Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004

Flushing Meadows rapists sentenced to prison terms

They were among five defendants who pleaded guilty to kidnapping, robbing and repeatedly raping the women for hours in a shanty near the Tennis Center after she and her boyfriend were beaten by the homeless Hispanic men around 9:15 p.m. on Dec. 19, 2002. Comment.

Permit loophole keeps sidewalk vendors in Flushing

The permits provide for "stoop-line stands," a throwback to the days when brownstones had long stairways into the street, thereby allowing room for ground-level businesses to safely display goods on the sidewalk. Comment.

Pier 25A Lightning hands McDonalds of Bayside first loss

This was a week of nail-biting, down-to-the-wire action-packed drama with most games being won in the final two minutes of play. The McDonald’s of Bayside Rockets suffered their first loss to the Pier 25A Lightning, 19-13, and are tied for first with the electric ones. Comment.

Clinton backs immigrants at Flushing dinner

"Mostly it's only local politicians," Flushing Chinese Business Association President Fred Fu said of his high-profile guest list that has included former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and Gov. George Pataki. "It's important because when the City Council or government makes policy, we want them to know Flushing has such a big Chinese population." Comment.

Planned bus changes mean longer waits for Q16, Q30

The 86 bus route changes, which involve 74 routes citywide, are scheduled to take effect in April, according to a Jan. 16 letter to Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) from New York City Transit President Lawrence Reuter. Comment.

Flushing, College Pt. teens join ranks of Eagle Scouts

Soon Flushing's Robert Emhardt, Christopher Califano, David Callan, John Power and College Point's Steven Martinez will join them in the ranks that only 2 percent of Boy Scouts achieve. Comment.

Bulldozers ready to raze mansion in College Point

As years went by, the hotel turned into a boarding house and just last year it was boarded up by its owner and sold to a developer. Comment.

D&R Contracting hammers Whitestone Hardware, 24-9

D&R Contracting defeated Whitestone Hardware, 24-9. Colleen Brennan scored 10 points to lead the way while Jenna Fogelman scored eight points. Jackie Kulogowski chipped in six points to help the team win its sixth game of the season. Comment.

Parents seek refunds from Little Neck instructor

After all, the program's instructor claimed as much in a flier he distributed outside the child's Little Neck school as he drummed up new customers for his business, J. Kim's Martial Art/Focus Academy, in Little Neck. Comment.

Doug Memorial Day plans to begin with dinner dance

Traditionally one of the nation's largest Memorial Day marches, this year's parade on May 31 will honor Fort Totten's 77th Regional Readiness Command, many of whose reservists are deployed in Iraq and elsewhere. Comment.

Astoria autism group to vote on unionizing

After months of a labor dispute and negotiations, Astoria-based Quality Services for the Autism Community and the Civil Service Employees Association Local 100 reached an agreement last week to let employees decide if they want to unionize. Comment.

Flights canceled after snowstorm hits borough

More than eight inches of snow fell across Queens Tuesday night into Wednesday morning, causing flight cancellations at the borough’s airports, minor delays on the Long Island Rail Road as well as bus routes and rough rides on city highways. Comment.

State DOT hears concerns on Grand Ave. truck traffic

State Department of Transportation officials were at the Community Board 5 meeting last week to discuss a problem many Maspeth residents say is driving their neighborhood crazy. Comment.

Jury hears testimony in pipe slay

A Queens jury heard details of how a Rosedale woman drove back from a barbecue in New Jersey only to walk into her home just as her sister allegedly beat her father to death with a metal pipe before turning on her in 2001. Comment.

Rosedale eater scores win in matzoh ball competition

As he prepared to devour a bowl of matzoh balls several weeks ago, Rosedale resident David Pecoraro looked over at his fellow competitors at Ben’s Kosher Delicatessen in Baldwin, L.I. and decided he was overmatched. Comment.

Marshall announces ice rink at State of Boro

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced Tuesday during her State of the Borough address that a much-anticipated, state-of-the-art pool and ice rink will be built at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, ending years of efforts to build such a facility. Comment.

Wrong address briefly shutters Jamaica’s Carmichael’s Diner

A typographical error on a longstanding city Department of Health permit shut the doors for several hours at Carmichael’s Diner in Jamaica Friday night. Comment.

City lacks builder for fields in College Pt. sports park

The company that insured the contractor fired for failing to complete the College Point ballfields on time did not meet the deadline for hiring a replacement firm, the city said this week. Comment.

Bayside resident complains of overbuilding

A Baysider living near a house under construction has asked elected officials to intervene in the project, which he said is too large and violates zoning requirements. Comment.

Planned bus changes mean longer waits for Q16, Q30

Commuters in northeast Queens will have to wait a little longer for a bus during the evening rush hour this spring if New York City Transit implements its proposed cost-saving changes to bus schedules throughout the city. Comment.

Queens students named Intel semifinalists

Queens high-school students recently chosen as semifinalists in the Intel Science Talent Search awaited word to see if they would make the final cut this week in the prestigious competition sometimes referred to as the “junior Nobel Prize. Comment.

Landlord of Top Drawer seeks rewiring after fire

An electrical fire at the Top Drawer gift shop on Bell Boulevard last week prompted the building’s owner to demand the replacement of what the firm contended is an antiquated and dangerous Con Edison power box underneath the store. Comment.

NAACP honors Bayside, Flushing clergy ministers

Ministers with congregations in Bayside and Flushing were honored Saturday by the Northeast Queens chapter of the NAACP during the group’s first annual clergy breakfast, which attracted several elected officials and dozens of borough residents. Comment.

State dredges Alley Pond for highway renovations

The state Department of Transportation began dredging Alley Pond last week in the last phase of renovations to the Cross Island Parkway/Long Island Expressway interchange, a spokeswoman for the project said. Comment.

Alley Pond, Clearview parks need work, Thompson says

City Comptroller William Thompson has accused the Parks Department of failure to make sure concessionaires carry out improvement projects, including several in Queens. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

AMMI presents BLIP: Arcade classics from the 1980s

The exhibition opened in the William Fox gallery Saturday and continues through April 25. The first-ever museum to present an exhibition devoted to the video game, AMMI offers the public an opportunity to play 10 classic joystick- and button-controlled games in their original format. Three free tokens will be given out with museum admission. Additional tokens may be purchased for 25 cents each. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

Boro’s Outrageous Fortune theater group remains edgy remains edgy after 10 years

Eschewing the pedestrian, the maverick Outrageous Fortune theatre company undertakes its second decade as one of the borough’s most important, and unheralded, cultural resources. Comment.

‘America’s Tenor’ to reunite with Queens Symphony

Rodriguez’s performance with QSO in 2002 in the “Salute to Our Heroes” concert left concertgoers awestruck at his intense and emotional vocal artistry. QSO received many requests from attendees for Rodriguez to once again ppear with the orchestra. Comment.

Broadway’s ‘Titanic, The Musical’ comes to Queensborough

But in this production, which won five Tony Awards in 1997, the movie-famous but fictional Rose and Jack are not part of the story. Comment.

For Flushing family food is big business

The line for crispy-skinned roast suckling pig and barbecued meats at East Manor Restaurant in Flushing snaked through the take-out area into the main dining hall on Chinese New Year’s Eve, with local residents waiting patiently for the succulent, slow-roasted treats. Comment.

How’s Business?: Unhealthy state

By now most of us have viewed Gov. George Pataki’s TV commercial that ends with his saying, “Now that’s healthy New York.” It is a announcement to create awareness for this state-subsidized health coverage plan for small businesses. Comment.

A Storefront View: Rockaways offer memory-making opportunities

Almost everyone in New York City has a memory or 10 about their experiences at Rockaway Beach. Many played ball on the basketball courts adjacent to the boardwalk, were regular visitors to Playland and spent much time in the local establishments listening to the top bands of the year. Most of those memories are shared with a distinct twinkle in the eye of the rememberer — great memories to be sure. Comment.

Budget puts Queens Zoo at threat of closing again

City funding for the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Corona Park was jeopardized again when Mayor Michael Bloomberg revealed his preliminary budget last week, but a spokeswoman said zoo officials are not worried about shutting down just yet. Comment.

Business Calendar

Feb. 12- Queens Council on the Arts Benefit Cocktail Party – Terrace On The Park - 718-647-3377. Comment.

Editorial: Seven years of chaos in College Point’

In a lengthy article in last week’s TimesLedger, the reporter gives an overview of the debacle at the ballfields in College Point. The fields were padlocked in October 1997 and they are still not opened. Comment.

Editorial: Aiding and abetting?

The city Department of Health is reportedly preparing to introduce a new needle exchange program in the communities of Queens. The goal of the program is to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS through the sharing of dirty needles. Comment.

Editorial: At last a bridge

At long last the DOT is planning to build a pedestrian bridge over the Boulevard of Death. The DOT acknowledges that building the overpass on Queens Boulevard will be “an ambitious engineering project.” Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Non-absentee boro property owners need tax relief

In his Jan. 15 preliminary budget, the mayor proposes a reoccurring $400 rebate for homeowners. Will it happen? Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Insightful story told through eyes of Queens writer

I was lying on the operating table dressed in a hospital cap and robe. The medical assistants began prepping me for surgery. They left after inserting tubes and wires into my body. The nurse had already marked my left cheek and put an “X” on my left earlobe. This was done to remind the surgeon to remove the cataract from the “right” orb (my left one) and not the other one. I was now alone awaiting the entrance of the surgeon. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Padavan helps out at Republican club ceremony

The cold weather is still with us and does not seem to show any signs of going away; however, life, events and politics go on just the same, cold weather or no. Comment.

Our History: Queens historian recalls evolution of rural Bayside

Part II: Memories of Henry Wettingfeld Sr. Comment.

Teen Talk: Teens should not settle for Bell Blvd. barmates

As we get older, we increasingly hear about the glories and pitfalls of dating, and we are now able to experience our own. Comment.

Subways need better access for disabled: Hevesi

State Comptroller Alan Hevesi has issued a report saying the Transit Authority has improved access to the transit system for the disabled but still has a long way to go. Queens got off easy in the report with only one station mentioned. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Deacon toasts retirement at Queens Village eatery

As you may remember, Jan. 11 was a very cold day in a chain of cold days. What do you suppose drove a great many people out of cozy homes, some to wait for two buses and some to brave a trip in cars that might cough and sputter at the turn of the ignition key? I will tell you. It was the long-planned retirement celebration to honor Thomas Daniels Sr., deacon of the New Jerusalem Baptist Church and customer relations coordinator of the U.S. Postal Service in Jamaica. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Cunningham Park sees slow but steady progress

Cunningham Park is heavily used by Queens residents and people from other counties. To the west of the park is the West Cunningham Park Civic Association, which watches over the park. A group with a wider base is the Friends of Cunningham Park, headed by community activist Marc Haken. The group meets almost monthly in the office of Community Board 8, which is on Hillside Avenue. Comment.

Police Blotter: Cops arrest Long Beach man in Jackson height hit-and-run

JACKSON HEIGHTS — Police have arrested a 32-year-old suspect in connection with the death of Natalie Guzman, an 18-year-old mother who was killed Jan. 18 after being hit by three hit-and-run drivers while crossing Roosevelt Avenue at 111th St., police said. Comment.

Newlyweds begin lives together close to family

According to recent survey findings, people are beginning to realize the lure of new places and faces doesn’t compare to the benefits of staying closer to family. Comment.

Keep your sanity (and your job) while planning your wedding by using the Internet

If you answered yes to either question, planning a wedding can be a logistical nightmare; but for savvy brides and grooms-to-be, online wedding planning has become a lifesaver. Comment.

Wedding reception tips for brides on a budget

“Creating a beautiful wedding environment on a budget is simple,” said Sandra Lee, entertaining expert and author. “By putting a personal touch on everything from table centerpieces to wedding favors, brides and grooms can save while creating memories for years to come.” Comment.

Gaines lifts Molloy over St. Francis Prep, 72-67

Led by the spectacular play of Georgia-bound senior guard Sundiata Gaines, the Archbishop Molloy varsity basketball team held off a stubborn St. Francis Prep squad Sunday to win a very competitive CHSAA league contest, 72-67, at the Fresh Meadows school. Comment.

Garden Schools extends home winning streak to 13 games

The first victory came on Jan. 21 against Kew Forest, 71-19. It took GS a little over four minutes to assume command of the contest, scoring the first 16 points before the Lady Jaguars could notch their first basket. The home team exploded for 30 points in the second quarter, with Monika Derrien’s (18 points) scoring 10 points. Comment.

Strong 3rd period pushes McClancy past St. Ray’s

After beating St. Raymond’s for the second time in a week last Thursday night at E.J. Murray Rink in Yonkers in what could very well be a preview of the CHSHL ‘C’ division championship series, Keith Morrice is confident the McClancy hockey team can beat the Ravens again. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Rosalyn Gold-Onwude

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment.

110-year-old Hollis woman toasts birthday with poem

With her 85-year-old son, Stanley, by her side in a Hollis nursing home, Maud Scott, who turned 110 on Monday, recited a poem from memory that she wrote while in her early 90s. Comment.

Mercy outlasts Queens men in overtime, 71-70

“Offensive” was the word of the night Saturday, and it did not just refer to the officials’ favorite foul call in the men’s basketball game between Queens College and Mercy College. Comment.

Johnnies fall to Rutgers for sixth straight defeat

The St. John’s University men’s basketball team lost its sixth straight Big East Conference matchup Saturday, dropping another painfully close game to the Scarlet Knights of Rutgers, 78-70, at the Louis Brown Athletic Center. Comment.

Red Storm women best Pittsburgh, 83-72

With the St. John’s women trailing 26-16 with 8:26 remaining in the first half, it finally hit them that Saturday’s matinee matchup with Pittsburgh was a must-win game. Comment.

St. Kevin’s Novice boys turn heads at tournament

It took just one game for spectators and coaches to know that St. Kevin’s is a very deep and well-coached basketball team. Comment.

Rogers Luncheonette, Ben’s Best Delicatessen Restaurant, and the Knish Nosh: Three classic eateries untouched by time

In a city where it seems that change is the only constant, it is comforting to know that a few dining establishments have made to their golden years with little or no deviation from their original offerings. Three examples of this phenomenon are Rogers Luncheonette, Ben’s Best Delicatessen Restaurant, and the Knish Nosh. Comment.

Fire injures chief when roof falls in

"It was a pretty big fire," said an FDNY spokesman. "But there were no inhabitants living in the house and no injuries to any residents." Comment.

State DOT hears concerns on Grand Ave. truck traffic

Nearly 300 trucks per day rumble along Grand Avenue in such numbers that business owners and residents there say it is ruining their once-quiet neighborhood. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Prep alums to play part in big game

St. Francis Prep varsity football coach Vince O’Connor has been patrolling the sidelines for the Terriers for the last half century, long enough to see his share of top-flight players come through his program. Comment.

Sunnyside duo suspected in borough cocaine bust

Police from the 104th Precinct charged Teresa Buetrago, 56, and Francisco Echeverry, 41, with two counts each of criminal possession of a controlled substance after officers discovered 19 kilos of cocaine in the couple's apartment, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Queens DA. Comment.

Howard Beach, Ozone Park ask for more police

Betty Braton, chairwoman of Community Board 10, said she and other board members want their precinct included under the city's Operation Impact initiative that floods neighborhood streets with additional officers. She said the 106th Precinct has successfully worked to lower crime without the additional manpower, but more police in the neighboring 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill and 75th Precinct in Brooklyn have encouraged criminals to head to Cross Bay Boulevard. Comment.

Queens students named Intel semifinalists

Fifteen borough students made the semifinals round this year, including two from St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows, one from Townsend Harris High School in Flushing, eight from Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan and four from Bronx High School of Science. Comment.

American Studies locks up Queens ‘B’ league crown

The ball was right where it belonged, in the able hands of Danial Levent. Comment.

Marshall lauds new Woodhaven homes

Joseph Ciampa Jr., chairman of Ciampa Inc., which is developing the seven-acre site, showed Marshall the new units. The borough president was joined by Community Board 9 District Manager Mary Ann Carey and Greater Woodhaven Development Corporation Executive Director Maria Thomson. Comment.

Gioia may sue over Newtown Creek cleanup

Along with Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn), Gioia and Riverkeeper issued a preliminary notice to ExxonMobil, ChevronTexaco, BP Amoco and other companies Monday, saying the companies' facilities along Newtown Creek leaked 17 million gallons of oil into the creek during spills in the 1940s and 1950s. Comment.

Weiner registers committee necessary for mayoral run

After a speech at Queens College Tuesday, Weiner said he had registered an exploratory committee with the city Board of Elections in a move that would enable him to conduct a separate campaign to challenge Bloomberg. Comment.

Man faked insurance claims: DA

Sergey Khaitov, 37, a licensed attorney who lives at 61-55 98th St., was charged with insurance fraud, grand larceny and falsifying business records, DA Richard Brown said. He faces up to 15 years in prison if convicted. Comment.

Forest Hills doc honored for work with community

Now the director of the internal medicine residency program at the Forest Hills hospital, Shah, 40, manages 38 medical residents, 36 of whom were educated in foreign medical schools. Last month she was one out of nine immigrant New Yorkers selected by the City Council and Emigrant Savings Bank to be honored for the outstanding service and leadership they have provided to their local communities. Comment.

Ridgewood men charged in fatal asault of Russian

Enrique Maldonado, 22, of 10-55 Wycoff Ave. was arrested Jan. 17 along with six other men after the gang fought with a group of Russian construction workers outside a Brooklyn bodega on Jan. 13. Three of the injured workers were taken to Elmhurst Hospital, where 42-year-old Valery Charnavus died a week later, according to a spokesman for Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes. Comment.

John Bowne girls trounce Renaissance, 59-25

Two days after its 17-game winning streak was snapped by Long Island City and with key league games against Forest Hills and Van Buren on the horizon, the John Bowne girls’ basketball team knew it was important to get off to a quick start against Renaissance Friday. Comment.

Richmond Hill to get additional parking

Michael Simanowitz, Mayersohn's chief of staff, said in a phone interview Monday that he was assured by the city Department of Transportation that signs allowing cars to park along both sides of Babbage Street near the Long Island Rail Road tracks will be erected as soon as this week. He said existing parking underneath the railroad tracks will not be affected by the additional spaces. Comment.

Abbabbo replaces Jennings as new leader of committee

Addabbo, who will no longer serve as head of the city's Parks Committee, said he hopes to increase the Labor Committee's role in mediating conflicts between the mayor and labor unions and that he would like to initiate hearings to examine a host of issues facing municipal workers. Comment.

Jennings loses chairmanship of Labor Committee

Three councilmen, including Jennings, abstained from the Jan. 21 vote, which gave the seat to Councilman Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach), and also created four new committees. Comment.

Meeks discusses banking during tour of Caribbean

Meeks, a member of the Caribbean Caucus and the International Relations Committee, visited Antigua and St. Lucia on the tab of the Inter-American Economic Council, a group funded by banks and financial institutions, he said. Comment.

Community Board 12 elects Black as new chairwoman

Black, who served as first vice chairwoman under Davis, stepped up to run the board's meetings as acting chairwoman after Davis died in September. Comment.

SE Queens music program for teens yet to happen

The program, designed to bring southeast Queens teens into music studios and teach them about the production aspects of the recording industry, was being coordinated through the Queens Village-based Hip Hop Summit Youth Council, but the activity has yet to materialize, one assistant principal said. Comment.

Molloy misses chance to upend unbeaten CK Royals

The Christ the King girls’ basketball team scored the first eight points of their league matchup against the host Archbishop Molloy Stanners Saturday night and they would need every one of them, holding on for a hard-fought 56-50 win. Comment.

Ex-con stabs Jamaica teenager in crime spree: DA

Terrance Neal, 19, was trying to stop 45-year-old Andre Shobey from going outside and attacking someone on 160th Street in Jamaica Jan. 21, when Shobey allegedly turned the knife on Neal, pushed him onto a bed and stabbed him in the neck and side, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly told a news conference last Thursday. Comment.

Wrong address briefly shutters Jamaica’s Carmichael’s Diner

Leroy Carmichael, owner of the restaurant at 117-08 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., was served a temporary order to close Friday after a Health Department worker noticed the address on an operating certificate was incorrect, said Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans), who intervened to have the diner reopened. Comment.

Rosedale eater scores win in matzoh ball competition

"I could eat 14 matzoh balls in an afternoon, but if I did it in three minutes you'd have to resuscitate me," he said, referring both to the number of balls that some of the other contestants wolfed down and the time limit of the Jan. 7 eating contest. "That's out of my league." Comment.

Laurelton guidance counselor arrested

Neil Foster Phillips II, 37, of Dix Hills, L.I. was accused of fabricating a man named "Dante Martin" and using that identity to cash in on three life insurance accounts by posing as the policy beneficiary, said Roslynn Mauskopf, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District, which includes Queens. Comments (1).

IS 109 hits higher note with new principal

"I know a man from Galilee, the one who gave his life for me," they belted out as the impressed crowd applauded with approval. Comment.

Live poultry store postpones opening

The store, at 98-04 Springfield Blvd., passed an inspection of its sewers conducted by the DEP Friday, concluding a lengthy review process, the spokesman said. The store's owner received final approval after installing devices to stop grease and solid matter from entering the sewer system. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Handicapping the borough hoop championships

It’s been my Wednesday tradition for quite a while now. After my morning hell known as “Production Day,” in which, like elves around Christmas, the small newsroom staff at the TimesLedger puts out all 14 of our award-winning newspapers, on my second or third Diet Coke, I comb over several Web sites to prepare my schedule for the week ahead. Comment.

Developer named Huang buys historic Klein Farm

"The farmstand wasn't making any money, and it was a valuable piece of property. I said I have to get rid of this before I end up sitting on it," said John Klein Sr., from his home in Jericho, N.Y. on Monday. Comment.

Principal gets Glen Oaks school on track

When he changed a seemingly nondescript clear liquid into a growing rainbow foam, the students cheered or held their hands over their mouths in amazement. And when he asked them to explain the trick, they thrust their hands into the air to answer him. Comment.

College Round-up: Markovic takes over as Stony Brook soccer coach

After leading St. Peter’s to its most successful season ever, Queens native Cesar Markovic has left the Jersey City school to become the new head coach of the Stony Brook men’s soccer team, the school announced Monday. Comment.

Padavan blasts Pataki plan to fund schools with gaming

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) called Gov. George Pataki’s proposal to offset school funding deficits with video lottery machines “absurd and cruel” last week after the governor unveiled an executive budget that also included an increase of $5.4 million for city schools. Comment.

DOT to unveil Willets Point asphalt details

The city Department of Transportation was scheduled to hold a news conference Thursday to present more detailed plans for its proposed asphalt plant in Willets Point in Flushing. Comments (1).

JetBlue seeks to fly planes out of LaGuardia Airport

The Forest Hills-based airline JetBlue, which generates more passenger traffic than any other airline serving John F. Kennedy International Airport, has applied for permission to fly out of LaGuardia Airport. Comment.

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