Thursday, May 27, 2004

Fire erupts in St. Albans house

Firefighter Alonzo Ferguson of Ladder 150 rescued one man by ladder from the rear of the building at 112-15 Francis Lewis Blvd. Comment.

Jamaica Hospital adds color to children’s visits

The mural, officially unveiled Monday afternoon at a ribbon-cutting ceremony, was made by 14 students in 10 hours, spanning a total of three days. After completing this year's round of Advanced Placement exams earlier this month, these students gave up one Friday afternoon and two Saturday mornings to work on it, a sacrifice hospital administrator Sylvia Catera described as commendable. Comment.

Hot sun greets St. Albans paraders at Linden Blvd.

And while the marchers battled the sweltering heat that descended before noon Saturday, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) reminded them it could be worse. Comment.

Girl hurt when mom’s car slams into Chinese eatery

The woman driver was making a lefthand turn onto Jamaica Avenue from 214th Street after picking her child up from day-care when another car hit her, witnesses said, causing her car to jump the divider and slide nearly a block, finally stopping at the front door of Yu Yee Restaurant at 214-17 Jamaica Ave. Comment.

Ridgewood man found dead in Queens Village basement

Lorna Laidlaw, 42, of 94-14 212th St. was charged with killing Jose Hernandez, 58, sometime between 10:30 a.m. on March 16 and 11:59 p.m. on March 17, then leaving his bullet-ridden body in the basement of her house, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Fresh Meadows residents blast plan to build Pathmark

Protesters say the store, which would take over the entire shopping plaza at 195th Street and 69th Avenue, would bring traffic, including large 18-wheeler cargo trucks, and could endanger students at PS 26 across the street, said Frank Bisman, one of the rally organizers. Comment.

Ribbons cut at Glen Oaks’ new educational complex

The tidy buildings of PS/IS 208, PS/MS 266 and the Queens High School of Teaching, Liberal Arts and Sciences make up the Glen Oaks campus at 74-20 Commonwealth Blvd., serving District 26 in northeast Queens and District 29 in southeast Queens. Comment.

Senator Frank Padavan BlueJays fly to two wins

The Senator Frank Padavan BlueJays rebounded after each of their tough losses with dominant victories that featured a combined five-inning shutout pitched by Alexis Namit, Mary Beth Attanasio and Angie Campana followed by another strong Namit outing finished by Lorey Giblin. Comment.

Miller scores Bloomberg’s budget plan in Briarwood

A group of roughly 100 attended the town hall-style meeting held at the Samaritan Village building in Briarwood. Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) sat alongside Miller. Comment.

Ed Dept. seeks to privatize Dist. 26 janitors, says PTA

The presidents said the policy contradicts what they were told at a department meeting in March, when Schools Chancellor Joel Klein said principals would be able to choose between existing union custodians and TEMCO Service Industries, a for-profit cleaning and maintenance company based in Manhattan. Comment.

Baysider forced workers into prostitution: Brown

Her allegations along with testimony from another employee who said she was threatened by the same woman when she refused to engage in prostitution resulted in the arrest of Youkyung Jeong, the owner of the Korean restaurant at 41-18 162nd St. in Flushing. Comment.

The One and Only

Jennifer Lee wants to teach history. Alexandria Imperato wants to research medicine for the Army. It makes perfect sense that Lee and Imperato, two students who make the rest of us look like slackers, would choose these as careers. Both made history this year by bringing girls’ lacrosse to Benjamin Cardozo and the PSAL. They did it by researching the sport until their search engines ran out of fuel. Comment.

Grodenchik, Liu blast library funding cuts

In Mayor Michael Bloomberg's drafts of the budget for fiscal year 2005, which begins July 1, the library system was put on the chopping block. Comment.

Chinese leader’s daughter dies unnoticed in Queens

Tzu Mei Chen's body sat in the hospital morgue from April 14 until last week when one of her two sons finally arrived from China to bury her. Comment.

Avella to rally again on plan for airport site

Councilman Tony Avella is holding his third rally Saturday, June 5, against the proposed development at the site of the Flushing Airport. Comment.

Study sacks Willets Pt. as site for Jets stadium

Tishman Construction, commissioned by the Jets and backed by Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) and state Sen. Serphin Maltese (R-Glendale), concluded that a sports and convention center in Willets Point would lead to annual revenue losses of at least $8 million for the city. Tishman is a giant construction concern headquartered in Manhattan. Comment.

McKenzie dominates, but Cross falls short

James Wilkerson warned against it. Nydia Warner talked about it. Gordon McKenzie made up for it. Holy Cross was a lock to win the 400-meter relay on Saturday. Paul Jennings, Michael Johnson, Arron Warner and McKenzie had not lost a race all season. They had already qualified for the nationals in North Carolina, set a school-record in the 400 and won their section of the prestigious Penn Relays. Comment.

Private bus lines pull aid for College Point parade

Normally the parade budget is around $25,000, a number that has grown over the past seven years. Comment.

Working ‘till it is time to clock out

Cantor, 81, lives and works in the same building on Highland Road in Jamaica Estates. For 58 straight years, Cantor has worked for the Donner family, who now owns ADI Management. Comment.

Lawmakers propose bill requiring boat training

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) and state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) kicked off the start of national boating safety week at the Bayside Marina Sunday by announcing a state bill that would require all boat pilots hold a training certificate. Comment.

Dorothea ‘Dot’ Newton, 79, aide, ex-Ledger editor, dies

Newton, who had retired last year as a district office manager for state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), may have died of a massive coronary, her family said. Comment.

Synagogue faulted for loose bricks

Several trucks from Engine 160 were at the center to assist with the inspection, which was done to prevent any future problems, said Robert Sweeney, assistant fire chief of Queens. The center was occupied at the time of the inspection, but evacuation was not necessary, he said. Comment.

Adams, Cardozo top Queens in baseball seedings

The PSAL handed down its baseball seeds Monday at the organization’s offices in Long Island City. Commissioner Bob Pertsas Led a discussion with invited experts representing the five boroughs to determine the seeds for the upcoming ‘A’ and ‘B’ league playoffs. Comment.

City honors Bayside biz group for help cleaning up Bell Blvd.

Founded in 1997, the Bayside Business Association develops Bayside as a "model shopping district by helping local businesses address issues that could hinder commercial success," according to the Sanitation Department. Comment.

Smoking violations plague Uncle Jack’s on Bell Blvd.

It was the second time the department had cited the restaurant in a week's time. The first inspection was conducted on May 13. The restaurant was also hit with smoking violations in September. Comment.

City faults Bayside firm in Brooklyn balcony fall

The company was "one of three different parties that received two violations as a result" of the collapse of a third-story balcony at a luxury apartment complex under construction at 9718 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, said Jennifer Givner, a city Department of Buildings spokeswoman. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League: Dime Savings Bank cashes in, upsets Joe Pizzeria Yankees

The Orioles were led by Sam Hoffman’s second straight victory. He... Comment.

Doctor fees

These waivers have patients promise not to sue for frivolous reasons or, in some cases, for any reason at all. And that’s not all. In a quest to enhance revenue, some patients are being billed for telephone conversations, paperwork and even other services that once were free. This is leading to a controversial patient backlash. Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Whitman took active role in Queens political scene

But I thought about it because this is a presidential election year and, at the age of 21, Whitman took on his first active... Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rosedale treasurer hailed for contribution to school

When those associated with Catherine Scheblein speak about her, there is a very definite tone of deep respect in their voices. She is, indeed, a very special woman, one who has devoted much of her life and worldly gifts to her Lutheran Church parishes, including that of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Christ in Rosedale. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Soil determines colors of hydrangea’s blooms

Imagine creating a plant that changes color from, let’s say, white to pink to blue just by adding material to the compost surrounding the plant. Our ideal plant not only changes color but is equally decorative in a greenhouse, window, terrace or garden. With a wave of the proverbial wand we introduce you to the ever-popular hydrangea. Comment.

Our History: Australian-born character actress lived in Queens

One evening last week, in desperation (I was too tired to read) I turned by chance to a classic movie station on my T.V. and had one of the most enjoyable movie experiences in years. The star was one of the most talented supporting actresses Hollywood ever turned out and this time she was the playing the role of the “Apple Annie” in Frank Capra’s classic production of “Lady for a Day.” Produced in 1933, it far outshone the movies of our time in its humanity and sensitivity as well as in acting skill. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Queens residents ready for Memorial Day parades

Is everyone ready for the big Memorial Day weekend? Queens happens to be a very patriotic borough with many parades and celebrations in most of its local neighborhoods. Giving areas their own identification such as Astoria, Bayside, St. Albans, Jamaica, Howard Beach, etc. seems to bind neighborhoods together with a sense of community rather than the impersonal 21st Avenue or 164th Street, etc. and thereby engenders a sense of pride of one’s community. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Kew Gardens Hills civic aims to stop overbuilding

Susan Cleary is a member of Community Board 8, the Kew Gardens Hills Tenants Association, the 107th Precinct Community Council and the Kew Gardens Hills Community Council. She aims to help the people who live in the community to be treated fairly and with respect. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Queens residents must look closely at bus takeover

I followed events leading up to the April 29 “term sheet” outlining the plans to transfer express and local bus service provided by private bus operators under franchises granted by the city to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority with much self-interest. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Little Neck man served country, community well

There lies a fallen soldier. No, there lies my son. Comments (1).

Police impostor steals $24,000 in MetroCards in St. Albans

The man, who was not identified, used a flashing emergency... Comment.

Traffic agent’s car swiped while writing ticket in Maspeth

The agent, whose name was not released, was writing a ticket at the intersection of 58th... Comment.

Astoria man arrested trying to climb tramway tower

Gerard Corrar, 55, of 31-27 49th St., was removed from the tower by emergency service units,... Comment.

Woman in stable condition after multiple stabbings in Far Rockaway

The woman was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in stable condition, police... Comment.

Astoria man arrested in dwi hit-and-run death  of woman

Agnes DeCirstino, of 23rd Street, was struck outside her home by a 1990 gray Chevrolet allegeldy driven by Nick... Comment.

Far Rockaway man charged in pregnant teen’s alleged rape

Jay Bradshaw, 20, of Far Rockaway, was... Comment.

Chaminade spikes St. Francis Prep for title

The St. Francis Prep boys’ volleyball team handed Chaminade its lone loss of the season, but according to Flyers coach Sal Trentacoste, that was exactly what his team needed heading into the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Athletic Association championship match May 19. Comment.

Jamaica man sentenced in beating death of girlfriend’s son, age 3

Wayne Vincent, 23, of Jamaica, pleaded guilty in State Supreme... Comment.

Man shot twice in Jamaica listed in critical condition

The man, who was not identified, was shot at the corner of 110th Road and Sutphin Boulevard about 2 a.m.... Comment.

Astoria man arrested on charge of attempting to rob LIC bank

Matthew Traynor, 58, allegeldy entered the bank and demanded cash from a teller about 3 p.m. last Thursday, police said.... Comment.

‘Bayside earns No. 4 seed, first round bye in softball playoffs

In the ‘A’ division, No. 4 Bayside, along with the top three seeds, received a bye in the... Comment.

Our Lady of Snows remain perfect, beat St. Cecilia’s

As has been the case all season, the boys struggled to score runs but once again scored enough to win. The offense was led by the pitching staff. Jay and Frank each drove in two runs while Jason had the fifth RBI. Comment.

CB 3 approves parking lot, OKs new zoning regulation

If the plan is approved by the Borough Board, the borough president and the city Planning Commission, Enterprise will find a new home for its operations as leases at two other near-LaGuardia locations expire. Comment.

115th Pct. cops win award for armed robbery arrests

One of the men arrested allegedly held a gun to a driver's head while the other reached into the victim's car at 83rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue on April 28 to steal a phone card, a police spokesman said. Comment.

110th Pct. cops honored for Lefrak City gun bust

Officers Carlo Cifarelli and Clif Spell found the victim, a man who had been shot in the leg, lying on the floor of a back bedroom in his 17th-floor apartment, they said. But when they decided to dig a little deeper, they also found three loaded handguns - a .380-caliber gun, .357-caliber gun and a .357-caliber Desert Eagle - several hundred rounds of ammunition and a bullet-proof vest, police said. Comment.

Dollar store scams $6.8 million in Jackson Hts: DA

The store's owner, Corona resident Anwar Haque, was convicted last week of turning the variety shop at 75-15 37th Ave. into a front for a credit card scam and money laundering operation that bilked several major companies out of $6.8 million, Brown said. Comment.

Man beaten by youths in coma: Cops

The group of about 15 people approached Fernando Rodriguez shortly before 9 p.m. as he stood at Northern Boulevard and 70th Street in Jackson Heights and began beating him, a witness told police, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney filed against the four teens arrested. Comment.

Hit-run driver kills Astoria granny: DA

Nick Drossos, 22, of 20-15 20th St. was charged with criminally negligent homicide and leaving the scene of an accident at 9 a.m., a half hour after Agnes DeCristino was mowed down by a speeding car in front of her 23rd Street house, police said. Comment.

Drake biz school CEO shot at Steinway Street turnstile

David Cary Hart, 54, of Manhattan, was shot in the lower back about 5:15 p.m., just minutes after he left his office at the school's 32-03 Steinway St. branch, police said. Comment.

Hospital alien reporting bill defeated

"(The bill) was resoundingly defeated because people from both sides of the aisle - Republican and Democrat - they saw this bill was nothing quite frankly but a piece of garbage," Crowley said, speaking Monday at Elmhurst Hospital Medical Center. Comment.

Woodside cabaret shooting claims cop, wounds others

Police said a third bouncer who was apparently not a court officer was also wounded in the shooting at the Phenomenon nightclub at 62-05 30th Ave., where another murder occurred exactly six months before. Comment.

Queens veteran takes reigns at 104 Pct.

Capt. Scott Shanley, a 17-year-veteran who has spent his career in Queens, took the reins of the 104th on May 12, replacing Deputy Inspector Peter Loehle, who was transferred to the city's Transportation Precinct in Manhattan. Comment.

Aces Wild: Xaverian tops Molloy for B/Q crown

Matt Rizzotti was pumped for last Thursday’s Brooklyn/Queens division title showdown with rival Xaverian, maybe too pumped. The Manhattan-bound Molloy ace exchanged some friendly trash talking with Clippers star Keith Christensen online the night before meeting on Stanner Field. Comment.

Joseph Massino trial begins in Brooklyn

"This trial is about the vicious, vile, cunning and merciless rise to power of Joseph Massino," Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Henoch told the jury Monday. "Eliminating your rivals means killing them. And that's exactly what the defendant did." Comment.

Ralph Lauren Redesigns Jackson Hts. Theater

Cohen, a Bronx native, noticed that stage curtains in the school's auditorium were torn and ripped and decided they needed to be replaced, John Collins, Lexington's media specialist, recalled. Comment.

Rockaway ramp reopens in time for boating season

The only ramp in Rockaway Park, it was closed last spring due to safety concerns, leaving both local residents and the volunteer fire department with nowhere to launch their boats. Comment.

Jackson Heights landlord fights discrimination claim

Emmanuel Gold, a lawyer for the estate of Joseph Bruno, told a panel of appellate court judges in Manhattan May 19 that under state law transsexual citizens are not specifically protected. Comment.

Washington Mutual Cards take two of three from MQFM

With a 3-2 lead, Mike Rosario faced five batters and retired all of them to secure the win. Matthew Schwartz had the big hit to score what turned out to be the winning run. Comment.

Federal government seeks spies at Forest Hills fair

Representatives from the Federal Bureau of Investigations, the Central Intelligence Agency, the Department of Homeland Security, the National Security Agency and other agencies were on hand to discuss possible job opportunities with the 100 applicants who turned up. Comment.

Jennings gives Gennaro territorial anxiety

When Jennings took office in 2002, he situated his district office inside the boundaries of Council District 28. But after the latest census in 2000, all the City Council district lines were redrawn in keeping with a procedure that occurs every 10 years. Comment.

Forest Hills jeweler killed in execution-style shooting

The man shot Nektalov twice in the back and once in the head with a black firearm, police said. The still unidentified gunman placed the firearm in his waistband and fled the scene, police said Comment.

Avella, private bus workers rally for job protection

About 200 non-union employees in Queens may lose positions as accountants, office managers and more once the MTA takes control of the borough's Jamaica, Green, Triboro, Command and Queens Surface bus lines July 1, Avella (D-Bayside) said at the rally at the Jamaica Bus terminal on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard. Comment.

Boro residents back curbs on pushy real estate agents

The cease and desist program, a 1989 amendment to the state's Real Property Law, enables homeowners to place their names on a do-not-solicit list, indicating to real estate brokers and agents that these residents do not want to be contacted about selling their homes. Comment.

Boro Duane Reade stores draw fire from retail union

The news conference, held outside the Duane Reade at Archer Avenue and Sutphin Boulevard, was the first stop in Queens for the "Dwayne Greed" campaign started by Local 338, the Retail Wholesale and Department Store Workers, which charges the company has the most expensive prices for prescription drugs, particularly at its stores in minority and low-income communities. Comment.

Forest Park’s wet ballfields make way for glacial pond

The foot of the pond was the site last Thursday of the unveiling of the $550,000 city- and state-funded project to rejuvenate the land that was once two soggy ballfields. Comment.

On the Mound: The Final Countdown

Finally classes are finished. No more homework and no more finals. Talk about some stress relief! I can’t believe how fast my junior year has flown by. With no school left, I can focus all of my time in preparation for this weekend’s America East tournament. Comment.

CB 13 hears volunteer call to aid military draft boards

But the representative, Maj. Heidi Wolf of the Selective Service System, said her timing had nothing to do with the war in Iraq since draft boards are in place even when the country is not in a state of "national emergency," as she put it. Comment.

Jamaica transit hub likely to spark revival

Builders around the country have been creating mixed use developments, featuring a variety of commercial and residential components, around transportation lines in major cities, Tom Justin, executive vice president of the Weitzman Group told a meeting of the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. Comment.

Kids drank at school, pupils say

"All we know is somebody was drinking in school," said Lakia Owens, a 12-year-old seventh grader at Intermediate School 231. "It makes no sense to drink in the school because it's a waste of time." Comment.

Laurelton activist accuses LIRR of highway robbery

Now Blake is organizing a petition drive, demanding the Long Island Rail Road change its policy to allow conductors to waive the fee in such cases. Comment.

Jaded lawyers find hope in borough group

So Timken, a 45-year-old Christian, consulted like-minded colleagues and decided to form the Protestant Law Guild of Queens County, which held its first meeting May 4. Comment.

Francis Lewis wins first girls’ soccer playoff game

Francis Lewis met an old adversary last Thursday: the first round of the girls’ PSAL ‘A’ soccer playoffs. But instead of lying down like lambs like they have for the past two years, the Patriots dominated Beacon High School of Manhattan, 2-0, at Flushing Meadow Park in front of an animated crowd of 150 in an ‘S’ bracket game. Comment.

McClancy stunned by Stepinac

Vinny Johnson struggled to comprehend the finality of it. An inning after sparking a remarkable five-run rally, the senior on the McClancy baseball team laid on the grass behind the backstop at Archbishop Stepinac covering his face with his red cap. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Protect the pitchers, please

It was an injury that was completely avoidable. Comment.

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