Friday, April 16, 2004

Harvest Buffet in Great Neck heaps on goodies

This is a very popular place that boasts of the number of offerings of Chinese, Japanese, Korean, French, Italian and American foods offered at the many counters and stations. It is a place where there is bound to be things that appeal to any appetite. The offerings are constantly being replaced or refilled. Comment.

Thursday, April 15, 2004

TimesLedger expands into Jackson Hts.

“It pretty well completes what our plan was for covering Queens,”... Comment.

TimesLedger opens paper for Woodside, Sunnyside

Until now the TimesLedger papers have covered Woodside, a traditional center of Irish immigration with Old World-style bars and a passion for soccer, as part of the Astoria Times founded more than six years ago. The Astoria Times also served Sunnyside, once home to rolling farms and swamp lands, now charged with the same ethnic diversity that drove National Geographic to label nearby Elmhurst the most diverse in the nation. Comment.

Slain S. Jamaica worker’s family demands justice

Just before Nayquan Miller and Charles Bryant, both 16, appeared before Judge Robert Hanophy in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens for their arraignment, the family of Huang Chen, 18, joined elected officials and community leaders outside the courthouse in a call for swift justice, said Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), who helped organize the rally. Comment.

Gioia, LIC Y use hoops to help youngsters

Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) tossed the inaugural tip-off for the Gioia-YMCA All-Star Basketball League April 3 under the watchful eyes of the parents who packed the bleachers at IS 204 in Long Island City. Comment.

Slain S. Jamaica worker’s family demands justice

Just before Nayquan Miller and Charles... Comment.

Carver Bank a ‘symbol of hope’ for Jamaica

Carver Federal Savings Bank opened its second Queens branch at the corner of Archer Avenue and 160th Street with an official ribbon- cutting by Mayor... Comment.

Former Bellerose banker succumbs to lung cancer

Henson, 64, had been battling lung cancer. At a wake held... Comment.

Council to review charges against Jennings

The City Council’s Standards and Ethics Committee could meet this week to review the results of an independent probe aimed at investigating claims of sexual harassment and discrimination against Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica), one councilman said. Comment.

Hollis hip-hop artist weighs prose, cons of poetic ‘Run’

By Courtney Dentch Comment.

Long Island Press building set for public auction

The building at 92-20 164th St., owned by notorious real estate heiress Rita Stark, was put in foreclosure proceedings and a public auction was scheduled for... Comment.

Police seek suspect in Laurelton murder

Brad Washington, 18, is accused of shooting a 35-year-old man outside a Merrick... Comment.

Fire in illegally converted Rego Park home injures man

Residents have filed 14 complaints with the city Buildings Department about the home at... Comment.

Glendale boy thrown from bike in collision with car

Charles Pantina of 75th Street collided with a 1997 Plymouth at 3:16 p.m. just yards from... Comment.

Shuttered College Point ballfields slated to open

The president of College Point’s soccer club said his teams would have faced extinction if... Comment.

CB 11 okays plan to limit churches, doctors’ offices

After tacking six amendments onto the proposed community facilities zoning text... Comment.

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis: From Fresh Meadows to Stony Brook

In the first “On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis,” he discusses the factors that led to his decision to attend Stony Brook, where he has emerged as one of the top pitchers in the America East conference. Comment.

2 teens injured by drag racers on Franny Lew

After two 14-year-old pedestrians were struck during an apparent drag race on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Fresh Meadows last Thursday, elected officials called for new measures to halt the illegal street races on a notorious half-mile stretch called the Franny Lew Speedway. Comment.

Flushing Airport traffic will be studied

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said... Comment.

Ackerman eyes bike paths for College Pt. Boulevard

With that in mind, he announced last Thursday $1 million in federal money for what he called a “softening” of... Comment.

Officials contribute $713K to sprucing up Fort Totten

The money is just the beginning of a $10 million investment to create a park and restored... Comment.

Hand surgeon pens new book on endurance

When patients enter the New Hyde Park office of Dr. Kenneth Kamler, a hand surgeon affiliated with Long Island Jewish Medical Center, they are treated to framed photos of yaks burdened with heavy loads, mountaineers struggling up icy steeps and winds swirling off towering peaks. Comment.

Zoning restrictions slated for22 blocks in Bellerose

Almost two dozen blocks of Bellerose could be rezoned to restrict new projects to one- or two-family homes in the coming months, with parts of Laurelton and Queens Village possibly to follow later in the year, the chairman of Community Board 13 said this week. Comment.

Scobee Diner shuts doors after kitchen fire

Fire Department spokesman Mike Loughran said more than 100 firefighters responded to the... Comment.

Doug Hill finally placed on Landmarks calendar

After nearly 15 years an application to designate Douglaston Hill as a city landmark area was put on the Landmarks Preservation Commission’s calendar Tuesday, setting the stage for the neighborhood to become a historic... Comment.

Pinto powers Prep past McClancy, 10-7

Alex Pinto’s heart was still racing when he stepped back into the batter's box after belting longtime St. Francis Prep baseball coach Bro. Robert Kent with a foul ball. Comment.

Boro starts school contest to mark civil rights ruling

Now borough leaders and judges want to ensure that today’s students recognize the... Comment.

CB 1 seeks angled parking in Astoria

“It’s really a needed thing,” District Manager George Delis said after the... Comment.

Gioia throws party to register young voters

City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) came up with one answer last Thursday: He threw a party. Comment.

College Pt.’s Poppenhusen to be honored with parade

After moving to the city from Germany, he started his family and business in Brooklyn, where he lived in Brooklyn Heights and ran a rubber factory on 1st Street in... Comment.

Shea opening day win satisfies Mets fans

Noel Chedda attended his 26th opening day at Shea Stadium Monday by using a well-worn excuse for his boss. He called in sick. Comment.

Baysider charged in Ground Zero car theft

A retired veteran police officer from Bayside who worked for the Secret Service has been charged with stealing five of the agency’s cars that had been stored at the World Trade Center at the time of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, a federal prosecutor said. Comments (1).

Grand Central photo show honors subway centennial

All of them are part of a Metropolitan Transportation Authority exhibit of photos of everyday life from another era on subway trains and platforms in observance of the 100th birthday of the New York City subway. Comment.

City to fight Census data showing boro lost 1,600

The Census Bureau estimates actually showed a slight increase in New York... Comment.

Agencies await public review of $100M LIE project

State and federal transportation agencies are seeking public comment on a $100 million project to fix bridges and improve interchanges where the Long Island Expressway meets the Grand Central Parkway and the Van Wyck Expressway, the state Department of Transportation said. Comment.

Aeronautics college on track with expansion

Mid-stream in a major five-year strategic development plan, the College of Aeronautics is on a flight path that likely will take it to a far-off destination while staying right at home. Comment.

Guzman and Adams eye PSAL baseball title

If there’s a team from Queens in the PSAL Class A baseball semifinals this year, odds are it will be John Adams again. Comment.

Artists make gallery out of Elmhurst hospital wing

An Elmhurst hospital has found the solution to a problem plaguing tons of New York artists: space — space to hang their works. Comment.

Astoria starting line in city Olympic torch relay

Astoria Greeks will have to cross the ocean if they want to see the Olympics in their homeland this summer. But on June 18, they can travel a few blocks to get close to the games. Comment.

Weiner aids boro groups in women’s rights march

The Bush administration and its political allies are trying to erode women’s ability to choose to have an abortion and other reproductive rights, city representatives of women’s groups and Borough President Helen Marshall told a news conference last Thursday at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Turturro returns home to SE Queens for movie

A musical comedy film may not seem to go hand-in-hand with Rosedale, but for an actor and director who grew up in southeast Queens, it was a perfect match. Comment.

Broadway comes to Queens

Running July 6 to Aug. 1. the workshop is a full-time program that immerses students in the world of Broadway musicals, theatre and dance. New this year will be a teen drama workshop for those young actors who want to concentrate on dramatic arts. Comment.

Auditions/Rehearsals

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wed. & Fri. 718-347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 718-224-2729. Comment.

QCC Holocaust Center features noted authors

The first lecture, to be held April 18th, will feature Berger, deputy education editor of The New York Times, whose book provides a moving account of the 140,000 refugees who came to the U.S. between 1947 and 1953 and reconstructed their lives through courage, luck and hard work. Comment.

Art of Latin America comes to Jamaica Library

“Magic realism” was the first thing that came to mind when I saw “Francachela: Art of Latin America,” the exhibit now at the Queens Library’s Central Branch in Jamaica. Comment.

Harvest Buffet: Goodies heaped on in Great Neck

Harvest Buffet is a large, active, minimally decorated, clean restaurant with lots of tables and banquet stations. One of the advantages of eating at this buffet is you can eat in any order you prefer. You can even start with soft ice cream and Petits Fours or partake of the fresh fruit bar. Tea of your choice is brought by your server but other beverages are available on a self-help basis. Comment.

Kew Gardens actors hit the road

For a schedule and more information about the Kew Gardens Community Center Players, call 718 268-5960. Comment.

Bayside once again borough’s preseason softball best

With a non-league record of 4-7, it’s hard to think that Bayside should be considered a contender for the PSAL Class A softball championship. Comment.

Tony award winner Moore to help out at LaGuardia

Over the next two months, Moore will conduct a seminar for students, make guest appearances at student events and meet members of the community in a variety of settings. In her role of guest artist-in-residence, Moore’s will present a unique seminar for students on Tuesday, April 27, at 2 p.m. that will explore the many elements and individuals involved in the process of creating, producing and performing. Comment.

Assistance

If you are a caregiver to anyone with any such memory disorder the Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Program, 157-16 65 Ave., can help. Call 718-358-3514 for further information. Comment.

Musica Reginae presents gramd style of piano

Berman plays in the “grand manner.” He chooses unique programming that goes beyond the repertoire that one hears everyday in New York City concert halls. His brilliant technique is matched by an exquisite musical sensitivity. Comment.

Queensboro getting ready for art expansion

Queensborough Community College’s commitment to art and culture embraces many aspects. Consider the college’s Professional Performing Arts Series; the Presidential Lecture Series; the Holocaust Resource Center and Archives; and the Queensborough Community College Art Gallery, now undergoing a $5.5 million renovation and preparing for a grand reopening in the fall. Comment.

American Ballet Theatre premieres works at QTIP

The performances are set for April 17 at 2 p.m. and 8... Comment.

First lady of boro poetry

In the past few weeks, as the search for a new poet laureate in Queens proves to be harder than anyone thought, much has been written about the state of poetry in the borough. One article, appearing on the front page of “The New York Times,” quoted Hal Sirowitz, the recently retired laureate, as calling Queens “the forgotten borough,” overlooked in the shadow of Manhattan. Comment.

Business Calendar

April 22-Chamber of Commerce, Borough of Queens Annual Installation Luncheon Crowne Plaza - sponsored by North Fork Bank, 12 p.m. Crowne Plaza LaGuardia, 104-04... Comment.

Boro shop promotes tricky business

After majoring in art and minoring in English in college, the Forest Hills resident did a stint as a computer-assisted graphic designer. Comment.

Fundraisers

Tues., April 27 - Queens Economic Development Corp. hosts “Queens - A Taste of the World” at Terminal 4 at JFK. Comment.

E-gambling

But today New York state has made it easy — you can place a horse racing bet at a neighborhood OTB. Don’t want to go or don’t have the time to go? No problem, they make it easy for you by opening a telephone account so you place that bet in the convenience of your living room and watch the race on cable TV. Comment.

CHSAA Coach of the Year: Tim Leary

No, the Lil’ Terriers did none of that. What the team did do is maximize its potential, which is something head coach Tim Leary has been pulling out of teams for close to four decades and why he has been named TimesLedger CHSAA Boys’ Coach of the Year. Comment.

Jackson Heights offers a taste for every palate

To say there is a taste for every palate right next door is more than just a cliche, because here in the heart of Queens it is true. You want sports? Shea Stadium and the U.S. Tennis... Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Queens parks starving for bigger slice of budget pie

Advocates from New Yorkers for Parks joined by civic leaders and other concerned residents will trek to City Hall Wednesday for the second annual Parks Advocacy Day (see www.ny4p.org or call 212-838-9410). They’ll advocate for a modest budget increase to improve park maintenance. After all, the city’s Department of Parks and Recreation must maintain 28,700 acres, while overall parks use has increased despite a budget one-third less than 14 years ago. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Accountant’s move yields taxing times for writer

A fine is a tax for doing something wrong; income tax is a fine for doing well. – Bill O’Reilly Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Queens’ parade groups prepare for Memorial Day

I hope everyone had a happy Easter and an equally happy Passover. Have you noticed all the spring flowers and shrubbery just bursting with buds and blooms? Isn’t that a great feeling? Spring is always the harbinger of hope and new beginnings. After the exceptionally cold, dark, dreary winter, we look forward to experiencing spring as a most welcome change. Comment.

Play ball!

After six seasons of playing on borrowed fields, the Little Leaguers in College Point step up to the plate this season on their home turf. The city has decided to open the College Point sports complex in time for opening day... Comment.

The face of evil

Charles Bryant... Comment.

A failure to communicate

Part of the plan includes the erection of a fence that will make it... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civics urge tough rules to govern boro facilities

As written last week, the 1961 Zoning Resolution permitted community facilities as of right in one-family R-1 and R-2 residential communities. The problem is that transportation and times have changed so that large hospitals, medical offices, schools and houses of worship are being built next to one-family homes. This is causing an enormous decline in quality of life. Comment.

Teen Talk: Queens airports evidence changing trends in travel

Manhattan may be the destination for hundreds of trains from all over the country and Brooklyn may have its shipyards, but unless you are a bird, the only way you can fly into New York City is via JFK or LaGuardia airports in good old Queens, N.Y. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: PS 176 hosts meeting on violence prevention

Community members can get valuable information at the Eastern Queens Alliance’s June 12 workshop on parent awareness and gang violence prevention. The presentation will be 9:30 a.m. to noon at PS 176, 120-45 235th St. in Cambria Heights. You can enjoy breakfast at 9:30 a.m. and be prepared to participate in the workshop at 10 a.m. sharp. Comment.

CHSAA Coach of the Year: Sundiata Gaines

Sundiata Gaines nearly made history at Archbishop Molloy High School this year when playing Monsignor McClancy Feb. 3. The senior bound for the University of Georgia scored a career-high 52 points and was just four away from knotting former Stanners’ star Kenny Anderson for most points ever in a single school game. Comment.

Brooklyn man arrested in Jamaica in connection with Citibank heist

Bayside women found dead in Nassau County hotel room

Boy 11, listed in critical condition after collision in Ridgewood

No arrests were made, and no summonses were... Comment.

Suffolk County man sues city for arrest at 111th Precinct in ‘03

Off-duty firefighter arrested on drunken driving charge in Astoria

Flushing woman’s death reclassified a homicide

FLUSHING — The Queens Medical Examiner ruled that a Flushing woman found dead in a stairwell on Linden Place in December was murdered, police said. Comment.

Jamaica man pleads guilty to beating death of girlfriend’s 3-year-old son

Jamaica man shot, killed while sitting in parked car in Brooklyn

Two Jamaica men arrested in connection with shooting

Unidentified man found hanging from tree branch in Powell’s Cove

CHSAA Coach of the Year: Bob Mackey

From at least one perspective, Bob Mackey hasn’t had the easiest of times as head coach of the Christ the King girls’ basketball team. Since taking over for former top man Vinny Cannizzarro, Mackey has won just one state Federation championship (in 2000) but has failed to reach that pinnacle since, something Cannizzarro’s clubs did with regularity. Comment.

Man shot in building lobby in Elmhurst

Rockaway man on medication missing from home over a week

Ozone Park man arrested in connection with Williamsburg Bridge shooting

WILLIAMSBURG — A 47-year-old Ozone Park man was arrested in connection with the robbing and shooting of a 26-year-old man on the Williamsburg Bridge early Sunday morning, police said. Comment.

Jackson Heights priest gets probation for stealing $50K

He had pleaded guilty early to the theft as part of a plea deal negotiated with the Queens district attorney’s office. Comment.

Unknown assailant shoots woman in Queens Village

No arrests were made, an investigation... Comment.

Cop shoots Rockaways man after Beach St. fight: Police

Grand Prix series set to kick off later this month

The five running clubs in Queens have once again joined forces to launch the series and to make running enjoyable for all. They are the Alley Pond Striders, Forest Park Road Runners, Quantum Feet Road Runners, Hellgate Road Runners and College Point Road Runners Track Club. Comment.

College Point to host annual half marathon

This year the 26th annual Queens Half-Marathon has been selected as part of the New York Roadrunners Grand Prix series where points are earned for the top men, while the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run is a competitive event for all ages with awards in all age groups. Comment.

Queens splits softball doubleheader with C.W. Post

Brian DeMasters leaned back in his seat and smelled the success. Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Queens’ Atlantic Avenue needs added greenery

When it crosses Flatbush Avenue, the avenue changes. But there are increasing signs, at least in the area close to the downtown hub of Brooklyn, that Atlantic Avenue is becoming increasingly desirable. Comment.

Police nab Astoria purse snatch suspect: DA

John Mackewicz, 35, of 319 Freeborn St., was charged with robbery and... Comment.

City will demolish Astoria sidewalk memorial

That is what officials will tell an Astoria family that erected a shrine resembling a burial plot on Ditmars Boulevard in memory of a 10-year-old boy who died last April after an SUV struck him. Comment.

St. John’s names Roberts new hoops coach

Calling it his dream job, Norm Roberts returned home to Queens Tuesday where he was named the new head coach of the St. John’s men’s basketball team. Comment.

CHSAA Player of the Year: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

The milestone just kept on coming. This past basketball season Archbishop Molloy’s Rosalyn Gold-Onwude became the first girl in school history to pass the 1,000-point plateau, broke the school single-game scoring record with 33 against Bishop Ford and led the team in just about every offensive category en route to both CHSAA and Federation state championships. Comment.

Jamaica’s Haith named Miami men’s basketball coach

Norm Roberts isn’t the only Queens native to get a head coaching position this week. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: SJU picks homegrown new coach

I know Roberts a lot better than I know the other candidates who were being considered for the job only because I actually knew him a little when he was the head coach at Queens College in the early 1990s. Comment.

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