Friday, July 30, 2004

National night out

NYU slams state Legislature as dysfunctional

Whitestone Wanderers sting LI Lightning

Minto mauls Maddalone

Flushing Y’s Modi wins gymnastics silver meal

Astoria soccer camp a success

Bayside Bombers win Waldbaum’s soccer title

Man arrested in 102nd Pct. assault

Man hit by subway in Long Island City

Cops find dead body at Corona subway stop

Commission must check board appointments

For the third time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will appoint a charter revision commission, as reported by Jennifer Steinhauer earlier this month in the New York Times. Last summer, The Public Ought to Know recommended areas that merit review by such a commission. (See www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=9862238&BRD=1079&PAG=461&dept_id=170341&rfi=8.) Add to that list modest reform of the appointment of community board members. Comment.

Man hit by stray bullet on Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

18-year-old shot in Rockaways

169th St. apartments evacuated after fire

Hogging parking spots is just wrong

Getting inured to four-letter words

Gambling must be discouraged

The Indian side of the story

Pedestrian bridges must be revamped

Immigrant challenge

So many left behind

Still unsafe

208th St. man arrested

Museum, Topaz Arts join forces for dance projects throughout August

Schedule for Queens Theatre in the Park’s Latino Cultural Festival

Queens Museum of Art to premiere outdoor film series

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Bronx woman, 19, killed in Van Wyck hit-and-run

Thursday, July 29, 2004

New DNA effort used to charge Ridgewood man in 1994 rape

Hector Torres, 33, of 1724 Troutman St. has been charged with rape, sexual assault, burglary and endangering the welfare of a child in connection with the 1994 assault, Brown said. He has pleaded not guilty and was being held without bail for a Queens Supreme Court hearing Aug. 27. Comment.

MacDonald Park to be close rest of summer for revamping

Just a mere 1.4 acres, the park, between Queens and Yellowstone boulevards, is a part of life for local residents, many who visit the park regularly to socialize with friends and enjoy nice weather. But with several weeks of summer left, MacDonald Park visitors are being temporarily displaced beginning next week, when the park closes for renovations, expected to take almost 10 months. Comment.

Comrie uses funds to buy trash cans for SE Queens

"We want to try to make the community cleaner," Comrie said. "We have to prevent the litter and household garbage from being dropped in the streets." Comment.

State to take bids in Jamaica’s West Side Corp. cleanup

The DEC and the city Department of Environmental Protection are tackling a long-term project to remove the gasoline and dry cleaning chemicals that seeped into the ground under the West Side Corp. factory at 107-10 180th St. Comment.

Rookie cop charged with reckless assault: DA

Jeffrey Rivera, 23, who lives in Jamaica and was assigned to the 70th Precinct in Brooklyn, was charged with reckless assault, evidence tampering and making a false report for reporting that the gun went off while he was cleaning it, Brown said. Comment.

Richmond Hill cabbie fights with wife, sets himself on fire

Sawak, 48, a Queens cab driver, set himself ablaze in front of his 103-19 126th St. house after his wife Sharion filed a complaint about his abusive behavior toward her with the 102nd Precinct, police said. Comment.

Kids grin and enjoy it at dentist in Queens Village

Parked outside the district headquarters of state Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) on Springfield Boulevard and 97th Avenue, a converted motor home called the Smiling Faces, Going Places van served as a dental office on wheels. With a dentist's chair and an X-ray machine inside and a paint job depicting happy kids outside, the oral hygiene machine serves two purposes: introducing children to dental care in a fun way and raising awareness about the need for upkeep, particularly in areas where many families do not have medical coverage. Comment.

Cambria Hts. Library work stalls as new contractor still to be found

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 not showing up to work in May and proceeding slowly at other times, the spokeswoman had told the TimesLedger earlier this month. The bonding agency, Crum & Forster of Morristown, N.J., had until July 26 to find a new company to continue the work at the site, at Linden Boulevard and 219th Street. Comment.

Jury convicts man in fatal necklace rob

In addition to the killing, Alex Devaughn, 34, of 2140 Seward Ave. in the Bronx, was convicted of robbery at the end of a four-week trial in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. He was scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 9 and faces up to 25 years to life in prison, but his lawyer, James Koenig, said his client plans to appeal. Comment.

Rapist attacked 2 women in Laurelton homes: Cops

The attacks took place on March 4 and July 4, exactly three months apart in houses near the intersection of Merrick and Francis Lewis boulevards in Laurelton, police said. Comment.

Rain fails to dampen spirits at Farm Museum’s annual pow-wow

"It's difficult because people have mistaken impressions about what native culture is about," he said, referring to his goal of educating the crowd during the annual pow-wow and explaining that American Indians in the Southwest sometimes include requests for rain during prayer dances. Comment.

Huang plays hooky for fourth time at court

Huang was scheduled to appear at the Queens Environmental Control Board, which ajudicates cases on behalf of the city Department of Buildings Tuesday after his case was adjourned from its original May 18 court date. He did not show up for his 8:30 am court appointment, and court officials said he did not contact them to reschedule. Comment.

Knight in white coat may save St. Joseph’s Hospital

This came a week after St. Joseph's officials said Aquino's interest in buying the hospital was not substantial enough to keep St. Vincent Medical Centers from shutting the Flushing facility. Comment.

Flushing’s Martins Field gets $571K from Marshall

This money, which came from her discretionary budget, will be in addition to the $2.7 million that City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) already set aside from the City Council budget for the project. Comment.

QCC moves for culture coup through slate of programs

At a media brunch hosted by the Bayside college last Thursday, school administrators unveiled plans for the Art Gallery, Holocaust Resource Center and the Performing Arts Center. The art gallery, currently under renovation, will reopen its doors in the fall with a major art show featuring top American artists and the exhibition of a 1,000-year-old Biblical manuscript, the Khaburis Codex. Comment.

Korean church envisioned as open to all: Pastor

"The vision is not closed and exclusive," he said in an interview Friday through a translator, Associate Pastor Bo Kang Kim. "We have a long-term vision to open the church to the community of Christians, though this began as a Korean church." Comment.

St. Albans jazz legend Illinois Jacquet dead at 81

By Courtney Dentch and James DeWeese Comment.

Sewer, wire work ties up traffic on Bell Boulevard

In June the city Department of Environmental Protection conducted emergency sewer work on the block between 42nd and 43rd avenues, tying up one lane of the road for more than three weeks. More recently utility Con Edison has been replacing wires running under the boulevard near 41st Avenue and an explosion in front of Bourbon Street restaurant, allegedly caused by a malfunctioning transformer connector, rocked the street two weeks ago. Last week electrical wires smoking in the basement of the new Dunkin' Donuts on the same block drew both firefighters and Con Edison workers. Comment.

The Public Ought To Know: Commission must check board appointments

For the third time, Mayor Michael Bloomberg will appoint a charter revision commission, as reported by Jennifer Steinhauer earlier this month in the New York Times. Last summer, The Public Ought to Know recommended areas that merit review by such a commission. (See www.zwire.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=9862238&BRD=1079&PAG=461&dept_id=170341&rfi=8.) Add to that list modest reform of the appointment of community board members. Comment.

Fernandez, Pascarelli shine at Shea

The American League, led by skipper Joe Kessler of the Bayside Yankees, beat Fernandez and the National League, 9-2. Comment.

Cardinals take third place in Maryland regional

Rewarded with a bye on Friday, the Cardinals looked poised to make reservations in Jackson, Miss., site of this year's NABF World Series. Comment.

Man arrested in 102nd Pct. assault

Mool Somwaru, 53, was charged with assault and harassment, police said. Comment.

Man hit by subway in Long Island City

The man, who was not identified, was hit by the first car but survived and was taken to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, the paper reported. His condition could not be determined. Comment.

Cops find dead body at Corona subway stop

The man's name was not released, and police were investigating how he died. Comment.

Man hit by stray bullet on Guy R. Brewer Blvd.

The man, who was not named, was on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard near 134th Street when an argument between two men up the street led to a gun being fired. One of the shots hit the 22-year-old in his right thigh, and he was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica in stable condition, the paper reported. Comment.

18-year-old shot in Rockaways

The 18-year-old, who was not identified, was taken to Peninsula General Hospital after a bullet hit his right leg at the corner of Beach 43rd Street and Beach Channel Drive, the paper reported. Comment.

Q15 blamed for Le Havre safety woes

By Cynthia Koons Comment.

169th St. apartments evacuated after fire

One resident and seven officers were taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica after inhaling smoke, police said. The cause of the fire was under investigation. Comment.

208th St. man arrested on assault charges

Anthony Bennett of 86-35 208th St. was also charged with assault, criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment, police said. The woman, whose name was not released, was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica in stable condition, police said. She worked as a school safety agent at a Manhattan school, the Daily News reported. Comment.

Bronx woman, 19, killed in Van Wyck hit-and-run

Sophia Vasquez, a 19-year-old from the Bronx, was killed after the minivan she was riding in was sideswiped by another van traveling north on the Van Wyck at about 4 p.m. Monday, police said. The vehicle Vasquez was in struck the median and flipped over and the other minivan fled the scene, police said. Comment.

Flushing Y’s Modi wins gymnastics silver meal

This is the highest level of competition in the USAIGC league. On the first day, Modi had a nearly perfect competition, finishing second in the all-around and qualifying to finals on all four events. The next day, in event finals, Modi finished second on vault, third on balance beam and fourth on bars and floor. Comment.

Bayside Yankees win amateur World Series

It shows that Kessler wanted this one. Real bad. In his best impression of New York Yankees announcer John Sterling (The-eh-eh-eh Yankees win!), Kessler tells callers that his Yankees beat the Indiana Bulls 7-4 in the title game. He gives details like who pitched when and which kid hit a home run. Comment.

New York City looks for gold at Empire State Games

The games' organizers expect the publicity surrounding next month's Olympics to trickle down to the ticket windows at Binghamton University, where fans not interested in flying to Greece will hop into their cars and drive to watch 6,000 athletes compete in 28 different events as diverse as archery and canoeing and basketball and boxing. Comment.

Whitestone Wanderers sting LI Lightning

The 11-year-old team rallied from a 9-1 deficit after three innings to defeat the Long Island Lightning, 11-10 July 22. The Wanderers got two runs in the fourth, six in the fifth and two in the sixth inning. Rocco Sacramone pitched 3.1 innings of relief, allowing one run on two hits and a walk to pick up the win. Mike Dallal was 3-for-4 with a triple and four RBIs and threw out a runner at first from right field and made a big catch in the sixth inning. Comment.

Higgins lifts Rough Riders past New Hampshire

A healthy Higgins was inserted back into the Riders starting lineup Saturday night when leading scorer Derrick Etienne was unavailable because of a personal commitment. Higgins was spectacular, scoring a pair of goals to lead the Rough Riders to a 3-2 win over the New Hampshire Phantoms at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, L.I. Comment.

Sharing their knowledge

Another one is lifting weights, and there is a group of youngsters slap boxing in a corner, bobbing and weaving and making noise, trapped in the shadows of the ring that swallows up half the space. Comment.

The Bayside station is one of six stations testing a new public address system

The Audio Visual Paging System, which was launched in late July, features schedule updates on LED screens that incorporate an audio component. Comment.

Minto mauls Maddalone

"He never stopped coming; man, he was crazy," Minto said. Comment.

Astoria soccer camp a success

"This program provides the youth of the community with a fun, safe and healthy activity right in their own backyard, " stated Vallone. "I am happy to have secured funding for this valuable program for the fourth consecutive year." Comment.

Bayside Bombers win Waldbaum’s soccer title

Pictures are: (Back Row) Lia Meskouris, Daniela Porcelli, Kellyn McCarthy, Francesca Rossi, Brianna Fulgeri, Mary O'Connell, Jessica Riccardi, Chelsea Wynne. Comment.

Bayside Junior Nationals accused of stealing players

Sheikowitz said the Bayside Yankees, coached by Chris Duffy, may be suspended for the entire season next year for violating NABF rule No. 12.08, which states that no club has the right to "sign, dicker with, or in any manner approach a player" associated to the NABF and under contract with a team. Comment.

Wettingfeld on History: Slocum catastrophe mirrors general’s war loss

The victims, or at least most of them, lie buried in the Lutheran Cemetery in Middle Village. One of the people who kept the memory of these victims before the public was the late Thomas Schweitzer, whom I was privileged to know. He devoted his time selflessly to honoring the memory of the victims of that ill-fated catastrophe. Comment.

To The Point: Aqueduct fair features tiger, magic shows

Shrek 2 and Harry Potter were great and enjoyed by the children. There was also golfing, a visit to the library, fireworks from Shea Stadium and a bridal shower at Crystal Garden in Huntington Village. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Kew Gardens civic calls for development panel

Under a special mayoral panel, dozens of neighborhoods in Staten Island were rezoned to protect their low-density residential character from developers or individual homeowners who are building McMansions, or multifamily buildings, and changing the face of these communities. Comment.

Dishing With Dee: Queens GOP sluggers oust Jefferson Dems

There were so many players and supporters for both teams it would be impossible to list them all. We will try to list a few for each side. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Queens residents heatedly debate A-bomb

Did you know that it was originally called "Sextilis" (no, it doesn't mean what you think, silly)? It means "sixth" to the Romans because at one time it was their sixth month of the year. I bet that was how the tongue twister "Sister Susan sitting on a thistle in Sextilis" originated. Comment.

Avella to amend landmarks law

Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) introduced the legislation on July 21 in hopes of addressing what he has described as "the devastating effects of 'demolition by neglect' of landmark-designated property." Comment.

Teflon Don’s son indicted on attempted murder

Sliwa said now that Gotti's release from prison is imminent, he plans to leave New York City and lay low for awhile. Comment.

Drunk driver in Auburndale kills great grandma, 74: DA

The driver, Michael Hirn of 49-19 169th St., was making a lefthand turn from 43rd Avenue onto 163rd Street when his Dodge pickup truck hit the woman, Natividad Jimenez, a block from her home on 164-09 43rd Ave., police said. She was headed to a nearby hair salon in preparation for her trip, but was instead taken to New York Hospital Queens in Flushing, where she was pronounced dead nearly an hour later. Comment.

Body dumped on Woodside street

Further toxicology and tissue testing will be performed to figure out how the woman, said by police to be a Hispanic in her 20s, died, the spokeswoman said. Comment.

Duane Reade stockholders settle on $407M price tag

Oak Hill Capital Partners, L.P. will buy the Manhattan-based chain for $16.50 a share in an acquisition that should be finalized on July 30, privatizing the company, according to a company release. Comment.

Jury begins deliberating Massino case

Prosecutors have painstakingly built their case against the 61-year-old during the past nine-weeks in Brooklyn federal court, presenting more than 300 pieces of evidence and 75 witnesses to convince the jury that the Bonanno crime family boss killed seven rivals and controlled a gambling and loan-sharking empire. Massino faces life in prison if he is convicted of the 16 racketeering charges. Comment.

Corona man gets 64 years in jail for $6.8M scam

Anwar Haque, 50, was convicted in May of masterminding the scheme that netted him and 14 others more than $6.8 million by ringing up fictitious purchases on credit card accounts that were never paid. Comment.

Vacant E. Elmhurst property cleaned after complaints

As recently as last week, refuse - empty auto oil containers, food wrappers and even urine-filled plastic bags cast off by taxi drivers too harried to stop - lined the planting rings around the sidewalk trees and peeked out from under the untrimmed bushes that skirt the red-brick building at 96th Street and 23rd Avenue. Livery cabs were using the location as a staging area. And the gate to the parking lot sat semi-ajar, making the asphalt area behind the building a fertile breeding ground for prostitutes looking to ply their trade at night, neighbors said. Comment.

Peralta secures computers for area groups

After spotting what he deemed a shortage of computers among the organizations in the neighborhoods he represents, state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) set to work looking for donations to help bridge the digital divide. Comment.

Four arrested in beating of Sikh in Richmond Hill

Terence Lyons, 53, of Elmont, L.I., and Victor Constentino, 58, and Nicholas Maceli, 22, both of Valley Stream, L.I. were arrested Monday by officers from the 102nd Precinct on charges of gang assault, assault as a hate crime and aggravated harassment. Comment.

Man survives freak crash on GCP

The crash occurred after two 60-foot slabs from the Steinway Street bridge that were slated for removal plummeted into the middle of the westbound lane, leaving the driver of a white van, Dimitros "Jimmy" Godosis, with no time or room to stop, police said. Comment.

Crowley faces 4 opponents from the Bronx

Provided no one is removed from the ballot, Crowley will face Democrats Aniello "Neil" Grimaldi, Dennis Coleman and Curtis Brooks in the Sept. 14 primary, according to the city Board of Elections ballot petition filings. Comment.

Jamaica women challenge

"I work at this every day," Cook said. "I've been working here for a very long time." Comment.

NYU slams state Legislature as dysfunctional

The sessions were held the same week as the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University released the voluminous report, which blasted the Legislature for defrauding taxpayers with ineffectual committees, autocratic and all-powerful leadership and legislative inefficiency. Comment.

Monday, July 26, 2004

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