Thursday, July 8, 2004

A View Through the Ropes: The Best in the Boro

In the borough of Queens, three fighters are stealing the headlines: Monte Barrett and Chris Smith of Jamaica are both on the verge of title shots after grueling starts to their careers, and Bayside’s Vinny Maddalone, a fighter whose career is still in its infancy could be approaching top ten status in the heavyweight division this year if he continues to win. It is also worth mentioning that Maddalone is a white heavyweight, and in boxing, which puts its subjects under a demanding microscope- that is reason alone to keep an eye on him. Comment.

Elder community flourishes in Floral Park

"I just knew he was an excellent worker," she said about her first time meeting the boy, 14-year-old Moses Masaazi of Bellerose. Moses, who will be a freshman at Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica in the fall, said he assisted her because, "I like to help people." Comment.

LIJ offers prenatal care free to low-income moms

"If I did not stumble across here, I would not have known," said the Kew Gardens resident, who is three-months pregnant with another child and noticed the hospital as she was driving by and decided to check it out. "They take very much interest in the patient." Comment.

Damore leads Cosmopolitan Rough Riders to win

The phone call Steve Damore was looking forward to came Saturday night. On the other line was Dion Oppolzer, the head coach of the Cosmopolitan Rough Riders Under-17 boys’ soccer team, asking the Lindenhurst, L.I. native to start against the Westchester Flames. Comment.

Padavan lauded for aiding Holocaust Center at QCC

"Senator Padavan has worked with Queensborough Community College for many years now," QCC President Dr. Eduardo Marti told a group of 30 people at an intimate rooftop reception overlooking the campus on June 30. "Over the years, he's been a consistent supporter of the Holocaust center and the college." Comment.

New York City edges Long Island

The high school all-star football game lasted three hours and six minutes, was complete with... Comment.

Kew Gardens event shows patriotism for Israel, U.S.

Billed as a "Celebration of the Spirit of Independence," some 70 people gathered at Freedom Square on Main Street and 75th Avenue in Kew Gardens for an event heavy on both American and Jewish patriotism as speakers touched on the connections between the two. Comment.

Astoria man killed in crash honored at baseball game

Barrett, who was 21, died on June 15 in a motorcycle accident in Woodside. He had played on the Queens Yankees team in the league. Comment.

St. Francis Prep star shunned in All-Star football game

Jerell Smith, a running-back on St. Francis Prep’s football team, was looking forward to playing in the Empire Challenge’s annual all-star game. He had been waiting since his freshman year to perform in the senior exhibition, and it was a dream come true when he learned he had been selected to represent the team from New York City. Comment.

Boro’s future lawyers win citywide mock trial contest

On June 1, a group of seventh-graders from the Little Neck school took top honors at the 7th Annual Thurgood Marshall Junior Mock Trial Program, held at the State Supreme Court in Bronx County. Comment.

Owner of Flushing parlor loses lawsuit against city

Byung Hyun Cho, who ran Pine Village Spa, claimed officers assaulted him and his wife and unlawfully arrested him on Jan. 12, 1998 when an employee allegedly agreed to perform oral sex on the undercover cop, according to the New York City Law Department. Comment.

Whitestone’s 109th Pct. reports decline in crime

In mid-June, the precinct was told it was ranked first in the city in terms of crime reduction, Community Affairs Officer Joseph Conelli said. As of Tuesday there were no confirmed statistics as to how the station ranked for the first six months of the year in relation to the entire city. Comment.

Flushing Rotarian Kurt Weishaupt dies at 90

"When I look back on my first 80 years, I see a young man in Nazi Germany who may never have lived out his life," Weishaupt said in a video made to celebrate his 80th birthday in September 1993. "And also I see a miracle, that he did live." Comment.

Time is not on his side

Cinelli said a recent change in careers has made it impossible... Comment.

Bayside boy killed by car on Horace Harding Expy.

At the funeral held at St. Robert Bellarmine Roman Catholic Church in Oakland Gardens where the Baiks had faithfully attended the Korean Mass each week, audible sniffles resounded through the vestibule as a small casket covered with a cream-colored cloth lay in front of the altar. Comment.

Hydgrangea thieves strike in NE Queens

Hydrangeas, which can come in pink, purple, blue and white fist-sized balls, begin blooming around July 4 and continue to do so all summer long. The blossom burglars appear to be careful not to damage the plants, as they often come back to the same spot for future illicit harvests. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Let’s derail the Subway Series

I am not a fan of the Subway Series or Interleague play, for that matter. It’s a ploy by Major League Baseball to drum up more fan support. Comment.

Drop in crimes at 111th keeps Bayside safe

Overall, crime over the first six months of 2004 has dropped 14.41 percent in the precinct when compared with the same time period last year, according to police statistics through June 20. There have been 612 reported incidents so far this year, while last June the year-to-date incidents numbered 715. Comment.

Pitcher

Chao batted went 8-5 with a 1.67 ERA in the ‘A’ league. In 84 innings she struck out 55 batters. In the playoffs, she had 16 strikeouts in 13 innings. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Adequate funding enables vital school programs

Last month I attended several education events. Two ushered high school seniors to further their educations, enter the workplace or both. After all the changes through the end of this school year, the third event gave the school system an incomplete grade. Comment.

Berger bids bye to presidential run; Bush rejoices

The chef replied, “Did you ever try cleaning one?” – Milton Berle Comment.

Dancers tap to Whitestone’s beat

By Cynthia Koons Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Queens Republican Party counsel in legal flap

On Saturday we were invited to a family barbecue in Westport, Conn., complete with fireworks at Compo Beach.... Comment.

Legislators say:

The state Legislature is nothing if not consistent. It as bad enough that the Legislature failed once again to pass a budget on time for the beginning of state’s new fiscal year. Now this body of bums has added insult to injury by failing to... Comment.

A mass execution

The ax came down last week on the necks of 45 New York City principals, 10 of them from Queens public schools. Comment.

Point of View: Health care a huge burden for many immigrants

Hispanics, now the largest minority in this country, reached close to... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Briarwood oversaturated with community facilities

The 1961 Zoning Resolution made a provision that community facilities could be created... Comment.

CHSAASOFTBALLCOY

In her brief time at the helm, the 28-year-old has turned things around for the Lady... Comment.

Forest Hills LIRR photo stirs Roosevelt nostalgia

Not long ago, I saw again a photograph of Theodore Roosevelt giving a speech from the balcony of the Long Island Rail Road station in Forest Hills Gardens overlooking Station Square. I remembered it as being part of his... Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Forest Hills LIRR photo stirs Roosevelt nostalgia: Teddy Roosevelt in Queens (Part I)

But recently I read that it was a speech given in 1915, during World War I, and before the United States had entered that conflict, to rouse the nation to join the battle against the Central Powers after the Germans had torpedoed an American tanker. Comment.

Kin of Chinese man killed in Elmhurst crash denied visa

Jian Guo Shen's wife, who lives in Shanghai with the couple's son and their parents, applied for an entry visa at the U.S. consulate in Shanghai where they live, said Li Tang, an officer in the Chinese consulate's Office for the Protection of Overseas Chinese in New York. Comment.

Fire truck hits van en route to Astoria flames

The accident occurred at 2:15 p.m. at the intersection of 31st Avenue and 42nd Street, the official said. The engine from Ladder Co. 163 was heading west on 31st Avenue toward an all-hands fire at 30-07 31st Ave. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Boro AARP celebrates 30 years in Rosedale

There was no need for anyone to lie about age on June 24 at the 30th Rosedale AARP Chapter 1949 birthday and installation luncheon. Every woman attending that important event, held at the lovely Coral House in Baldwin, Long Island, was well-coiffed and beautifully attired, and every gentleman was well-groomed and handsome. Comment.

Robberies, burglaries fall in 114th Pct.

The 114th covers six square miles in northwestern Queens, including the neighborhoods of Long Island City, Astoria, Ditmars and Steinway. Comment.

East meets West in Astoria’s melting cauldron

A densely Greek melting pot in 1989, it has grown into a melting cauldron with a steady influx of South American, Middle Eastern and Asian Immigrants. Comment.

TimesLedger writer reminisces about his start in print

A breakfast without a newspaper is a horse without a saddle. - Will Rogers Comment.

Flushing evolves as haven for new immigrants

"A lot of people started opening up businesses here," said Madhulika Khandelwal, the director of the Asian American Center at Queens College. "As the population grows here, Flushing becomes the destination." Comment.

Residents’ vision paves way for progress in Jamaica

The AirTrain's concrete path above the Van Wyck Expressway was not there, nor was the glass-enclosed terminal building. The new Family Court building then was the old Queens Library site on Parsons Boulevard, and the Civil Court, Food and Drug Administration and Jamaica Multiplex cinema had not yet been erected. The Joseph Addabbo Federal Building on Jamaica Avenue had just opened. Comment.

Staying safe

Walking down the street we observe... Comment.

Queens civics become more united, focused

The civic associations were formed into a number of councils. There were the Eastern Queens Civic Council Inc., headed by Albert Greenblatt; the United Civic Council Inc., led by Bob Harris; and the Mid-Queens Community Council Inc., headed by Shirley Weinstein. Comment.

Jackson Heights takes a page from the past

When Twain's cousin fell ill toward the end of the 1800s and word mistakenly spread that death was knocking at the great American wit's door - as the oft-repeated, though somewhat apocryphal story goes - he told an inquiring newsman, "The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated." Comment.

TimesLedger records instructive lessons of past 15 years

What do we remember of 1989, the year Steven Blank, the editor and publisher of these newspapers, began his work? Comment.

Glen Oaks maintains dynamic presence in Queens

But the schools, which included PS 133 in Bellerose, hung on and eventually found their salvation in the mid-'90s in the form of another demographic shift: Attracted by the area's cleanliness, safety and good schools, South Asians began buying homes there. In 1990 more than 16,000 whites lived in the 11004 zip code in the heart of the area with about 2,000 Asians. By 2000 the count had changed to approximately 8,900 whites and 4,300 Asians. Comment.

Price directs ebb, flow of Queens business scene

In observing the past 15 years of business with a focus on Queens, we discover how true a cliché this can be. I believe that whenever we look back with an emphasis on business it is price that usually enters as the primary topic of discussion. Comment.

Owner recalls shift from rocky start to smooth sailing

It's been a long and often rocky ride, one that began on a not quite auspicious note when he walked into the office the first day to discover that more than half his staff had given notice, including the then managing editor who also doubled as a reporter. Comment.

Bayside boasts small-town feel, gets better with age

"Bayside was an incredible community in 1989 and it's even better now," said Jerry Iannece, chairman of Community Board 11 and a Bayside resident since 1985. "People are more affluent now than in 1989." Comment.

Flushing sees rapid growth over 15-year period

Thanks to that perception, many have managed to come, settle and find decent jobs in Queens. As a result, this county's population has grown rapidly, spawning two serious problems: traffic congestion and a dearth of affordable housing, which may take the borough, particularly Flushing, years to solve. Comment.

Borough issues show history repeats itself

And 1989 was a landmark year for the nation, and noted historians have claimed it to be an important chapter in our nation's emergence as a world power. That year George Bush, father of our present chief executive, was inaugurated as the 41st president of the United States. Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met with the president on the island of Malta and all but agreed that the Cold War was over. Comment.

St. Fidelis says farewell to beloved church leader

Now that Father’s Day has gone and the schools have held their graduations and closed for summer recess, we hope that the fathers as well as the mothers will cooperate in making summer recess... Comment.

Advocate sues ExxonMobil over oil in Newtown Creek

Riverkeeper Inc.'s lawsuit, filed May 12 in federal court, charges that the oil company failed to mop up a 17 million gallon spill oozing into Newtown Creek, a 3.5-mile waterway dividing the two boroughs, investigator Basil Seggos said. Comment.

Eye patients must know options, beware of false ads

Some claim that an in-office surgical procedure can also accomplish this. The financial stakes are huge, since virtually every person in this country is a potential candidate sometime in his or her lifetime. Let me set the record straight about what is available and what is disingenuous advertising. Comment.

Dentists team up to help domestic violence survivors

Mostly you can hide those scars under make up, high-necked long-sleeved blouses, trousers or long skirts. But were you unfortunate enough to have a partner who smashed your teeth in, there’s no hiding your past. No sooner would you open your mouth to talk, or even just smile harmlessly, than your teeth would scream “battered woman,” painful enough to admit to yourself without having questioning glances and stares directed right at you. Comment.

Customers search for a whiter smile

The decision to whiten your teeth is relatively easy to make; however, selecting the procedure that best fits your teeth’s needs requires significantly more consideration. Your options range from in-office laser treatments and whitening spas, with lasting results of a year or more to at-home products whose results sustain for a few months. Comment.

104th Pct. reports murders up 400%

The precinct, which covers 7.5 square miles in Glendale, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Middle Village, had just one murder last year by June 20, the latest date for which figures are available this year. Comment.

Men arrested on 9th Ave.,

FAR ROCKAWAY — Two men were arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and resisting arrest Friday at E. 9th Road and Broad Channel Drive, police said. Comment.

Advocate for boro stadium buys air time to bolster bid

So how is it that in a city like New York, in a borough as ethnically diverse as Queens, the bid for the Olympics has so many people polarized? Comment.

Queens County Savings not on the market: CEO

"We've gone through an extensive review of the alternatives," Ficalora said in an interview. In the end, Long-Island based New York Community Bancorp decided "the best position for the bank to build shareholders' value is to continue with our proven business model." Comment.

Crime rate plummets in the 115th Precinct

Rape, robbery, felony assault, major theft and car theft have all dropped, according to Police Department figures from Jan. 1 through June 20 for the precinct that covers Jackson Heights, North Corona and East Elmhurst. Comment.

Bayside cop praised for arrest of burglary suspect on bridge

Sgt. Kevin Harford, who is assigned to the Midtown North precinct in Manhattan but... Comment.

Buildings seeks candidates to fill boro inspector posts

By James DeWeese Comment.

Police, Boro Prez Marshall introduce anti-graffiti plans

Queens North Police Chief James Tuller made the announcement several weeks ago, during a meeting with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and community board district managers, Marshall's office said. Comment.

Crime ratede clines in 108th Pct.

Robbery incidents jumped 10.2 percent from 117 during the first six months of 2003 to 129 during the same period this year, police crime data show. Burglary rates also climbed for the year-to-date, up 6.7 percent with 270 cases this year as compared to 253 at the same time last year. Comment.

Locals show support for proposed LIC boathouse

State bureaucrats might be skeptical about the proposed Long Island City Community Boathouse in Hunters, Point but local businesses are behind the idea. Comment.

Queens Village man found dead in home

His name was not released, and the investigation was ongoing. Comment.

Lafayette proposes one-ticket airport shuttle

Lafayette, who has kept his hand in transportation matters since joining the Legislature decades ago and a close watch on the now-delayed city takeover of the private bus lines, would like to see the newly renovated Jackson-Heights-Roosevelt Avenue transit hub become a jumping off point for an express shuttle to the nearbyairport. Comment.

Digging up history

"The course is based on teaching field-study methods of archaeology," Matthews said. "This is a well-preserved and documented archaeological site. It's a great place for students and for me." Comment.

Council gets $700K for field inside Jamaica’s King Park

The funds, set aside as part of the budget process, will be matched with money from Borough President Helen Marshall for a total of $1.4 million to cover the costs of building the field in the park at 89th Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets in Jamaica, said Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). Comment.

Dog Gone Running

"This is her dog run - well, she thinks it is. She was raised here," Ron Niles said of his 208-pound dog sitting at his feet. Comment.

2 hospitalized after car hits pole near Whitestone Expressway

The driver was taken to New York Hospital of Queens in critical condition, and the... Comment.

Queens Village painter wants sponsor for show

But first he must find a benefactor. Comment.

Jamaica mediation group joins city homeless effort

Now Community Mediation Services is teaming up with the city and a host of other groups to tackle homelessness, said Executive Director Mark Kleiman. Comment.

Blackburne was protecting suspect’s rights: Backers

"They got outfoxed," Stephen Singer told a forum held by the Jamaica Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. Referring to the subsequent police criticism, Singer said, "that's why they're so angry." Comment.

Counsel for Queens GOP indicted in forgery charge

Perry Reich, who lives in Hollis Hill, was arrested and indicted June 29 in federal court in Brooklyn on charges he created and distributed an order reversing the judge's rulings on motions and recusing her from the rest of the case, according to a joint release from the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District Roslynn Mauskopf and the FBI. Comment.

Crime down in 105th Pct. but NYPD questions stats

Speaking at a monthly community meeting held at the Queens Village precinct, Deputy Inspector Thomas Manzolillo indicated there was no reason to believe that the statistics had been fudged. Comment.

Former Queens resident Gavin, famed cut man, suffers stroke

Gavin, 70, mended the cuts of some of the... Comment.

Queens’ ed rep reviews two years of changing policy

Belmonte, a Laurelton resident, watched from the stage, she said. Comment.

Jennings’ rival plans a run after Dems give thumbs up

Pringle, 31, is hoping to unseat Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) from his post as a Democratic district leader in the 31st Assembly District. Comment.

Homicides plummet in SE Queens

The 103rd Precinct, based in downtown Jamaica, recorded a 46.1 percent decline in murders through June 20 compared with the same time last year, but rape reports rose by 52.9 percent, the police statistics indicated. Comment.

Former St. John’s star Wingert finally gets the call

It was the moment Chris Wingert had waited three months for, and after playing a combined 66 minutes in the first three months of his Major League Soccer career, the former St. John’s standout cracked the starting lineup for the first time Saturday against the Chicago Fire. Comment.

CHSAASOFTBALLPOY

The Howard Beach native went 14-5 with a 1.22 earned run average. In 126 innings... Comment.

PSALSOFTBALLCOY

Straddling the lines of musical taste, Crawford played Whitney Houston’s ‘One Moment In Time’ to his players in... Comment.

PSALSOFTBALLPOY

Sanchez didn’t just paralyze teams from the mound. She batted .565 with a .661 on-base percentage, a .913 slugging percentage with 20 stolen bases and 29 runs scored. Once she reached base, she was a blur of legs and arms propelling her around the diamond, which always looked small whenever she was aboard. Comment.

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