Thursday, March 25, 2004

Marble Mode wins big, 16-8, over PeeWee Folks Pre School

For the second straight week, Marble Mode contracting received excellent all-around play in a 16-8 win against Pee Wee Folks Pre School. Once again, Andrew Grothman and Kalyn Faler led the way offensively. Defensively, Amarice Carreas, Melissa Kanter, Kevin Larrea and Bree Bradley controlled play for Marble contracting. Tom Kizner, Anthony Cantatore, Joseph Leone and Matt Kanter each contributed off the bench for Marble’s fifth victory of the season. Comment.

Flushing man charged with murder 15 years later

Diaz, 33, of 149-43 35th Ave., was arrested March 17 shortly after police in the 109th Precinct pulled him over for having the windows on his SUV too darkly tinted, law enforcement sources said. The sources indicated that Diaz's name appeared on a wanted card when it was entered into the system. Comment.

Liu plans for loading zones in Flushing

In his latest initiative to alleviate congestion in the crowded business district in Flushing, Liu announced his intention to push for loading zones on the streets occupied by commercial businesses. Comment.

Census runs demo test in Queens

The U.S. Census Bureau thinks that if you can take an accurate head count in Queens, you can take one anywhere. Comment.

Bayside’s Totten could host FDNY terror think tank

The Fire Department hopes its officers will formulate counter-terrorism strategies at the new readiness center, FDNY spokesman Michael Loughran said. Comment.

Conjoined twins visit LIJ for constipation surgery

Maria Carmen Andrade-Solis, who her family calls Carmen, and her sister Maria Guadalupe, who is known as Lupe, were born in Veracruz, Mexico joined together from the abdomen down. They each have their own heart, lungs and set of arms, but share a stomach, liver, spleen, small bowel, colon and a pair of legs. Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

Astoria homeowners seek money for flooded houses

The Scarlattos are a happy family but live in a broken home. Comment.

LIC family hopes surveillance cam can solve hit-and-run death of vet

The family of a Long Island City man killed in a hit-and-run accident last week is hoping that surveillance footage captured by a security camera near the scene might yield a suspect. Comment.

Monserrate bill calls for speed bumps at schools

Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) proposed legislation Wednesday that would require the Department of Transportation to install speed bumps on the streets outside all city public schools, after citing the recent death of a child who was struck by a car outside PS 92. Comment.

114th Pct. house in Astoria evacuated after bomb scare

The 114th Precinct in Astoria was evacuated for more than an hour on March 17 after garbage collectors reported they may have collected suspicious material nearby, police said. Comment.

Hit-and-run in Elmhurst leaves child injured: DA

A 6-year-old boy was hit by a car and critically injured in Elmhurst Friday by a driver who allegedly fled the scene and then left the car blocks away from the accident, authorities said. Comment.

Maspeth man prays for justice in kin’s slay

The Maspeth uncle of a Manhattan financial analyst allegedly killed and buried under cement by a phony doctor called for a lengthy prison sentence for the quack charged in the woman’s murder last Thursday. Comment.

East Elmhurst man pleads guilty to fraud

A former Queens resident pleaded guilty earlier this month to charges stemming from his involvement in a fraud ring that used fake corporations to bilk computer and car companies out of $2 million, the Queens district attorney announced March 8. Comment.

Man who raped Flushing girl guilty in other attack

A Jamaica man serving a prison sentence for raping two young women pleaded guilty last Thursday to a third sexual assault in Maspeth after DNA evidence linked him to the victim, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Bayside’s Totten could host FDNY terror think tank

The Fire Department, which took over part of Fort Totten after the base was decommissioned in 1995, has applied for a grant from the Department of Homeland Security to establish a “think tank” for terrorism responses at the Civil War-era fort, a spokesman said. Comment.

Woman sues Bayside store for strip search

A nursing assistant from St. Albans has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the Police Department and Bayside’s Athena Jewelry on the grounds that she was strip-searched at the 111th Precinct after being falsely accused of stealing a ring. Comment.

Avella rallies with teams to reopen CP ballfields

Nearly seven years after the debris-ridden College Point ballfields were padlocked, the displaced sports teams that were forced off the fields were set to join civic leaders at a rally to press for their reopening. Comment.

Hollis forum examines state plan to fund schools

Money is not everything, but when it comes to fixing New York City schools, it means a lot. Comment.

Bayside unites to raise money for L.I. girl who has leukemia

The Bayside community came together Saturday to raise funds for a 4-year-old Long Island girl suffering from leukemia. Comment.

Bayside’s Wettingfeld honored with women’s history award

Baysider Joan Brown Wettingfeld has spent the last four decades chronicling and preserving the heritage of her hometown, but her own life and contributions could fill a history book. Comment.

Mayor releases $156M to replace Queens buses

Elected officials have praised Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s decision to use more than $156 million in federal and state money to buy new buses to replace deteriorating private buses that are vital to thousands of Queens riders. Comment.

Meals for Queens elderly could face cuts: Gotbaum

A critical lifeline to the homebound elderly could be cut if a city plan to reduce Meals on Wheels deliveries in the Bronx to once or twice a week for some people is extended to Queens, Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum warned seniors at the Little Neck Y Sunday. Comment.

Marshall discusses zoning at Little Neck Pines meet

Borough President Helen Marshall urged people to speak up about controversial zoning reforms and overdevelopment at a meeting of the Little Neck Pines Association last Thursday. Comment.

Weprin touts Manhattan for potential Jets stadium

City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) boldly threw his support behind the development of a Manhattan stadium for the Jets, the football team that once called Flushing home. Comment.

Choose best theme to plan perfect wedding shower

First, a bit of etiquette: the shower is usually hosted by the maid or matron of honor, or a close family friend. The guest list should include only people who have been invited to the wedding, unless the shower is hosted by co-workers. Comment.

Help your guests say ‘yes’ to your destination wedding

Unlike a wedding near a family residence, fewer of the people you invite are likely to attend. Distance to your setting affects the time it takes to plan, to get there, and expenses — both higher and lower, in many cases. If you want to make it as easy as possible for many friends and family to share your celebration, do not despair. You can still have your wedding cake and eat it, too. Comment.

Your Dream Wedding: A queen’s dress – without a royal fortune

Choosing the dress for the day of your marriage is a thrilling and delightful experience. With so many tempting choices this season, you will be happily dazzled by the selection and variety of gowns available from wedding boutiques, larger retailers, and an increasing number of online sources. Comment.

Magic details distinguish a designer’s wedding

It all started when I took a job that would move me to Chicago. I was about to embark on a new adventure with a new position. I did not know that this would lead me to a new romance, foreign lands I never traveled to before and into a life filled with challenges, laughter, love and, yes, more wallpaper. Comment.

Spring (break) into AMMI for Disney, videogame fun

These special events are included with museum admission, which also includes “Behind the Screen,” the museum’s dynamic core exhibition that explores how movies and television programs are made, marketed, and exhibited. On weekends, the museum presents gallery talks with highlights of the exhibition and demonstrations of professional filmmaking techniques, including one about animation and computer graphics. “<Alt>Digital Media,” a hands-on introduction to the digital moving image and software-based art, and “BLIP: Arcade Classics from the Museum Coll Comment.

Do they remember Queens? Elephants parade through boro

By Doug Chandler Comment.

Jazz series kicks off at Flushing Town Hall

Marion Cowings and Kim Kalesti, a swinging and colorful vocal duo, were back performing together last Friday evening in the main performance space of Flushing Town Hall after a seven-year hiatus apart. They were backed by a terrific ensemble of “Sweet” Sue Terry on alto sax, Cameron Brown on acoustic double bass, Lee Pearson on drums, and Bob Albanese on the grand piano. Comment.

SJU to welcome LaGuardia CC transfers

Officials of St. John’s University and LaGuardia Community College signed an agreement Tuesday to permit LaGuardia students to enter St. John’s as third-year undergraduates after completing their LaGuardia studies. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

Big exhibit in Rockaways focuses on small artwork

“small, smaller, smallest: An Exhibition of Miniatures and Small Works” opening Saturday, March 27, at Rockaway Artists Alliance, showcases diverse artworks done on an intimate scale. Comment.

Socrates artist turns LIC into canvas for new show

The exhibit is a continuation of an ongoing thematic project that began in 2001 in Portland, Ore. and Malmo, Sweden. For this work, the artist walked through the Socrates neighborhood with local resident Raymond Denson who selected small objects found on the ground to be displayed in his hand. The artist filmed Raymond’s hand opening again and again, each time revealing an object — a found sculpture. The result is a compelling montage of images that are site-specific and oddly beautiful Comment.

Editorial: A half-good plan

The Education Department has announced a five-year plan that would eliminate most of the city’s middle schools. The plan would create primary schools that would go from Kindergarten to 8 and a smaller number of high schools that would teach students from 6th grade through the 12th grade. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Berger gives presidential speech in Flushing home

(Readers, your long wait for my presidential platform is over. As promised, I will now reveal it to the world. It will be divulged to the only organization that had the courage to invite me to speak — my family, at its annual gathering held in brother Jack’s house in Flushing.) Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Italian Charities dances to tune of Maltese art

Last week we were admiring the lovely spring weather, but we must have tempted fate. Who would have thought we would be engulfed in snowstorms this week? Hopefully, the old bromide will hold true as far as March is concerned. You know, the one about March coming in like a lion and going out like a lamb. I hope it’s true! Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Council should heed Ferrer-Vallone anti-terror bill

Last month city Comptroller Bill Thompson successfully pressured a major energy company to adopt “a policy that limits its domestic and foreign subsidiaries’ future business activities with terrorist-linked countries.” The comptroller worked with fellow trustees of the New York City Police and Fire Department Pension Funds to submit a shareholder resolution urging ConocoPhillips to review its operations in Iran and Syria through its UK subsidiary, Conoco Ltd. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Laurelton councilman, PS 156 movin’ on up

There’s good talk about movin’ on up in Laurelton. City Councilman James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton) and his staff have moved to new quarters on the second floor of the Social Concern building at 226-18 Merrick Blvd. Sanders’ phone number remains the same, 718-527-4356. Good luck in your new home. Comment.

Teen Talk: Boro groups help teens combat eating disorders

Young people today have access to more health information and are probably better informed than ever before about healthy body image and self-esteem. Yet eating disorders in Queens have continued to increase over the past 15 years. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens civic newsletters warn of telephone scams

The Sanitation Action Center can be reached at 212-219-8090 Monday through Friday between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. An orange sticker will authorize Department of Sanitation workers to pick up the appliance. People are reminded to leave their outside lights on at night to deter criminal activity. Comment.

Vincent Tsang, rotarian from Flushing dies

He spent thousands of dollars each year to transport children suffering from congenital heart disease from China to Flushing for top-quality medical treatment. Comment.

Police Blotter: Prince goes to trial in St. Albans shooting

KEW GARDENS — An Elmont, L.I. man accused of shooting and paralyzing a linebacker at St. John’s University was on trial again Monday on charges he shot his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Kew Gardens potter teaches timesless art

When Susan Sendek of Kew Gardens started taking classes at the Potter’s Wheel ceramics studio 16 years ago, she thought she would never get the hang of sculpting the clay into elegant forms. Comment.

How’s Business?: Costly drugs’

The other day I was at a drugstore in Flushing standing in line behind an old woman who was picking up her prescription. The cashier told her it was $171.49. The old woman pulled some crumpled bills from her purse to pay for the prescription. She had no drug insurance and had to pay the full amount. Comment.

Business Calendar

April 15- NYC Parks & Recreation Celebration of the Anniversary of the 2nd World’s Fair. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Sat., March 27 - Queens Child Guidance Center holds its annual gala dinner dance at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows with cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. to honor Carol Gresser, Anthony Mannarino, Amran Niazi and Joseph Ficalora. Black Tie suggested. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Revitalized Red Storm ready to roll on ’04

With solid defense up the middle, veteran Big East pitchers and one of the deepest lineups in recent years, the St. John’s baseball team has the potential to make the Big East tournament for the first time since 1999. Comment.

St. John’s softball team hoping for improvement

If the St. John’s softball team’s early season results are any indication, then third-year coach Melody Cope has good reason to be optimistic heading into the Big East season. Comment.

LN Liberty defeats Woodhaven in Waldbaum’s Cup

The game went back and forth, especially in the first half. The Liberty players thought they had an early goal from Amanda Metz, but an offside call negated the score. Woodhaven scored late in the first half and the Liberty went into halftime down, 1-0. A strong effort by the Liberty back defense of Lindsay Shack, Amanda O’Keefe, Charlotte Barrett and Chelsea Baldo kept Woodhaven to only one score. Comment.

Molloy earns trip upstate with win over Mt. Mercy

When Annamarie Ciorciari last played at Alumni Hall on the campus of St. John’s University, the senior guard sprained her left ankle and has not returned to the starting lineup. Comment.

Astoria fire-response time spikes after engines close

Fire Department response times have jumped an average 31 seconds in Astoria since one of the area’s engines closed last spring, a state legislator revealed this week. Comment.

Bergtraum defeats Lewis in PSAL title game, 68-55

Mike Eisenberg was about as pleased as he could be as he walked into the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team’s locker room at halftime of the PSAL Class A championship game. Comment.

Optimism sky high for Queens College baseball

Playing baseball in the Northeast isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Just ask Queens College baseball coach Frank Battaglia, whose team’s first four home games were canceled due to last week’s inclement weather. Comment.

Lady Knights softball team aiming at return to NCAAs

Journeying to the Sunshine State in March is an experience most college students remember for a lifetime. But that was not the case when the Queens College softball team traveled to Florida two weeks ago. Comment.

LIJSL offers special children a place to play

The LIJSL takes great pride in being the first soccer league to have a special children’s program, starting one in 1978. For nearly the past decade, the LIJSL Special Children’s Program has been affiliated with the Special Olympics. Comment.

CK girls win state crown, again, beat St. Peter’s

Lisa Manetta did not play last season when the Christ the King girls’ basketball team defeated St. Peter’s in the CHSAA Class AA state championship game for a 14th straight year. Comment.

Dining Out: Experience La Hacienda in Jackson Heights

As a dedicated seeker of new gastronomical experiences, I carry around a mental list of dishes that sound good on paper, but have thus far eluded me. I was able to tick off one such entry on this list, ajiaco, during my recent visit to La Hacienda, a traditional Colombian eatery in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Residents go online with community center

A group of 12 students initiated their studies in basic Internet and e-mail use Sunday, using donated computer time at the Air Netzone Internet cafe in Sunnyside. Four volunteers from the Humanist Center are teaching the course. Comment.

Ex-LIRR workers say rules flouted

An LIRR spokesman said the four crew members involved in the incident have been relieved of their duties pending an internal investigation into the runaway engine, which hit five vehicles and injured four people. Three of the victims were still hospitalized this week. Comment.

Ridgewood teen father charged with nearly killing 4-month-old

Victor Fuentes, 19, of 459 Onderdonk Ave., was charged with assault and reckless endangerment of a child after his son was admitted to the hospital with retinal hemorrhaging, swelling throughout his brain, 12 broken ribs and black eyes, Brown said. Comment.

The Butler Did It: CK to face Bergtraum for nation’s top spot

The word spread through Alumni Hall like wildfire Sunday during the CHSAA state championship games at St. John’s University. Comment.

Ex-Ozone Pk. PTA prez pleads guilty to larceny

Brenda Battaglia, 35, of 107-16 93rd St. admitted she took $5,638 from a parent-teacher association account meant to benefit students at PS 63, District Attorney Richard Brown said. At her hearing before State Supreme Court Judge Douglas Wong in Kew Gardens, the defendant presented authorities with a check for the exact amount she had stolen after pleading guilty to petit larceny. Comment.

Maspeth man prays for justice in kin’s slay

Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau filed an arrest warrant last Thursday charging Dean Faiello of New Jersey with second-degree murder in the death of Barclay's analyst Maria Cruz, 35. Comment.

Briarwood tenants cry foul at charges

The landlord denies the allegations and called them "absolutely inaccurate." Comment.

JetBlue adds flights to N. California

"Northern California, here we come again," said David Neeleman, JetBlue CEO. "We're excited to be announcing service to San Jose, our sixth California city, just one week after inaugurating our new Sacramento service. Comment.

Two officers from 104th remain in critical condition

Officer Elaine Mamolite, a 26-year-old on the force less than a year, and her partner, Sgt. Dorian Burrell, 36, were hospitalized with serious injuries on March 17 after their cruiser collided with a city bus at the intersection of Fresh Pond Road and 71st Avenue, police said. Comment.

St. Albans woman sues Bayside store for strip search

The Brooklyn federal court suit filed by Norva Defreitas-Briggs of St. Albans, who is black, says she was arrested, imprisoned for seven hours and strip-searched at the 111th Precinct without any evidence she had stolen anything. Comment.

Telfair, Lincoln too much for Cardozo at MSG

In the end, it was all Skyler Khaleel could think about. Comment.

Art Beroff, 44, mourned as Howard Beach leader

"Art lived in Howard Beach his entire life and conducted his business here as well," said Carole Beroff, his widow. Comment.

Non-profit sues to expand Jamaica homeless shelter

Homes for the Homeless, which operates the shelter, the Saratoga Interfaith Family Inn, is taking its case to State Supreme Court in Manhattan to appeal an earlier rejection by the Board of Standards and Appeals. A court date will be set April 6. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Gonzalez is the guy for Red Storm

March Madness is still in full swing, but aside from the odd high school game, St. John’s University’s Alumni Hall has been as quiet as a country church these last few weeks. And a March without the St. John’s Red Storm somewhere in the mix just doesn’t feel like March at all. Comment.

Circus brings hip-hop to the big top in Jamaica

If they can wait just a few weeks, borough families can help welcome the circus as it makes its Queens debut in Roy Wilkins Park next month. Comment.

South Jamaica woman dies after being shot in stomach

Kimberly Clark-Gardner, 25, of 129-08 142nd St. in South Jamaica, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center about 12:30 a.m. police said. Clark-Gardner died at the hospital just after 4 a.m., a hospital spokeswoman said. Comment.

Queens Hospital Center begins $55M expansion

The Ambulatory Care Pavilion will be built on a lot across the street from the $149 million main hospital building at the corner of the Grand Central Parkway and 164th Street and was slated to house the new Diabetes Center for Excellence as well as a range of specialties, including primary care, pediatrics, psychiatry, dentistry and more, said Lata Vasconcellos, a hospital spokeswoman. Comment.

Board votes against variance for lot in Laurelton

The decision appeared to reflect a stand by the community, skeptical of developers and wary of the potential for basements and attics to be illegally converted into rented apartments in their neighborhoods. Comment.

Civics want work stopped on 94th Rd. lot

The request was unanimously voted down by Community Board 13 and is being considered by the Board of Standards and Appeals. The next hearing was scheduled for Tuesday at 40 Rector St. in Manhattan, and opponents of the proposal plan to attend. Comment.

No injuries, two arrests in cop shoot

The patrolman, Sean Abrams of Highway Unit 3 in Hollis, returned fire, police said, but no one was injured. Comment.

Bayside’s Wettingfeld honored with women’s history award

Wettingfeld, a founding member of the Bayside Historical Society, was set to receive the New York City Council's Pacesetter Award Thursday from Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) at his Bayside office in honor of Women's History Month. Comment.

Bellerose man charged in sex-travel promotion

A Dutchess County grand jury indicted the two co-owners of Big Apple Oriental Tours, Norman Barabash, 58, of 249-12 Belmont Ave. in Bellerose and Douglas Allen, 59, of Poughkeepsie. They face up to seven years in prison if convicted, Spitzer said. Comment.

Wood Designers slice through Pizza Chef in playoff action

Monday night’s action saw the top-seeded Wood Designers Shocks pitted against the Pizza Chef’s Rockers. The first round of playoff action brought a full team together for the first time all year for Pizza Chef. Comment.

Boro Republican joins suit to change judicial selection

A Belle Harbor man joined a handful of former judicial candidates and voters in filing suit last week against the state Board of Elections, charging that the election process for State Supreme Court judges takes the choice away from the public and gives it to political party leaders. Comment.

Questions still arise over Kitty Genovese’s murder

It will never be known if Catherine “Kitty” Genovese, 29, ever noticed the white Chevrolet Corvair that followed her five miles from her job as manager of Ev’s 11th Hour Club in Hollis that chilly morning 40 years ago. Comment.

Jackson Hts. Jewish group helps with food stamp need

In just under a month, the newly hired, full-time food stamp coordinator at the Jackson Heights-Elmhurst Kehillah, a coalition of 13 Jewish community organizations, said he already has more than 100 applicants in the system. Comment.

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