Thursday, May 13, 2004

Forest Hills LIE meet fails to draw public

Only two members of the public spoke at the meeting, Community Board 6 Chairman Joseph Hennessey and Greg Carlson, director of the Fairview Building in Forest Hills. Comment.

Bellerose autism non-profit eyes new digs

"Can you believe that?" asked Yolanda Vitulli, the center's creator and its chief executive officer. But Tender Care did lose some other office equipment and a treasured collection of pictures made by its younger autistic clients. Comment.

Glen Oaks worried over power supply

"When the air conditioners come up you'll see what will happen," said Oscar Berenberg, president of Lost Community. "They'll be brownouts, blackouts and selective switching," he said, referring to utilities choosing where electricity flows on the grid. Comment.

Former Aqueduct directors plead guilty to tax evasion

The pleas were not expected to have a direct effect on plans to install slot machines at Aqueduct, an effort that has not yet come to fruition. Comment.

New architecture school to be built in Ozone Park

During the groundbreaking ceremony, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the four-story building with a design befitting its curriculum would be built at a cost of $300 per square foot, a significantly smaller price tag than what was estimated before his administration merged the School Construction Authority into the Department of Education school facilities division. Comment.

Doing it their way: Frank Sinatra softball has a ball

“Well, the soccer coach just quit. The softball coach has jury duty. I was coaching... Comment.

Whitestone DWI driver sent to jail

John Mauro, 61, pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter last week and was expected to receive a one-year prison sentence when he appears in court July 21, sources at the district attorney's office said. Comment.

Gregg’s Tire and Royals roll to Opening Day win vs. Seals

Gregg’s Tire & Auto Royals had their opening day game April 18 against Ideal Barbers Seals. Comment.

City to inspect 83rd Avenue apartments

A team of Housing officials, including Vito Mustaciuolo, an associate commissioner, visited the site with Mayersohn last month, when inspectors looked at the roofs, boiler rooms, hallways and other public areas of two adjoining buildings at 135-09 and 135-15 83rd Ave. They also saw photographs provided by the tenants of conditions in several apartments, Mayersohn said in a phone interview last week. Comment.

Bride-to-be found dead in Bayside trash bin

Two workers for Ragonese Carting Corporation were making a routine pickup at the store when they spotted Stacy Sappleton's corpse, clad only in her underwear, after they began tipping the dumpster over into the truck's trash receptacle. Comment.

Flushing garden a haven for Korean senior society

Choi drives an old junky car to get to the communal garden, where he grows flowers and Korean vegetables with the help of neighboring farmers. Comment.

Kew Gardens Hills bank teller stole $190K from HSBC: DA

A Kew Gardens Hills bank teller was charged with stealing $190,000 from the HSBC where she worked for the past five years, District Attorney Richard Brown said Monday. Comment.

College Point land plans stir up environmentalists

The developer, College Point Properties, plans to build 86 elegant two-family homes on a parcel that until now existed as an enclosed former landfill. The developer could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Comment.

Todd scores two to lead Knights past Rhode Island

Mike Todd was just playing some pickup soccer, some seven-on-seven games, when Hofstra coach Richard Nuttal told the fellow Englishman about the Brooklyn Knights and suggested the junior forward head down to the Metropolitan Oval and see what he thought. Comment.

Losito tosses another gem for Mary Louis

“Just get one (run) and I’m fine,” she said. “That’s... Comment.

Historical society questions Doug Hill house work

But the new owner of the "White House," Steve Chai, has clashed with residents and the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society over the future of the home. Comment.

McGuinness McHomers for McClancy

As he stepped up to the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning, the senior designated hitter was 0-for-3 with... Comment.

Flushing shooting suspect found after year

Detectives from the 109th Precinct arrested Shannon Smith, 24, of 34-20 137th St. in Flushing on charges of attempted murder Saturday after they flew to Burlington, Vt., where he was already in police custody on unrelated charges, to bring him home. Comment.

Flushing garden a haven for Korean senior society

Choi drives an old junky car to get to the communal garden, where he grows flowers and Korean vegetables with the help of neighboring farmers. Comment.

City prepares to solicit ideas for Willets Point

In an interview with the TimesLedger Tuesday, EDC President Andrew Alper said residents can rest assured that the number of parking spots in Municipal Lot 1 will not be endangered by the development of the 4.8-acre lot. Comment.

NBA series has Queens flair

Name: Ron Artest Comment.

2004

May 13, Celebrate the return of spring with an enjoyable evening of networking in a strikingly attractive venue, 6 -8:30 p.m. The Foundry, at 42-38 9th St., Long Island City.... Comment.

Merchants Associations, Chambers of Commerce, Local Development Corporations & Business Improvement Districts

NE Queens Comment.

Fundraisers

Tues., May 18 - Queens Center for Progress holds the Phil Olin Dinner Dance honoring Pi Development Founder James Pi and city Building Dept. Engineer Manher Shah at Terrace on the Park at 7 p.m. Comment.

Health costs

The union that represents the home health-care aides, who number in excess of 20,000, is paying wages averaging just $6 to $7 an hour. There are people working in Burger King and McDonald’s who make more than that with a free order of a burger and fries thrown in, too. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: City’s Snapple deal shows need for contract reform

The day after last November’s election during a tour of the new High School of Teaching on the Glen Oaks campus, I noticed Snapple vending machines with new juice products. Schools previously worked directly with vendors and the money supported school activities. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Queens driver’s safety a matter of hit or miss

Mr. and Mrs. Neighbor had a bad hair week. The husband, while driving down Jamaica Avenue, stuck out his hand to make a left turn and punched a police office in the nose. A few days earlier, he had an accident by following a white line in Alley Pond Park that turned out to be a skunk. That man has been stopped so often by traffic cops in Queens, they finally gave him a season ticket. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Queens Theatre in Park celebrates 10th anniversary

The weeks are getting busier. Everyone is arranging their organizations’ last fling before the summer doldrums start. Although, this year we have already received invitations to events in July and August, which is rather unusual. Maybe they are the harbingers of a very busy summer, after all. Comment.

Newtown sinks Bayside in interleague play

Newtown senior Tommy Mejia knew he didn’t have his best stuff on Friday. But he also realized he had a familiar catcher in Delvy Fernandez and a group of encouraging teammates behind him, and they constantly propped him by surrounding him on the mound whenever he found himself in a jam. Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Democracy in Queens requires civility, grace

Let’s consider the Queens mechanism for voting. Almost everyone agrees our voting machines are old, failing and need to be replaced. This is particularly important in close races. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Laurelton bank thanks customers for patronage

Donald Boncoeur, president of the Federated Blocks of Laurelton, wrote to me recently telling of his organization’s May 6 meeting, which was to have former Detective Michael Johnson, who was attached to the Street Gang Division, as its featured guest speaker. He was to tell about signs to look for related to gangs. We hope you were able to attend. Comment.

Our History: Flushing Civil War soldier chose jewels over guns

My last article dealt with the story of Maj. Jacob Roemer, a Flushing Civil War hero, and one of his soldiers, Adam Worth. While young Worth performed well as a soldier, after he was wounded he... Comment.

3-month-old Kew Gardens Hills boy

Kew Gardens Hills—Responding to an emergency call Monday, officers from the 107th Precinct found a three-month-old boy unconscious at a Kew Gardens Hills residence, police said. Comment.

Delivery truck driver on LIE killed

KEW GARDENS HILLS — A 41-year-old delivery truck driver traveling eastbound on the Long Island Expressway lost control of his vehicle at 157th Street and struck a tree Tuesday morning, police said. Authorities said the... Comment.

Woman found dead in Forest Hills

FOREST HILLS — An 88-year-old woman was found dead inside an apartment at 109-33 71st Rd. about 6:30 p.m. on April 28, police said. The medical examiner was set to determine the cause of Evelyn Singer’s death. Police were... Comment.

Woman arrested on charges

JAMAICA — A 40-year-old woman was arrested on charges of beating her husband Saturday morning, police said. Comment.

Linden Place woman

FLUSHING — A 46-year-old woman was found dead in bed at 34-50 Linden Place May 5 at 2 p.m., police said. Comment.

Fincan: A passage to India via Rego Park

I chose Raj Gate, a newish Indian restaurant occupying the former quarters of a Spanish restaurant. There are lots of restaurants and lots of turnover on this stretch of Queens Boulevard, although I seem to remember the Spanish place being there a pretty long time. Comment.

Queens College dance teacher gets fellowship

"We're all delighted and proud," said Susan Einhorn, chair of the department of drama, theatre, and dance at Queens College, where Mei is an associate professor. "It's great for the students and great for the college." Comment.

Flushing museum’s tea just right on Mother’s Day

A Mother's Day celebration was held at the Voelker-Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden at 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing. Conrad Voelker, publisher of a German-American newspaper, bought the house in 1899. His descendents lived there until his granddaughter, Elizabeth Orth. died in 1992. Comment.

Latin jazz trumpeter Vega to play LaGuardia May 21

The multi-talented trumpeter, who is also a percussionist, composer, and arranger, is an in-demand artist. He recorded three CDs with Santamaria and performed with Mario Bauz's Afro Cuban Jazz Orchestra during its premiere European tour. He also recorded with Ray Barretto and the New World Spirit on a number of projects including the Grammy nominated "Taboo." Comment.

History in the making

Flushing Town Hall will kick off its partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Monday with "Smithsonian Day." An official ceremony will start the evening's events at 5:30 p.m. when a Smithsonian banner will be raised above the arts center. Elected officials and representatives of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts and the Smithsonian will listen to a proclamation from Mayor Michael Bloomberg before slipping inside for a VIP party. Comment.

Bringing Spain home

The QCC entourage also included Norman Bigman, President of Planned Management Construction Corp. and Vice Chair of the fund board of Queensborough Community College, and his wife Ruth Bigman; Harriet Kupferberg, Queensborough Community College fund board member, and Faustino Quintanilla, gallery director. (Not pictured above.) Comment.

Astoria film museum to host Kitano retrospective

Employing lyrical techniques, Kitano juxtaposes short outbursts of brutality with quiet scenes of quotidian life and moments of philosophical contemplation. Even when he abandons the underworld milieu in films like his romantic "A Scene At The Sea" (1991) or his stylized Bunraku drama "Dolls" (2002), the meditative director remains fascinated with two troubling extremes: life's fragile beauty and the inevitability of suffering and death. Kitano's films find a path to transcendence through an embrace of life and a struggle against its destructive tides. Comment.

New Hyde Park man

LONG ISLAND CITY — Two men were victims of an anti-gay assault while riding on the E train at 65th Street Friday at 2:40 a.m., police said. Comment.

Sabater’s energy flows in Flushing Town Hall

With Sabater as lead vocalist, emcee and drummer, the group led by Jose Mangual Jr. brought the packed audience to it dancing feet with irresistible invitations and the strong Latin beat. One spirited agile senior, Oscar Valencia, and equally graceful partner, Lydia Velazquez, were the first to take the floor and never missed a dance thereafter. Comment.

American Jewish experience as seen through the lens

In recognition of this history, and commemorating the 350th anniversary of American Jewish history, the Center for Jewish Studies at Queens College is sponsoring this unique symposium at the Lefrak Concert Hall from 10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., with a supper break from 5-7:30 pm. Comment.

SJU student art show up through Aug. 8

This exhibit may be viewed during gallery hours, Tuesday through Thursday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., Friday 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. and Saturday, noon - 5 p.m. For further information call the gallery at 718-990-7476. Comment.

New Astoria exhibit focuses on physical beauty of fjords

Imagine mountains covered in thick dense fog in the morning transforming into bright rock formations encased in blue sky as the fog slowly dissipates. Later they evolve into monumental shapes of a mysterious "shadow theater" at sunset. Those transformations produce an enchanting space that is visually stimulating and incredibly seductive. Comment.

Playwright turns pro by winning APAC contest

APAC awards a $50 winner's prize to winning playwright. "This is the first time I've been paid for my work," joked Watts as he accepted his winner's check. Hailing from Manhattan, Watts learned of the competition through various on-line sites and industry periodicals where APAC advertised the competition. Comment.

Rego Pk. man charged

REGO PARK — A Rego Park man has been charged with uploading on his computer sexually explicit images of preteen boys and girls ages 2 to 5, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment.

On the mound with Jonathan Lewis: Trying to find a balance

At this moment I am taking a study break to write this article. I am in the middle of a nine-hour bus ride back to Stony Brook from Maine, where we just took two out of three from the conference favorite Black Bears. Comment.

Civic blasts power plant in Astoria

Doctoroff said he certainly would deliver the message but stood firm in his administration's support of giving Astoria Energy LLC $400 million in Liberty Bonds, the tax-free loans intended to revitalize Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. Comment.

Katz files lawsuit to block retest at Rego Park school

Katz filed a petition with the State Supreme Court seeking to modify the ruling of the Department of Education that forces third grade students to retake the English examination. Comment.

Rockaway man found on boulevard

ROCKAWAYS — A man was found unconscious on Rockaway Beach Boulevard Sunday and later pronounced dead at Peninsula General Hospital, police said. Comment.

Ridgewood civic raises funds for Glendale library

"When I was a kid, we used to put on plays here," said the Community Board 5 chairman, standing in its basement auditorium. "If we weren't in the playground, we were in the library." Comment.

CB 5 seeks to save church from developer’s demolition

The Cooper Avenue Corp., which purchased the shuttered Annunciation Episcopal Church in March, filed a notice of demolition with Community Board 5 on May 5, according to board members and the company's real estate broker. Comment.

Man pleads guilty to raping Astoria woman in 2003

Alberto Duque, who lived at 43-09 47th Ave., now faces 20 years in prison for the attacks on five women whose ages ranged from 23 to 40, Brown said. Duque was expected to return to Queens County Criminal Court May 19 for sentencing. Comment.

Boro in dark on takeover of private buses, Liu says

"We still have very few details about what's happening during the takeover," said Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), chairman of the Council's Transportation Committee. Comment.

Woodside granny found dead in apartment basement

The medical examiner later ruled that the Pema Hristov died of natural causes, although the disheveled condition of her undergarments and the blood apparently from her head wound initially led police to suspect sexual abuse and murder, a police spokesman said. Comment.

Sanitation Dept. employee arrested in CP

College Point — Officers from the 109th Precinct arrested an employee of the Department of Sanitation Sunday in College Point, police said. Comment.

Molester saw pupils’  files: DA

Matthew Matagrano, 28, of Jackson Heights was arrested May 5, the day after he allegedly entered the Renaissance Charter School at 35-59 81st St. and PS 212 at 34-25 82nd St. Comment.

CB 2 OKs mosque, zoning fix

The current legislation sets parking requirements based on fixed or permanent seating and not on actual capacity. Supporters of changing the law said community facilities could exploit the loophole by using folding chairs. Comment.

Man, 72, found dead in Hammels

Hammels—A 72-year-old man was discovered unconscious Sunday at 78-00 Shore Front Parkway in Hammels, police said. Comment.

CB 2 gives unified nod to LIC needle swap program

For months, controversy surrounded the proposed facility where intravenous drug users would have access to unused needles in hopes of stemming the spread of blood-borne diseases such as AIDS/HIV. But during a roll-call vote at last Thursday's monthly meeting, each and every CB 2 member present offered a yes vote for the program to be operated by the Aids Center of Queens County at 42-57 Hunter St. The facility will operate Tuesdays and Fridays from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Comment.

Parkway settles deaf patient suit

The lawsuit originated with a complaint filed in federal court Sept. 27, 2002 by the non-profit New York Lawyers for the Public Interest on behalf of the Queens Independent Living Center in Jamaica. Comment.

Guardian Angels praised in No. 7 teen arrests

The vigilantes famous for cracking down on subway crime in the '80s have been watching over the neighborhood since November, when Peralta called on them to battle rising gang activity. Comment.

NJ man who ran on field at Mets game

SHEA STADIUM — A New Jersey man has become the first person to be charged under a new city law that stiffens penalties for people who interrupt sporting events after he allegedly rushed onto the field at Shea Stadium... Comment.

Ecuadorian killed in bar while on job

Luis Cajas, 38, of 610 Trinity Ave. in the Bronx, was shot in the chest and stabbed sometime before 11 a.m. at Kelly's bar and grill at 82-11 Eliot Ave., police said. Comment.

First lady Laura Bush gives Corona’s PS 92 book funds

The Laura Bush Foundation for America's Libraries awarded the elementary school $5,000 to replace aging nonfiction books for the little ones in kindergarten through second grade and expand the library's collection of early readers. Comment.

Trump’s Fresh Meadows sale irks tenants

The 201-unit building at 86-25 Van Wyck Expressway was owned by the Trump family for more than 30 years. Rumors of a sale had swirled since January. Comment.

Commerce Bank to open branches in Forest Hills

Other banks, such as Washington Mutual, are planning similar moves, a development that will give Queens residents a wider choice in banking services, experts in the field say. Comment.

Red-tailed hawks give Qns ‘jail birds’ a new meaning

Two full-grown hawks swoop over the grounds of the Queens Criminal Court in search of food for their two babies nested behind the building at the Queens House of Detention. The hawks feast on live pigeons, squirrels and rats. They can be seen bringing scraps back for their offspring, which court officers estimate are only 2-weeks-old. Comment.

The Butler Did It: It was a good year for SJU

OK, so the men’s basketball team was God awful and its problems — both on and off the court — have been well-documented in these sports pages, but putting that team aside, the other... Comment.

Student revives Queens Blvd. petition drive

Queens Boulevard, a 7.1-mile stretch of road, has been the site of 84 pedestrian deaths and 2,300 injuries since 1993. city The Department of Transportation has responded by increasing pedestrian crossing times, installing fencing and reducing the speed limit to 30 miles per hour. But two community leaders contend the DOT has not done enough. Comment.

Pataki endorses tunnel for direct JFK link

But as the $6 billion project, which would make use of existing AirTrain and Long Island Rail Road tracks, moves forward, some civic leaders and consumer advocacy groups have expressed concern that the rail link could bypass retail and other development in Jamaica and siphon money from more urgently needed projects. Comment.

V.I. Pizza cooks up win over Printing Express

V.I. Pizza 3, Printing Express 0. Comment.

School aide from Queens Village arrested

Turner was arraigned last Thursday at State Supreme Court in Manhattan and was being held on $500 bail, the DA said. He is next scheduled to appear in the court May 21 and faces up to one year in jail if found guilty of the charges. Comment.

Youth program draws teens to Rosedale library branch

But community residents say the branch, which can accommodate about 30 people, is too small to host such a popular and important program. Comment.

Staying in the playoff race: Cardozo boots Flushing

Benjamin Cardozo’s keeper, Nicole Mcclure, watched a good game on Monday. Fighting for a playoff spot, the Judges scored five goals in the first half and only once allowed Mcclure to put her hands on the ball in a 6-0 pasting of Flushing (3-11-1, Queens A) at Flushing Memorial Field. Comment.

Queens Village man posed as cop, robbed three: DA

Elliot Russell, 43, of 108-16 227th St. was charged with robbery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of stolen property, criminal possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of a police uniform or emblem, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Ozone Pk. man gets 15 years in fatal crash

Pearson was convicted last month 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.

Queensborough wins CUNY, falls in Region XV

Or maybe they enjoyed it too much. Comment.

Jamaica man charged with ‘02 road rage shooting: DA

The shooting arose from an incident earlier that afternoon, when Berry and Salley, each driving separate cars, nearly collided with each other at the same intersection at about 1:30 p.m., police said at the time of the killing. Comment.

Jamaica Estates judge to head Queens Courts

"It's just wonderful to have taken over the administrative judgeship in the county," Leach said. "Queens County has a legacy of fine jurists." Comment.

Miller denies acting slowly on Jennings conduct probe

Jennings has denied the allegations, and he and his chief of staff declined to comment on the latest developments. Comment.

Washington Mutual cards shuffle to another win, beat Fish

With the lead changing back and forth, the Washington Mutual Cards held on to beat the Mason Marlins Saturday. Comment.

Bowne St. Church pastor announces he will retire

He could not specify how old Chang is, just that he was most likely in his 60s. His retirement takes effect in July. Comment.

Painting The Town Clean

"They'll be back," Nicole Dean said, referring to the vandals as she surveyed the teens whitewashing the one-story brick wall near Glen Oaks Village. Dean, a community affairs officer with the 105th, helped supervise the cleanup by eight members of the precinct's Explorers Club, a program that introduces 14- to 20-year-olds to careers in law enforcement. Comment.

On snap: Snapple donates $2M towards PSAL expansion

Who knew a bottle of Snapple could personify both good and evil? The city announced recently that it’s increasing the Public School Athletic League by 120 teams, 20 in Queens, thanks to $2 million it is getting from Snapple, the beverage company that is in the center of a hailstorm of controversy concerning its deal with the city. Comment.

Flushing’s Kryvonis falls in first round

But then the headaches and cramps set in, and Kryvonis went from... Comment.

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