Thursday, June 10, 2004

Rosedale teen prostituted 15-year-old in Jamaica: DA

Clifford Augustin, 19, admitted in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens June 2 that he convinced the girl, who was not identified, to sell herself for sex over a 24-day span last year and told her to lie about her age and deny knowing him, Brown said. Comment.

Laurelton needs more cops: Civics

"Laurelton is our community and we concerned citizens are striving to make it better," Price Olivier, the chairman of the civic group's quality-of-life committee, told police representatives. "We need your help. We need all you can give us. We need you to ask for more manpower." Comment.

Cuts in fed funds threaten Rockaway Beach shores

While the Rockaway shoreline might appear pristine, the beach has been fighting erosion problems for years with the help of federal and state funding. Comment.

Queens Haitian relief fund suffers from political strife

"They haven't responded," Herold Dasque, director of Haitian-Americans United for Progress in Cambria Heights, said of the 40,000 to 60,000 Haitians living in surrounding neighborhoods. "There is nothing I can do." Comment.

Queens Village poet narrates life, nature, death

Having dabbled in the first two during a career teaching mathematics at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Manhattan, the self-described late bloomer can now focus exclusively on flying, writing and promoting his first publicly released work, a self-published book of poems entitled "Touching the Sky." Comment.

Boro families hope to win $30,000 lottery for homes

About 50 people watched last Thursday as Neighborhood Housing Services of Jamaica held a lottery at the Central Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library to set the order for families hoping to get up to $30,000 from a state grant to buy a house. Comment.

Avella, Liu join protestors against overdevelopment

Sponsored by the Coalition of Civic and Preservation Groups in Queens, an umbrella group of more than a hundred organizations, and officiated by borough historian Stanley Cogan, an estimated 200 civic leaders and residents rallied. They protested against the destruction of "perfectly good older homes to make way for multi-family dwellings that are out of character with existing structures" and the "rebuilding of existing homes with oversized, non-contextual architecture," according to fliers passed out by organizers. Comment.

Queens Village literacy fair brings together PS 23 kids

"I wrote about pain, rejection, heartache and redemption," the 10th-grader said last Thursday during the three-day fair. "It helps people know we're here," she said of the event. "Just because we're in this school, we're not what you think we are." Comment.

Smith retains NABA welterweight title in slugfest

But Chris “The Mechanic” Smith put an emphatic finish on his North American Boxing Association title... Comment.

Avella, Baysiders rally to protest Huang construction

The property at 39-39 223rd St. is being developed by a son of Tommy Huang, the notorious builder who was convicted of a felony count of ignoring asbestos contamination and spilling hundreds of gallons of fuel oil in the basement of the historic RKO Keith's Theater in Flushing. He is also known for having destroyed the historic, landmarked lobby of the theater. Comment.

111th anti-graffiti unit seeks helping hands

"Ninety-nine percent of the graffiti you do see out there is not gang-related," Police Officer Donna Kearney of the citywide Anti-Graffiti Vandalism Unit told the monthly meeting of the North Bellerose Civic Association, held at MS 172 in Floral Park June 2. Comment.

LIJ celebrates renovation of emergency department

Work on the $34 million project will actually begin in several weeks and, when fully completed in 2007 will alleviate overcrowding by doubling the size of the department. Comment.

Weprin’s dissent bolsters opposition vs. Pathmark

The current proposal is to build a 55,000-square-foot Pathmark supermarket at 69th Avenue by 195th Lane, the site of a small commercial center. Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developer, intends to raze the existing buildings to make way for the new regional Pathmark complete with rooftop parking. Federal Realty Investment Trust did not return calls for comment. Comment.

Mini-mall on Utopia Parkway welcomes shoppers

The Utopia Center features a Barnes & Noble, which is set to open in two weeks. The Sprint Store is also awaiting an opening. Stores open for business include a Thriftway pharmacy, a Citibank and a Cold Stone Creamery ice cream store. Comment.

Attempted car break-in foiled by mourner

Police arrested Lazaro Santos, 39, Alicia Apuy, 27, David Sulca, 38, and Nolen Ruiz, 24, on charges of criminal trespassing Friday at St. Mary's Cemetery in Flushing, where the foursome were detained by a groundskeeper after a visitor stopped them from stealing from his car, Officer Thomas McCarthy said. Comment.

Flushing temple to house three wedded congregations

"Three synagogues into one is unprecedented," said Mark Frelich, president of the Israel Center of Conservative Judaism. "It's bringing new life to three synagogues." Comment.

111th Precinct comes together for ill child

In Jake's case, that means Blastoise goes into a sterilized bag and accompanies him into operating rooms for the 20-odd surgeries the 5-year-old has had since December, for a brain cyst and subsequent fungal infections and spinal meningitis. Comment.

CB 11 votes no to investigation of Weiner mailing

Weiner sent 48 sealed envelopes May 27 to the board's Little Neck headquarters, along with a request that the envelopes be forwarded to every board member. District Manager Anne Marie Boranian said she then included the envelopes in the monthly mailing to board members. Comment.

Glen Oaks Little Leauge: Dunkin’ Donuts Rockies continue to roll

The Dunkin’ Donut Rockies have now won three games in a row beating New Hyde Park and Glen Oaks Burger King. Comment.

Immigrant assistance center opens doors on Main Street

The Asian Americans for Equality celebrated the opening of its new center in Flushing Friday as a way to publicize its services to immigrants interested in buying homes, becoming citizens and starting or sustaining small businesses in Queens. Comment.

Queens Library deposits needed $100K bank grant

As the city sits poised to cut $4.1 million from the budget for the Queens Library system, the borough president, Queens council members and concerned residents have launched a campaign to restore the funding and raise money for the libraries. Comment.

Parks Dept. unveils restored Kissena Lake

In addition to the work on the lake, the surrounding promenade was reconstructed and improvements were made to the water quality and natural habitat. The lake has newly installed drainage outlets, and an island for turtles and other animals was created. A new aeration system was built as well. Comment.

The usual suspects: ‘Dozo, St. Francis Prep win Mayor’s Cup

The schools have dominated the Mayor’s Cup for so long that whenever they show up at the National Tennis Center,... Comment.

CB 11 considers Udalls Cove for budget priority

A public hearing was held for residents to comment on the board's budget for fiscal year 2006. Only one, Walter Mugden of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee, stepped up to ask the board to place the marshland on its priority list again. Comment.

Bayside dental office set to be landmarked by city

The cobblestone exterior is made of stones dating back 100 years. In addition to the floors, an indoor fireplace on the first floor has been restored. This antiquity is juxtaposed with modern amenities, such as a cappuccino machine, computers and a dental laser center. Comment.

Glen Oaks student gets to be legislator for a day

Amanda won an essay contest sponsored by state Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside). Her winning entry answered the contest's question, "What non-political person do you believe would make a great president of the United States?," by comparing her mother Sheri's role and duties to those of the president's. Comment.

LIJ begins project to expand ER

For Walter Glenn, the turning point came a little more than midway through the fourth quarter. The Tottenville boys’ lacrosse team was beating Cardozo 8-6 in the city championship match when attackman Kelvin Leung followed the ball as it rolled toward Tottenville’s goalie Andrew Babajko. Comment.

Assembly eyes $3.9B plan for city education funding

The Assembly plan, announced June 2, would increase overall state education spending by $6.1 billion over the next five years, sending about 64 percent of that to New York City schools, according to a release from the Assembly's Democratic leadership. Comment.

Anxious parents await third-grade scores

Since individual scores for schools were to be released Wednesday to parents and on Friday to the public, it could not be immediately determined how many borough third-graders faced the prospect of summer school and the possibility of not being promoted. Comment.

George Tenet is welcome back home in Little Neck

Tenet, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency for the past seven years before resigning last week, grew up in the neighborhood with his twin brother, William, and attended PS 94 and Cardozo High School. Comment.

Bayside Rep. recalls invite to Reagans

At a time when her image was marred by perceived elitism, Ackerman devised a plan to depict her as a compassionate figure through her participation in a program sponsored by the Flushing Rotary Club. Comment.

Late rally lifts Lewis softball past Townsend Harris

In the top of the seventh, the pitcher on the Townsend Harris softball team helped extend... Comment.

Rakin’ in dough

Here in Queens there is a pizza parlor in every town. It is the most... Comment.

Flushing biz holds off big-box rivals

But its hardest fight may have come in the... Comment.

Point of View: Electeds must work out deal on Flushing Airport

I thought it was a done deal when Mayor... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens civics aid police in crime-stopping efforts

Recent statistics show New York City’s crime rate to be low. For a long time there has been a sustained effort to reduce crime. Police have been using innovative techniques to lower crime. Civic associations have helped by putting information in their newsletters. Comment.

Middle Village memorial evokes Slocum calamity

There, on your left, at the intersection of Slocum and Sylvan avenues, you will find one of the two memorials marking the greatest tragedy in New York City’s history, before the murders of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Whitestone columnist recalls tumultuous wedding

A single woman comes home from work, will look in the refrigerator and run into bed. When she marries, she will look... Comment.

Harris, Beach Channel to meet for ‘B’ title

It’s possible Christopher Fuchs knew what type of game he was in for. The pitcher on Townsend Harris’ baseball team was nervous before the ‘B’ semifinal. The Hawks had never gotten past the first round of the playoffs, and here he was, in what could be the final game of his high school career, trying to reach the championship game for the first time in school history. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Saul Weprin Democratic Club elects new president

Thank goodness we have had a few sunny days. All those rainy, dark, dreary and damp days were getting rather depressing. The Forest Hills, College Point and Whitestone parades enjoyed the weather’s cooperation; it is too bad the Little Neck-Douglaston Parade did not. Comment.

Missing 98-year-old found in Elmhurst station

Frank Baglione of 77-42 79th Place was discovered inside a train station at... Comment.

Police investigate possible bias crime near 101st Ave.

I Sit and Look Out: Middle Village memorial evokes Slocum calamity

There, on your left, at the intersection of Slocum and Sylvan avenues, you will find one of the two memorials marking the greatest tragedy in New York City's history, before the murders of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

Three elegant ladies sing in Town Hall jazz finale

Brown brought laughter to the audience with her double entendre "Kitchen Man." The petite Crosby gave heart to "His Eye is on the Sparrow," the song made famous by Ethel Waters, and the trio joined for a rousing "You've Got a Friend." For an encore, Garrett rendered "It Isn't Easy to be Green" to an interested audience. Comment.

Thalia Festival starts June 13

The sunny music and dance of Mexico -bursting with life, color and gorgeous costumes. Comment.

Rockaway artist emerges in new Ft. Tilden exhibit

Since Sarquiz began painting in 1992, Sarquiz has always been drawn to the elements of abstraction. "I am primarily concerned with the exploration of color: the layering, the intricacies, the transparencies, and the luminosities that are subtly revealed. Within this exploration, I am drawn to the possibilities of infinite landscape and the structures and plasticity that the colors can create." Comment.

Queens Museum of Art hosts day of LGBT pride

The afternoon includes videos by Harune Massey, Sridhar Rangayan and Hector Canonge of Cinema Rosa. Massey has worked in lighting design, installations and video. Hector Canonge will present his acclaimed documentary "Go Boys," an informed look at the industry of go-go boys. The video section will conclude with "The Pink Mirror" (Gulabi Aaina), a colorful and funny look into the Indian homosexual closet that pits two Indian drag queens against a westernized gay teenager in a battle to woo a handsome hunk. Comment.

Open Studios weekend in LIC is an art attack

The Long Island City Arts Weekend features many of the lesser-known exhibition and performance spaces, as well as open admission at the area's stalwart institutions - the American Museum of the Moving Image, the Fischer Landau Center for Art, the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum, the Museum of African Art, the Museum of Modern Art, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Sculpture Center and the Socrates Sculpture Park. Comment.

Middle Village woman found dead in N.Y. Harbor

Jang Kim of 65-65 Wetherole St. in Middle Village was discovered at 8:50 p.m. and pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The... Comment.

Speed artist’s boro scenes displayed at Queens Center

By the end of his 10-hour day, 100 paintings are complete. The byproduct of this whirlwind of artistic activity is graffiti-style art sold dirt cheap. Comment.

Gay pride shows its colors at Jackson Hghts. parade

A diverse group of onlookers - from stroller-pushing borough families to gay couples from Manhattan - lined a 14-block stretch of 37th Avenue as the parade featuring bagpipes, marching bands, banner carriers and a few scantily clad men and women traveled from its starting point at 89th Street to 75th Street without incident. Comment.

Forest Hills man taps sun to power home, cut costs

Bill Manowitz, of 93-19 68th Ave., recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of supplying his own electricity from solar power. With the expertise of Tristate Solar Inc., Manowitz had 18 solar panels installed on his flat roof in April 2003. The solar electric system cut his electric bills by between 30 to 40 percent. Comment.

Cop car stolen in Maspeth while officer writes ticket

The man, whom police described as being between 5 feet 8 inches and 6 feet tall and weighing between 190 pounds... Comment.

Little Neck teen pleads guilty to beating rivals with bats

Three youths were seriously injured in the incident. Comment.

QCC graduate, 23, dies in expressway car crash

Anthony Costa, 23, a recent Queensborough Community College graduate from Sunnyside, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly after midnight, police said. Comment.

Jackson Hts. visitors to get peek at Hawthorne garden

Built in 1922, around the time when the neighborhood was just starting to be carved out from the farmland that once abounded in Queens, the Hawthorne Court apartment building was the subject of the first paid radio advertisement to hit the airwaves in the United States. Comment.

Police find 18-year-old shot outside Corona bridal shop

Police discovered Joaquin Flores on the street in front of the Josefina Bridal Shop at 104-39 Roosevelt Ave. around 4 a.m. with gunshot wounds in his left arm and chest, police said. Comment.

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Elmhurst worker dies on job site

Deputy Borough Commander Pat McNally said a crew was working inside the construction site at 52nd Avenue and 92nd Street when the retaining wall along the northern edge of the corner property gave way sometime before 12:25 p.m. Comment.

Drake workers consider legal action to get paid

Two weeks after the 131-year-old school closed its doors, staff members who did not receive a final paycheck were considering legal action, while the 912 students enrolled at the Astoria campus scrambled to get their tuition reimbursed or enroll in other programs. Comment.

Sunnyside man gets 20 years for sex attacks

Alberto Duque pleaded guilty to attacking four women between the ages of 23 and 40, two of whom he sexually assaulted, Brown said. Duque also admitted to harassing a 34-year-old woman in Sunnyside as she drove her car, Brown said. Comment.

108th Pct. loses well-liked Officer Lee

He was 38 and is survived by two children and his wife, Linda, 109th Community Affairs Officer Ki Soo Kim said. Comment.

Long Island City biz district moves forward

Gayle Baron, the development corporation's president, told members of the board that the BID would go a long way to turning Long Island City and the Queens Plaza into the gateway Queens deserves. Comment.

33rd St. shopkeepers fear competition from peddlers

The street peddlers have the potential to compete with taxpaying local businesses while not giving anything back to the city, Gerry Lederman, president of the chamber, told a meeting of the group Tuesday. Comment.

Mayor seeks to overhaul city noise pollution code

"Our goal is to turn down the volume on noise complaints, if you'll pardon the pun," Bloomberg said in Astoria Park, where in 2002 he launched "Operation Silent Night," an initiative that stepped up nuisance abatement in 24 high-noise neighborhoods. Comment.

Five boro Olympic torch relay to begin in Astoria

They are among 140 New Yorkers picked to carry the Olympic Torch June 19, when its five-borough relay kicks off from Athens Square Park on 30th Avenue, Mayor Bloomberg said in Astoria last Thursday. Comment.

Snows roll

Snows scored three runs in the final two innings for the win and closed out the game with a double play on... Comment.

Queens fisherman hooks winning lottery numbers

Penello is the sole owner of the jackpot winning ticket from the New York Mega Millions drawing held on May 7 - a ticket worth $67 million, before taxes. Comment.

Making Peace With Gargoyles

The male and female grotesque-looking gargoyles that were salvageable were sent to Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens for preserving until they can be included in the new landscape of the cemetery. Comment.

Woodhaven blaze kills one, displaces pregnant woman

Joyce Marasco, who neighbors said had lived quietly in the house at 85-33 98th St. for most of her life, was found unconscious when firefighters arrived. She was taken to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead at 12:05 a.m., police said. Comment.

Rosedale Little League gets funds to renovate field

But using money from the $250,000 that International Airport Centers promised the community when they moved in last year, the league plans to renovate the fields, said Milton Ross, league vice president. Comment.

York prez offers students personal service

Hampton, who took over the school last year, hands out his business cards to students waiting in line at the bursar's office to make a tuition payment, get information or change their schedules. Comment.

Auburndale Supersonics win U-14 state cup

It’s a game Alex Damianou has been looking forward to for a year. Ever since the Auburndale Supersonics lost to the Bayport Hurricanes in last year’s Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association’s Open Cup, the defender from Little Neck has wanted revenge. Comment.

Streaking toward the title

The sophomore came out of the box to meet them, as... Comment.

The Butler Did It: A historic Saturday on Long Island

No, I wasn’t at Belmont watching my favorite jockey Edgar Prado ruin Smarty Jones’ Triple Crown bid, sending 120,000 into the streets of... Comment.

A Stanner stunner: Molloy ousted by Farrell

They were still confident when they rallied to tie the game with a five-run fourth inning after... Comment.

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