Thursday, June 24, 2004

Crackdown on algae clears Bowne Park pond waters

Last week officials commemorated the completion of a Parks Department project to eliminate excessive algae in the neighborhood waterway on Bayside Avenue between 155th and 159th streets. Comment.

Only 78 third-graders fail tests in School District 25

In Queens, only District 26 fared better, with a mere 14 students failing the third-grade reading comprehension test the city is using as a barometer for advancing students to the fourth grade. These poorly performing students, as well as the 78 who failed in District 25, will now be eligible for the automatic appeals process and summer school. Comment.

Fireman faces DWI charges after arrest in Rockaways

Police identified the firefighter as Gerard Ferrin, 47. The Daily News reported... Comment.

SD 26 students outshine others in 3rd-grade tests

District 26, the highest-ranked in the city, also made gains on its eighth-grade state reading results, although fourth grade state reading results declined slightly. Comment.

Astoria mechanic dies in motorcycle crash

He hunted deer, caught fish, grew tomatoes and even designed a kitchen for the new apartment they were moving into in the days leading up to his death. Comment.

Man gets jail for activist beating slay in LIC

Shaguye Colbert, 29, who pleaded guilty in April to first-degree... Comment.

Woman shot in Rockaways taken to Jamaica Hospital

The victim’s name was not released, and as of Tuesday no arrests had been made in the ongoing... Comment.

Board 29 encourages continuity at final meeting

By Michael Morton Comment.

weaponstrafficker

Serguei Volochenko, who is originally from Kazakhstan and lived on 64th Road in Forest Hills, was charged with selling multiple firearms, an NYPD press release... Comment.

Weprin finds ethics role a tough job in Assembly

Not only does he have to juggle his usual state legislative duties, but as the chairman of the Assembly Ethics Committee, Weprin is suddenly in the spotlight as allegations arise that... Comment.

New Barnes & Noble opens in Fresh Meadows

Residents and passersby were invited into... Comment.

Bell Blvd. sewer collapse complicates life in Bayside

Construction workers at the work site said the sewer collapsed about three... Comment.

St. Francis Prep treasurer honored with street name

A stretch of Francis Lewis Boulevard in Fresh Meadows was... Comment.

Kim-Cheesy Pizza

In a cultural Cuisinart in a Flushing kitchen, chef Tony Sala took two worlds and made one innovative creation that has redefined the New York slice: kim-chee pizza. Comment.

Firefighters find weapons at Woodhaven fire scene

The Fire Department reported the discovery, and officers then came to the home, police... Comment.

Geese stop cars on LIE, lead wild chase

“I spoke to a construction worker that said five of the... Comment.

400 take citizenship oath at Queensborough

Howard Lapidus, chief operating... Comment.

Auditions/Rehearsals

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

Cross Island YMCA opening new fitness program

Participants must make the commitment to exercise three days a week for 12 weeks. Strength and flexibility are the main points of the program, along with cardiovascular endurance. These will be achieved through the use of cardiovascular equipment such as treadmills and bikes, resistance training and stretching exercises. Fitness counselors will provide each participant with the personal attention and extra motivation they will need. Comment.

Shattering illusions

Michael Davis, a stained glass artist and glass blower who operates out of a studio in Long Island City, offers a simple piece of advice to those who have taken glass blowing and working with stained glass as a hobby: This is a tough business with plenty of competition. Comment.

Free ‘My Fair Lady’ show at Forest Park bandshell

Plaza’s “My Fair Lady” played to enthusiastic audiences throughout the fall of 2003 and is currently running in parks and schools in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Comment.

Queens Botanical fetes 40 years at new home

The ball was held under a grand white tent in the garden’s Cherry Circle.... Comment.

Queens Botanical to host ‘Salvation’ artwork

“Salvage/Salvation” is an ongoing installation and performance project that explores the philosophical,... Comment.

Astoria motorcyclist killed after hitting 2 parked cars

Sentosa’s: Malaysian cuisine comes to Flushing

A new Malaysian restaurant that recently opened on Prince Street’s Oriental Row is Sentosa. It is long and narrow with modern décor with dark-paneled walls highlighted by silver three-dimensional portraits and good luck plants. There is also a dining room on the second floor. The menu is in English complete with a description of the ingredients. Comment.

Big ‘A’ Fair offers family fun for everyone

The fair will include more than 25 free daily shows featuring: Circus Hollywood, which will astonish crowds with... Comment.

Voelker-Orth Museum marks 1st anniversary

Singers Flossie Wilson and Ruth Brisbane served accompaniment to dance... Comment.

Charity begins at the beauty salon

Victor Rojas, owner of Magic Scissors Hair Design, uses his store to reach out to those less fortunate. The store, located at... Comment.

Point of View: Officials must act to protect Flushing Library

With a population of more than 2 million, the Queens Library system boasts the highest circulation of any public library system... Comment.

The Civic Scene: City officials must act to preserve boro nabes

Uncaring homeowners and speculators are overbuilding in Queens and creating an asphalt jungle like the one in Manhattan. Our city and state governments must correct the laws that permit people to build those McMansions that tower over the original homes in a community and cover the ground with cement. Comment.

Teen Talk: Queens teenagers focus on summer’s cool spots

Summer officially began June 21. And I must say, it got started with a bang. In my opinion, it’s the prettiest of the seasons but the weather it brings can sometimes peak at temperatures so unbearable you wish you were an Eskimo trying to keep warm in your igloo in some arctic region of the world. You wouldn’t care where, just as long as you weren’t in that kind of heat. Comment.

Astoria doc pleads guilty to sex abuse of patients

The doctor, Walter Calderone, 34,... Comment.

To the point: College Point column resumes weekly spot

I want to thank everyone who prayed, wished me well and sent beautiful get-well cards. But just about everybody wanted to know when I was going to get back to writing my column, “To the Point.” Well, I... Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Willets Pt. stadium supporters must rev up voices

City Hall continues to press for a stadium on the far West Side of Manhattan despite the... Comment.

Berger’s Burg: American dads overcome false TV representation

The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. — T. Hesburgh Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Flushing NAACP chapter holds dinner at Sheraton

As predicted, the hot, hazy days of summer have begun, and the geraniums are all wearing smiles of appreciation as they languish in their pots well decked out in their red, pink or white finery. In retrospect, those cool, damp days weren’t quite that bad, after all. I guess it’s true that no one is ever satisfied with the weather, whatever it might happen to be. Comment.

From Bayside to Bermuda: Maddalone wins by TKO

The popular heavyweight from Bayside defeated Joe Lenhart by fifth-round knockout in the co-feature of “Paradise Punch-Out,” a card produced by Star Boxing at the... Comment.

Cardinals looking to soar on summer diamond

Coached by Ian Millman, the team is attempting to fill the shoes of Sean O’Brien, who went on to be the only freshman selected first-team All-Big East at Virginia... Comment.

Patrick J. Falci & Daughters rally to beat MQFM, 15-14

Christina Agnello and Jackie Warasila never gave... Comment.

Little Neck Demons end season with 3-0 win over Hicksville

Brandon Sozomenu led the Demons up front with two goals and, in his final game with the Demons, Paul Lindo stopped the Fire in the back. Comment.

Midville Dodgers sweep Bergen Beach Trojans

The Dodgers won the first game of the double header in thrilling fashion rallying from a 1-0 deficit in bottom of the seventh to earn a... Comment.

Bayside cop arrested on larceny charges

The officer, Santo Elardo, has been suspended, police said. No further information was released. Comment.

Holy Cross’ Ogletree commits to Virginia

That decision came last week when the St. Albans native verbally committed to the University of Virginia... Comment.

Our Lady of Snows advances to B/Q Diocesan title game

As has been the case all season the boys played a solid all around game with... Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Ridgewood man pushes for tree-planting money

The event was one of five "Green for Green: Funding the Urban Forest" meetings sponsored by New York City ReLeaf in each of the boroughs. Comment.

Judicial system is still not color blind, says Marshall

"I go to Rikers Island - I'm an African American - and all I see is young black men," Marshall said during an interview with the TimesLedger Newspapers at her Borough Hall office last Thursday. "Justice needs to be investigated also." Comment.

Jamaica man pleads guilty in terrorist support case

After his arrest, Mohammed Junaid Babar pleaded guilty to providing support to terrorist groups during a sealed court proceeding, The New York Times reported Friday. A conviction can carry a prison term of 30 years to life, according to a terrorism law passed after the 1996 Oklahoma City bombing. Comment.

9.7% of Queens third-graders failed tests

Children with failing scores may be held back this year under a new policy enacted by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to end social promotion. Parents should be notified by the end of the week if their child is included in that group. Comment.

An unexpected homecoming

His Major League Soccer career had consisted of 16 minutes to that point, but on Saturday former St. John’s goalkeeper Dan Popik was thrust into action after Los Angeles Galaxy starting keeper Kevin Hartman left the game at half-time with a deep thigh bruise. Comment.

City reaches budget deal but state politicians delay

The Assembly and Senate ended their session Tuesday night without taking any action on a $400 tax rebate program for homeowners in New York City, which is central to the mayor's budget plan. The Legislature may reconvene in mid-July. Comment.

Olympic fire races across western boro

Mayor Bloomberg and Emmy-nominated actress Melina Kanakaredis were in the 30th Avenue park for a brief ceremony in which musicians, dancers and a jubilant crowd waving tiny Greek flags welcomed the flame during the latest leg of its 78,000-mile odyssey around the globe. Comment.

Ridgewood cops take scooters off streets

The collection was the end result of a monthlong campaign against the scooters, which police said are noisy, unsafe and forbidden on the streets. Comment.

Friends give sword victim proper burial

A friend said the restaurant owners were touched by the simple plea in the 18-year-old's application. Comment.

Joseph starts for Grenada against U.S.

But the former St. John’s soccer standout had no choice. He gingerly made his departure in the 65th minute in... Comment.

SD 30 third-graders fare well on reading, math tests

While more than 200 of its 2,600 third-graders might be held back for failing the tests, the district attained the third best scores in Queens, according to the results. Comment.

North Corona still fighting to protect area’s character

After decades of wrangling, the city approved a zoning change that limited future buildings to six stories, down from the 12 stories community board members said were permitted before. Comment.

Police seize drugs, guns in Elmhurst

"Some outstanding police work has resulted in the biggest drug bust in two years," Bloomberg said during a Manhattan press conference, noting that 10 plainclothes officers from Queens North Narcotics Bureau seized 459 kilograms of cocaine worth an estimated $75 million. Comment.

SD 24 sees 10 percent fail citywide third-grade tests

The high-stakes third grade testing initiative aimed at identifying students who are not prepared to enter the fourth grade was implemented for the first time this year. Comment.

Boro House lawmaker blast anti-terror funds formula

"They turned the funding process on homeland security into a pork pull," said U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) in a Monday phone interview with the TimesLedger. "They decided there was a whole barrel of money to try to spread out to as many people to get money back into districts regardless of threat." Comment.

The Butler Did It: Dylan Day at Belmont a success

And after Mitch and I went on a... Comment.

Sunnyside, Meet Hollywood

"I can't tell you - it's a neighborhood thing," said one man as he watched his friend cook bacon at a Sunnyside Gardens Park barbecue grill. Comment.

Sunnyside business group eyes improvement district

Planners have been at work since January, trying to raise public awareness on the project that would require businesses to pay a yearly assessment based on their overall frontage and assessed value, Chamber President Gerry Lederman said during a meeting last month. Comment.

City to fight lead problem in western Queens homes

Armed with $3 million in federal grants, the city Department of Housing Preservation and Development plans to treat some 200 apartments - 90 of them in Astoria, which the city has designated as a high-risk neighborhood, said Thomas O'Hagan, lead grant director for the agency. Comment.

Elmhurst shooting wounds children

The boy was shot in the torso and the girl in the hand, police said. The victims, both apparently innocent bystanders, were not identified, and as of Tuesday no arrests had been made in the ongoing investigation, police said. Comment.

Pop music dreams come true for Astoria twins

Twin sisters Natalie and Nicole Albino, 18, who grew up in Marine Terrace, spent five years trying to break into the music business before their independently produced hit caught the attention of Universal Records this spring. Comment.

Low marks infest SD27 3rd graders

About 240 students in Jamaica's District 28 are facing the same fate. That district came in with the fourth-highest number of failing students, according to statistics reported by the Department of Education. Comment.

Groups pitch plans for Jamaica needle exchange

The board is still months away from voting on either proposal, but city Department of Health officials and representatives from Queens Hospital Center and the AIDS Center of Queens County called the issue a crisis for the Jamaica area. There are more than 1,700 people living with HIV in Jamaica and 201 people were newly diagnosed with the disease in 2002, said Dr. Marjorie Hill, assistant commissioner for HIV/AIDS for the Health Department. Comment.

Educator in Belle Harbor wins teacher of year prize

When Principal Brian O'Connell took the microphone before elementary students, their parents and teachers June 11, he had a surprise for everyone: Todes, a fifth-grade teacher, was this year's recipient of the 2003-2004 Teacher of the Year Award, sponsored by the Teachers' Insurance Plan. Comment.

SUV driver charged after hitting boy in Flushing

The boy, whose name was not released, was taken to the New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in... Comment.

Latinos combat obesity at Corona nutrition fair

"It's a problem," she said Saturday through a translator after stopping by a neighborhood event designed to raise awareness about obesity in the Hispanic population. "We come from different countries. We are a poor people and we have a lot of problems. We eat more than we should." Comment.

Queens third-grade reading failure rate highest in SD 29

Children with failing scores may be held back this year under a new policy enacted by Schools Chancellor Joel Klein to end social promotion. Parents should be notified by the end of the week if their child is included in that group. Comment.

Sutphin Blvd. biz group hears advice at first meeting

"I'm the former director of a BID," said Commissioner Robert Walsh. "The biggest thing I've seen is that this puts people in a room together." Comment.

St. Albans man convicted of cop attack at hospital

A jury of 10 women and two men found William Hodges, 32, guilty... Comment.

Stark negotiates sale of Jamaica Savings Bank

The Beaux Arts bank building on Jamaica Avenue, another on Jamaica Avenue and apartment buildings on Farmers Boulevard were slated to be purchased, although information on the potential buyer or price was unavailable, said a representative for Solomon Good and Company, a Manhattan-based firm that sells foreclosed properties. Comment.

Titus honors veterans with belated diplomas

Twenty veterans from southern Queens who fought in World War II or the Korean War were presented with diplomas from John Adams and Far Rockaway high schools Friday at a special graduation ceremony organized by state Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway). Comment.

SD 29 annual parade celebrates diversity

The march, along Merrick Boulevard from IS 59 in Springfield Gardens to PS 270 in Laurelton, celebrates the diversity of the district, with Ukrainian, Caribbean and African dress all represented this year. At PS 95 in Jamaica alone, more than 235 dialects are spoken, a music teacher from the school said. Comment.

State commission begins Blackburne investigation

By law members of the state Commission on Judicial Conduct cannot comment on whether or not a probe is under way, but the unions confirmed Monday that a court officer and a detective involved in the case were to appear before the commission on Tuesday. Comment.

New Barnes & Noble opens in Fresh Meadows

Residents and passersby were invited into the store, which was to officially open to the public Wednesday, to sample free cookies and coffee from the cafe and browse the shelves with the sounds of violin duets of La Belle Musique playing in the background. Comment.

Meng puts end to rumors of run against Grodenchik

The move could have made him the sole Chinese candidate in a race he lost two years ago when a number of Asians were running. Comment.

Elmont babysitter charged with shaking 2-year-old

Nancy Cardenas, 38, of Elmont, L.I. was arrested on charges of... Comment.

North Shore still testing patients in HIV mishap

The lapse occurred over several weeks in April and May, during which time 177 patients received endoscopies. They were asked to come in for blood tests for the viruses, and as of Monday 120 had done so, with initial test results all negative, Lynam said. Because a virus infection might not show up immediately, the patients have been asked to come back for checkups in six months. Comment.

Padavan chips in $5K to help ex-senator

Guy Velella, a 59-year-old Bronx Republican state senator who spent almost 30 years in the state Legislature, was sentenced to a year in jail after he pleaded to a fourth-degree felony charge of conspiracy. Comment.

Hillcrest High founder bids school adieu after 30 years

"The original excitement I felt while opening up a new high school has stayed with me all these years," DeLuca said. Comment.

Transit worker arrested in Ozone Park driving violation

Jean-Pierre Murvyn, 35, works as a signal maintainer, police said. No further information was available. Comment.

Cop suspended on charges of allegedly violating order

No home address was released for the detective, identified by police as 38-year-old Frank... Comment.

Corona owner sentenced on weapons charges

Federici, 63, was pulled over while... Comment.

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