Thursday, April 29, 2004

Eastern Queens leaders want trees pruned

"I know the city has been very lax on awarding sufficient contracts," said Richard Hellenbrecht, chairman of Board 13, which runs from Glen Oaks in the north along the Nassau border to Brookville in the south. "It's many, many years between prunings." Comment.

Fine Fair Supermarket Angels even record at 1-1

Jeremy Hausdorf started the game for the Angels and struggled with his control but managed to fight through to earn... Comment.

Private crew responds to Union Tpk. refuse

Or rather, the hands of his employees. Depasquale, the manager of the Alley Pond Owners Corp. on Union Turnpike, had planned to send a crew out to spruce up the concrete divider that runs along the thoroughfare between Cloverdale Boulevard and 226th Street. Comment.

Liu pledges to preserve Bowne Church building

The stately Romanesque Revival church on the corner of Roosevelt Avenue and Bowne Street in Flushing has been the source of controversy since 2002, when a Manhattan developer proposed to raze the building and construct a high-rise apartment building in its place. Comment.

Federal funding could help Totten with transformation

On the grounds of the Civil War-era fort, the congressman met with local civic leaders and city officials to announce improvements to the parking lot and overpass at 212th Street. But these updates will only be possible if both chambers of Congress hash out an agreement over the six-year federal transportation appropriations bill and President George Bush signs it into law. Comment.

Bloomberg’s budget draws fire in Queens

Bloomberg unveiled a balanced $46.9 billion budget for the next fiscal year that begins July 1 and included his $400 property tax rebate for the borough’s homeowners. Comment.

Flushing Airport development protested

"We're gonna keep holding these things till the city backs off," Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) told the crowd of about 150. "This is to demonstrate to the city that we are fed up with the traffic here. We've got a bunch of people just crossing the street and we're creating a traffic nightmare." Comment.

Mayor woos Whitestone’s homeowners

Mayor Michael Bloomberg shook hands with seniors during their cake and coffee break at the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers' Community Center. He spoke briefly about how New York was becoming a safer, cleaner place to live. Comment.

Cops arrest 52 in W. Queens burglary ring

"We've really, really got a good grip on this group," said Deputy Chief of Queens Borough North James Hall Sunday at a press conference in Manhattan, noting that police have arrested 52 of the 58 members of the "Codwise Gang," named after Codwise Place in Corona where the first break-ins occurred in April 2002. Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Queens’ apathetic voters cast democracy to wind

Our friends' polling place was not changed or done away with, as I understand many were throughout the Golden State. They used an electronic ballot, so there was no danger of the famous chads that co-opted the 2000 presidential election in Florida. (But there are many other dangers with electronic voting.) Comment.

Mayor woos Whitestone’s homeowners

Mayor Michael Bloomberg shook hands with seniors during their cake and coffee break at the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers’ Community Center. He spoke briefly about how New York was becoming a safer, cleaner place to live. Comment.

Federal funding could help Totten with transformation

On the grounds of the Civil War-era fort, the congressman met with local civic leaders and city officials to announce improvements to the parking lot and overpass at 212th Street. But these updates will only be possible if both chambers of Congress hash out an agreement over the six-year federal transportation appropriations bill and President George Bush signs it into law. Comment.

Udalls Cove reveals secrets during park waste cleanup

"It was absolutely filthy. It was filthier this year than we've seen in years," said Committee President Walter Mugdan, referring to the cove's shore that stretches between Douglaston and Little Neck. Comment.

Medicaid cuts could harm Bayside children’s facility

"It was a constant battle," said Benkert, who was told by doctors that her toddler simply had a strong personality. "We didn't know what to do." Comment.

Bayside man sentenced to jail for molesting 12-year-old girl

A Bayside man was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week for molesting his daughter's 12-year-old friend, said a spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Chang Soo Park, 50, of Bayside was sentenced to 15 years in jail April 21 by Queens Supreme Court Judge Richard Buchter, the spokesman said. Comment.

Totten waterfront restaurant plans on hold

The Bayside restaurateur who was planning to build a waterfront eatery on Fort Totten said Monday the project, which drew criticism from the neighboring community because it included a catering hall, was on hold. "A lot of things have to be done utility-wise to bring things to the site," said Dominick Bruccoleri, owner of Papazzio restaurant and 39 East in Bayside and operator of Douglaston Manor in Douglaston. Comment.

Corona native, cosmetics queen Estee Lauder dies

Lauder died at her home on Manhattan’s Upper East Side, her family members announced. Comment.

Jamaica biz offers stylish solutions

And while some may say Heyward is not fully grown up at age 22, she is the owner of her own salon on Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica. Comment.

Security jobs

There is much to know. Besides learning about basic to advanced intelligence, threat analysis and bioterrorism, major topics such as destroying active weapons and decoding cyberspace threats are among others. The United States has created the Department of Homeland Security. But what is our government doing to develop this agency? Comment.

2004

May 3- Queens Theatre in the Park 10th Annual Gala. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Black thumb in growing greens causes the blues

But the merriest month in all the year - Is the merry month of May. – Anonymous Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Former Queens publisher eyes 26th Assembly seat

Isn’t this spring weather just glorious? Enjoy every moment of it while you can. Before long everyone will be crabbing and complaining about how beastly hot it is. Did you ever notice how it seems so many more people complain that their cup is half empty rather than being happy that their cup is half full? They have completely forgotten the old premise that a half a cup is better than none. Comment.

Better bus service

In order to determine whether or not... Comment.

The parking solution

This won’t solve the parking problem in Jamaica, but it’s an excellent stwp. The nonprofit development corporation said the garage is the first new lot in a growing parking network serving Jamaica.. Comment.

The shame of Corona

These thugs have disgraced Colombia and they have made life even more difficult for the honest hardworking Latin American immigrants in Corona. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Flushing electrical union holds scholarship awards

Local 3, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, holds an annual scholarship awards program in the Electrical Industry Center in Flushing, where 40 Electrical union workers’ children received scholarships during the 2004 program. The money comes from the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund of the Electrical Industry provided by Local 3 and electrical contractors. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Healthy lawns spring from grass roots work

Welcome to spring. Barring a rare snowstorm — and we have had some — let’s get out those garden-tool-skilled technicians and horticulturists, and ask them to test the soil and suggest the chemical additives that should be applied at this time of year. Comment.

Our History: Flushing hero, scoundrel met during Civil War

Sometimes, quite fortuitously, one interesting story leads to another though the two subjects may be as diverse as possible. Such was the case when I started to research the life of Jacob Roemer (1818-1896), who became one of Flushing’s Civil War heroes. Comment.

A Scarlet sweep for Red Storm

Not once, but twice, as the Red Storm swept a doubleheader in convincing fashion from the Scarlet Knights, 10-4 and 4-1, at the Ballpark at... Comment.

Joseph to the rescue for New England

A little more than two weeks after breaking his nose in a scrimmage against the University of Connecticut, former St. John’s standout Shalrie Joseph was back on the field for the New England Revolution in a homecoming of sorts at... Comment.

Community Calendar for Northeast Queens

Alzheimer's Disease Comment.

Chinese food in Elmhurst, the way Koreans like it

So far my collection includes Latino Chinese food (El Presidente Restaurant, 95-49 Roosevelt Ave., Jackson Heights), Indian Chinese food (Tangra Masala, 87-09 Grand Ave, Elmhurst), Kosher Chinese food (Cho-Sen Garden 64-43 108th Street, Forest Hills) and Guyanese Chinese food (Savannah, 173-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica). Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

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

Two Bronx men charged with 35th Ave. trespassing

Milton Rivera, 36, and Jesus Medero, 37, both from the Bronx, were charged with criminal trespassing, attempted burglary and possession of... Comment.

Man charged in death of Astoria teen

Jonathan Moss, 22, of 1126 Belmont Ave., was charged with second-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of 19-year-old Raynor Bradshaw... Comment.

Bell Boulevard sinkhole damages Pontiac sedan

A red Pontiac sedan blew out a tire, dented a wheel rim and suffered some minor body damage after the car’s owner drove over the sinkhole without seeing it. Bayside resident Nicolaos Tzortzatos, 23, said he did not notice the hole, but onlookers said it was already there when he drove over. Comment.

Man charged in Cross Island hit-and-run

Glaston Mitchell, 41, of 684 Logan St., was charged Monday with leaving the scene of... Comment.

Man hospitalized after dispute in Ridgewood

He was removed to Elmhurst Hospital in stable condition, police said. No arrests have been made and the investigation... Comment.

Cardozo Shows Forest Hills ‘A’ Whole New World, winning 7-2

Cardozo (9-3, 6-0, Queens East A) scored five runs in the first inning and... Comment.

Whitestone resident is new boro poet laureate

Park won the honorary post out of a pool of more than 70 candidates, some with popular names such as Joseph Simmons, known as Reverend Run of Run-DMC. Simmons, the brother of rap-mogul Russell Simmons, ran his campaign for the position on the basis that rap is poetry. But his were not the words for which the judges were looking. Comment.

Kew Gardens man arrested on DWI charge

Elston Cordova, 36, of 89-06 146th St., was arrested at the scene... Comment.

Man discovered dead in van on East Elmhurst street

They did not release his name and are investigating the cause of death, according to a report. Comment.

Unidentified man shot, found dead in Lindenwood

The unidentified man was found about 7:45 a.m. in the front seat of his car parked at the intersection of 88th Street and North Conduit Avenue, police... Comment.

Four arrested in connection with Ozone Park stabbings

OZONE PARK — Four men were arrested in connection with the stabbing of three men early Sunday on the corner of Liberty Avenue and 105th Street, police said. Comment.

Theatre Time takes on ‘Three’s Company’ in farce

Big lies lead to big trouble in this zany farce that keeps the audience howling with appreciative laughter for most of the evening. Once you've seen Vincent in a dress, you'll understand why. He is, indeed, a plus-size vision of a gal. Comment.

Beautiful day draws visitors to Botanical Garden

The talk began with Flushing attorney and author Paul Kerson, who spoke on the First Family of Horticulture, the Prince family. He detailed the family's legacy - how they began in 1725 to plant more than 80 acres of fruit-bearing trees in Flushing. The Prince family arboretum helped establish Flushing as the cradle of New York City horticulture. Comment.

Residents find assistance at Woodside on the Move

Now, after fighting the eviction since October, Bell said he is pretty much out of options. Comments (1).

Three hurt in Woodside crash between fire engine, minivan

A truck from Squad Co. 288 was speeding north up 69th Street past 43rd Avenue with its siren blaring when the white Chrysler minivan apparently swerved in front of it at 1:20 p.m., said Juan Pineda, 40, who witnessed the accident from his car about a block away. Comment.

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis:The Black Cloud hovers

This has just been the way my season has gone all year long. This past weekend was an important one for us as we headed to Northeastern inBoston. My Stony Brook team came out strong and won two games out of three. Comment.

115th Pct.’s Jacob Govan HS scholarships now open

For more than a decade the council has offered the scholarship to local high school students with a proven academic track record and a demonstrated commitment to serving the community. Comment.

Corona school relies on experiences to back lessons

The program followed English teacher Frank Martino's class reading of "Night" by Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel and forms part of a schoolwide initiative to take a more hands-on approach to teaching literature and history, Principal Vivian Selenikas said. Comment.

Wilson earns NYCAC softball Player of the Week

The shortstop from Patchogue, L.I. batted .481 (13-for-27) with one home run and seven RBIs for the Knights,... Comment.

$13.3M amphitheater work nears end at Meadow Lake almost complete

The Gertrude Ederle Amphitheater project, a $13.3 million undertaking funded during the Giuliani administration, is nearly complete. Comment.

New chief brings wealth of experience to 115th

After joining the force 20 years ago, when the 115th Precinct was in its infancy, Rolston walked a beat that brought him though many of the same Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and North Corona areas for which he is now responsible. Comment.

Leon, Gatti lead Brooklyn Knights into 2004 season

The Peruvian-born Bellerose resident is switching gears and will play for the Brooklyn Knights of the Premier Development League in the United Soccer... Comment.

Producers eye Jackson Hts. kids for roles in new film

During an open casting call Sunday at PS 149, Ruby Slipper Productions will search for at least four young actors for the modern iteration of the watershed tale of a practical joke gone too far and the bonds of brotherhood. Comment.

Residents steamed about new Ravenswood turbine

Since January two steam valves on the 250-megawatt extension have been regularly wailing "as if a jet landed on your house. It's like a roaring blasting noise," said Roseanne Porrazzo, who lives nearby on 9th Street. Comment.

09OurladyofLourdes

So far Snows has displayed a wealth of pitching, using six different players. Frank Sadicario continues to be the ace of the staff, earning a win and a save over the first four games. Comment.

$13.3M amphitheater work nears end at Meadow Lake almost complete

Already the park property that surrounds the waterfront is restored with shrubbery, a comfort station, benches and an "Ugly Duckling"-inspired storytelling alcove. Comment.

Residents find assistance at Woodside on the Move

Bell, a 40-year-old Woodside resident with a decade-long history of debilitating depression, said he stopped paying rent about five months after he moved into his city- and state-subsidized apartment because of what he said were untenable living conditions and racially-motivated harassment. Comment.

Casella, Pelner lead a Perfect win over Gleason’s

Although Gleason’s lost its first game of the season, 8-4, on April 16, the Michael Casella and Adam Pelner pitching combination recorded 16 strikeouts and allowed only three hits. Matthew Gluck gave a fine defensive... Comment.

Maspeth teacher admits student sex: DA

Cheryl Reyna, 32, a Spanish teacher at Martin Luther High School, pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child in Queens Criminal Court and was ordered to surrender her teacher's license and keep away from the victim for three years, the DA said. Comment.

$13.3M amphitheater work nears end at Meadow Lake

Already the park property that surrounds the waterfront is restored with shrubbery, a comfort station, benches and an "Ugly Duckling"-inspired storytelling alcove. Comment.

Rego Park woman dies in Yonkers

McSweeney's family could not be reached for comment, but news reports said she had successfully battled breast cancer discovered more than two years ago. At the time of her death, she was headed to mass with her mother, who lives in the Bronx, reports said. Comment.

Jamaica hospital cleared of wrongful drug surgery

William Kanyi, of Ghana, filed a $25 million lawsuit against the hospital, a psychiatrist and two surgeons, saying he did not consent to the surgery to remove seven condoms filled with narcotics that may have leaked into his system, said Michael Fagan, spokesman for St. Vincent's Medical Center, which manages the Jamaica hospital. Comment.

A beautiful day on the Farm

The Texas Farm Division had a beautiful opening day. Duce Construction started the day against the Game Zone. Duce's defense was led by Louis Falco, who made a diving mid-air catch for an unassisted putout at second. Liam... Comment.

Bravest rescue two Finest who ran into Jamaica fire

Firefighters from one engine company based in Kew Gardens spotted the officers leaning out the second-story window and immediately set up a handheld ladder against the building to give the cops an escape route, Fire Department spokesman Mike Loughran said. Comment.

LGA lease deal could bring boro more project money

The initial lease agreement, announced in October, included $50 million earmarked solely for Queens capital projects over a 10-year period, but last week several Queens council members, including Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) and James Sanders Jr. (D-Laurelton), extracted a promise from the Port Authority to renegotiate that part of the deal. Comment.

Ozone Park man convicted in fatal Jamaica car crash

Robert Pearson, 24, of 116-12 134th St. was found guilty in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens of driving a Lexus sedan that was reported stolen in Westchester, fleeing from police officers at speeds of over 100 miles per hour and colliding with the car driven by 25-year-old Kevin Fisher, the district attorney said. Comment.

St. Albans couple shot inside apt.

At the time of the killings on April 21, three of the four robbery suspects had been arrested and were awaiting their next court date, the DA said. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League

Minor Division Comment.

CB 13 approves Floral Park nabe rezoning

The final vote at the board, which covers the area from Glen Oaks in the north to Brookville in the south and runs along the Nassau border, was 27-0 with eight abstentions. Comment.

Kids redeem themselves at 105th Youth Court

The victim's mother pressed charges with the 105th Police Precinct, but thanks to a special program run by the 105th, the teenager was tried by his peers, found guilty and sentenced to 20 hours of community service instead of receiving a stain on his record or being sent to Family Court. Comment.

Three accused of dragging on Franny Lew speed strip

The drivers range in age from 19 to 23 and are from Jamaica, Middle Village and Bayside, the DA said. They face charges of reckless endangerment, reckless driving and engaging in a speed contest, the DA said. Comment.

DZV Cardinals Victorious Over Globe Fuel Oil Yankees, 10-7

Their big hitters were Darren Minsky, Alex Ligas, Anthony Agnello, Alec Zimmern and Nicholas Pappas,... Comment.

Language main concern in boro health disparities

Borough President Helen Marshall and others heard representatives from agencies, hospitals and organizations testify about the health disparities that exist in Queens and how to overcome them at a public hearing at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica April 21. Comment.

Jilted lover shoots ex, kills self

Oscar Ivan Orosco, a Colombian immigrant and the devoted father of two boys from a previous marriage, was pronounced dead at the scene with a gunshot wound to the temple after the gunfire erupted about 8:30 p.m., police said. Comment.

Needle exchange center closer to reality in LIC

The AIDS Center of Queens County would operate the proposed syringe exchange at its facility at 42-57 Hunter St. on Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., said the center’s director, Philip Glotzer, just one local leader who attended an April 20 meeting in Marshall’s office to discuss the exchange. Comment.

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