a Bayside florist who is fulfilling her wish to be surrounded by beauty. Comment.

100 youths involved in melee outside Bayside High School

A confrontation involving about 100 youths broke out Friday afternoon across the street from Bayside High School, a city Department of Education spokesman said. Comment.

Weprin promises to protect Klein Farm from developer

With the boarded-up Klein Farm buildings standing forlornly behind him, Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) vowed Friday to protect the site of the city’s last working farm from development by notorious Flushing builder Thomas Huang. Comment.

Avella blasts PBS series depicting ‘mob’ Medicis

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has joined Italian-American groups in criticizing PBS for its “Sopranos”-like treatment of the Medici family in the broadcaster’s February documentary series about the Renaissance-era Italian power brokers, “Medici: Godfathers of the Renaissance.” Comment.

CB 7 approves group home for Flushing neighborhood

Community Board 7 unanimously approved a group home for developmentally disabled adults in Flushing Monday night despite complaints from residents who said they were not adequately notified about the board’s hearing on the project. Comment.

Flushing worshipers push to protect Bowne church

With development springing up all around downtown Flushing, members of the Bowne Street Community Church at 143-11 Roosevelt Ave. are asking Community Board 7 to help preserve their Presbyterian house of worship. Comment.

Man gets 20 years to life in prison for Jamaica arson

A landlord from Manhattan was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison for setting a fire in his Jamaica building in an insurance scam that resulted in injuries to three firefighters and serious burns to his alleged accomplice, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Building Better Bathrooms

According to Better Homes and Gardens magazine’s Web site, a standard size bathroom is 35-to-80 square feet. A typical master bath is 100 square feet or more. While it may be small compared to other rooms in the house, this standard space can really open up when you combine your personal preferences and style with how you want to use the bathroom. Comment.

Dimmers Set a Lighter Mood

After all, lighting isn’t just there to make sure you don’t trip over the rollerblades in the middle of the floor. Comment.

A Room With a Hue

If you are in the mood for a room transformation, but don’t have the time or budget to completely redecorate, try focusing on smaller portions of the room and creating focal points. You can still achieve a dramatic transformation with attention to detail and minimal effort. Comment.

A plan to create six million new homeowners

If you are planning to buy your first home, and wonder if the day will ever come when a mortgage lender hands you the keys and says, “Congratulations,” Fannie Mae and our lending and housing partners have just announced a nationwide plan to make it more possible for more families. Comment.

Upgrading the Home

According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, one of the first places to renovate is the kitchen. The organization estimates that some 4 million Americans will embark on some kind of kitchen remodel this year alone. Comment.

Choose the right flooring to fit your lifestyle

“When making a decision about flooring, keep in mind such factors as design options, comfort, warmth, safety and maintenance,” says Piera Marotto of Forbo Linoleum, Inc. “And don’t forget you can have fun with color.” Comment.

Swing into Spring Cleaning

After three long months of battling winter weather and dark skies, spring is a great time to refresh your home and your spirit for the new season. Comment.

Women Work at Home

A national survey of male and female homeowners, commissioned by Lowe’s for the third consecutive year to gauge the female do-it-yourself trend, reveals men and women acknowledge gender equality when it comes to learning about home improvement and executing do-it-yourself projects. Comment.

Jamaica biz offers food for peace

It’s refreshingly quiet in Annam Brahma restaurant at 11 a.m. Comment.

How’s Business?: Weighty matters

Move over, surgical heart care; there is a new guy in town. It is an up-and-coming medical specialty that is growing in popularity at an extremely fast pace, and its numbers just may top those of heart surgery procedures. Comment.

JetBlue plans new flights from JFK to Puerto Rico

The Forest Hills-based airline JetBlue has announced plans to expand its service to the Caribbean, with a new destination in Puerto Rico and inauguration of service to the Dominican Republic. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 39-01 207 St., Single-Family Detached, $579,000, Bed 5, Bath 2, Construction: Shingle, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 60 x 100, Taxes: $3,500 Comment.

Business Calendar

March 23- Jackson Lewis Law Breakfast Series – Queens Chamber Board Room – When the Whistle Blows: Minimizing the Risk of Retaliation and Whistleblowing Claims. Queens Chamber of Commerce, 75-20 Astoria Boulevard, Suite 140 Jackson Heights. 718-898-8500. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Sun., March 21 - Chabad of Northeast Queens is hosting its sixth awards dinner at Grand Ballroom Bayside Jewish Center at 203-05 32nd Ave. in Bayside to honor Haym and Allegra Setto, Chaim and Michelle Paz and Micah Raskin. The reception is at 5 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Comment.

Editorial: No more middle school

At long last the Department of Education is coming to the conclusion that the city’s junior high schools and intermediate schools are not accomplishing what they were created to do. In District 25 in northeast Queens and District 29 in southeast Queens, the city is returning to a system of K-8 and then high school. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Boro residents need easy access to government info

Having passed the 40-column milestone last week, now seems appropriate to share the rationale for The Public Ought to Know and at the same time lend support efforts to save a City Charter-mandated agency established to protect the public’s right to know. In an era when the Internet eases our access to information, Queens residents ought to easily access information about government policies and action. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: St. Patrick’s Day is river dancing toward us

“‘Where did you get that hat?’ folks ask me every day. ... ‘Tis the hat me dear old father wore upon St. Patrick’s Day.’ Talk about respect, with his head erect, as he marched up old Broadway. ‘There wasn’t a man in line looked half as fine,’ my dear old mother used to say, as my father did in his old-time lid upon St. Patrick’s Day.” – written by Adolph Deutsch and Roger Edens for the 1949 picture “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Terrace on the Park hosts parade committee dance

As promised last week, here is an update on the parties we were able to attend. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: SE Queens community imparts crime deterrents

February, the shortest month, was packed with important issues — most good, some bad and one especially tragic to our area of Queens. My last two columns reflected how deeply I was touched by the senseless, tortured death of Huang Chen, 18, a Chinese food deliveryman from Woodside who was found dead in Brookville Park. I did not know him. Comment.

Our History: Writer of popular ballad had ties to Flushing

There’s a tear in your eye Comment.

Teen Talk: Borough teenagers need to broaden their horizons

I feel so lucky to be a teenager in Queens because of all the opportunities, adventures and activities that lie at the touch of our fingertips. And not enough of us realize it. Comment.

Men to raise scholarship funds at St. Albans sorority cook-off

The Queens Alumnae Chapter of the Delta Sigma Beta sorority was slated to hold its “Men Who Cook” event Friday to raise money for scholarship awards. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Avella, Weprin pursue residents’ zoning woes

Recent articles in the TimesLedger and other newspapers tell of homeowners’ complaining of developers’ buying older homes, tearing them down and building gigantic houses that seem to completely cover the lot and tower over neighboring residences. People are calling these large buildings “McMansions.” Comment.

Accusations fly as season ends for St. John’s Red Storm

A former St. John’s University basketball player alleged last week he had received monthly payments from a university official and was discriminated against because of his race, just as the team from which he was barred weeks earlier wound up the worst season in SJU history. Comment.

Francis Lewis girls beat FDA, advance to semifinals

Playing just one playoff game in 31 days, it took the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team a long time to shake off the rust in a 58-47 win over seventh-seeded Frederick Douglass Academy in the PSAL Class A quarterfinals Saturday at Elmcor. Comment.

Van Buren girls advance to PSAL ‘B’ title contest

Van Buren girls’ basketball coach Mike McClain was conflicted following the VeeBees’ 55-51 win over South Shore in the PSAL Class B semifinals Sunday at Lehman College. Comment.

LiVecchi lifts Molloy in 4-3 win

At times Jimmy Grogan doesn’t even have to look. He just knows where to find Paul LiVecchi. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Paul LiVecchi

Name: Paul LiVecchi Comment.

QC Lady Knights fall to Adelphi in quarters

Erin Dollard stood on the same floor at Woodruff Hall perplexed. Comment.

West Virginia knocks SJU women out of tournament

HARTFORD, CONN. — There will be a time when Kim MacMillan looks back with fondness at all the St. John’s women’s basketball team accomplished this year — the double-digit wins, being competitive in every game this year and advancing to the Big East tournament for the first time in three years. Comment.

OLBS ninth-grade girls’ basketball team wins championship

This was the first championship for this OLBS team. Most of the girls have been together since kindergarten and have made the playoffs every year, but the closest they had gotten was a semi-final berth when they were in the fourth grade. The game was nip and tuck — after the first quarter the score was tied at 8, at halftime OLBS led 19-15, after the third OLBS led 27-22 and the final was 38-30. Comment.

OL Snows girls drop first game

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.

Boro lawmakers blast plan to fund ed through gambling

State Sen. Frank Padavan (D-Bellerose) is projecting an increase of $13 billion in money spent gambling if Gov. George Pataki decides to offset school funding deficits with video lottery machines. Comment.

St. Greg’s Patriots ready for upcoming season

Although you have not read about them in the sports section, the team was started three years ago and consists of 11- and 12-year-old boys playing competitive baseball on a national level. This year’s roster is a combination of the 2002-2003 diocesan champions and the HBQVB all-stars. Surprisingly, this team was compiled without adding one penny to last year’s payroll. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Red Storm’s season ends on sour note

I can’t help but feel bad for those eight guys — the eight remaining players who made up the 2003-04 St. John’s University men’s basketball team and took the court at Madison Square Garden Saturday to battle the Notre Dame Fighting Irish. Comment.

DOE launches probe of Bayside hoop coach

The city Department of Education has launched an investigation into Bayside boys’ varsity basketball coach Chris Matesic amid allegations the first-year coach verbally and mentally abused players on his team, the TimesLedger has learned. Comment.

Dining Out: Say ‘arriba’ for Astoria’s bueno Tierras Mexican

I honed my appreciation for Mexican food in Austin, Texas. For all practical purposes, there are two types of food worth eating in Austin. One of them is barbecue. The other one is Mexican. I’ve yet to find a local barbecue restaurant that is worthy of comparison to Austin ‘cue, but things are looking up in the Mexican department. I’ve finally found a restaurant in Astoria that serves Mexican fare that could hold its own among my Austin favorites. Comment.

Board to honor late judge at Victory Field

The board's district manager, Mary Ann Carey, said the track at Victory Field, which sits at the intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Myrtle Avenue in Glendale, will now be called the Frederick Schmidt Track. She said the late legislator used to frequent the area to talk with community members. Comment.

Judges avoid upset, best Banneker, 52-50

The No. 1-ranked Cardozo boys’ basketball team had to fight off a stubborn No. 9 Banneker club — literally — Saturday night, winning the uncomfortably close 52-50 PSAL Class A quarterfinal matchup at St. John’s University’s Alumni Hall. Comment.

CB 2 tables vote on needle exchange site

The proposed site at Vernon Boulevard and Queens Plaza South would be the first needle exchange location in Queens. Such programs, which seek to limit the spread of the HIV virus among intravenous drug users, operate in 15 neighborhoods in Manhattan, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Comment.

Floating Hospital lands in Long Island City

"We decided that it was time for the Floating Hospital to come to land," said Ken Berger, president and CEO of the Floating Hospital. Comment.

Jeans company to manufacture in Rockaways

The mayor, speaking at a news conference March 3, announced that Federal Jeans Inc. will spend $10 million to build a 150,000-square-foot facility between Beach 7th and Beach 84th streets. He said the company will take over what is now a 270,000-square-foot vacant lot and convert it into a usable industrial park. Comment.

St. Ray’s sends Christ the King packing

It did not have quite the significance of last year’s CHSAA city championships game between the two schools but the result was pretty much the same. Comment.

August Martin HS has highest crime stats in district

But the District 27 school, along with the other five high schools in the district listed in the city statistics, ranked behind Franklin K. Lane High School in Woodhaven, Far Rockaway High School in Far Rockaway and Beach Channel High School in Rockaway Park in the number of non-criminal incidents, the statistics show. Comment.

PTA leader stole $5K in funding: DA

Brenda Battaglia, of 107-16 93rd St. in Ozone Park, is alleged to have taken $5,638 from the group's coffers so she could get a variety of personal beauty treatments at places such as tanning salons and spas, District Attorney Richard Brown said March 3. She has been charged with grand larceny and faces up to seven years in prison if convicted. Comment.

Suspect charged with theft in Maspeth carjacking: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Anthony Maccaca of 65-48 Admiral Ave. had been charged with criminal possession of a credit card stolen from the grandmother which he attempted to use four times to withdraw $200 from an ATM. Comment.

Gioia joins lawsuit against Newtown Creek polluters

The spill has turned the site into what a local environmental group has called the dirtiest water body in North America. Comment.

106 new stores to open at Queens Center Mall

The mall opens it doors to shoppers March 27 and n which will house 106 new stores and open to shoppers March 27, With the new 380,000 square foot expansion, the mall will become the second largest enclosed mall in the city. Comment.

Parkway, union come to financial settlement

According to Dr. Alan Zeitlin, the president of Parkway, located at 70-35 113th St., the hospital failed to pay Local 1199 about $10.5 million because it did not receive the funds expected from Medicare and Medicaid. Local 1199 is the health care workers' union that represents about 90 percent of the hospital's 670 employees. Comment.

Two decades of dominance; CK girls win B/Q crown

The Christ the King girls’ varsity basketball team won its 20th consecutive Catholic High School Athletic Association Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship Sunday night, defeating Archbishop Molloy, 54-46, at St. Francis College in Brooklyn. Comment.

Driver in Jamaica accident charged with manslaughter

Patricia Pauling, 54, of Cornaga Avenue in Far Rockaway was initially arrested on charges of driving drunk after her white van careened into four parked cars along Sutphin Boulevard before striking 33-year-old German Acosta-Disla of Jamaica in December, DA Richard Brown said. Comment.

Queens Village rapping principal raises $2K for school

"I didn't think it would take us this far," said Crystal Nwosu, a seventh-grader who performed a solo song. Comment.

A Farewell With Passion

"I feel like if I listen to this concert, then I will satisfy it all with no regrets," she said from her bed at Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica hours before being driven to Manhattan to listen to Belgian Philippe Herreweghe conduct at Alice Tully Hall. Comment.

Queens Library Trustees name Laurelton man prez

"The library is just another form of education," said Jefferson, who earned two degrees in education. "You can see people who hunger and thirst for knowledge and a place where they can access that knowledge." Comment.

Guyana-to-JFK drug ring busted in police operation

Kimberly Brown and her common-law husband, Cleon Earle, of 97-24 219th St. in Queens Village, were charged last month with working with at least three baggage handlers at Kennedy Airport as well as gang members in Brooklyn and Guyana to transport and sell $75 million worth of cocaine a year, Kelly said. Comment.

College Round-up: Droesch helps Boston College upend Connecticut

She was the only player to not have a great shooting night, but that matters little to Clare Droesch. The former Christ the King standout and her Boston College teammates were ecstatic after upsetting No. 3 Connecticut, 73-70, Monday night in the Big East tournament semifinals. Comment.

Untreated heart condition kills Whitestone firefighter

Firefighter Peter LaPlace, 38, of Whitestone died in his family's home of an aortic rupture, said Michelle LaPlace, his wife. He left behind four children ranging in age from 3 to 11 years. Comment.

Hollis wife-killer gets max sentence for arranging hit

Cooper was convicted of murder and criminal possession of a weapon Feb. 4 in the shooting death in Holliswood of Kimberly John, 22, in March 2001. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Women live up to basketball tradition at SJU

HARTFORD, CONN. — It was two hours after arguably the worst and certainly the most embarrassing season of St. John’s men’s basketball ended when the Red Storm women took the court at the Hartford Civic Center. Comment.

DAC honors hoop all-stars at annual game

DAC’S definition is Christina Agnello, Andie Karow, Michelle Mirabella, Keren Baruch, Zoi Kourkoumelis, Jillian Sucato, Donna Cafasso, Gina LoRiggio, Charlotte Tuckner, Nicole Davalos, Anna Lizzul, Katie Uriarte, Julia Fusfeld, Zoe Marguiles, Faye Zachariadis, Alana Glaubiger, Stephanie Mejia and Samantha Zelnick. Comment.

Bake sale held to help kin of Bay Terrace fire victim

Barbara Randell, who along with her children came up with the idea for the bake sale held in front of the home at 18-20 215th St., watched as supporters came to buy everything from donuts to croissants. She said she came up with the idea for the bake sale as a way to help the family of Hanna Yoo, the teenager killed in the blaze, and relatives of the other two girls injured in the fire. Comment.

Community rallies behind Flushing officer

"There's no question in anyone's mind that he's what we'd like to see in every police officer," state Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Flushing) said. "Whenever we have any kind of problems with drugs, prostitution, we call him." Comment.

Fresh Meadows neighbors oppose grocer’s superstore

"We don't want it here. We're absolutely dead set against it, with the traffic and the garbage it would bring," said Edna Harris, a member of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association. The group was the most adamant against the supermarket during a meeting at PS 26 on March 1 that was organized by Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) after Pathmark officials asked him to help them reach out to the community. Comment.

Avella, civic leader at odds over zoning reforms

The proposed legislation would impose stricter parking requirements on houses of worship and reduce the number of low-density residential neighborhoods into which medical offices can move, among other provisions. Comment.

Graham Restoration smokes Verdi’s Restaurant, 16-12

In an exciting girls’ A Division game, Graham Restoration defeated a gritty Verdi’s Restaurant, 16-12. This was a see-saw battle that saw frequent ties and lead changes. Tiffany Rivere, Michelle Moravek and Lisa Labate carried the... Comment.

Boro officials urge mayor to spend private bus funds

Elected officials from Queens and other boroughs as well as City Council Speaker Gifford Miller gathered outside City Hall last week to implore Mayor Michael Bloomberg to spend the more than $150 million in available federal funds to replace worn-out private buses serving 400,000 riders. Comment.

City set to resume recycling of glass materials April 1st

Glass recycling and weekly collections of recyclables will resume April 1, the city Department of Sanitation announced Friday. Comment.

Police Blotter: Lil’ Kim necklace scammer sentenced to fine, jail time

KEW GARDENS — A New Rochelle man who tried to scam rapper Lil’ Kim by saying he knew where to find her $250,000 necklace stolen at JFK was sentenced last week to a $500 fine and five days time served in jail. Comment.

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