Friday, Feb. 6, 2004

St. John’s expels player following Pittsburgh after-game incident

The alleged incident took place at the Westin Convention Center Hotel in Pittsburgh not long after the team was defeated by the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, 71-51, Wednesday night. Comment.

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004

Katz cuts ribbon on new library at PS 174

"Our libraries play a critical role in child development and education, so I was proud to be able to fund this effort on behalf of the Briarwood Community Association," said Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows). "Over the last two years, I've funded hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of capital improvements for all the libraries in my district." Comment.

Flushing lunch program struggles to feed seniors

"I cannot close the door," Wang said on a below-freezing day in January with 10 inches of snow on the ground. "In this kind of weather I have 133 seniors coming for lunch." Comment.

Flushing man kept arsenal of guns: DA

Police searched the house of Bruce Steinfelder, 55, on 153-34 58th Rd. in Flushing Jan. 22 where detectives found 44 licensed weapons and 25 unlicensed arms, according to the DA's office. Comment.

Teen kills Flushing youth in Maple Avenue stab: DA

Chan and a second victim, 17-year-old Peter Chang, were both stabbed in the street that evening and found lying on the steps of 136-42 Maple Ave. at about 5 p.m., police said. Comment.

RGMVM Little League holds registration for 2004 season

Where: The RGMVM Clubhouse, 80-17 78th Ave., Glendale NY 11385, 718-821-4487. Comment.

Queens prairie dogs see six more weeks of winter

Flushing Phil and Corona Kate added to the confusion on Groundhog Day Monday morning when they emerged from their huts at the Queens Zoo and wandered around aimlessly sniffing for peanuts. Comment.

Student from Bay Terrace gets young people to polls

Matthew Silverstein, 21, a political science and history student at Baruch College in Manhattan, has formed Let's Vote NY - a non-partisan grassroots group aimed at registering voters between the ages of 18 and 25. Comment.

Cancer Society struggles with snow in Little Neck

But the Northern Boulevard store, whose proceeds go to cancer research, cannot afford to pay either shovelers or the $100 summons, and it is calling on the public to help keep its storefront clear. Comment.

Con Edison should inspect wires once a year: Gianaris

Councilman Peter Vallone (D-Astoria)... Comment.

Fire causes evacuation on Crescent

Dozens of residents and some business owners stood... Comment.

Boro hit-run victim’s mom gets $2K

Jackson Heights grandmother Miriam Toribio gratefully accepted a $2,000 check presented to her Friday by Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Corona) to help brighten her future and the prospects for her granddaughter in the aftermath of a suspicious triple-hit-and-run accident that killed her daughter while she was crossing Roosevelt Avenue. Comment.

Boro prez talks about new homes

Plans to build dozens of two-family homes on land in Springfield Gardens that was once believed to be city park space are moving forward despite the community’s concerns that the project would hurt the quality-of-life in the area. Comment.

Knicks’ Jamaica visits aim to encourage screenings

A series of visits from three former New York Knicks players is underway at Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica, part of an effort to encourage men at risk to get screened for prostate cancer. Comment.

Man blames wife’s slay on drug buy

A Hollis man on trial in his wife’s murder testified Monday that another man shot her amid a drug deal gone bad, but the prosecution painted a portrait of a husband who threatened his wife weeks before she was killed. Comment.

Boro Dems back Dean despite primary slip-ups

Queens Democrats have decided to stand by former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean as their choice for president despite the candidate’s slumping poll numbers and inability to garner wins in any of the primary contests so far. Comment.

111th Pct. recruits Asians for Explorer teen program

The 111th Precinct is recruiting the next generation of Asian police officers by expanding its Explorers program for youth as part of a drive by police and Asian leaders to strengthen relations with the community. Comment.

Feds plan tree inoculation to fight beetles in Bayside

The U.S. Department of Agriculture plans to immunize trees in eastern Bayside against the Asian Longhorned beetle this spring following the discovery of an infested tree in the area, an agency official told Community Board 11 Monday. Comment.

Student from Bay Terrace gets young people to polls

As the 2004 Democratic presidential contenders campaign for votes across the country, a Bay Terrace college student is rallying his peers to make their voices heard at the polls. Comment.

North Fork Bank in Bayside robbed by man passing note

A note-passing robber stole $3,200 from the North Fork Bank branch on Northern and Bell boulevards Monday morning, police said. Comment.

Avella, Baysiders urge zoning review for new home

Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) called on the city Department of Buildings Friday to measure the foundation of a Bayside house under construction that he and the home’s neighbors contended violates zoning laws. Comment.

Weprin kicks off physical fitness campaign for kids

The children performing step aerobics and dance routines onstage at Oakland Gardens’ PS 203 Monday did not need reminding about the benefits of exercise. Comment.

Three charged in scheme to traffic Korean women

A customs inspector was arrested Friday for allegedly assisting a Long Island couple in a slave-trade scheme in which they tried to force at least two women to work as prostitutes at the Renaissance Bar on 154th Street in Flushing, federal investigators said Monday. Comment.

Firm plans shops, offices for bank site on Main St.

In what some have called a premature unveiling, Michael Lee of F&T International announced a plan last Thursday to tear down the Queens County Savings Bank in downtown Flushing and replace it with a large retail, restaurant, office and civic center. Comment.

Bitter cold eases in boro, leaves some injuries

Until a recent respite, winter was the topic around the borough in offices, apartment foyers, stores and school corridors. Simply put, it was cold, bitterly cold, with a couple of snowstorms thrown into the mix. Comment.

Business complex planned for Flushing Airport site

The city selected a Korean developer to build a complex for 180 small businesses with up to 1,000 employees on part of the abandoned Flushing Airport, the mayor announced at a news conference Tuesday. Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Bertolucci’s films to be displayed in Astoria

The series, Bernardo Bertolucci, consists of 16 feature films and an anthology program of rarely seen documentary and short works. Highlights include full-length versions of two epics: the director’s cut of “The Last Emperor,” which won nine Academy Awards in 1988, and the original theatrical version of “1900,” both of which feature the stunning cinematography of Vittorio Storaro. The museum will also screen a 70mm print of “Little Buddha” and a brand new 35mm print of “La Luna” (both also photographed by Storaro). Comment.

February calendar of events at Queensboro CC

Feb. 23-Dec. 31: Queensborough Community College’s Holocaust Resource Center & Archives will present an exhibit “1900-2000: A Genocidal Century.” Library Building, lower level, Room 30. Free. Center’s hours: Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For information call 718-281-5770. Comment.

Astoria film museum features Greek flicks

The series opens Feb. 6 with “Golden Apples of the Hesperides,” a hit at the Thessaloniki Film Festival. After showing at Moving Image, the films will be presented in a national tour, including Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco. Comment.

COmmunity Calendar Listings

If you are a caregiver to anyone with any such memory disorder the Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Program, 157-16 65 Ave., can help. Call 718-358-3514 for further information. Comment.

Printmakers gather for Rockaway exhibit

The exhibit will run Feb. 7 through March 7 at sTudio 6 Gallery located in the Rockaway Center for the Arts (RoCA) in Fort Tilden/Gateway National Recreation Area in Rockaway. Comment.

Valentine’s gift guide for nursing home patients

“They really appreciate visits and gifts this time of year,” said Barbara Platts-Comeau, recreation director at Genesis ElderCare’s Pleasant View Center in Concord, N.H. Comment.

Tips for a romantic and memorable Valentine’s Day

Centuries ago, the Romans celebrated a feast every February called Lupercalia. The celebration included a ritual for matching young, single men and women. Names were placed in a box, a drawing was held and couples randomly matched together were partners for a year — after that it was up to them. Comment.

Being single on Valentine’s Day: A survival guide

But for millions of Americans, there is one thing preventing them from participating in these celebratory acts of love: a date. Comment.

Help boro before buying trains, mayor tells MTA

Mayor Bloomberg has reacted with alarm to the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s decision to buy $238 million worth of commuter railroad cars, suggesting it will take money away from city subways and buses. Comment.

Editorial: A sucker’s bet

It’s hard not to cheer when the governor announces a plan that will raise hundreds of millions of dollars for the city’s public schools. However, Gov. Pataki’s plan to raise money for schools by introducing hundreds of video gambling terminals is a bad bet for the families of New York City. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Boro old, young should be left out of budget dance

The battle lines have formed between the mayor and the city over the preliminary budget the mayor unveiled Jan. 15. Borough hearings were scheduled for Feb. 5 on the budget Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Black-white partnerships boosted antislavery efforts

“Black History Month is the celebration of culture, pride, achievement and intestinal fortitude.” – Arthur T. Matthews Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Terrace on the Park hosts business dinner-dance

This was another busy week. We had two back-to-back five-star events. On Jan. 23 the Flushing Chinese Business Association had its 22nd annual dinner-dance at Terrace on the Park. The featured guest speaker was junior U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton. The FCBA took over the entire ballroom floor, and the two smaller rooms in the front of the building were used for the cocktail party. Comment.

Point of View: 20th Ave. intersection puts motorists’ safety at risk

Since the outdoor mall featuring Target and BJs opened four years ago, the 20th Avenue entrance to College Point has become a congested zone. In fact, the traffic jam at the intersection by the Whitestone Expressway overpass is perhaps worse than any other in the greater Flushing area. Comment.

Teen Talk: Borough residents enjoy serenity at Bayside oasis

There are many big parks in Queens that are beautifully landscaped and have lots of old, towering oak trees, playgrounds with the latest equipment, jetting sprinklers and lakes. These parks attract skaters, bikers, joggers and children. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Ice sports present peril to SE Queens skaters

So far this winter, as I have shoveled snow, walked and dragged my shopping cart across hard, lumpy ice or through slushy crosswalks, I keep trying to remember the tune that praises “walking through a winter wonderland.” Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Fragile croton requires careful indoor attention

Easily one of the most popular houseplants is the multicolored croton. This spectacular plant is native to Malaysia, where it grows in an environment characterized by bright, indirect light, plenty of rain, high humidity and temperatures ranging between warm and hot. Comment.

Police Blotter: One killed, two hurt in collision at Richmond Hill intersection

RICHMOND HILL — A 38-year-old man was killed and two others were injured when their cars collided at the intersection of Jamaica Avenue and 115th Street in Richmond Hill just after midnight Sunday, police said. Comment.

Monserrate touts settlement in NYPD suit

Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) applauded a recent settlement of a class-action lawsuit that requires the New York Police Department to pay 45 Latino and black NYPD officers a total of $26.8 million to compensate for discrimination they experienced within the department.     Comment.

Shoppers help out cancer patients at Little Neck store

A guilt-free spending spree awaits bargain hunters at Little Neck’s American Cancer Society Discovery Shop, which features low prices on secondhand merchandise and proceeds that fund cancer research. Comment.

How’s Business?: Immigrant jobs

You’ve just graduated from college or perhaps you’ve lost your job or are looking to change employment. What kind of job are you looking for? Comment.

A Storefront View: Northwestern nabe has something for everyone

With numerous movie theaters, museums, cafes, restaurants, retail stores and other attractions, Astoria has something for everyone. Some of the major attractions include the American Museum of the Moving Image, Kaufman-Astoria Studios and the renowned Steinway & Sons piano factory. Comment.

Business Calendar

Feb. 10- Queens Borough Cabinet meeting with Borough President Helen Marshall, 9 a.m.. LaGuardia Marriott 102-05 Ditmars Blvd. Astoria. $42. The breakfast is co-sponsored by Triboro coach Corporation, Verizon and Queens Center. 718-898-8500. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thurs., Feb. 26 - New York Families for Autistic Children holds an annual dinner danace and awards celebration at 6:30 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay. The honor dinner chairman is Pat LaFontaine, 2003 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 220-41 Union Turnpike, Single Family Detached, $689,000, Bed 6, Bath 2, Halfbath 2, Construction: Brick, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 63 x 100, Taxes: $3,500 Comment.

Bosco’s Column: Quick ride to the top for Molloy

Usually we here in the TimesLedger Sports Department try to alternate the coverage of local high schools, doing our best to give readers a balanced look at the Queens athletic landscape. But as fate (and the schedule-makers) would have it, I found myself for a second straight week at Archbishop Molloy in Briarwood to watch the girls’ basketball team in action. Comment.

Gaines scores 52 as Molloy routs McClancy

Sundiata Gaines doesn’t consider himself to be much of a Molloy basketball historian, but the senior guard knew exactly how many points he needed to break the school’s all-time single-game scoring record. Comment.

Cardozo, Bayside boys to settle who’s boro’s best

It’s been the mantra for first-year Bayside boys’ basketball coach Chris Matesic and the Commodores will have that opportunity Thursday at Elmcor in the Queens Borough Championship game. Comment.

Lewis, Harris set to fight for Queens crown

Should they need a refresher... Comment.

York promotes literature in honor of black history

The written words of Alice Walker, Richard Wright and W.E.B. DuBois mingled with Biblical passages and original works Sunday as York College joined the 15th annual African-American Read-In Chain to celebrate Black History Month. Comment.

Molloy girls top previously perfect Lourdes

The Archbishop Molloy varsity girls’ basketball team needed a clutch NBA-three-pointer from senior Kerri-Ann Jetter to force overtime and another trifecta from sophomore E.J. Dreyer in the extra session Friday night as the Stanners handed Poughkeepsie’s previously undefeated Our Lady of Lourdes Warriors their first loss of the season, 69-61. Comment.

Terriers falter late in bid to upset defending hockey champions

It had all the telltale signs of a potential blowout. Having not played in three weeks, the St. Francis Prep hockey team returned to the ice Monday night to face the best team in the CHSHL ‘A’ division. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Ryan Leak

Name: Ryan Leak Comment.

Storm snaps seven-game skid by besting Bruins

“This is a long time coming for us,” were the first words St. John’s University interim men’s basketball coach Kevin Clark uttered when addressing the media following the Red Storm’s exhilarating 71-55 win over the UCLA Bruins Saturday afternoon at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

UConn overcomes SJU women in second half

STORRS, CONN. — Just minutes before the St. John’s University women’s basketball team departed for its showdown with the defending national champion and No. 4 ranked University of Connecticut Huskies, coach Kim Barnes Arico asked her two-year old son Trevor where the team was traveling to on Friday. Comment.

Sato: East meets West in Rego Park restaurant.
98-12 Queens Blvd., Rego Park.

Sato is a Japanese restaurant that enlivens an otherwise dreary stretch of Queens Boulevard in Rego Park. It is named for its owner/chef. The offerings run from traditional Japanese fare and sushi, to Western-influenced flights of fancy. Comment.

Police report crime drop around Ridgewood area

The 104th Precinct covers Ridgewood, Glendale, Middle Village and Maspeth. Comment.

Assembly passes power plant legislation

The legislation gives residents in communities that are targeted for power plant construction more power and participation in the siting process for planned energy facilities. Comment.

Ridgewood cleans streets with greenery

Two groups, the Greater Ridgewood Restoration Corporation and the Ridgewood Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District, each will receive $200,000 in federal funds from a program initiated by U.S. Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-Ridgewood) to give city neighborhoods $2 million for community development projects this year. Comment.

Glendale civil patrol group bolsters disaster readiness

The Glendale patrol got another distinction this week, becoming one of five civil associations in the city whose members were the first to graduate from a pilot program created by the city Office of Emergency Management that is designed to enhance civilians' emergency readiness skills. Comment.

Rockaway man convicted of Christ the King HS slay

After deliberating about two hours, a jury in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens found Charles Sealey, 22, guilty of murdering Tommy Johnson, 17, outside his Arverne home on Jan. 10, 2001. Comment.

Early deficit spells doom for York against USMMA

The last thing the York men’s basketball team had in mind was digging itself an early hole Monday night against the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy. Comment.

City fails to ensure fair prescription drug prices: Gioia

The accusation comes after a citywide investigation that was conducted last month by the Council's Committee on Investigation and Oversight uncovered a wide fluctuation in prices of the same prescription drugs at pharmacies throughout the five boroughs, according to Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside), who heads the panel. Comment.

Breezy Pt. child hitter avoids jail

Queens Criminal Court Judge Steven Paynter sentenced Donna Harding, 41, of 44 Reid Ave., to a conditional discharge Jan. 30 in Kew Gardens and ordered her to enroll in anger management courses, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Community wants Forest Park Carousel preserved

One year ago activists renewed their drive to get the carousel listed as a city landmark. That quest, however, has taken the back seat to putting the structure on the national list. Comment.

Two more pedestrians hit on Queens Blvd.

Police said the two suffered minor injuries: the mother broke her arm and the daughter was bruised. A report on the accident will be kept in the 110th Precinct, where the accident occurred, for 30 days. Then the incident will become a number - one of the statistics on traffic accidents that the New York Police Department compiles every month. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens pair leads Hunter swim team to three wins

Thanks to a pair of Queens swimmers, the Hunter women’s swimming team registered three key wins over the College of Staten Island last week in a CUNY dual meet. Comment.

Weiner seeks tax money from online sales of cigs

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Kew Gardens) introduced federal legislation that would require businesses selling cigarettes online to send the checks to the city representing taxes added on to the retail price or face legal challenges. According to Weiner, who put forth the legislation last week, the city loses out of an estimated $50 million yearly - money which could help stem multibillion-dollar budget gaps. Comment.

Man from Richmond Hill charged in hit-run death

Gurpreet Oberoi, 26, of 116-11 91st Ave., was charged with criminally negligent homicide, leaving the scene of an accident and aggravated unlicensed operation in the death of Peter Hornbeck, who was just blocks away from home when he was allegedly struck by Oberoi, Morgenthau said. Comment.

Rockaway skate park gets Addabbo’s approval

Addabbo, joined by city Department of Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Richard Murphy, praised the $600,000 project that will allow skateboarders, in-line skaters and BMX bicyclists to ditch park benches and the Forest Park Bandshell for the more favorable ramps, quarter pipes and half pipes at Rockaway Beach. Comment.

Franklin Lane students feel school violence will continue

Several of the students interviewed said there were too many officers patrolling the high school on the Brooklyn/Queens border. Comment.

Richmond Hill group hopes city will preserve its history

Ivan Mrakovcic, vice president of the society, wrote Landmarks Preservation Commissioner Robert Tierney appealing for help for residents' efforts to preserve their Victorian neighborhood. Comment.

Pier 25A Lightning splits two to take possession of second place

Pier 25 A Lightning played in two gutsy battles this week, winning one against the Washington Mutual Bank Sparks in an overtime nail-biter, 17-14, and losing one to the first place McDonald’s of Bayside Rockets, 19-16. Comment.

Hollis man charged in Manhattan sex assaults, robs

Kevin White, 34, of 100-36 208th St. faced charges of sodomy, robbery and burglary after detectives linked him to four attacks since Jan. 24 and another in October, police said. Comment.

Knicks’ Jamaica visits aim to encourage screenings

Cal Ramsey was on hand at the hospital's cancer center Friday to sign autographs and pose for pictures. He will be followed by Willis Reed Friday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Dean Mimenger the following Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. During the basketball players' appearances, male visitors will also be able to get a free screening for prostate cancer. Comment.

Man blames wife’s slay on drug buy

Billy Cooper, 30, told a jury in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Monday that he was forced to leave Kimberly John for dead in the parking lot of her apartment complex for fear the shooter would kill him, too. Comment.

Merrick retail, housing plan gets nod from borough prez

The plan, which includes 54 apartment units, commercial space, and parking, received an informal green light from Borough President Helen Marshall last Thursday at a borough land use hearing, said Dan Andrews, Marshall's spokesman. Comment.

Q83, Q27 line revisions will save riders $2 fees

Changes initiated on the lines last month left riders complaining that they were forced to pay an extra $2 to transfer between the bus and the subway and to walk when service was not available late at night. Comment.

Queens Village karate school imparts discipline

At her school, she said, the students do not simply receive recognition for showing up but instead must earn their awards. Comment.

Sarcona Management sneaks past Rosa’s Pizza, 6-4

Sarcona Management and Rosa’s Pizza played an outstanding game of basketball at the DG facility in Whitestone Saturday, Jan. 24. The defenses for both Novice Division teams were very strong, with the final score being just 6-4 in favor of Sarcona Management. Kalena Harris, Sabrina Rivera, and Ashley Schwenk each had baskets for Sarcona Management, while Ben Mehovic had four points for Rosa’s Pizza. All members of Rosa’s Pizza helped keep the contest close, as they played against George Brockmann, Peter Babatsikos, Derek Perez, Tom Sharkey and Lefty Tseridis for Sarc Comment.

Stop signs placed in Queens Village

"I wouldn't say one is better than the other or more appropriate than the others," Ramgarib said. "All are dangerous areas." Comment.

Comrie wants to alleviate truck traffic

"I've been after them," he said of the trucks, which he said are part of a construction project at the Ronald McDonald House in New Hyde Park. Comment.

Consumers buy up coats at Glen Oaks’ Burlington

"This weather is not like last year - it's worse," said her son, who identified himself as simply Abelardo of Bellerose. And so Abelardo took Nelly to the Glen Oaks Shopping Center's Burlington Coats store, where staff members said the cold temperatures of recent weeks have meant more sales of outerwear as the store nears its one-year anniversary. Comment.

Willets Pt. asphalt plant building delayed by city

The project, which received site approval from Community Board 7 in November, has been criticized for adding industry to the Iron Triangle of Flushing, an area now filled with auto repair shops which is earmarked for revitalization in the city's economic development plans. Comment.

Midville Dodgers to launch team for players 18 and up

Players 18 years of age and older can preregister by contacting coach John Billera at 718-628-9580 or e-mail at midvilledodgers@aol.com, (Midville Dodgers Adult 18+ team only). Comment.

Delta plans terminal upgrades, new flights at JFK

Delta Air Lines plans to spend $300 million upgrading terminals, taking back furloughed flight attendants and removing jetliners from storage in a major Kennedy Airport expansion delayed by the World Trade Center attack. Comment.

Taxi agency proposes 26% rate increase

The New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission has proposed a 26 percent taxi fare increase, the first in eight years, with the possibility that it could take effect this spring. Comment.

Transit Authority shuts more boro token booths

The New York City Transit Authority is in the process of closing the last of a list of part-time Queens token booths in a controversial citywide shutdown the Metropolitan Transportation Authority says will save $6 million. Comment.

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