Thursday, April 8, 2004

Holocaust survivor killed in fire in Kew Gds. Hills  Hill fire

Rotter's wife, Tamar, also a Holocaust survivor, was in a nursing home recovering from shoulder surgery when the fire broke out, grandson Boruch Salzberg said. She was, however, able to be with the family for the funeral services and burial Sunday. Comment.

Liu says Flushing BID should control municipal lot

"Today we are underscoring the fact that the municipal parking space is part of the retail community we have in downtown Flushing," Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) told a news conference at his office. "We propose that the BID be in control of these spaces." Comment.

College Round-up: Flahive named new women’s hoop coach at Queens

Denis Conroy has resigned as Queens College women’s basketball coach and has been replaced by assistant coach Tom Flahive, the school announced last week. Comment.

John Bowne to get $9M for airport soundproofing

John Bowne High School tops the list of 32 schools near airports in New York and northern New Jersey that will gain anywhere from $20,000 to millions of dollars for replacement windows, doors, ventilation systems and air-conditioning. Comment.

Police Blotter: Five Queens residents busted in JFK drug ring

KENNEDY AIRPORT - After 18 months of investigation into an alleged New York-Guyana drug-smuggling ring, five Queens residents and eight others were arrested Tuesday on narcotics and money-laundering charges, the U.S. attorney's office in Brooklyn said. Comment.

Wood Designers capture DAC hoop championship

Congratulations to the team of Scott Zelnick, Allison Marguiles and all the “shocks,” Briana Delvecchio, Jessica Kaiser, Faryn Kusher, Zoi Marguiles, Stephanie Mejia, Jillian Sucato, Katie Uriarte and Samantha Zelnick. Comment.

Gift shop rises after Bayside January blaze

"Everything is fresh and clean," said Karen Serin, who has owned the store that sells unique jewelry, pocketbooks and scented candles for 23 years. Comment.

Farm Museum plans vineyard for Floral Park

But under a plan proposed by its founder, James Trent, the 47-acre Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park will kick off its intoxicating dreams by planting 1,000 vines on less than one acre in early May. The project has already created a buzz. Comment.

Lee’s Jewel Box tops Whitestone Pet Center

In front of a sold-out DG crowd, Lee’s Jewel Box defeated Whitestone Pet Center, 60-50, to win the Major Division Championship. After winning Game 1 at home Sunday, Lee’s had to play at Whitestone Pet Center to capture the crown. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Astoria actor takes center ring at Ringling Bros.

When Kevin Venardos dreamt of riding into Manhattan as the star of a huge musical production, he hardly could have guessed it would be on the back of a 10,000-pound Asian elephant. Comment.

Concept Car Extravaganza

“From Ford’s retro Bronco and VW’s next-generation Dune Bug to an interesting line-up of multi-use hybrid vehicles that are at home both on and off the road, this season’s concepts are anything but ordinary,” said show chairman John LaSorsa. Comment.

Queens techie takes backstage helm at Broadway’s “The Boy from Oz”

In the middle of the second act of the Broadway hit “The Boy From Oz,” Hugh Jackman, the musical’s star, raises his arm, snaps of his fingers and instantly lights up a set designed to look like the stage of the Radio City Music Hall. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Alzheimer's Disease Comment.

QStyle: Tommy Drops the ‘H’ Bomb

“The idea was to really cultivate Tommy globally. Once I finished cultivating Tommy globally with more of a casual lifestyle attached to it, I decided then to build something dressier, more sophisticated, more refined,” said Tommy Hilfiger in an interview just before a fashion show at Macy’s Roosevelt Field this past Saturday where he introduced his latest line of clothes. Comment.

Southeast, West Queens Community Calendar

Housing work group Comment.

Visiting Amish country

Want to take a short, interesting trip? Go to Bird in Hand, Intercourse, and Lancaster, Penn. and the surrounding Amish country. It takes about five hours by car, including meal and fuel stops, but it is worth it if you’re looking for a place to get away to this spring. Comment.

Women’s Studio Center honors 3 woman artists

The Women’s Studio Center, a Long Island City-based arts organization, presented three remarkable women artists with Elan awards March 31 at the National Arts Club. Comment.

Ft. Totten reserves come home from Iraq

More than a year after she left for Iraq, Capt. Lourdes Garcia of the U.S. Army Reserve got to do Sunday what any daughter confronted with a doting, video-camera-equipped mom often wants to do. Garcia, 30, got to bashfully shoo her mother away. Comment.

CB 2 approves contested rezoning in Hunters Point

Community Board 2 last Thursday approved a rezoning scheme for Hunters Point designed to spur development despite a slew of manufacturers’ warnings that the change might hike their rents, forcing them from Long Island City. Comment.

ROTC Cadets Raise Money, Morale

Long Island City High’s junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps had nearly everything it needed last year to take honors in the country’s biggest national drill and ceremony competition — guts, skill, determination. Comment.

Mayor outlines his plans for state ed money

Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to spend money from the Campaign for Fiscal Equity fund to reduce class size and expand pre-K programs in the city’s schools, but Queens legislators want to see the coveted dollars in the borough’s pockets first. Comment.

Community memorializes Barbara ‘D.’ Waldon, 66

Friends, family and community leaders remembered Barbara Anne DeCosta Waldon of Cambria Heights, an artist and community volunteer known as “Barbara D.,” at a memorial service held at Sacred Heart Church in Cambria Heights Saturday. Comment.

Bayside wall’s collapse blamed on Huang: City

A neighbor’s retaining wall collapsed and the edge of her backyard disintegrated early Saturday morning after the excavation of the adjacent Bayside lot by developer Tommy Huang’s son apparently compromised the foundation of the adjacent yard. Comment.

Bay Terrace leaders want separate community board

A secession movement is afoot in northeast Queens with civic groups calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to give the Bay Terrace, Whitestone and College Point areas their own community board. Comment.

Errant drivers destroy lawn, peace at Bayside house

Cars careening off East Hampton Boulevard in Bayside have left a trail of destruction over the years on Loretta Aiello’s corner property, and she is rallying neighbors for more traffic controls on the thoroughfare. Comment.

TimesLedger Newspapers win 14 awards for coverage

The TimesLedger Newspapers won 14 awards in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for 2003, including four first-place awards, two of them for photography and two for news coverage. Comment.

Gift shop rises after Bayside January blaze

More than two months after a devastating fire forced Bell Boulevard’s Top Drawer gift shop to close, the store reopened last Thursday with all-new spring merchandise and the smell of flowers in the air. Comment.

Neighbors rally to protest College Point field delays

“Ten blocks from Shea, no place to play!” Comment.

Cambira Heights’ biz’s services grow beyond flowers

"I'm networking, trying to help other people follow their dreams," she said of the way she runs her store, Inspirational Floral and Gifts, which opened in early September at 233-04 Linden Blvd. Comment.

How’s Business?: Getting rich

So you stayed up a little later than you should have this past Saturday night watching TV and somehow found yourself zeroed in on an infomercial. It’s those special paid-for commercials covering various items on how to make a fortune buying and selling real estate to making a ton of money in mail-order. Comment.

Business Calendar

April 23- How can business owners finance expansions and save money? Staff from NYC DSBS, ESD, QEDC, and LGCC SBDC will explain their programs and services for small businesses. Free. LaGuardia Community College, 8:30 - 10:30 a.m. 718-786-5300 x 21 to RSVP Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thurs., April 29 - Queensborough Community College Fund holds its 17th annual Partners for Progress Awards Dinner at Terrace on the Park. For more information contact Ray Matzkin at 718 281-5144. Comment.

Editorial: Safe software and safe underwear

According to a recently published report, only 13 percent of the bills introduced in the City Council ever make it into law. To that we are inclined to say: thank God. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: LIC firehouse closure shows need to reveal data

The Mayor’s Management Report released this past winter demonstrates the need for an independent entity to prepare this document used to evaluate the state and effectiveness of city government. Comment.

Cops dragged by automobile in Ridgewood

A Brooklyn man was charged with attempted murder Monday, after allegedly dragging two police officers a short distance in his car when they tried to arrest him, police said. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Queens residents ready for twin holidays of rebirth

A father to a child at the Passover Seder table: “If you don’t eat, it will kill your grandmother.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Queens’ fiscal situation calls for gambling solution

Another eventful week has gone by. Some of the happenings were the annual New York Press Association’s Convention in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. It was bigger and better than ever this year. It was held at the Gideon Putnam Hotel and Conference Center in the 2,200-acre Saratoga Spa State Park. Also in the park are the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, the Spa Little Theater and the Saratoga Automobile Museum. It is understandable why they call it the Jewel of Saratoga. Comment.

The Civic Scene: CB 8 meeting to address alterations to zoning text

The world has changed, and that is why reforms to the Zoning Resolution must be implemented. Community Board 8 will hold a public hearing for comment on community facilities zoning text changes April 29. Comment.

Teen Talk: Queens Farm Museum welcomes Easter to boro

Everyone of every religion has springtime memories. I remember going with my family to Kissena Park in Flushing for an Easter celebration in the park. It was run by the city and featured a giant Easter bunny on two legs wearing a fancy suit. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Queens parks volunteers discuss recycling issues

Early spring showers welcomed volunteers of the Queens Coalition for Parks and Green Spaces to the Parks Department’s Overlook in Kew Gardens on March 21. It was a soft rain but still very wet. As usual, the organization’s president, Fred Kress, arrived at the organization’s monthly meeting with a huge amount of goodies to be shared with attendees. Comment.

Our History: American horse racing began in early Queens

Most of us do not realize that Queens County, which was created Nov. 1, 1689 and was one of the 10 original counties of New York, was at its inception three times its present size and included Nassau and extended as far as Suffolk. It was not until Jan. 1, 1898 that Queens, consisting of 118 square miles of land area, became one of the five boroughs of New York City. Comment.

2004 PSAL Coach of the Year: Howard Furman - Townsend Harris

One of the greatest accomplishments of his long career, which saw him go from Division III Old Westbury to Bayside High to Franklin K. Lane — where he won the PSAL Class B city championship six years ago — to Townsend Harris, was leading the undersized Hawks to the program’s first-ever Class A playoff win this year. Comment.

2004 PSAL Player of the Year: Skyler Kahleel - Cardozo

But that is exactly what Cardozo’s Skyler Khaleel did this year because of his tenacious play every game. Comment.

2004 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL Boys’ Basketball Team

Derrick Gabriel    Sr.    G    Far Rockaway Comment.

2004 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL Girls’ Basketball Team

Katie Driscoll    Sr.    G    Townsend Harris Comment.

Triangle Shirtwaist victims memorialized in Maspeth

In 1911, a blaze on the top three floors of the Triangle Shirtwaist Co. in Lower Manhattan killed 146 women in less than a half hour. The owners had locked the exits to keep the workers at their desks. Dozens of immigrant women, their dresses on fire, jumped from the 10-story building to their deaths. Comment.

2004 PSAL Coach of the Year: Larry Cerulo - Townsend Harris

Cerulo’s brilliant 16-year career with Townsend Harris, which saw his teams make the playoffs 14 times, concluded in the second round of the PSAL playoffs. His career ended with a 72-64 loss to Midwood. Comment.

2004 PSAL Player of the Year: Shanay Freeman - Townsend Harris

Moments after Townsend Harris’ 72-64 loss to Midwood Feb. 27 in the second round of the PSAL Class A playoffs, Freeman was thrilled with her team’s season and couldn’t wait to start the next phase of her career. Comment.

Dining Out: Tap into Bourbon Street’s Cajun, Creole blend

A visit to Bourbon Street Café in Bayside is like a visit to the famed street of the same name in the old French Quarter in New Orleans. Comment.

Moore scores hat trick as Jamaica trounces Edison

It would have been a good thing if Frank Denunzio had other plans in mind for his birthday Friday, because a victory celebration over the rival Jamaica Beavers was not to be had. Comment.

District 30 parents vie for seats on education council

He was one of several parents who said their vested interest in the schools and fresh perspective qualify them for a seat on the new 12-person councils, which are slated to replace the city's community school boards on July 1. Comment.

Queens Boulevard to get new safety changes

Mayor Bloomberg Monday announced upgraded safety improvements - including new fencing, extended traffic signals, and restructured traffic patterns - to be complete this summer along the eastern and western ends of the infamous boulevard. Comment.

CB 2 approves contested rezoning in Hunters Point

The City Planning proposal would increase residential zoning in traditional manufacturing blocks such as Jackson Avenue and Vernon Boulevard, said Neil Gagliardi, of the Queens Planning Department, during the board's meeting at the Citicorp building. Comment.

Police snub Jackson Heights day laborers

State Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Corona) said as many as 10 of the day laborers who wait for work along Roosevelt Avenue in Jackson Heights receive tickets every week for infractions ranging from obstructing the pedestrian way to disorderly conduct. Peralta also said the workers are often taken in for line-ups without their consent. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Sundiata Gaines

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Unsolved Woodside death prompts rally for answers

Cecilia Tagliaferri and her husband, George Hacker, know the where, the what and the how. Comment.

Varvaro blanks Virginia Tech for 4th win

Anthony Varvaro wore them like medals of honors, one ice bag on his right elbow, the other on his right shoulder. Comment.

Jamaica man charged in Radio Shack robbery, murder

Anthony Ryans, 37, of 163-35 130th Ave. in Jamaica and two Long Island men were captured March 29, just hours after they allegedly walked into a Radio Shack in Oakdale and shot a partially paralyzed worker who was standing behind the counter and talking with a customer, said Detective Lt. Jack Fitzpatrick, commander of the Suffolk homicide unit. Comments (1).

Rockaway man sentenced in football player shooting

"The victim was a stellar student and star athlete at Christ the King High School in Middle Village who was slain in a senseless act of violence," Brown said. "I hope that his family receives a measure of solace knowing that the defendant has been sentenced to a lengthy prison term." Comment.

Howard Beach man shot in Ridgewood dance club

Anderson Pizarro, 27, of 156-46 79th St., was shot once in the head while dancing at the Metrolounge on Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood at 3:25 a.m., police said. Comment.

Boro’s Brown helps UConn Huskies win NCAA crown

He’s been criticized and scrutinized throughout his four-year career at the University of Connecticut; he’s been forever linked with fellow point guards Andre Barrett and Omar Cook. Comment.

Civics demand return of cop

Armed with posters, banners and a bullhorn, supporters of Police Detective Rudy Prashad began assembling at 10 a.m. just blocks from the 102nd Precinct where Prashad worked for seven years. By noon, their ranks had swelled to more than 130. Comment.

CB 3 eyes capital funds included in airport lease

During a March 30 public meeting at the Salvation Army on 35th Avenue, Board Chairman Richard Cecere unveiled portions of a multimedia presentation that will track airport usage, population density and geographic respiratory disease rates, among other things. Comment.

Springfield Gardens girl reported missing: Police

Rose LaGuerre, 12, left her house at 142-40 222nd St. to go to school, but records at the school, which was not identified, indicate she did not attend classes Friday, police said. She was still missing Tuesday afternoon, said 105th Precinct Officer Pete Dwyer. Comment.

Jamaica Hospital trains for heavy hazmat duty

A few feet away, others dressed in the head-to-toe coveralls prepared the decontamination showers, where the patient, a woman strapped to a backboard with her leg in a brace, would be cleaned of any hazardous materials on her skin. Comment.

Boro residents talk garbage at Jamaica college meeting

About 150 people gathered at York College in Jamaica March 31 for a town hall meeting on the issues surrounding the waste transfer stations in the primarily black communities of southeast Queens, where garbage is trucked in, compacted and shipped to out-of-state landfills. Comment.

Hollis man set up drug ring in Maine: DEA

Charles Thompson, 27, whose last known address was 188-48 Woodhull Ave. in Hollis, allegedly sold drugs to undercover narcotics agents twice in September, said Special Agent Sean Lally, of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Finn steps down as SFP girls’ hoop coach

The Queens girls’ high school basketball season came to an end during the last week of March, when two borough teams — Christ the King and Archbishop Molloy — competed for the state Federation championships in Glen Falls, N.Y. Comment.

Community memorializes Barbara ‘D.’ Waldon, 66

Waldon, the wife of Court of Claims Judge Alton Waldon Jr., a former congressman, state assemblyman and state senator, died Feb. 23 after a long illness. She was 66. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Soccer star pays tribute to Megaloudis sister

The collective eyes of the soccer world were on RFK Stadium in Washington Saturday afternoon where 14-year-old phenom Freddy Adu was set to make his professional debut for DC United against defending MLS champion San Jose. Comment.

Bayside wall’s collapse blamed on Huang: City

The city Buildings Department, which said Henry Huang caused "some damage" to the neighbor's property, immediately hit the son of the notorious northeast Queens developer with four violations after the incident. Comment.

Molloy eyes return to CHSAA baseball championship

Perhaps Monsignor McClancy coach Nick Melito said it best when summing up the CHSAA varsity baseball league: “It’s just a tough league. You can get your brains beat in any day.” Comment.

District 29 parents vying for education council spots

"You have to give us some say so with what goes on with our children," said Robin Birmingham, whose child attends IS 192 in St. Albans. She spoke at a public forum March 31 at Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights. Comment.

Flushing cop changes uniforms for National Guard post in Iraq

Within weeks, the 38-year-old father of three will join the stability operations units in a location in Iraq that he is not allowed to disclose. Comment.

Bayside education forum draws few, promises much

Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg's reorganization of city schools, the seven Queens community school boards are set to be replaced by 11-member parent councils in July. Nine of those members will be elected in May by the presidents, secretaries and treasurers of all parent-teacher associations in the district and two will be appointed by the borough president. Comment.

Mobile Vietnam vets wall will stop in Fresh Mdws.

Pat Toro, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 32 in Glendale, said his group wanted to put the half-size replica of the wall in nearby Juniper Valley Park this October. But the organization was blocked from doing so by Juniper Park Civic Association President Bob Holden, who cited issues such as trucks riding on the grass, security, interference with baseball play and the park staying open 24 hours for the memorial. Comment.

Elmhurst nurses fund-raise for sick Floral Park child

"They've been unbelievable," said McGonigle, who is on leave from her job as a nurse in the neonatal unit. "I've just been blown away by it." Comment.

New coach hopes to lead Mary Louis to top

The Mary Louis Academy varsity softball team bid farewell to retiring coach Steve Contino last year when the team lost to archrival St. Francis Prep in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship game. Comment.

Elmhurst man sentenced for computer scam ring

A former East Elmhurst man was sentenced to four to eight years in prison for his involvement in a scam ring that bilked major computer companies out of millions of dollars in computer equipment by setting up fake companies, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment.

Conservancy plans Flushing Meadows upgrades

Informational banners, a restored lake shoreline and a garden are among the latest improvements planned for Flushing Meadows Corona Park since the establishment of the Conservancy last year. Comment.

Insurance, auto theft drive down boro car registration

Soaring auto insurance premiums and car theft have discouraged many prospective car buyers in Queens and resulted in a moderate decline in the number of cars on borough streets, according to a car dealers trade group. Comment.

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