Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004

NYHQ program promotes heart health among women

They were more likely the grandparents of college students. but they were still ready and willing students - prepared to learn about their hearts. Comment.

North Fork Bank buys out Queens’ GreenPoint sites

North Fork Bancorporation announced Monday it will take over GreenPoint Financial Corp. in a $6.3 billion stock transaction that will put more than 50 local bank branches in Queens under the same umbrella. Comment.

Biz group to hold benefit for 109th cop with cancer

Now a group of Asian businessmen are throwing their support behind the officer from the 109th Precinct by holding a fund-raising dinner Friday to generate some money for Brophy's family. Comment.

Developer awaits approval of Flushing RKO site plan

Planners from Boymelgreen Development were scheduled to present the latest draft of its proposal for the historic theater, which could house 250 residential units, a senior center and retail space if all governing bodies approve the $100 million project. Comment.

Poppenhusen Library open after building’s restoration

Partygoers remembered the Poppenhusen branch of the Queens Library when there were dances held across the street and when 12-year-olds weren't even allowed upstairs. Comment.

Borough’s subway stations lack working phones: Study

A survey has found that 35 percent of the telephones do not work in subway stations in Queens, although the situation is somewhat better in Long Island Rail Road stations. Comment.

Doug homeowners fight developers with lawn signs

The Douglaston-Little Neck Historical Society and Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) presented the signs at a rally Tuesday in front of a 1903 Douglaston Hill home in the process of being sold. Comment.

Hunters Pt. rezoning plan aims for more foot traffic

A new zoning plan proposal for Hunters Point would encourage the existing residential and light industry mix in the northwest Queens neighborhood, but also allow for current property owners to upgrade and expand existing buildings, according to a city official. Comment.

Plans to extend No.7 train depend on West Side redo

The long-discussed idea of extending the No. 7 subway line beyond Times Square may yet reach fruition if plans are approved to spend $2.77 billion in a major sprucing up of a somewhat derelict part of Manhattan’s far West Side. Comment.

Hollis SUV driver charged in Far Rock senior’s death

A Hollis woman has been charged with criminally negligent homicide after her Honda SUV crashed into an ambulance service van Friday in Brookville, killing one of the van’s passengers and injuring two other people, police said. Comment.

Settlement reached in fatal Bayside Marina boat crash

A $1.1 million insurance settlement has been reached in a group of lawsuits filed after a July 2002 boating accident in Little Neck Bay that claimed two lives, attorneys in the case said this week. Comment.

Avella blasts Liu for role in Flushing Airport plans

No sooner had the mayor’s car pulled out of the College Point Corporate Park than a maelstrom of controversy was unleashed over the proposed wholesale business park for the Flushing Airport site. Comment.

PA veteran going to jail for Jamaica videotaping

A former Port Authority police officer was sentenced to three years’ probation for videotaping an 11-year-old Jamaica girl taking a shower, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comment.

Boro biz owners sue Newsday for $100M

Three Queens business owners have filed a $100 million class action lawsuit against Newsday, Times Mirror Co., the Tribune Co. and distributors for allegedly using inflated circulation figures to overcharge for advertising in the Long Island newspaper. Comment.

Bayside couple retires from frame business

After 30 years of preserving customers’ artwork and memories at their custom framing shop on Bell Boulevard, newly retired Bob and Peggy Hoffman have their own fond recollections of the business they built with their hands. Comment.

Long Island man arrested in Douglaston betting ring

A New Hyde Park man was arrested and charged with running an illegal sports betting operation out of a Douglaston apartment, Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota said last Thursday. Comment.

President of SJU sorry for remark about team

Rev. Donald Harrington, the president of St. John’s University, defended his use of the word “culture” at a meeting with hundreds of outraged students on campus last week amid charges he had made a racist remark about the school’s six black basketball players accused in a sex scandal. Comment.

How’s Business?: Small hotels

In the remake of the movie of “Godzilla,” the slogan “size does matter” is highlighted. And while that may be the rule for the giant thunder lizards of the past, it is quite contrary to the present rule of hotels. Comment.

Business Calendar

Feb. 25- Sandier Sales Institute offers a complimentary sales training, 9-11 a.m., State Bank of LI branch office, 21-31 46th Ave., Long Island City. Comment.

Train store chugs through the times

For almost 30 years, two men have been running a Forest Hills store on Metropolitan Avenue that has provided borough residents with a host of toys, bric-a-brac and model train parts. Comment.

Make transition into nursing home smooth for all

“It’s going to be a traumatic time for everyone, there’s no doubt about that,” said Ed McMahon, director of Alzheimer’s care and quality of life issues for Beverly Healthcare, the nation’s nursing home and eldercare services leader. Comment.

Con Ed at center of Vallone, Liu City Hall inquiries

City council members reacted with concern and consternation in questioning Consolidated Edison and government officials last Thursday in the aftermath of the electrocution of a woman in the East Village by what the utility calls “stray voltage.” Comment.

What’s beautiful about a beauty parlor?

As someone who puts her lipstick on before taking out the garbage, I deplore coming away from the shampoo chair with my hair plastered to my head, and I pray that I don’t meet anyone I know. Comment.

How new Medicare law will affect people with diabetes

For the 18.2 million Americans who suffer from diabetes, the benefits go way beyond the initial screening and drug coverage. Comment.

Recent estate tax changes will cost New Yorkers

Many Queens residents don’t realize that while the exemption for the federal estate tax has been increased many New Yorkers will now be subject to a New York death tax since New York has “decoupled” from the federal system. Let me explain. Comment.

The right way to leave your money to charity

“The very best place to find money to leave to charity is in a qualified plan or IRA,” said Lawrence Wiener, director of the National Association of Estate Planners and Councils. One reason IRAs and qualified funds are such a good choice is because the money in these funds is subject to estate taxes; however, when it is donated to a charity, it can be donated tax-free. Comment.

Top travel tips for savvy senior explorers

Here are some suggestions to help seniors have a more organized, safe and cost-efficient trip. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Thurs., Feb. 26 - The Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Organization holds its 2004 annual fund-raiser dinner dance at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows with cocktails starting at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. There is a silent auction and 16-piece band. Call 718 229-3200. Comment.

Editorial: Senseless violence

The attacker used a... Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Nolan, Carrozza bills would keep seniors afloat

With both parents in many families working and dedicating what little volunteer time they can scratch out for their own kids, we rely on our senior citizens to take on leadership roles and stabilize our communities. That’s why a modest investment in our elderly residents pays back many times over as our communities gain from the spirit, engagement and commitment of seniors who stay in the community longer. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Queens columnist jumps into presidential waters

In my column of Jan. 6, I mentioned the possibility of my running for president of the entire country including California and Queens. I threw out the difficult decision to my readership... Comment.

Liu lobbies for more parking at Flushing lot

The Economic Development Corp.’s plans for the municipal lot in downtown Flushing came under fire Wednesday from elected officials who said the proposal calls for nearly 300 fewer parking spots than exist today in the congested business center. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Jamaica postal meeting addresses safety issues

Crime statistics tell us we are safer than we were even a few years ago, and most of us recognize and appreciate that to be true. That is not, however, a signal to become complacent. Do not let down your guard. When a crime happens to you, statistics don’t impress anymore. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Klein Farm sale creates uneasiness among civics

After months of speculation, the Jan. 29 TimesLedger article “Developer named Huang buys historic Klein Farm” revealed that the Klein Farm had been sold to Audrey Realty Corp. of 36-09 Main St. for $4.3 million. Audrey Realty has the same address in Flushing as Tommy Huang’s development group. John Huang is listed as the vice president of Audrey Reality. Comment.

I Sit and Look Out: Boro houses of worship must end pulpit politics

Of course, every year is an election year, as the governor, the mayor, the borough presidents, the members of Congress, the state Legislature and the City Council can attest. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man claiming chest pains dies after dispute at Queens Hospital

JAMAICA - A 51-year-old man who walked into Queens Hospital Center complaining of chest pains Tuesday morning and then had to be subdued after getting into a dispute with the hospital staff died less than two hours later in the emergecny room, police said. Comment.

Socrates set to apoligize at Queens College

Plato’s “The Apology of Socrates” reenacts Socrates’ defense in the Athenian court and his rebuttals to a guilty verdict and sentence of death. This dynamic treatment transports the viewer from our contemporary world to ancient times, and in doing so reaffirms the relevance of Socrates’ thinking for today’s society. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Moroccan, Israeli singers meet at Queensboro CC

The performance is part of Queensborough Community College's Professional Performing Arts Series. Comment.

‘Ebony Embers’ glow at Queens Theatre in the Park

The Queens Theatre in the Park’s presentation of “Of Ebony Embers” was as unusual as it was pleasing. Comment.

Queens Botanical to host ‘Inspirational Art’ class

Director of education Patty Kleinberg said, “I first met Ms. Simmons when QBG was in the planning stages of Green Horizons — an annual environmental education event for middle school students.” Comments (1).

Lawmakers decry murder of Asian in South Jamaica

Political leaders from around the borough gathered for a rally Tuesday at a Chinese restaurant in South Jamaica to support the family of a teenage deliveryman robbed and killed Friday. Comment.

Mancini tribute features composer’s kin at Queensboro

This multi-media tribute Mancini will feature his daughter, vocalist Monica Mancini, singing her father’s hits. The program includes clips from some of Mancini’s greatest movies plus rare behind-the-scenes video, as well as Mancini’s award-winning instrumental music performed by the Henry Mancini Institute Alumni Orchestra. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

Celebrity twosome takes their show to Queens

The play tells the story of Theda Blau (Taylor), a failed actress/analyst/playwright/nutcase who seduces Vito Pignolia (Bologna), a successful television director, and then holds him hostage on Christmas Eve. Comment.

St. John’s suspends Diakite, Hamilton for rest of season

St. John’s University announced Tuesday it was suspending basketball players Mohamed Diakite and Lamont Hamilton for the remainder of the 2003-04 basketball season. Comment.

Richmond Hill girls cut down Forest Hills, 48-31

Helen Marte remembers the result, even if she got the opponent wrong. Comment.

Fast start not enough for Prep girls vs. Loughlin

It was about as good a start to Senior Night Megan Sullivan could ask for. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Derrick Gabriel

School: Far Rockaway Comment.

Sikiric shoots Knights to easy win over Concordia

It has been a long time since the Queens College men’s basketball coaching staff could enjoy the final minutes of the game alongside the starters while the reserves finish out a rout. Comment.

White, Holder carry Queens to seventh straight win

Call it maturity or call it confidence, but the Queens College women’s basketball team did not panic despite Concordia’s red-hot first-half shooting, which saw the Clippers take an early 12-point lead. Comment.

Snows seventh-grade girls’ team takes tournament championship

Nicole Weinman was selected team MVP by the St. Catherine’s tournament committee as she led OLS with 17 points in the championship game. Weinman shot 5-of-8 from the free throw line for the game. Danielle Hnath (eight points) and Adara Simonelli (seven points) also sank a combined 7-of-13 from the free throw line. Comment.

Landlord guilty of arson in fire at Jamaica house

A jury of six men and six women convicted a 47-year-old landlord of arson for profit in setting fire to his home in Jamaica, causing serious burns to his accomplice, who was trapped in the burning building, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

St. Mel’s Bantam boys team slips past Holy Trinity, 33-32

Baskets by Kenny Lehr, Derek Capponi and Patrick Berndt staked Holy Trinity to a 17-9 halftime lead. But St. Mel’s swarming defense finally wore down the high-powered Holy Trinity offense, as it took its first lead with 55 seconds left in the game on a three-pointer and a steal by Nick Lamonaca and a backdoor layup by Ben Tockarshewsky. Terry Tarpey’s basket with 21 seconds left accounted for the margin of victory. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Press takes a few bites out of SJU

The media feeding frenzy that has enveloped St. John’s University seemed ready to spiral out of control this past week — in fact, some would probably say it did. Comment.

Cardozo escapes upset bid by Far Rockaway

Junior forward Drew Gladstone hopes it is the wake-up call the Cardozo boys’ basketball team needs. Because if it is not, last Thursday’s lackluster 82-69 win over Far Rockaway in the first round of the PSAL ‘A’ playoffs could be one of the Judges’ last. Comment.

Cardez scores 12 to help CK defeat Loughlin

It was a fairytale night for Jason Cardez. Comment.

El Anzuelo Fino Restaurant: Hot Peruvian cuisine for a cold winter’s day
98-01 Jamaica Ave., Woodhaven

One of the big advantages of living in Queens (aka multi-cultural land) is the ability to virtually travel to distant lands without leaving home by patronizing an ethnic restaurant. During the recent cold snap, while tromping through accumulations of dirty snow at every curb, I longed to be someplace where palm trees sway in gentle breezes. This time of year, the temperatures in Peru range between the high 60s and the low 80s. Sounds about right. Comment.

Steinway St. center reaches out to gays

Marisa Ragonese, 26, program director for the Queens Rainbow Community Center, which moved from Corona to its new location at 30-74 Steinway St., said the improved center will offer, among other things, a drop-in center for young lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered adults, writing classes, a book club and eventually day care classes for children of gay parents. Comment.

Gioia decries proposals to cut Meals on Wheels

The program, which provides hot meals daily to about 4,000 seniors throughout Queens, may be replaced by a pilot program the Department for the Aging is starting up in the Bronx that would instead provide frozen meals once or twice weekly, Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Astoria) said. Comment.

Scalamandre fabric maker leaves boro after 75 years

The company has been sought out by people and institutions that can afford such luxury since Franco Scalamandre paid $5,000 as a down payment to buy a mill at 37-24 24th St. in 1929. Comment.

Molloy hockey remains unbeaten with 7-1 over CK

They haven’t danced around it or purposely avoided mentioning it, like jinxing a goaltender on the verge of a shutout. Comment.

State completes Phelps Dodge waste removal

Since October 2003, more than 21,000 tons of contaminated soil has been excavated from the hazardous waste site, according to the state DEC, which is in charge of the clean-up effort with the state Department of Health. Comment.

Queens firefighter dies in L.I. crash

Although he was an experienced rider, Suffolk County police said he jumped a curb and crashed into a tree at about 5:20 p.m. He was taken to Brookhaven Hospital, where he was pronounced dead shortly before 7 p.m. Comment.

Hollis SUV driver charged in Far Rock senior’s death

Police identified the woman who was killed as Rosaliya Kustas, 65, of Far Rockaway. Comment.

Groundbreaking set for new Addabbo hospital

The new primary care hospital, to be located at 6200 Reverend Joseph H. May Dr., will replace the existing unit now at 67-10 Rockaway Beach Blvd. and house additional examination rooms and equipment for the peninsula's communities. The Addabbo hospital group already has centers at 130-20 Farmers Blvd. in Jamaica and 1288 Central Ave. in the Rockaways. Comment.

College Round-up: Former St. Francis Prep star named NYCAC Player of the Week

Queens College women’s basketball coach Denis Conroy said Erin White is beginning to accept her role as co-leading scorer with Shonda Holder, and the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference has taken notice as the sophomore guard from Flushing was named NYCAC Player of the Week, it was announced Tuesday. Comment.

Beep, Weiner urge action on Rockaway ferry plans

Since New York Waterway's announcement last week that summer ferry service would not be resumed this year because of weak profits and low ridership, southwest Queens politicians have been speaking up about the $300,000 in city council funds allocated in 1998 that have not yet been put to use. Comment.

Hunters Pt. rezoning plan aims for more foot traffic

City Planning Director Amanda Burden told a news conference last week that the initiative, formally known as the Hunters Point Subdistrict Rezoning, also calls for wider streets in the area and a better integration of mass transit into the portion of Long Island City. Comment.

Forest Hills resident illustrating his fight to quit cigarettes

Teicher, the subject of a Web-based city campaign that replaces his name with the more common, "Bob" and aims at encouraging smokers to nix their addictions, said his selection as the person behind the initiative was lucky but came at a time when he was not planning on quitting. Comment.

Sparks upend first-place Rockets in DAC action

The first place McDonald’s of Bayside Rockets lost to the Washington Mutual Bank Sparks in a spectacular 31-30 slugfest. The Rockets were in the lead for most of the game with Sarah Friedman scoring seven points and Yvonne Uriate six points. The entire Rocket squad contributed to every game and shares in this honorable mention. They are: Kimberly Mejia (avg. 10 ppg), Natalie Pruden (avg 8 ppg), Sarah Ho, Stacy Schimmel, Stacy Faiman and Allison Belfer. Comment.

Richmond Hill tax worker convicted in boro scheme

U.S. attorney for the Eastern District Roslynn Mauskopf said Yb-Lem Oskowitz, a tax return preparer and former employee at Quick Tax Service at 110-20 Jamaica Ave., was found guilty in a 10-count indictment of assisting in the preparation and filing of false tax returns. Oskowitz was convicted of misrepresenting their incomes so that they would receive large refund checks from the federal government. Comment.

102nd cops at center of borough probe: Report

Detective Rudranauth Toolasprashad, a community affairs officer known in the community as Rudy, was put on desk duty along with Ramon Reuther, and Sgt. Christophe Olsen but kept on the payroll, according to the newspaper. Another sergeant, who oversaw the detective squad, was transferred to another assignment. Comment.

Dispute between brothers in S. Jamaica turns deadly

Police identified the dead brother as Shane Watkins, 34, a deejay and hip-hop producer, and the hospitalized brother as Rashawn Watkins, 27. Comment.

DePhillips Sporting Goods tops Whitestone Car Wash, 76-60

In the first of three senior division games on Sunday evening, the DePhillips Sporting Goods team defeated the Whitestone Car Wash team, 76-60. Eddie Johnston led DePhillips with 28 points, including seven three-pointers, tying a DG record. Comment.

Cops arrest one, still seek suspect in Jamaica death

Officers arrested Derrick Coleman, 27, of 139-06 219th St. in Springfield Gardens and were still looking for his brother, Todd Coleman, as friends and family of 24-year-old Gregory Goff gathered for the man's wake last Thursday, police said. Comment.

President of SJU sorry for remark about teams

Harrington faced heavy criticism from students after he compared the "culture" of the predominately black basketball team to the predominately white soccer team. Comment.

Queens Village cop center of borough probe: Report

Detective Rudranauth Toolasprashad, a community affairs officer known in the community as Rudy, was put on desk duty along with Ramon Reuther, and Sgt. Christophe Olsen but kept on the payroll, according to the newspaper. Another sergeant, who oversaw the detective squad, was transferred to another assignment. Comment.

Jamaica developers revisit downtown plan

The organization presented its updated "Vision for Jamaica" plan at its members' meeting Feb. 11, detailing the need for a mixed-use district near the Jamaica Station of the AirTrain rail link to Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Older couples renew vows in Glen Oaks

Although her husband, Daniel Pascale, said the years had gone by too quickly, she said they had still taken work. "It's love and faith and patience," she said. Comment.

Hip-hop program for teens still seeking SE boro home

The program, designed to bring southeast Queens teens into music studios and teach them about the production aspects of the recording industry, was coordinated through the Queens Village-based Hip-Hop Summit Youth Council, but the group could not find a suitable location to hold the program, said Randy Fisher, executive director of the Youth Council. Comment.

Two charged in S. Jamaica murder of teen deliveryman

Huang Chen, 18, who worked at his family's Ming Garden restaurant on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard was found in Brookville Park the next morning. He was the only son and had two sisters. Comment.

Garden School girls capture third place

A day earlier, GS battled first place Dalton School (Manhattan), but the outcome was not as pleasant for the girls from Queens. Dalton came back from a 12-point deficit to defeat Garden by a score of 62-53. The Lady Tigers were led by Jenny Mancino (16 points), Mia Gliedman (14 points), Sarah Katz (nine points) and Caryn Schorr (eight points). Garden’s scoring attack was orchestrated by Daley (14 points), Derrien (12 points), Yomna Nassef (10 points) and Amanda Krol (nine points). Comment.

Flushing man arrested after baby son injured

Mauricio Vasquez, 28, of 42-37 165th St. in Flushing, was also charged with assault and reckless endangerment and was scheduled to be arraigned in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens late Tuesday. Comment.

Padavan says school boards will be replaced by July

Padavan wrote the legislation that created the new groups, called community district education councils, and he said his visit to MS 172 was the first time he had spoken at a school about the change. During the meeting, he told audience members that the old system simply did not put the right people in charge of schools. Comment.

Plan for Flt. 587 memorial kept secret by city: Weiner

A borough congressman is calling on Mayor Michael Bloomberg to better involve the community in future discussions regarding a memorial for the victims of American Airlines’ Flight 587 after he contended the city held secret meetings on the issue. Comment.

Queens DA gets $550K to fight car theft, fraud

The Queens district attorney’s office received a state grant worth half a million dollars last Thursday in a move that will help the prosecutor target motor vehicle theft and insurance fraud schemes within the borough, a spokeswoman said. Comment.

No.7, N trains to be disrupted by repair work

Subway riders who travel on the No. 7 and the N lines on the weekends of Feb. 28 and March 8 should be prepared for major changes in their planned routes. Comment.

Jamaica theatre turns negative into positive

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre is still recovering from a fire two years ago that ravaged the second floor of its Jamaica building, but the group’s leaders are working to turn that curse into a blessing. Comment.

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