Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004

College Pt. pump owners blast treatment by LukOil

A small number of supporters turned out for the rally, including customers, employees and another LukOil gas station owner, at the station which was blanketed in handmade signs with messages such as "LukOil punished us for speaking out," and "Getty LukOil - Sweatshops of America." Comment.

Boro court orders election for Hindu temple directors

At the temple at 45-57 Bowne St., a group of six devotees took their fight to court and ultimately won, setting the stage for the first-ever election for the 11 trustees and president of the 33-year-old house of worship. Comment.

Interim hospital director selected for St. Joseph’s

The hospital's executive director, Ron Weingartner, submitted his resignation in December, a month after St. Vincent's Hospital Center announced it was relinquishing its sponsorship of the Fresh Meadows facility. Comment.

Hurricanes blow away Storm women, 79-60

For the St. John’s women’s basketball team to upset Miami Saturday and record its first two-game winning streak of the season, the Red Storm needed to stop Tamara James, who leads a group of five Hurricane starters who average double-digits scoring. Comment.

Police save 77-year-old from blaze

Thomas Prasso Sr. climbed out the window of his second-floor bedroom and onto the roof above his front porch after he was awakened by the barking of his dog, Hercules Apollo, police said. Comment.

Bayside Raiders Jr. PeeWees capture NYC championship

The Skyhawks, owners of a seven-game winning streak and a powerful passing game, came to Kissena Corridor field looking to avenge an early season 38-0 Bayside victory. Head coach Tony Griffin, defensive coordinator Doug Rowen and Raider executive director Steve Fotiadis went over hours of Skyhawk game film and came up with a game plan that the team executed perfectly. The film was available due to the unselfish efforts of assistant coaches Cliff Barker and Tony Marden. Comment.

Proposed road would help reduce traffic on Whitestone Expressway

Liu said the city expects to complete the sale of the Flushing Airport within the next few months, which will add money to the city budget that could then be invested in traffic alleviation in College Point. Comment.

Mass Electric, ReAction Auto ready for final game

ReAction Auto 5, Mass Electric 3. Dwarf Giraffe’s minor division leader, Mass Electric, lost to ReAction Auto, 5-3. In the first period Anthony Lenis scored a goal with an assist by Anthony Castagliola. In the third period Vincent Pagano scored a goal assisted by Mathew Lenis to tie the game. Comment.

Police Blotter: Fire at Flushing apartment bldg. called suspicious, 5 injured

FLUSHING — An early Monday morning fire at 41-55 Bowne St. where five people were trapped is being called suspicious after a potentially flammable liquid was identified at the fire’s source, a Fire Department spokesman said Tuesday. Comment.

Join NYC Parks for a year of fun

Your neighborhood recreation center is one of the best fitness deals in town. Year-long memberships for adults are $50-75, $10 for seniors, and free for children under age 18. Gift memberships are now available. Comment.

Socrates will host ice sculpture

Go climb a rock at Queensbridge Park

Instruction will include the basics of rock climbing movement, technique (belaying and climbing) on one of the city’s only mobile climbing walls. This event is part of “Cool New York,” the City’s three-week winter celebration of the arts and parks, presented by American Express. For more information go to www.nyc.gov/parks or call 311. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Mayor debuts rail discounts with CityTicket price deals

Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited the Bayside Long Island Rail Road station Tuesday to announce the introduction of the CityTicket, a new low-price fare for weekend travel on the Long Island Rail Road or Metro-North Railroad within the five boroughs. Comment.

Interactive art comes to LIC

This is a performance art piece that involves a variety of mediums that afford for such improvisational elements as a fashion show, ancient chanting, and building human sculptures. Free Style Arts has performed its hands-on show at a variety of New York spaces including P.S. 1, MoMA and the Chelsea Kitchen. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

Queens Botanical prepares new herbal education class

Queens Botanical Garden horticulturist Cynthia Reed has answers to these questions and more. Join her as QBG continues its fascinating series on food and herbs. The winter programs focus on healing with food — exploring the relationship of what we eat and how we feel. Space is limited, so arrive early to guarantee a seat. And be sure to check out QBG’s herb programs coming in the spring. Comment.

Thalia procures top talent for its ‘Tangomania’ show

A musical full of passion and elegance, “Tangomania” is a tango love triangle in music, song and dance. A love story follows tango’s journey from its golden age in Buenos Aires, through the “Tangomania” craze in Paris and New York, and back to contemporary Argentina transformed along with the “New Tango.” Comment.

Queens arts soared in ‘03

World-class music, fine impressionist art, filmed memories of a World’s Fair, hip-hop’s hottest acts, a host of special anniversaries, a farewell in Flushing and the return of Satchmo all have one thing in common. They are some of the events, exhibits, films, people and music that touched our lives in Queens in 2003. Comment.

Civil Court dismisses Flushing Wendy’s massacre suit

But the attorney for the families said Tuesday he was planning to appeal the summary judgement that was handed down in July. Comment.

School funding formula worries Queens’ Regent

Queens’ only member on the New York State Board of Regents said the formula for allocating education funds to borough students became so complicated during the past few decades that legislators in Albany only loosely followed the guidelines during the last three fiscal years. Comment.

Two Queens high schools on Mayor’s ‘problem’ list

Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he and other city officials will add more school safety agents and police officers at two Queens high schools as part of a citywide initiative targeting 12 violent schools in the hope of reducing the overall number of criminal incidents. Comment.

Police hope arrests put end to boro home robberies

With the recent arrests of three male burglary suspects in Queens Village, police said they hoped they had put an end to a string of residential break-ins that may have targeted South Asians over the past month. Comment.

Queens’ ‘Charlee’s Angels’ Sell Sandwiches

Making sandwiches may seem like a far cry from policing inmates in the city jails, but for new business owner Hattie Battle, it is all about the people. Comment.

CB 11 pans expansion plan by Auburndale auto dealer

Concerns over commercial uses on Northern Boulevard dominated Monday night’s meeting of Community Board 11 at which the board rejected an application by an Auburndale car dealer to take over a vacant lot and recommended approval of a strip mall’s amended certificate of occupancy. Comment.

111th Precinct posts 8 percent crime jump

Police addressed crime statistics, the elevated terror threat and identity theft at the 111th Precinct Community Council’s first meeting of the year Tuesday night. Comment.

Police arrest suspects in string of boro robberies

Three suspected burglars were arrested in Auburndale Friday in what the commander of the 111th Precinct said could mark a major breakthrough in a series of break-ins that have plagued Queens for a year. Comment.

North Queens murders increase slightly in ‘03

While the city’s law enforcement leaders continue to tout an overall drop in crime in both the city and the borough in 2003, Queens had a 28 percent increase in murders during the year. Comment.

Avella tells DOT to stop installing meters on Bell

Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has asked the city Department of Transportation to stop installing parking meters on Bell Boulevard near 24th Avenue because he said local residents opposed the parking restrictions. Comment.

Borough singles find love in five-minute speed dates

Bayside bachelor Jay Rosensweig has the answer for you — speed dating. An Internet researcher by day, Rosensweig, 33, started his speed dating service last Valentine’s Day after going through some... Comment.

Leffler to be sentenced in campaign fraud case

Former City Councilman Sheldon Leffler is due back in a Manhattan courtroom Friday to be sentenced for his conviction last year on felony campaign finance fraud charges. Comment.

Civil Court dismisses Flushing Wendy’s massacre suit

A Civil Court judge in Queens has dismissed a $300 million lawsuit filed by three families of workers who died in the 2000 Wendy’s massacre in downtown Flushing against the national food retailer and the city. Comment.

Proposed road would help reduce traffic on 20th Ave.

Motorists may have an alternative route to the ever-congested 20th Avenue if Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) plan works out in his — and the neighborhood’s — favor. Comment.

Biz instrumental to artists’ success

The Music Zoo has been rocking Little Neck for almost 10 years, bringing world-class guitars and music lessons to aspiring artists in a suburban setting. Comment.

How’s Business?:NYPD jobs

When people in any company or business start leaving at an alarming rate, concerns regarding that business must be addressed. An example that many might not consider a company even though it plays a vital role in our very large geographical area of Queens is the New York Police Department. Comment.

Woodhaven organizations enhance quality of life

The Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. is a non-profit organization founded in 1979 by a group of people who were concerned about ensuring the viability of the Woodhaven commercial properties and of the Woodhaven community. Since its inception in 1993, the Woodhaven Business Improvement District has been administered by the Greater Woodhaven Development Corp. Comment.

Business Calendar

Jan. 13-Terminal Four Annual New Year's Party~ By invitation only. 5-8 p.m. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Boro sees fewer jobless, more retailers in ’03

The Queens economy showed signs of recovering from the national recession and Sept. 11, 2001 during 2003, with joblessness easing slightly and employment at the borough’s airports increasing to levels that existed before the World Trade Center attacks. Comment.

Editorial: Predators

Residents at a Bay Terrace high rise were shocked last month to discover that a recently paroled sex offender was living in their building. The man was sentenced to three years in jail for sexually abusing two boys 8 and 5. There is no one, not even the state Division of Parole, that will argue that he is not dangerous. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Glen Oaks Library project must become a priority

You would think getting money in the city budget would mean a program or project would happen. Not so! Just bringing your child to school each day guarantees nothing if you fail to check homework, confer with teachers and set ground rules at home for studying — to mention just a few. You need to be as much a nudge after a project gets funded as you did to get it funded. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Columnist mulls a run for presidential office

To hunt, fish, drive a car or own a dog, you need a license. But anyone who wants to can run for president. Comment.

Point of View: Flushing’s illegals marry their way to citizenship

A lucrative trade among new immigrants is fake marriage, which is when illegal aliens marry U.S. citizens, paying them $60,000 to $80,000 to help change their status or enter this country. Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Queens not safeguarded against abuses of power

The arrogance of power. King David of Israel had it. How do you think he got Bathsheba? But it did lead to the magnificent Psalm 51, if indeed he wrote it. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Laurelton activist’s news brightens holiday season

During the recent holidays, I received some very good news about some of my friends and about some other people I admire. Edgar Grove called to tell me that one of our mutual close friends was pictured with his family in the Christmas Eve issue of the Daily News, along with Steven McDonald and his wife, Patti Ann. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Irate homeowners attend Weprin’s zoning meeting

Resentment by residents of eastern Queens in Floral Park brought out a large, angry crowd that ranted against the building taking place in their community. The auditorium of IS 172 was mostly filled with homeowners who shouted and ranted against the destruction of one-family homes that are being replaced with larger homes out of character with their community and which tower over their homes. They also wanted the Zoning Resolutions enforced. Comment.

Teen Talk: Don’t pack up that tree; Christmas is in January

It’s Christmas...again! Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Rotation of houseplants encourages even growth

Unquestionably, the most selected site for maintaining houseplants during the fall and winter is the ever-present windowsill. Comment.

St. Raymond’s tops a game Holy Cross, 72-51

Before one field goal was scored, St. Raymond's star Gavin Grant was on the bench in foul trouble. He'd soon be joined by starting point guard Wesley Wicks and before long even backup point guard Rich Jackson had two fouls. Comment.

Boro schools juggle overhaul, crowding in 2003

Borough educators, parents and politicians had plenty to discuss in 2003 after the mayor’s massive overhaul of schools’ organization, transfer provisions in the federal No Child Left Behind Act that worsened overcrowding in Queens and a historic $13.1-billion five-year capital plan. Comment.

Bosco’s Conrer: Stay clean and study, I’m beggin’

A few years ago I loaned my prized copy of Swee’ Pea and other Playground Legends to a fellow reporter never to be seen again (the book not the reporter). And I wish I had it now, because the lessons the book teaches are timeless for high school basketball players in New York City. Comment.

‘Frustrated’ Flushing finds a way to best Newtown, 50-42

Charles Richardson flashed a smile late in the fourth quarter but it was not because the Flushing boys’ basketball coach was happy that the Red Devils were on their way to a 50-42 win over Newtown in a battle for sole possession of second place in Queens I-A Monday. Comment.

Lady Patriots rough up hobbled Cardozo, 65-31

Prior to their league matchup with rival Cardozo, the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team and coach Mike Eisenberg were all smiles as they posed for their annual team photograph for the school yearbook Monday. Comment.

Molloy stymies upset bid by Mary Louis

By Anthony Bosco Comment.

CK mauls McClancy for 1st league win

Niko Scott and Joe Deluca led the Christ the King Royals with 14 and 13 points, respectively, as the defending CHSAA state champions picked up their first win of the league season with an 89-64 win over Monsignor McClancy Sunday. Comment.

Power play abandons Prep in loss to Flyers

It was a game of two power plays. Comment.

Fire destroys Ridgewood furniture store

No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze that ignited in the three-story, 25-foot by 60-foot building at about 1:30 p.m. Comment.

Queens Jewish community protests menorah toppling

"My reaction is why? It was unobtrusive and it stands for religious freedom," said Manny Behar, the executive director of the Queens Jewish Community Council, standing in front of a large menorah that was re-erected after being knocked down in Federoff Square at the intersection of Queens Boulevard and 67th Road during the early hours of Dec. 29. Comment.

2 Glendale apartments vandalized

Police did not identify the three suspects or provide any information about charges. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Sundiata Gaines

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

Joe Addabbo Health Center raises funds for new facility

But it is not yet literal cement blocks and mortar that hospital officials will use to build the new facility on Beach Channel Drive. Instead administrators are hoping to raise funds to cover construction costs through the sponsorship of bricks that will be included in the future health care site's structure. Comment.

Father, son die in massive Ozone Park fire

Ashram Katwarol, 49, an immigrant from Trinidad, was pronounced dead at the scene after being trapped in his third-floor apartment and being burned by the fire. Comment.

Queens Village teen shot in feud outside party: DA

Frank Francois, Jr., 16, was just an innocent bystander in a feud between two groups of teenagers outside his cousin's birthday party in the vicinity of Beach 15th Street his father said. Comment.

College Round-up: Ivey sinks three to force OT as Texas edges Providence

His team was 15 seconds away from a disheartening loss at Providence Monday night and then Royal Ivey hit one of the biggest shots of his collegiate career. Comment.

Event will shed light on life of Richmond Hill composer

The free program about Ball, who wrote the song "When Irish Eyes are Smiling," will take place Jan. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Leonard Center at 112th Street and 86th Avenue, according to Richmond Hill Historical Society President Nancy Cataldi. The event will be led by Carl Ballenas and feature a slide show, music and film clips to showcase Ball's career, which began with his birth in 1878 and ended with his death in 1927. Comment.

School funding formula worries Queens’ Regent

Instead, Geraldine Chapey said in an interview Tuesday, the state Legislature decided to increase education funding in record amounts for three consecutive legislative sessions, ending last year. At the same time legislators started to review suggestions for changing the formula, which state courts determined this summer shortchanged borough and city students and schools. Comment.

Lewis of Woodhaven closes doors after 70 years

Jeff Lewis, grandson of the store's founder, Louis Lewis, was all smiles as he rushed around and offered final farewells to customers who he said have been the backbone of his business since it opened in 1933. He characterized the closing of the store at 84-33 Woodhaven Blvd. as if he were losing a family member. Comment.

Diner boss from Bellerose slain

The killing of the Greek immigrant occurred in a three-family house at 92-25 Gettysburg St., just blocks from the 105th Precinct. Police said nothing had been stolen and there were no signs of forced entry. Comment.

Queens blows late lead, falls to St. Thomas Aquinas

SPARKILL, N.Y. - Nobody was particularly happy leaving Aquinas Hall Sunday afternoon, not even host St. Thomas Aquinas, which beat Queens College in a sloppy 76-70 foul fest. Comment.

Queens Village live poultry store stalled

The store, located at 98-04 Springfield Blvd., had not yet satisfied the DEP's review of the facility's sewage connections to the city's main lines, according to the spokesman. Comment.

Killing in Jamaica possibly related to drugs, police say

James Limbacker, 28, of 11-49 Beach 59th St. was shot in the stomach outside 109-44 142nd St. in Jamaica just before 11:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. He had been standing outside the house when an unknown assailant approached him and shot him in the stomach, police said. Comment.

Outside firm to probe Jennings sex allegations

The independent authority will lead the Council's probe into complaints against Jennings from two former female aides who contend the lawmaker forced them to clean his house on city time and made sexual jokes, said a spokesman for council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan). Comment.

Enhanced service begins on Q27 in Queens Village

The changes affect the Q27 and Q83 lines in Queens Village and the Q4, Q5 and Q85 routes in downtown Jamaica to accommodate a rise in ridership and to increase frequency, said Joseph Raskin, assistant director for government and community affairs for the MTA. Comment.

Queens’ ‘Charlee’s Angels’ Sell Sandwiches

Battle, 47, opened a Blimpies Sandwich shop at 179-51 Hillside Ave. in Hollis in September after retiring from her job as an officer with the city Department of Corrections, she said. Comment.

Cop pleads guilty to taping young Hollis girl in shower

Russell Bass, 42, a 15-year veteran with the Port Authority, pleaded guilty in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens to recording the girl undressing and showering over a two-week period last fall, Brown said. Comment.

St. Albans car tires slashed in holiday vandalism spree

Police have not made an arrest in the incident but were asking anyone with information to call 1-800-577-TIPS. Comment.

Red Storm nips Niagara for fourth victory

The struggling St. John’s University men’s basketball team got one last win Saturday night before beginning Big East Conference play, defeating the Niagara Purple Eagles, 72-65, at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

State plan to replace city school boards approved

The U.S. Justice Department approved last week a state plan that would eliminate community school boards and replace them with community district education councils, essentially putting a final yet pivotal bolt into place in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to reform the borough’s school system. Comment.

Boro riders use last token as buses refuse brass coins

The brass token, a symbol of New York City like the Empire State Building and the bagel, has ended its half-century run as the legal tender of the bus and subway system. Comment.

MTA takes aim at pigeons under Woodside stations

The subway stations on the No. 7 line at 61st and 52nd streets have become host to flocks of an unwanted, bothersome commuter that no one seems to be able to get rid of. Comment.

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