Thursday, April 1, 2004

College Pt. parade organizers begin 2004 fund-raising efforts

Last year's parade cost the group $25,000 and included 15 live bands and additional marching units. This year Chairman Fred Mazzarello said he believes the number of groups may have to be reduced to allow for a $25,000 budget. Comment.

College Point waste transfer station to reopen: City

The marine transfer station on 31st Avenue and Flushing Bay is one of eight transfer stations that have been proposed for retrofitting to accommodate household garbage. Comment.

20th Ave. to get $875K median makeover

The federal funds, to be appropriated in the next few weeks under a $300 billion six-year transportation bill, will be used to create a median between approximately 132nd Street and the Whitestone Expressway. Comment.

Convict receives 120 years for robbing Queens women

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the sentence... Comment.

Westi’s owners sell store to Sullivan’s chef

Steve Celt, 38, who runs the store his German immigrant father-in-law opened in 1967, said the business is being sold to a chef at C.J. Sullivan's across Bell Boulevard. Comment.

Ill children at St. Mary’s get decorations from SJU

"This is the only environment they're in," St. John's senior Omar Tsatsis said about the hospital and its patients. "The chance to see new faces and new decorations can really brighten up their day." Comments (1).

Group wants more money for education in borough

New York state needs to increase its education aid by $9.5 billion to ensure students in Queens and elsewhere in the city and state have an equal opportunity to achieve a Regents-level education, the Campaign for Fiscal Equity announced Tuesday. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

LIC power plant opening a ‘bright day’ for Queens

Keyspan Corp.’s new 250-megawatt power plant at Ravenswood in Long Island City should keep New Yorkers out of the dark, officials said during its inauguration on Monday. Comment.

Queens College students quiz Grodenchik on cuts

State Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik (D-Flushing) appeared before a group of students at Queens College in a town-hall-style meeting last Thursday, fielding questions on potential cuts to higher education subsidy programs as Gov. George Pataki readied the 2004-2005 state budget for approval this week. Comment.

Jamaica dad shoots his son over mother’s care: Police

A Los Angeles actor, back in South Jamaica to see his terminally ill mother, was shot by his father at his parents’ home Sunday during a dispute between the two men over how to care for the ailing matriarch, law enforcement officials and neighbors said. Comment.

Hollis hip hop mogul battles state over lobbying effort

Russell Simmons’ Hip Hop Summit Action Network has filed a lawsuit against the state Lobbying Commission saying a probe into the Hollis-bred hip hop mogul’s efforts to repeal the Rockefeller drug laws violated his due process and free speech rights, his lawyer said. Comment.

EMS alters service in NE Queens

The last city EMS crew stationed in Flushing vacated its 20th Avenue home Monday to allow a Flushing Hospital crew to assume responsibility for the coverage area — a move that led one city councilman to question the city’s privatization of public services. Comment.

Avella says city hiding information on Flushing Airport

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said this week the city agency that chooses developers for projects has ignored his official requests to obtain information about competing proposals submitted for the defunct Flushing Airport site. Comment.

MS 158 students perform Alvin Ailey’s choreography

A hush fell over the packed audience at MS 158 last Thursday when 13-year-old Brandon Torre lifted his dance partner Heather Yeager off the ground and set her back down again, once with her right leg slightly bent around him and again with her body stick-straight, her arms using his a crutch. Comment.

Jamaica couple arrested in teen’s prostitution: DA

A Jamaica couple were arrested Saturday and charged with kidnapping a 15-year-old girl who had run away from her Putnam County home and forcing her to work as a prostitute in Elmhurst and Miami, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Queensboro exhibit shows century of global genocide

In 1904 about 65,000 Herero cattle herders in Southwest Africa were wiped out after rebelling against their German colonial rulers. Women and children were driven into the desert and died of thirst and starvation, decimating the Herero population. Comment.

Westi’s owners sell store to Sullivan’s chef

Bell Boulevard will see the end of an era after Easter when the family that has owned Westi’s meat market gives up the business after nearly 40 years. Comment.

Ill children at St. Mary’s get decorations from SJU

In an effort to bring cheer to a group of ill youngsters, volunteers from 20 student organizations at St. John’s University visited St. Mary’s Children’s Hospital in Bayside Saturday to talk with the kids and decorate their rooms. Comment.

Sunnyside men arrested in 111th Pct. burglaries

Two Sunnyside men who were arrested Thursday after allegedly being spotted breaking into a College Point home are suspects in a rash of burglaries in the 107th, 109th and 111th precincts in northeast Queens, police said. Comment.

Queensboro orchestra’s sweet sounds of youth

The performance will feature the celebrated children’s ensemble The Tarumi Violinists, with special guest artist 13-year-old virtuoso violinist Jeremy Cushman. Comment.

LaGuardia C.C. prof has four works purchased by MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art has recently acquired for its permanent contemporary collection four abstract works-on-paper by a LaGuardia Community College professor. Comment.

Uh-oh, here’s the check!

Having lunch with friends can be lots of fun, right? Not always. Like with this scenario. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Put early spring plants into metal window box

Although March 21 signals the beginning of spring, it is highly unlikely that we will usher in the new season with a flurry of annual flora plantings, and vegetable gardens. The astute gardener knows that March, and all-too-often April, are very fickle months. Comment.

JetBlue to expand at JFK, initiate LaGuardia service

Forest Hills-based airline JetBlue has announced plans to begin flying out of LaGuardia Airport for the first time and to expand service from John F. Kennedy International Airport for the summer travel season. Comment.

Queens Historical Society tours Queensboro bridge

“The bridge affords a spectacular perspective on the midtown skyline as well as an overview of much of the Long Island City waterfront,” said Urban Geographer Jack Eichenbaum, the tour’s leader. Comment.

Southeast, West Queens Community Calendar

Housing work group Comment.

Rockaway Artists Alliance features diminutive artwork in latest exhibit

The Rockaway Artists Alliance has done something entirely different with its latest exhibit, Small, Smaller and Smallest, now at sTudio 6 through April 25. Comment.

Go ‘off to see the Wizard’ at QTIP sing-along party

“Sing-A-Long Wizard of Oz,” the new interactive film experience, is based on the most beloved motion picture of all time. This great, Oscar-winning, classic film has been fully restored for the big screen and is enhanced with on-screen icons and subtitles for all of the movie’s songs and key scenes, allowing the audience to become an integral part of the magical, musical experience. Comment.

AMMI has treats for students, seniors in April

Friday, April 2 Comment.

DeMille retrospective at AMMI includes archival prints, documentary premiere

In other words, it is the perfect time for the retrospective “Sin and Salvation: The Films of Cecil B. DeMille,” which will be presented by the American Museum of the Moving Image from April 10-25. Comment.

Editorial: Failed leadership

The New York Legislature is nothing if not consistent. Despite hopeful predictions, the state budget will be late again this year. This marks the twentieth year in a row that the state budget has been late. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Queens councilmen support racial-profiling bill

Census figures paint a different view of our city and Queens than they did in previous decades. Many new groups, including immigrants, emerged. Yet since more crime tends to occur in certain communities, members of those areas sometimes get singled out by law enforcement, a practice called profiling. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Many memorable occasions spring up in April

For here is April weather! Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Questions arise over Avella’s possible mayoral run

Councilman Tony Avella, we have set our sights on you this week. It is to be assumed that any rational person has a valid reason for whatever he or she says or does, and for the life of me your rationale for announcing your possible candidacy for mayor completely escapes me, particularly when at the same press conference you admitted that your chances are next to nonexistent. Comment.

LaGuardia runway makes list of top concrete projects

Almost 40 years after a historic runway extension at LaGuardia Airport that paved the way for larger jets and helped turn the airport into a major transportation hub, the project has been named one of the 50 most important concrete construction works in the nation’s history by an industry trade group. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing drivers should beware of intersection trap

By George H. Tsai Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Cornucopia Society reaps honors for work in parks

Were you there, as I was, the day spring ran after Old Man Winter, throwing his good-bye kisses? He surprised us all by blowing back so many confetti-like wet, sloppy kisses that spring shared them with all of us. Comment.

Teen Talk: Queens teenagers must learn to be safe drivers

I heard a sad story about an accident on Long Island the other day. A car driven by and carrying teenagers was going so fast that when it crashed it split in half. I guess it might not have ended that way, but some little thing changed it from a simple ride into an accident — maybe a wet spot on the road, maybe the driver taking his eyes of the road for one second, maybe an unexpected move by another driver, whatever. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Transit meeting yields advice for boro seniors

Senior citizens from each of the five boroughs meet monthly at the New York City Transit Authority headquarters at 130 Livingston Plaza and at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority headquarters on Madison Avenue near Grand Central Station to discuss transit concerns and listen to speakers who often have answers. Comment.

Police Blotter: Former Jamaica man gets 22 years in Maspeth rape

KEW GARDENS — A former Jamaica man who pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl in her Maspeth home seven years ago was sentenced Friday to 22 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Bayside’s new Banzai 99¢ brims with bargains

Japan’s answer to the American 99-cent store has come to Bayside with Banzai 99¢ Plus, a gleaming emporium of Japanese household items unlike any seen at the average five-and-dime. Comment.

How’s Business?: Teeny job mart

Although disguised as winter, spring has finally arrived. And, of course, right behind it will come summer, which in the past a car commercial touted as a time for baseball, hot dogs, apple pie and Chevrolet. Comment.

Business Calendar

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

City spokesman slams Avella on ballfields rally

A mayoral spokesman criticized a rally planned for Saturday by Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to protest the delay in opening the College Point ballfields, saying Avella was using the issue for political gain. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Queensborough baseball team sets sights on big improvement

If history means anything, the Queensborough Community College men’s baseball team is going to have a season to remember. Comment.

Marchitello hoping to guide QCC softball back to playoffs

As good as the Queensborough Community College softball team was a season ago, head coach Pete Marchitello thinks the 2004 version will be even better. Comment.

A Father’s View: Rod Ivey shares his thoughts on his all-star son

After garnering MVP honors in the 1999 PSAL Class A championship game at Madison Square Garden and being recruited by a couple of mid-major colleges, Ivey went to Blair Academy for a year and drew the attention of Texas coach Rick Barnes. Comment.

Storm picks up crucial win over Georgetown

Just three games into the Big East season, the St. John’s baseball team was facing a must-win game Sunday against Georgetown. And it was still March. Comment.

RGMVM Little League news

The 2004 RGMVM Little League season kicks off from Mafera Park April 3 at 9 a.m. All players must report in uniform by 8:30 a.m. to march with their teams. Comment.

Led by Alberty, NY Sharks swim into new season

Football is the fastest-growing sports venue for female athletes in the United States. It has grown from three teams in 1999 to more than 100 across the country in 2004. Comment.

Boro’s Barrett batters unbeaten Guinn in win

“It was the best Monte Barrett has ever been.” Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Skip’s trey lifts Miami in overtime

One thought ran through my head as I watched one of the most exciting conclusions to any NBA game I have ever seen, the Miami Heat’s Friday night win over the Dallas Mavericks. Comment.

Health Dept. report finds TB cases on rise in boro

Tuberculosis cases rose slightly in New York City last year with Queens reporting the second-highest increase in the city, the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reported. Comment.

Bergtraum foils CK’s bid for Federation title, 65-60

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — With members of the Christ the King girls’ basketball team openly weeping as they walked by him, Royals coach Bob Mackey attempted to rationalize what just happened. Comment.

Molloy trounces Lourdes for state crown

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. — Keri Anne Jetter thought it would be tougher. Comment.

College Round-up: Two from Queens reach Final Four

And then there were two. Comment.

Dining Out: Well-liked chef takes helm at Forest Hills’s La Vigna

La Vigna is the most recent arrival of the four upscale Italian restaurants that exist within walking distance of each other on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. You can spot them by the white icicle lights around their awnings — a feature that seems to have become de rigueur for Italian restaurants in Queens. The owner/chef, Giuseppe Vitale, did a stint at Sarabella, before opening La Vigna down the avenue. He also cooked in Lidia Bastianich’s famed kitchens of Felida, Becco, and her original Forest Hills location, Bona Via. Comment.

Sunnyside opposes boulevard safety measures

The DOT presented its plan, a western extension of the changes it has made on Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills, to a packed community board meeting March 23 at Sunnyside Community Services. Conley said 250 people turned out for the meeting of the board, which covers Sunnyside, Woodside and parts of Long Island City. Comment.

Ten local women honored by Maspeth’s Markey

"All these women have given many years of service and this is an opportunity to recognize their service," Markey said. "They have worked tirelessly and selflessly to enhance people's lives. I am proud to have these women in my district. They make it a far better place to live." Comment.

Manjardi takes seventh in Suffolk Half-Marathon

Monjardin, a resident of Corona, took seventh place in the ninth annual Suffolk County Half-Marathon in a field of 282 finishers. He was clocked in at 1:17.12 on a cloudy, chilly, windy morning in Selden, L.I. Comment.

Civic says Middle Village has become too developed

"It's getting way too crowded," said Rose J., who did not want to give her last name. "Try crossing Grand Avenue with a baby carriage up at the L.I.E. (Long Island Expressway). I thought my nephew and I were going to get killed." Comment.

Gioia investigates Newtown Creek oil spill

An investigator from Riverwalk, a New York City-based environmental advocate, along with City Councilmen Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) filled jars with oil and diesel fuel collected from murky pools along the heavily polluted waterway. Comment.

Queens Center renovations impress Elmhurst shoppers

"I think it's beautiful," said Margaret Murphy, 49, who lives near the Elmhurst mall at Queens and Woodhaven boulevards. Comment.

Smith says AirTrain plans should boost Jamaica biz

Smith is encouraging the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., or LMDC, which is spearheading the AirTrain extension program, to include the incentives to draw businesses and investors to the area around the station at Sutphin Boulevard and 94th Avenue, he said in a Monday telephone interview. Comment.

Pizza Chef defeats Trio GCA in DAC playoff battle, 34-25

Michelle Mirabella, Faye Zachariades, Zoe Kourkoumelis, Donna Cafasso, Lorie Greech, Elena Brandes and Patricia Salvio chipped in and had a great season. Andie Karow was hospitalized with injuries not pertaining to basketball and could not participate. This time not even Andie could have made a difference. Comment.

LIC power plant opening a ‘bright day’ for Queens

"It will help ensure that we will not have any blackouts or brownouts in the city of New York moving forward," said Keyspan Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Robert B. Catell. "What a bright day this is for the city of New York and its residents." Comment.

Ozone Park worker faces weapons charges in shooting

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown last Thursday ruled out more serious charges after finding that the March 24 shooting was in self-defense. Comment.

Lafayette urges MoMA not to forget Queens

By fall, the museum's exhibition space -- one of the world's premier centers for modern art -- will make its way back across the river and into its renovated permanent home on Manhattan's West 53rd Street, leaving behind its two-year temporary exhibit location in Long Island City. Comment.

Jamaica dad shoots his son over mother’s care: Police

Neighbors said Sally Ford, 77, who is dying of cancer, was denied admission to a hospice for her final days by the family's insurance company. Comment.

Varsi Deli tops Jam Services for Minor Division crown

Varsi Deli captured the DG Minor Division Championship in an exciting three-game final series with Jam Services. The teams played two very close games during the regular season, and the opening game of the final was no different. Comment.

Laurelton protestors urge arrest of ex-Haitian leader

"Toto must go! Toto must go!" they shouted as they walked up 225th Street to the man's reputed residence near 137th Avenue. The protesters carried wanted posters of the man with charges of "murder" and a "rape." Comment.

PS 121 wins academic improvement award

"We was surprised - we was like shocked," the 10-year-old recalled. "It's good to be recognized because you are making your friends and families proud." Comment.

Clark fights to prevent poultry plan

Clark wants to prevent the opening of the shop, proposed for 98-04 Springfield Blvd., and if that fails to stage daily pickets. Comment.

Laurelton stores to be safe havens

The Safe Haven program, run through the New York Police Department, relies on stores to provide a secure location for children and adults who may need help because they are lost, sick or afraid someone may harm them, said Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans), who is one of the project's coordinators. Comment.

Flushing Y swimmers win 18th straight state title

Leading the way for the Flyers was 10-year-old Agata Michalak, who won five gold medals. Agata broke the state record in the 50-yard backstroke with a time of 31.67. She added two first-place finishes in the 50 butterfly (29.99) and 100 individual medley (1:08.63). Agata was on two first-place relays, the 200-yard medley (2:14.70) and 200-yard free (2:02.53) along with Sally Lim, Lauren Ng and Karina Hain. Comment.

Hollis rap legend battles state over lobbying effort

The suit, filed in February in State Supreme Court in Albany, claims the state lobbying statute is unconstitutional because it does not provide a way for those charged with violations to appeal the decision, said James Featherstonhaugh, an attorney representing Simmons and the Action Network. Comment.

Design contest kicked off for Kissena Pk. memorial

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) and members of the Artist Selection Committee announced at a news conference in Flushing that interested artists should submit slides of their artwork to the Manhattan arts consultant, Suzanne Randolph, by April 8. Comment.

Counterfeit CD operation busted in Fresh Meadows

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and recording industry officials, who held a news conference outside the brick house at 49-54 175th Place, called the bust one of the area's largest in recent memory. Comment.

Jury finds SJU suspect guilty in unrelated case

Christopher Prince, 24, who is also accused of shooting and paralyzing a St. John's football player in a campus shooting in 2001, was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a handgun, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Douglaston Hill on track for landmarking

Residents of Douglaston Hill, the area around the Zion Episcopal Church off Northern Boulevard, have been anxiously awaiting a decision by the Landmarks Preservation Commission to "calendar" the community's application for historic district status. Comment.

Floral Park 8th grade girl aims for spelling bee gold

Snigdha, 14, will finish eighth grade this year and no longer be eligible. Comment.

Council’s budget increases spending on services

A City Council budget proposal released Monday calls for spending nearly $400 million more on education and social services while setting aside a “rainy-day” fund to help offset budget deficits, Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) said. Comment.

City council to hold vote on Queens airport leases

The airport lease agreement could come up for a vote within two months. Comment.

Council allocates $8.3M to reopen boro fire engine

Citing a citywide spike in emergency response times, City Council leaders made a push last week to bring back six fire engines that closed last year — including one in Astoria — by including $8.3 million in the proposed budget to reopen the facilities. Comment.

Jury finds SJU suspect guilty in unrelated case

Christopher Prince, 24, who is also accused of shooting and paralyzing a St. John's football player in a campus shooting in 2001, was found guilty Tuesday of possessing a handgun, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Mayor addresses concerns at Hamilton Beach meeting

No sooner had the applause died down at the monthly meeting of the New Hamilton Beach Civic Association than the assembled crowd began peppering Bloomberg with questions about issues ranging from the street flooding one might expect in one of Queens' lowest-laying areas to the mayor's controversial education reform package. Comment.

Woodside woman urges reforms in North Korea

"North Koreans, they escape the country for food and freedom," she said. "The Chinese government, they do not treat them as refugees, they send them back." Comment.

EMS alters service in NE Queens Private Flushing Hospital team takes over NE Queens 911 calls

"Almost all of northeast Queens will be served by private ambulances now," Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said. "The EMS we pay for out of city taxpayer dollars. The hospitals are looking to do this because they're getting the insurance money from those ambulance pickups." Comment.

Flushing lot undeveloped property waiting for plan

The downtown Flushing property, where a 1,100-space parking deck is located, has been open for development proposals since early February. The city Economic Development Corp. is handling the development of the parcel. Comment.

Flushing Meadows rapist gets 22 years in jail

The fifth and final suspect in the brutal gang rape of a 42-year-old mother in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last winter was sentenced last week to 22 years in prison. Comment.

Gioia, Vallone hope to ban violent games from minors

By Matthew Monks Comment.

Weiner wants funds to track asteroids

A Queens congressman made a move in the House of Representatives last Thursday to stop Armageddon. Comment.

Avella seeks to stop used undies sales

Calling the resale by stores of returned underwear “a serious health issue,” City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced legislation last week that would prohibit retailers from engaging in the practice. Comment.

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