Thursday, July 15, 2004

Cambria Hgts. library builder still sought

The old contractor, listed on a building permit at the site as Sushmita Massand of 211-12 Union Turnpike in Bayside, was removed June 18 for poor performance, said a spokeswoman for the Department of Design and Construction, which is overseeing the project. Comment.

Auburndale man arrested on charges of sex with girl

Thomas Geed of 45-63 196th Place was charged with two counts of a criminal sexual act, or sodomy, and arraigned last Thursday, police said. Two of Geed's uncles appeared with him at the hearing, the Nassau district attorney said, and Geed was released into the custody of one of them. Comment.

Forlenza wins Gabe Vitale 5K

In his debut Forlenza took the lead from Phil Jackette, a runner at Martin Luther High in Maspeth, after the first mile and captured the 3.1-mile... Comment.

105th chief transferred to Bronx

Although the department said it could not comment on personnel issues, a source familiar with the investigation said the probe led to the commander, Deputy Inspector Thomas Manzolillo, being moved. The status of the inquiry could not be determined, and the police declined to comment on the matter. Comment.

Learning center opens in Fresh Meadows

"Our plan is to operate a successful academic enrichment after-school program in Queens and then take the knowledge and experience that we have gathered here and offer our educational services to other communities in New York City," executive director Dr. Dan Miller said of the Learning Zone, which recently started accepting students. Comment.

Hillcrest residents protest developments

The Hillcrest Citizens for Neighborhood Preservation gathered at 160th Street and Goethals Avenue, behind the hospital, to express concern that a planned school, housing and commercial building and three hospital expansion and renovation projects would bring more cars than the community can handle, said Bob Trabold, head of the community group. Comment.

Knights pour it on Westchester Flames

Still smarting from the embarrassment of a... Comment.

Queens Zoo’s cougars find a champion in their keeper

David Morales, the zoo's principal keeper, is applying his field work and observations from a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park to give the zoo's cougars a more natural environment. Comment.

Iraq-bound Liu aide will assist in reconstruction

"Some of the civil affairs guys in World War II ended up being mayors of German towns after the war," Beers said Sunday. Comment.

St. Joseph’s Hospital land to be put on sales market

The hospital company approved the sale of the Flushing facility last week, St. Vincent's officials said, after announcing in April that it could not afford to maintain St. Joseph's without spending $40 million to renovate it. Comment.

Odom picked for U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team

Lamar Odom grew up watching Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Chris Mullin win Olympic gold with the Dream Team, and now the Miami Heat forward from Jamaica will get his chance as the former Christ the King star was named to the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team last week. Comment.

Meng to run for Assembly

At a news conference complete with red, white and blue balloons and signs promoting Meng, the Chinese lumber company operator said he could be the voice for all of Flushing if he won the Democratic party primary and was elected to the state Assembly. Comment.

Photo essay book features history of College Pt. nabe

In this sepia photograph, the men are relics of the College Point of years gone by, a storied past that dates back to the time before the Matinecock tribe sold its property to European settlers. Comment.

Meng to run for Assembly in bid for Grodenchik seat

At a news conference complete with red, white and blue balloons and signs promoting Meng, the Chinese lumber company operator said he could be the voice for all of Flushing if he won the Democratic party primary and was elected to the state Assembly. Comment.

Bayside musician lands great gig as tutor

But since he was good at music, Albert started tutoring his fellow guitar students with their classwork. And since he also had an aptitude for math, he began helping some of them with their math homework as well. Comment.

North Shore Baptist Church wins Major Division crown

“We saved our best for last,” said North Shore Baptist Church pitching coach Hans... Comment.

Three SD 26 middle schools lose principals

The remaining principal decided to stay only after his staff begged him to remain, said the administrator, who spoke on the condition of anonymity. Comment.

Residents still cross at LIRR plans

But concerns linger about the ability of emergency vehicles to travel through the area, and City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said he would lobby the LIRR to keep one side of the parkway open during the construction even as work began Monday. Comment.

Klein Farm future worries Fresh Meadows neighbors

Remnants of what might have been the first semi-favorable plan since the farm's sale in November remain on the back part of the property. Painted in several colors, the words "Day Care" adorn the white exterior of the back structure on the property. Comment.

Baysiders blast church plan to build at yacht club

Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 216-30-56 28th Ave. in Bayside, has appealed to the city Board of Standards and Appeals for a permit to expand and renovate its facilities, according to a copy obtained by EBHA President Frank Skala. Comment.

A tree grows in Bayside, to chagrin of some

In the 223rd Street cul-de-sac between 41st Road and 41st Avenue in Bayside, a large tree growing at a nearly 45 degree angle to the street has caused some adjacent sidewalk slabs to protrude nearly six inches over the next in a step-like fashion. The tree is located between the sidewalk and the curb next to 222-31 41st Rd. Comment.

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Ozone-Howard scored three runs in the top of the... Comment.

Fancy Food From Queens?

Queens was well-represented at this influential global event considered to be the premier... Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers open season with two wins

The only thing separating Polkowski from a perfect game was a lead-off walk in the first inning.... Comment.

Biker struck in Auburndale six days after similar crash

On July 7 around 11 a.m., as they rode their matching Diamondback bikes down the street west on 56th Avenue, 12-year-old Nicholas Ho approached the intersection at Francis Lewis Boulevard with his brother Sebastian following behind him, police said. Comment.

Friends of the Arts show typical of venue’s quality

Elling singing in his unique story-telling and scat-flavored style, making it... Comment.

Bell Blvd. gift shop rises from the ashes

But, she said, she realized how much the Bayside store had become a part of her life during the... Comment.

New rate era

But just how will it affect our local business and general economy here in Queens? Over the past 42 months we... Comment.

Nothing changed

It never happened. Now another child has died in an accident that is all too similar. Last week 8-year-old Joseph Baik was struck by a car and killed when he rode his BMX bike into the intersection at Cloverdale Avenue and the Horace Harding Expressway in Oakland Gardens. Like Christopher, Joseph entered the roadway from an adjacent pedestrian overpass. Police say the Grand Am hit the boy so hard that he was tossed 20 feet in the air. Comment.

Playing the race card

Stephen Singer, the former president of the Queens County Bar Association, told a forum held by the Jamaica NAACP that the police were angry at Blackburne because they were “outfoxed.” He argued that the police wanted to question the suspect before giving him his rights. “The cop was ticked off because she thwarted their evil plan,” he said. Comment.

The American dream

Weishaupt was living in... Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Queens’ cultural groups get budget relief

City support provides crucial funding for our “culturals,” the short-cut government catch-all term used for large... Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Ice cream lovers unite - it’s summertime!

In the year 62 AD, the Roman Emperor, Nero, sent runners to the mountains to collect ice and snow. It was then flavored with fruit juices and honey. In the year 1200, the Italian explorer Marco Polo brought back from the mid-East a sherbet recipe made with ice and fruit. In the year 1500, sherbet spread to France when a French king married a member of Italian royalty. In the year 1786, ice cream was first advertised and sold in the U.S. Comment.

Another Garden party for Holdsclaw

Or maybe she’s just that good. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: The TimesLedger celebrates its 15th anniversary

It was Thursday, July 8, the end of a dreadfully slow week and also the day my column for next Thursday, July 15, was to be written. As I sat there gazing at blank pages wondering what I could possibly write about, the phone rang. Who was on the other end? Why, none other than former Queens Alternative Publisher Joyce Shepard. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Though burglaries rare, residents must stay alert

By Bob Harris Comment.

The Civic Scene: New ambulance corps to open in Glen Oaks

When Assemblywoman Barbara Clark was responsible for the funding that helped the former South East Community... Comment.

Pepsi Cola wins trophy in College Pt. LL series

Graduations have taken place and summer recess is in full swing. Let’s make this a very safe as well as recreational summer and loving. These days cannot be duplicated. Comment.

Our History: Historic Bayside home faces destruction

It is good to note in a petition I received recently that the movement for landmarking local sites is still an ongoing priority. I refer to the current effort of The New Property Civic Association to... Comment.

Baby dies after ordeal at Carlton House shelter

Officers responded to the call at 138-10 135th... Comment.

Jamaica 2-month-old dies after being found unconscious

The girl, Layla Fields, was pronounced dead at the hospital at 5:50 a.m. and the medical examiner was to... Comment.

Model arrested at JFK on cocaine charges

Ingrid Parewijck, 25, was returning from... Comment.

Rap artist arrested in Oakland Gardens

Budden, who was a recent guest-host on hip-hop station Hot 97, was driving a 2004 BMW north on the expressway when he was pulled over by highway patrol at 3:30 p.m., the paper reported. Comment.

Corrections officer, driver arrested in Rego Pk. road rage

Corrections officer Sheila Richardson, 47, and Hye Ryon Hong, 45, of Fresh Meadows, started fighting... Comment.

Elmhurst truck driver gets 40 years for slashing rent-controlled tenants

During his trial, David Robles of 40-12 Ithaca St. said his landlord paid him and his alleged accomplice, roommate Danny Machuca, 29, to attack the brothers who shared a $400-a-month, three-bedroom apartment, Brown said in a statement. Comment.

103rd Pct. school agent arrested after domestic incident

Design choices ready for Queens Plaza strip

The designs will be the finale to a $12 million to $15 million re-engineering of a one-mile stretch from the East River to the Thomson Avenue-Van Dam Street intersection, said Penny Lee, team leader for the Long Island City branch of the Department of City Planning. Comment.

Officials help fund LIC seawall repairs

During a news conference in Queensbridge Park Monday, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) and state Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) said the funds would go toward a $6 million to $9 million project to repair a 200-foot-long promenade along the East River that looks like it was ravaged by an earthquake. Comment.

Flushing Meadows hosts celebration of Colombia

The theme for this year's daylong, music-filled festival - the 20th since the Elmhurst-based Colombian Civic Center began organizing it - was unity among Colombians and peace for the war-torn South American nation. Comment.

Man dies in crash on Rockaway Blvd.

The Mazda and a 2002 Ford van were traveling eastbound on Rockaway Boulevard near Guy R. Brewer... Comment.

Ridgewood cops try to curb graffiti

By Matthew Monks Comment.

A&E series showcases life of Victoria Gotti and sons

A&E Television Network will begin airing "Growing Up Gotti," a reality-based documentary series that follows Victoria Gotti - a divorced mother of three, newspaper columnist, magazine editor and author - and her sons, Carmine, John and Frank. Comment.

Residential parking crunch calls for defensive measures

Signs threatened to tow away any non-shoppers. A new platoon of quasi-cops readily pounced on the car of anyone who dared park there while visiting a doctor at a nearby medical center. Convoys of cars besieged our block in search of a space. Worse, we don't have a garage or a driveway. Comment.

Famed cut man Gavin dies

Before making his name mending the cuts of some of the best fighters in boxing, Gavin worked as a landscaper for the Parks Department. He fought as an amateur, and cut his teeth as a trainer and cut man hanging out at Stillman’s Gym and the Gramercy Gym in Manhattan. Comment.

Writer relays ups, downs of job in journalism

There also aren't that many openings for this kind of work these days, nowhere near the great many opportunities that existed some years ago. Comment.

Union, politicians protest at Duane Reade in Elmhurst

They said Duane Reade, the largest pharmacy chain in the city, does not offer its employees a benefits package that makes buying their drugs affordable. Comment.

Senior centers connect Queens’ diverse elderly

Meanwhile, lively music mingles with laughter and chatter wafts down the stairs from the second-floor hall. Next to it is a quiet room where a few seniors sit at individual computers, learning basic Internet skills. It will soon be time for lunch - hot open roast beef and turkey breast sandwiches with accompanying side vegetables, a salad and a sweet dish. Comment.

Pigeon plan at 103rd St. stop awaits rehab

But just when that work, as well as work on two adjacent stations, will begin depends on whom you talk to. Comment.

Crackdown on prostitution sends Rosedale man to jail

Six of the 11 men prosecuted under Operation Plaza Boys are from Queens, the DA said, and two of them were sentenced to six years. Comment.

Bank-robbing duo hits two W. Queens sites in 1/2 hour

One of the suspects, a 5-foot-8 white man with orange hair wearing blue jeans and a red shirt, had his arm in a cast, police said. The other, a 5-foot-9 white man, was wearing a white jogging suit and hat. Comment.

Bayside Yankees pound Midville in doubleheader sweep

The result: Five home runs and only one shaky inning of pitching, as the Bayside Yankees Junior Americans... Comment.

Citigroup to expand office space in Long Island City

The $200 million project should foster the neighborhood's transformation into one of New York City's fastest growing business districts, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. Comment.

Wife of Elmhurst worker killed in trench gets visa

Yuexiao Zhang, who lives in Shanghai with the couple's son, was initially denied a tourist visa that would have permitted her to identify her husband's body and return it to China for burial. But after pressure from U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), who was alerted by City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), the Department of Homeland Security decided last Thursday to issue Zhang a humanitarian visa, Clinton spokeswoman Nina Blackwell said. Comment.

74th St. renamed to honor Indian-American astronaut

Chawla, 41, and six others died Feb. 1, 2003, when the space shuttle Columbia disintegrated over Texas, just a quarter of an hour before the 16-day mission, her second in space, was scheduled to come to an end. Comment.

Mayor plans park space for Ridgewood Reservoir

"This further demonstrates our commitment to improving the quality of life in all five boroughs," Bloomberg told a news conference, saying that creating more parkland "is fundamental to making our city more livable." Comment.

Queens consultant buys Forest Hills hospital for $23M

Herb Schwartz, the hospital's owner, finalized the deal to transfer the ownership to Aquino in late June. Comment.

A View Through the Ropes: Show me the money

I still love boxing; it’s hard not to. The boxers and promoters and other players who make their living in the fight game remain my heroes. I just prefer to view the sport from the sidelines, where I have my computer to protect me. Comment.

Rego Park teen kills man, self in $125 dispute: Cops

Flowers, candles and other mementos were piled underneath a tree outside 98-51 63rd Rd. Sunday where Andrew Giummo, 22, fell when he was shot in the chest just after 6 p.m. Saturday when he asked Norris Anderson, 17, to pay back the money he owed him, police said. Comment.

Globe Fuel Oil wins Texas title

Both teams entered the game with identical 13-2 records and the Yankees took an early lead with Aaron Geffen singled in Anthony Zullo. Comment.

Jennings could face charge after spilling info to paper

Jennings went to the Daily News with the documents to clear the air and his name, he said in an article printed in Sunday's paper. Comment.

Sikhs blast Lefferts Blvd. attack

Rajinder Singh Khalsa Ji, 50, of Ozone Park suffered multiple fractures to his nose and eye socket from the beating outside a Richmond Hill catering hall, a Jamaica Hospital spokesman said. Comment.

Washington Mutual Cards win championship

The whole team hit well, with a homer by James Aquista, big hits by Corey Mittenthal, Nick Halvatsis, Perry Haskowitz, Wesley DeSimone, James Cazzorla and a game-winning triple by Ben Park. Comment.

Pataki appeals Aqueduct video terminals decision

Pataki approves of the machines' use at certain facilities, while Padavan hopes to stop such projects because he opposes gambling. Comment.

Jamaica man loses false arrest lawsuit against city

Anthony Boyd sued the city and two New York Police Department detectives following his arrest and prosecution on possession of stolen property charges in 1996 when he told police he had purchased a black Isuzu Trooper from a man at a Kennedy Airport parking lot, according to a release from the city Law Department. Comment.

Jamaica biz improve group celebrates 25th anniversary

Take Jamaica Furniture, which opened in 1929 before the stock market crash and managed to survive the Great Depression on through to today. Or Empire State Clothier, where two brothers-in-law took over the business for their father-in-law. Kulka's Bakery was the start of a family business, but now it is almost a secondary operation as the Kulka family tackles the real estate market. Comment.

Jamaica man arraigned in murders of dad, brother

James Seecoomar Jr., 35, could face the death penalty if he is convicted of shooting his father, James Seecoomar Sr., 65, and Leonard Seecoomar, 35, as his 5-year-old nephew watched inside the family's Liberty Avenue home on March 27, 2002, the spokeswoman said. Comment.

South Queens cops to reach out with open-air community events

The 103rd Precinct Community Council was scheduled to hold its second "Safety First Crime Prevention Fair" Saturday, while Patrol Borough Queens South was putting the finishing touches on its 14th annual Harmony Picnic planned for Tuesday. Comment.

NY Community Bank wins Major crown

In an intense nail-biter Natalie Prudent and Samantha Dugan pitched well and the girls from NY Community Bank had some... Comment.

Patricio, Morris have Pride in college commitment

Salvadore Patricio and Vic Morris both entertained the idea of using their appearance in the Reebok ABCD camp as a way to impress the hundreds of college coaches in the stands at Fairleigh Dickinson University’s Rothman Center and possibly raise their stock. Comment.

Villanueva leads by example for ABCD stars

Charlie Villanueva stood off to the side, his 6-foot-11 frame towering over nearly everyone. Reebok’s ABCD basketball camp was in full swing, and the gymnasium at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, N.J. was alive and dripping with the site of money and prestige mixed in with high school basketball. Comment.

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