Astoria Times

Friday, May 2, 2008

Jackson Heights

Robberies up in 110th Precinct

Crime was down in Corona and Elmhurst in the first quarter of the year compared to the same time in 2007, NYPD statistics showed. But the 110th Precinct recently faced a spate of store robberies and an upswing in muggings of teens for their popular cell phones, the precinct commander said. Comment.
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Will Thrills: Rosinsky wins fourth straight Gloves, Rockaway’s Browne dominates

Will Rosinsky ran across the ring to his opponent's corner with a message for P.J. Lawson. Comment.
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Watson steps down as CK head coach

One week to the day that Allen Watson stepped aside as head coach of the Christ the King varsity baseball team, replaced by assistant coach Billy Oettinger, the former Major League pitcher was back coaching the Royals while Oettinger was nowhere to be seen at Juniper Valley Park. Comment.
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Wally’s World

Wally Hausdorf had dreams of being a head men's college basketball coach. He even had cups of coffee as an assistant at Stony Brook and SUNY Old Westbury. Softball never entered his mind. Comment.
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TraDing places: Transfers from Class of 2008 have had varying degrees of success

The paths of Blaise Ffrench and Trinity Fields crossed again Saturday night. The former Holy Cross teammates both played for the city team in the Jordan Classic regional game at Madison Square Garden. Playing on the same floor together once again, it was easy to see how parallel their journeys have been. Comment.
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The Butler Did It

The changes in the New York sports landscape can be seen clearly in a driving tour. Ride along the Whitestone Expressway and you can chart the progress of Citi Field, the Mets' new state-of-the-art home set to open next April. Comment.
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The Butler Did It: Prayers for Madison

On April 8, Joe Lewinger's mind was as cluttered as his office just outside the gym at The Mary Louis Academy. As varsity basketball coach, he was thinking about how to improve his team next year. As athletic director, there were thoughts about the spring sports teams in his head. And as a social studies teacher at the Jamaica Estates all-girls' high school, there was a lesson plan to think about. Comment.
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St. Andrew’s girls’ soccer falls to St. Luke’s

The St. Andrew Avellino Girls Rookie soccer team was defeated by St. Luke's Sunday, 6-0 at Throgs Neck Field. Despite the score, St. Andrew's received outstanding play from forward Kristin Poptean and midfielder Katie McCreesh. Comment.
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Solutions to the problem?

By all indications, there is no easy solution to the PSAL's problem. If the girls' soccer season stays in the spring, it could be a gender equality issue in which females are not getting the same rights as males. If it changes to the fall, the field space and refereeing issues will make a full season for both the boys and girls "logistically impossible," according to PSAL officials assignor Allan Wharton. Comment.
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Seasonal Struggle: Parents threaten PSAL with lawsuit to force change of girls’ soccer program from spring to fall

The PSAL's elephant in the room could be about to emerge from its corner. Comment.
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Run in honor of firefighter killed in 9/11 set for June 7

The second Michael Elferis Memorial Run, named after the New York City Firefighter who died at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, is set for June 7 in College Point. Comment.
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Rose Classic notebook

Jael Pena had a terrific postseason, helping lead the Christ the King girls' basketball team to the state Federation Class A title. But despite drawing interest from a number of Division I and Division II schools, the senior guard from Harlem still has not found her right fit. Comment.
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Mullan makes key saves, St. Andrews falls to St. Luke’s

The St. Andrew's Girls Rookie soccer team fell to St. Luke's, 1-0, Sunday at the Throgs Neck field. It was a fast paced, evenly played game with St. Luke's scoring with seven minutes left in the game. Comment.
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Molloy-SFP softball rivalry hard to play down

"To me it's not really a rivalry game," St. Francis Prep star pitcher Krystil Hofmann said. "In every game I feel like both teams play hard and both have potential." Comment.
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Magnozzi earns hat trick for Sacred Heart

Led by a relentless offensive attack headed by left forward Danielle Magnozzi, who had three goals on seven shots, Sacred Heart defeated St. Andrews, 3-1, extending their unbeaten streak to five games in the Girls CYO Pee Wee Division. Comment.
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LIC YMCA Champs!

The Long Island City YMCA crowned its 2008 Youth Basketball League champions April 19. In the freshmen division, the Wolverines overcame a 12-point first-half deficit to beat the Suns in overtime, 37-35. Comment.
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Leon scores two second-half goals for U-8A boys

Blau-Weiss Gottschee took to the soccer fields for another full weekend of action, including the beginners at the free clinic up at Juniper Valley Park. While most teams stayed home, the Boys Under-15 team was in New England to play a pair of Premier League matches. Comment.
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Hoops notebook: Pearson wins co-MVP; Ebanks still deciding

Ryan Pearson had no choice but to stay abreast to what was happening with his future coach, Jim Larranaga. The George Mason head man, and Queens native, was being courted heavily by his alma mater Providence. Pearson signed a letter of intent to play at the Virginia school back in the fall. Comment.
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Family ties: Holy Cross catcher living up to the Valle name

Tom Pugh was walking with his team to the practice field at Crocheron Park in Bayside when something unusual caught the Holy Cross football coach's eye. There was a young boy who couldn't have been older than 8, standing by himself, hitting baseballs into a chain-link fence. Comment.
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College Round-Up

The St. John's baseball team dropped the last game of a three-game series to Notre Dame, 8-4, Sunday at Frank Eck Stadium in South Bend, Ind. Red Storm first baseman Tim Morris was 2-for-2 in the game with an RBI, Michael Aicardi was 1-for-1 with a two-RBI double and Chris Anninos was 0-for-3 with a walk and an RBI and a run scored for the Red Storm (31-10, 13-5 Big East). Brett Lilley, who was 2-for-4, led the Fighting Irish to the win with three runs scored. Comment.
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College Round-Up: SFP’s Cavataio, Wright transfer out of St. John’s

Freshman guard Mike Cavataio and sophomore guard Larry Wright will transfer from the St. John's men's basketball team, coach Norm Roberts announced Monday. Comment.
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Bryant’s run cut short

Time ran out for the Bryant baseball team literally. Comment.
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Blau Weiss Gottschee: Santos scores five times for U-7 boys

Progress was made over the weekend by several Blau Weiss teams in their chase for New York State Cup titles while others battled on in league action. On Saturday the free clinic at Juniper Valley Park continued to attract a good number of participants and will continue for at least another week or two. Comment.
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Bayside’s bat men: Wood bats have had little effect on Commodores’ lineup

The past few years Bayside HS has been known for its pitching. When you have Anthony Velazquez, who threw two straight perfect games as a junior and Eric Strauss, who tossed a no-hitter of his own last year, it's hard to be characterized for anything else. Comment.
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Bayside Little League: Chiodi’s single lifts Covanta over Mattone

Covanta Energy defeated Mattone's Real Estate, 8-7, in a barn burner in the Bayside Little League Minor Division at Fort Totten last Thursday. Covanta rallied from a 5-0 deficit after four innings to take a one-run lead going into the sixth inning when Zach Baas scored the game-winning run on Anthony Chiodi's single. Daniel Griffin started two rallies during the game and shared the game ball along with Chiodi with 2 RBIs, two runs scored and stellar middle relief. Comment.
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Basketball becomes secondary

The ride to Roosevelt Island was exactly how one would expect it to be: boisterous teenagers goofing off and joking around. There was plenty of laughing on the way to Coler-Goldwater Specialty Hospital and Nursing Facility April 16 as high-school basketball players from all over the five boroughs, Long Island and Westchester visited patients part of the criteria to play in the Wheelchair Basketball Classic tournament last week at Long Island University. Comment.
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Auburndale soccer: Dragons girls earn dominant team win

In one of their best performances of the season, the Auburndale Dragons defeated the Plainview Old Bethpage Wildfire, 8-0, at Fort Totten Saturday morning. Comment.
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A Mega dream fulfilled

Chris Megaloudis didn't take the conventional route to a professional soccer career. He wasn't invited to the Major League Soccer Combine, where other top prospects showcase their talents in front of league coaches and general managers. And he wasn't selected in the MLS SuperDraft. Comment.
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Woman in Auburndale robbed by own son: Cops

AUBURNDALE Police said a 16-year-old was arrested on robbery charges after allegedly putting on a mask and trying to steal his own mother's purse. Comment.
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Woman from Laurelton arrested for fraud: Cops

NASSAU COUNTY A Laurelton resident who worked as a cashier in North Woodmere, L.I., was arrested Monday after she allegedly used fraudulent credit cards to steal upwards of $2,700 in merchandise and gift cards, Nassau County police said. Comment.
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Unlicensed bar owners busted in Astoria: Cops

ASTORIA Police arrested two people allegedly operating an illegal bar Saturday night at 40-17 30th Ave., the location of Paparazzi Cafe, a Mexican restaurant. A 31-year-old man and a 32-year-old woman were charged with operating an unlicensed bottle club, unlicensed warehouse liquor storage, sale of alcohol after hours, criminal nuisance and sale of alcohol without a liquor license. Comment.
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Three men shot near Jamaica apts.: Cops

JAMAICA Three men were shot in front of an apartment complex early Saturday morning, according to authorities. Comment.
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Three men nabbed in prostitution sting

ELMHURST Police in the 110th Precinct busted three johns April 10 during a "Losing Proposition" anti-prostitution sting operation, authorities said. Comment.
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Teen nabbed for armed robbery: Cops

ASTORIA A teenager was arrested last Thursday after allegedly robbing three people at gunpoint, police said. The 16-year-old boy allegedly held the victims up at 40-06 10th St., demanding articles of clothing and money, police in the 114th Precinct said. Comment.
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Stolen car recovered in 112th Precinct

BAYSIDE A motorist got a nasty surprise Saturday when it was discovered an unknown person had stolen a gray 2000 Honda Civic sedan from Bell Boulevard near 32nd Avenue. The car was taken sometime between 10 p.m. Friday and 7 a.m. Saturday, police said. Officers in the 112th Precinct recovered the stolen car on Sunday, police said. Comment.
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Robber stole $800 from Chase Bank: Cops

AUBURNDALE Police said a man robbed a Chase Bank on Northern Boulevard Friday afternoon, pocketing $800 before fleeing the scene. Comment.
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Police seeking suspect in identity theft case

LITTLE NECK Police said they were investigating a case of grand larceny after someone obtained an Overbrook Street resident's bank account number and stole thousands of dollars. Comment.
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Police looking for robber of four Queens banks

FLUSHING Police were seeking the public's assistance in locating a man wanted in four bank robberies in northern Queens during the last three months. Comment.
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Man steals own car back after DWI arrest: DA

LONG ISLAND CITY A Brooklyn man is facing assault and resisting arrest charges on top of drunk driving charges after he broke into a police impound lot two days after his first arrest to steal back his car, authorities said. Comment.
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Man steals Mets jacket at Shea

FLUSHING A Bronx man was arrested April 12 at Shea Stadium after allegedly stealing a Mets jacket from a Newsday booth, authorities said. Nelson Ondre, 43, walked up to the booth and picked up one of the jackets, which were being given away with a new subscription to Newsday, and walked away with it, a criminal complaint filed by the Queens district attorney's office said. Comment.
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Man busted stealing frozen oxtails: DA

JAMAICA A South Ozone Park man was arrested April 7 on suspicion of stealing frozen oxtails from a company the New York Post identified as his former employer, authorities said. Comment.
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Man arrested for biting girlfriend, robbery: Cops

BAYSIDE A 23-year-old man was arrested and charged with robbery and assault after allegedly biting his girlfriend's face and stealing her Sidekick cell phone, police said. Comment.
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Man and family reunited after two-month search

JAMAICA An El Salvador man who suffered a stroke two months ago was reunited with his family after a lengthy search, according to Mary Immaculate Hospital. Comment.
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Jamaica man wounded after firing at cops: DA

JAMAICA A man was hospitalized after a vehicle stop turned into a police shoot-out Sunday, authorities said. Darnell Routier, 21, of Jamaica, was in a black Toyota stopped by officers from the 113th Precinct at 9:20 p.m. at Foch Avenue and 169th Street, police said. Comment.
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2 hurt in Woodside kitchen fire

WOODSIDE Two tenants suffered minor injuries in a kitchen fire April 23, FDNY officials said. The blaze was reported at 8:36 a.m. in a second-floor kitchen in a six-story brick apartment building on 49th Street near 48th Avenue. The blaze was under control by 8:59 a.m. The tenants were transported to Elmhurst Hospital Center, one with serious injuries and one with minor injuries. No firefighters were hurt, officials said. Comment.
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20 hurt in Far Rockaway as inferno hits home

FAR ROCKAWAY An early morning blaze sent 20 people to the hospital when it ripped through a three-story home on Loretta Road, fire officials said. Comment.
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Flushing Meadows fire takes 3 hours to halt

FLUSHING Firefighters spent three hours battling a massive wildfire in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Friday. The fire was reported at 12:26 p.m. at Union Turnpike and 141st Street and soon warranted a second alarm, fire officials said. Comment.
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Angry flier arrested after JFK bomb scare

JAMAICA A business consultant with homes in Manhattan and Austin, Texas, was arrested last week at JFK Airport after suggesting her luggage contained a bomb, federal prosecutors said. Comment.
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Letters

Wrong for anybody to criticize Padavan school advocacy record

As an educator, a teacher, a school administrator and a mother of children who attend area public schools, I was outraged to hear about dishonest tactics being used against state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) by partisan operatives intent on misleading the public about his stellar record as an advocate for our schools, children and teachers. Comment.
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Treat Flushing Meadows with respect

Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the second-most used park in the city municipal park system. It also has the dubious distinction of being the most abused, pillaged and neglected of any major park in the system. Comment.
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State should protect retired cops

As a former city police officer injured in the line of duty and a candidate for the 26th State Assembly District, I was appalled to hear about a recent criminal case involving a man arrested on charges of attacking retired police Capt. Charles Stravalle in a Rego Park restaurant by hitting Stravalle with brass knuckles in retaliation for a 2002 arrest. Comment.
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Public transit trumps congestion pricing

I would like to applaud the New York State Assembly, its members and state Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) for delivering a knockout punch to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's congestion pricing plan. As much as I support the idea of reducing vehicular traffic and alleviating chronic asthma conditions in the city, most people in Queens were very upset by the plan. They saw it as a regressive tax, and I agree. Comment.
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Public’s opinions should guide zoning exceptions

A community facility such as a church, school, medical building or college dormitory may be built in most zoning designations as of right without community input. The facility built can exceed the zoning regulations. Comment.
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Pope Benedict deserves respect

I would like to applaud Pope Benedict XVI for addressing the issue of clerical sex abuse. I was deeply moved when I read his comments, like when he said, "We are deeply ashamed and will do all possible that this cannot happen again in the future." There is so much anger, pain and suffering from this abuse. I truly have faith and believe Benedict will help in the healing. I pray there will be change for the better. Comment.
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Padavan applauds plan to end train horn noise in Little Neck

The acquisition of funding to install the quad gates will solve the problem of excess horn use at the Long Island Rail Road Little Neck station. In the meantime, I am pleased with the plan forwarded to me by LIRR President Helena Williams. Comment.
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Name Fort Totten visitors center

Jack Fein's name always comes to mind when I think of Fort Totten. He proudly preserved the fort's history and secrets. We are all saddened by Jack Fein's death. His passing marks the end of an era. Jack Fein kept the memories alive. Comment.
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Mayor should tour Flushing

An open letter to Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Comment.
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Enact citywide plans to solve traffic congestion problems

I call on Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly to tackle traffic congestion issues in all the boroughs, not just in Manhattan. Let us hope they will consider using a number of sound suggestions made as alternatives to taxing motorists to enter Manhattan. Comment.
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City’s finest needs better pay to keep ranks full, city safe

I was troubled to read in the paper that fewer people are signing up to become police officers and more candidates are dropping out of the academy. Also, the more experienced officers are taking tests in Nassau and Suffolk counties to be officers there because of better pay. To rub more salt in the wound, the city plans to cut 1,000 department positions due to the slowdown in the city's economy. This is reported to bring the force to its lowest numbers since 1993. Comment.
Editorial

Unfinished Business

As of Friday, Dennis Gallagher no longer represented Middle Village, Maspeth, Ridgewood and Glendale on the City Council. The former city councilman pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges after initially being charged with felony rape. As part of his plea, Gallagher was forced to resign from the Council, but he won't have to spend a day in jail or register as a sex offender. Comment.
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The Sean Bell Verdict

It is altogether understandable that many people in Queens and throughout the city feel tremendous anger and disappointment in the not-guilty verdict in the trial of the three detectives charged in the killing of Sean Bell. Although the police officers have been acquitted, there is no denying that something went terribly wrong that night. Comment.
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Pig Heaven

The revelation that there was a phantom slush fund in which the City Council hid funds set aside for fictitious organizations has shaken New Yorkers' confidence in the City Council and may ultimately make it difficult if not impossible for Speaker Christine Quinn to run for mayor. The recent announcement that two City Council staffers were indicted on charges of stealing from the slush fund and putting the money in their own pockets makes it that much more important that the Council's use of funds be thoroughly investigated. Comment.
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Osama bin Sharpton

Just hours after the not-guilty verdict was revealed in the shooting of Sean Bell, the Rev. Al Sharpton announced that he had plans to "shut the city down." Comment.
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Fair Pay for Judges

Once again, the state Legislature is giving incompetence a bad name. The legislators have refused to give the state's judges a pay raise until their own salaries are raised. Earlier this month, the Legislature had set aside $48 million for pay raise for the judges, but then failed to introduce a bill releasing the money. Comment.
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Con Ed Gets Off Easy

In response to being left in the dark for 10 days, Con Ed is offering its customers in western Queens a paltry $100. That is a mere $10 a day. It is better than nothing but just barely. The offering to businesses is even less generous $200 to $350. Comment.
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A Royal Welcome

The city can take pride in the way it handled the visit of Pope Benedict XVI. The aging leader of the nation's 65 million Catholics was given a royal welcome. From his two speeches at the United Nations to his trip to Ground Zero to his mass before a packed Yankee Stadium, everything went off without a hitch. Comment.
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The Civic Scene

The history of mankind has always been a battle between those who respect historic sites and those who want to build new things no matter what will be torn down. New buildings can be interesting, but we should appreciate the past to understand it and where we are headed. Comment.
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The Civic Scene: Queens civic leaders decry boro development

As a Community Board 8 member, I was invited to attend the annual Scholarship Awards Program of the Educational and Cultural Trust Fund of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 3, in Electchester. The Electrical Industry Center is in CB 8. I find the event interesting because about 43 high school graduates, whose parents are members of the electrical union, receive scholarships. Comment.
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South Queens Speaks

At a recent 102nd Precinct Community Council meeting, Capt. Charles McEvoy honored two of his own for quick-thinking and right-timing during their midnight shift on April 6 in the apprehension of an out-of-control, emotionally disturbed person. Comment.
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Political Action: Two more candidates vie for Gallagher’s seat

Interest is increasing in the special City Council election in the 30th Council District of southwest Queens, which comprises Middle Village, Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood. This special election, scheduled for early June, includes candidates Anthony Como, Charles Ober, Thomas Ognibene and Elizabeth Crowley. Comment.
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Our History: Wheelwrights helped history move along

One of the oldest crafts known to man is wheelwrighting, which dates to prehistoric times. I recently recalled that my maternal grandfather was a wheelwright, an occupation he pursued in Europe and continued after he emigrated to the United States in the 19th century, settling in Yorkville, Manhattan. Comment.
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Neighbor to Neighbor

Many people have told me, "It takes all kinds of people to fill the world." The longer I live, the more I find that true. On Thursday, April 10, I joined friends, neighbors and family members of Lloyd "Pops" Augustus Bowrey to honor him and the life he shared with us before he embarked to be with his wife and others. We have been missing him. Comment.
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I Sit and Look Out: Americans must get universal health care

Some TimesLedger readers may have noticed that this column has not appeared for some time in fact, since January. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee

Our calendar seems to be getting busier. May and June are filling up rapidly which is understandable, since most organizations either slow down or come to a halt during vacation in July and August. This year, however, has the potential of following a different pattern due mainly to the number of contestants to fill the political positions coming up for grabs. Comment.
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Dishing with Dee: Surprises abound at luncheon and rally

The weather this week has been absolutely gorgeous and time speeds by so rapidly it makes you wonder where it goes. Comment.
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Berger’s Burg

Do you have talcum powder?" asked the elderly gentleman. "Yes, sir. Please walk this way." "If I could walk that way, I wouldn't need the talcum powder." Comment.
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Berger’s Burg: Revisit the insults of high-profile celebrities

For this column, I am letting a few readers have their say. My previous columns elicited strong reader reaction, but this one, printed many months ago, generated one of the strongest responses of any I wrote. So for those readers who requested it again, regular readers who may have missed it and new readers, join me as I revisit, with slight modifications, my "insults" column of Feb. 2, 2006. Enjoy! Comment.
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How’s Business?

Are we in a recession? The unemployment rate is at 5.1 percent, there were 80,000 layoffs in March, we are in a mortgage crisis and the real estate market is at an all-time low. Bear Stearns is out of business and stock portfolios have mostly broken even over the last decade. I would say we are headed for our first recession in about 16 years. A recession hits some job seekers hard because many will not have the luxury of going for their first choice. Necessity is the mother of invention, though, so there are employment sectors that will probably remain strong. Comment.
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How’s Business? Recession-proof jobs

Are we in a recession? The unemployment rate was 5.1 percent with 80,000 layoffs in March. We are in a mortgage crisis and the real estate market is at an all-time low. An 800-pound gorilla like Bear Stearns is out of business and stock portfolios have mostly broken about even over the last decade. I would say we are headed for our first recession in about 16 years. Comment.
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Fundraisers

2008 Annual Benefit Gala Comment.
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Flushing eatery gets a makeover

Joseph Pipia is trying to reinvent a neighborhood standard, one his family created more than 15 years ago. Comment.
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Flushing eatery gets a makeover: In wake of family death, That’s Amore changes layout, updates menu

Joseph Pipia is trying to reinvent a neighborhood standard, one his family created more than 15 years ago. Comment.
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Business Calendar

Queens is Green Fashion Show Comment.
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Weiner talks ecology at Jamaica Bay

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) celebrated Earth Day Tuesday by presenting his plan to help save the ecosystem of the Jamaica Bay Area. Comment.
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114th Pct. leads graffiti war; Astoria, LIC successful in fighting surge in vandalism: Vallone

Graffiti vandalism has risen by an estimated 82 percent in the borough during the past two years, representing a citywide spike, and western Queens police precincts have led the way in busting vandals, City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) said. Comment.
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Thompson slams city on senior centers

City Comptroller William Thompson aligned himself with Queens' senior citizens Monday, visiting centers in Flushing to talk about the city's Aging Department's proposal to revamp services and meals to the over-65 population. Comment.
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St. Francis orchestra bids Benedict adieu

Some of the students in the St. Francis Prep Chamber Orchestra and those in the Vicariate High School Choir, who performed for the pope before he left Kennedy Airport Sunday, said nervousness about the eminent audience was all part of the act. Comment.
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State plans Glendale toxic site cleanup

The state's Department of Environmental Conservation has drawn up plans for the remediation of a contaminated Glendale site eight years after the agency found it to be hazardous, a DEC spokesman said. Comment.
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Sharpton leads protest charge

Members of the Queens black community largely stifled their anger over Friday's acquittal of three detectives in the Sean Bell shooting case, watching and waiting for Rev. Al Sharpton to deliver on his promise of a massive protest that would "shut this city down." Comment.
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Rich Hill man’s walk honors dad’s memory

Adam Kern used to avoid dealing with his father' suicide, but the Richmond Hill resident said he recently realized that was not the answer. Comment.
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Rally backs Willets Pt. plan

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and former Borough President Claire Shulman championed the city's decision to move forward with a plan to transform Willets Point into a community of retail establishments, a convention center and housing last Thursday. Comment.
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Queens vehicles seized by Sanitation Dept.

Four Queens men were among 32 people whose vehicles were seized by the city Sanitation Department last month for illegally removing recyclables from in front of buildings, the agency's commissioner said this week. Comment.
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Queens Hospital Center unveils new infant ICU

Some of Queens's most fragile residents have a new temporary home at Queens Hospital Center, which unveiled its neonatal intensive care unit last week. Comment.
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Queens College starts construction on dorm

Queens College announced Monday that it has closed on a contract with Alabama-based Capstone Development Corporation to build an on-campus dormitory, which some residents have opposed on grounds that the CUNY campus is a commuter school serving local students. Comment.
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QMA presentations show plight of immigrants: Museum showcases digital shorts produced by new New Yorkers recounting their experiences

The production and consumption of art have long been an international undertaking, but multiculturalism may ignore the conflict or rawness of the immigrant's perspective. The Queens Museum of Art, located in the most diverse community in the nation, set out to remedy this during the city's fifth annual Immigrant Heritage Week with a series of special presentations. Comment.
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Public should review FedEx sale: Gianaris

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) is calling on the state to require public utilities to submit an application to community boards and take part in public hearings when they attempt to sell part of their property following Con Edison's negotiations to sell a portion of its Astoria facility to Federal Express. Comment.
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Pt. Authority: We can fund Moynihan Station project

Port Authority Chairman Anthony Coscia said his agency is "well positioned" and has the financial resources to come to the aid of the faltering Moynihan Station project. Comment.
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Plan to surround Penn with virtual fence OK’d

Transit officials and Madison Square Garden have finally agreed Monday on a belated plan to install barriers around Penn Station to deter truck and car bomb attacks. Comment.
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Peralta wants a greener boro

Earth Day 2008 may be behind us, but in Jackson Heights, the need to go green is increasing. So says state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights), who joined several other officials last Thursday to encourage residents to conserve energy and promote green space. Comment.
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Nolan urges toxic school bill

Western Queens community activists and elected officials called on the city Monday to notify communities when schools are planned for city-leased sites following the construction of high schools at once-contaminated sites in Long Island City and Ozone Park. Comment.
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New lights for Queensbridge Houses

Queensbridge Houses residents will see energy efficiency in a new light now that the city's Housing Authority has donated and begun installing 10,000 fluorescent light bulbs at the Long Island City housing development, a NYCHA spokesman said. Comment.
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Muss company built on trust, experience

With more than a century of construction and development under their belt, the Muss family knows a thing or two about real estate. Comment.
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Monserrate’s funding goes missing at nonprofit

A nonprofit organization supported by City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-East Elmhurst) is working to account for more than $160,000 that was disbursed to it by the Council over the past three years. Comment.
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Mom charged in death of Corona baby

A Corona woman arrested earlier this month on suspicion of child abuse has now been charged with second-degree murder, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Maspeth man not charged in January check-cash ploy

A Manhattan judge dropped charges Tuesday against a 65-year-old Maspeth man and his friend accused of dressing up the corpse of their Hell's Kitchen friend and wheeling him into a Ninth Avenue check-cashing business to cash his Social Security check, a spokeswoman for the Manhattan district attorney said. Comment.
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Man shot in car off Van Wyck

What began as a traffic accident turned into a homicide investigation Saturday night after police discovered that a Jamaica man whose car had hit a tree had been shot twice. Comment.
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Man sentenced in Ravenswood stab

A 23-year-old Manhattan man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for luring a Chinese food deliveryman to Astoria's Ravenswood Houses and repeatedly stabbing him in October 2006, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.
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Man arrested in Fla. cops to ‘85 boro slay

A former Bronx man who was a fugitive for 23 years in an East Elmhurst murder case was apprehended in Florida by 115th Precinct detectives earlier this month, police said. Comment.
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Lawyer for Tarloff says he is insane; Corona man’s attorney builds defense on doctor’s evaluation

David Tarloff, the Corona man accused of murdering a Manhattan therapist in February with a meat cleaver, will pursue an insanity defense, his attorney said. Comment.
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Jamaica subway rescuer lauded at City Hall event

The Jamaica resident who leaped onto the subway tracks and rescued an unconscious man was praised as a hero last week as City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) presented him with a proclamation at City Hall. Comment.
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Jamaica granny assault victim recounts crime

Octogenarian Solange Elizee said she experienced the scariest ordeal of her very long life last year when she was violently mugged in the elevator of her Jamaica apartment. Comment.
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Intruder shot dead in MidVille: Would-be victim killed burglar during botched break-in: Cops

A would-be robber was fatally shot during what appeared to have been a break-in at a home on 70th Street in Middle Village early Tuesday morning, police said. Comment.
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In the presence of the pope: Sacred Heart Church members cherish memories of pontiff’s visit

For a group of Bayside Catholics, Pope Benedict XVI's visit to New York City was the greatest experience of their lives. Comment.
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Hunters Pt. South raises income levels for tenants

The 5,000-unit Hunters Point South development will proceed with a hike in the eligible income level for affordable housing , drawing the ire of housing advocates, who claimed the development's rent-subsidized units are still beyond what most Queens residents can afford. Comment.
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Hands off Ridgewood Reservoir: Civic

Sometimes the city's ideas for parkland are at odds with the community's, and the Queens Conservancy for Parks and Green Spaces has an eye on several areas where this is the case, such as Fresh Meadows' Klein Farm and the Ridgewood Reservoir. Comment.
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Gallagher’s victim speaks out publicly

Identifying herself only as "Mrs. A," the 52-year-old Middle Village grandmother assaulted by former City Councilman Dennis Gallagher in July at his district office spoke publicly last Thursday for the first time about the case at the Juniper Park Civic Association's monthly meeting. Comment.
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Flushing 86-yr-old wins fight vs. MTA

Toby Rosen showed this week that while her legs may not be what they used to be, she still has the vigor to fight for what she deserves. Comment.
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First blueprint unveiled for Hunters Point South

The city unveiled plans this week for its portion of the massive Queens West development project, which will include park space, a public school, retail outlets and an estimated 5,000 apartment units in Long Island City. Comment.
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Feds to auction LGA runway slots

The U.S. Transportation Department has announced last Wednesday it will auction off takeoff and landing slots in an effort to ease congestion at LaGuardia Airport in a decision denounced by elected officials, the nation's airlines and the Port Authority. Comment.
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Feds bust counterfeit operation: Police raid LIC shoe warehouse, take two boro men into custody

Law enforcement officials seized an estimated $25 million in counterfeit goods last week at a Long Island City warehouse and arrested two borough men who are accused of delivering the items to flea markets, a spokesman for federal prosecutors said. Comment.
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EPA to study Newtown Creek spill

The House of Representatives approved a measure last week that would require the federal Environmental Protection Agency to conduct its own independent study of the massive oil spill at Newtown Creek, an EPA spokeswoman said. Comment.
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Emotions churn in court after Bell verdict

Exactly 17 months from the day Sean Bell, Trent Benefield and Joseph Guzman were shot in a barrage of 50 police bullets, the fate of three detectives was decided with a 10-minute statement issued before 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. Comment.
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Dentist’s wife to hear tapes

The Forest Hills mother accused of ordering the murder of her estranged husband in front of their daughter will not only have access to the wiretaps that allegedly incriminated her in his shooting, but will also be asked to translate the dialogue for her defense her attorney said. Comment.
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Corona man pleads guilty to ‘02 murder

A man who pleaded guilty to stomping a Corona woman to death as part of a robbery that netted just $5 will face 22 years in prison, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.
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Cops arrest home defender

Police said they arrested a Middle Village tenant who fatally shot a robber during a home invasion last week after the gun was discovered to be illegal. Comment.
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Cooper apologizes for role in “tragedy”

A grim-faced Detective Marc Cooper spoke in a halting voice that seemed barely to restrain a flood of emotion as he reached out to Sean Bell's family. Comment.
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Con Ed’s $100 offer panned by boro reps

Elected officials at the city, state and federal level blasted a settlement reached last week between Con Edison and borough residents as well as business owners affected by the 2006 western Queens blackout on the grounds that $17 million would not adequately repay ratepayers for suffering through the outage. Comment.
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City unveils three new Queens rezonings

Three major Queens rezoning proposals were introduced to the City Planning Commission Monday, starting the seven-month approval process for projects that would change the face of northern and western parts of the borough while preserving its southern coastline. The city Economic Development Corporation presented plans to redevelop industrial and manufacturing zones in Hunters Point South and Willets Point, which if approved would pave the way for more than 10,000 housing units and millions of square footage of retail and office space. Comment.
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City Council members pan mayor’s Willets Point plans

The city released an exhaustive 1,050-page document detailing its controversial vision for the redevelopment of Willets Point Monday, an action which kick-started the seven-month approval process and drew the immediate disapproval of all but two members of Queens' City Council delegation. Comment.
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Citigroup’s $5.1B loss may affect LIC jobs

Citigroup reported a $5.1 billion net loss for this year's first quarter Friday and estimated it would cut 9,000 jobs from its payroll, but a spokeswoman said it was not clear whether the financial services giant's losses would affect its Long Island City-based work force. Comment.
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Chamber’s Joseph Previte dies at 86

Former Queens Chamber of Commerce President Joseph Previte died from complications following a minor stroke at a Queens hospital Monday. He was 86. Comment.
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Campus named for Padavan stirs campaign controversy

The city Department of Education renamed the Glen Oaks Campus after state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) Monday amid criticism from the Democratic challenger to Padavan's Senate seat, who claimed the honor was politically motivated. Comment.
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Boro tenants fight for homes: Sunnysiders say landlord trying to empty rent-regulated apartments

Their apartments may be cold and pest-ridden, but a group of Queens tenants are fighting their corporate landlord to keep their rent-regulated spots in the face of what they are calling eviction tactics. Comment.
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Boro reaction to cops’ acquittal muted

Across the borough residents, activists and leaders of different races said they were disappointed with Judge Arthur Cooperman's not-guilty verdict in the Sean Bell case, but despite the collective frustration Queens community remained quiet. Comment.
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Boro photographer had child porn: Feds

A former Jackson Heights photographer suspected of drug smuggling and child pornography was arraigned in Brooklyn federal court last week after being extradited from Colombia, federal prosecutors said. Comment.
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Boro council reps call for pork funds overhaul

In the wake of two Brooklyn City Council staffers' indictments on federal fraud charges last week, members of the Queens delegation said the system for dolling out pork funding needs to be overhauled. Comment.
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Bobbi and the Strays looks for new home

A Queens non-profit that comes to the aid of stray animals is in need of its own rescuer. Comment.
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Blueprint for Rockaways unveiled

The City Planning Department unveiled a proposal Monday to rezone 280 blocks in the Rockaways that the agency said would help preserve the peninsula's signature bungalows and its predominantly one- and two-family homes. Comment.
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Bloomberg unveils plan to combat boro flooding

On the first rainy day of what Mayor Michael Bloomberg referred to as "flood season," he and the commissioners of a handful of city agencies involved in the Flood Mitigation Taskforce sloshed to Queens, which was especially hard hit by flooding during the summer of 2007, to discuss the city's new emergency flood response plan. Comment.
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Bell verdict sparks quiet anger

The head of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee flew to southeast Queens this week in response to Friday's exoneration of the three detectives on trial for the shooting death of Sean Bell as residents across the borough remained calm and waited for specifics of a mass public demonstration against the verdict. Comment.
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Bell verdict slated for Friday: 24-hour vigil to be held night before judge issues decision in shooting

Family, friends and supporters of Sean Bell are planning one last plea for justice in the streets of southeast Queens hours before a Queens Criminal Court Judge delivers his verdict Friday in the criminal trial of the three detectives charged with killing the Rockaway resident in a 50-shot barrage. Comment.
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Bell loss not likely to harm DA Brown’s legacy

Queens DA Richard Brown has long said he looks forward to serving in office as long as the tenure of his Manhattan counterpart, 88-year-old Robert Morgenthau, who is in his 33rd year as DA and counting. Comment.
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Ballerina dreams come true for 26 disabled girls: Bayside nonprofit helps handicapped children learn to dance in studio and perform on stage

At the top of many young girls' lists of what they want to be when they grow up is "ballerina," and for 26 girls for whom that dream was once impossible, their turn in the limelight came when they took the stage at the Mary Louis Academy in tutus, tiaras and leg braces and wheelchairs. Comment.
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Mothers’ Day for dummies

Let's face it. What kind of Mother's Day you have depends on whether your family believes this is a holiday concocted by retailers and greeting card manufacturers. If that's the case, don't get your hopes up. Comment.
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Woodside man takes clowning very seriously

Since 2003, comedians and New York residents Matthew Duncan and Brian Foley have been making people float, juggling plates, riding a six-foot unicycle and playing the ukulele, all without saying a word. Their silent comedic performance "Bambouk" has traveled the world, from Alaska to China, and now it is settling somewhere in between at the American Theatre of Actors in Manhattan. Comment.
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Simple breakfast ideas give mom morning off

Making Mom's special day memorable is easy when you remember two rules. Comment.
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Musicals of golden age thrive in Queens theater

It was once called musical comedy, but today, dramatic or not, the Broadway musical is the centerpiece of New York theater, the main attraction that brings all those tourists to midtown and keeps our economy solvent. The financial and housing markets may be down, but Broadway is busier than ever. Whether the shows are as good as they used to be, however, is another story. Comment.
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Colombia to Queens: Tale of immigrants struggling to survive in Jackson Heights debuts at Tribeca Film Fest

Colombian-born filmmaker Simon Brand knows what it means to venture out into the unknown, and his sophomore film "Paraiso Travel," which makes its U.S. debut at the Tribeca Film Festival this month, vividly details the struggles of illegal immigrants, one of whom finds himself lost in Jackson Heights. Comment.
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Boro’s diversity on display in ‘Crossing the BLVD’

According to the 2000 Census, 44 percent of Queens' population is foreign-born, making it the most diverse county in the United States. Artist and educator Judith Sloan is celebrating that diversity with an exhibit of photographs and sound stations at Queens College entitled "Crossing the BLVD" and an accompanying concert on April 30 that will feature an array of multi-cultural, interdisciplinary arts. Comment.
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Western Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Galleries & Exhibits Comment.
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Qstage: Queens Theater Calendar

Triumph of Love Astoria Performing Arts Center presents. Comment.
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Northeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Auditions & Rehearsals Comment.
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Astorians take on Brecht at Off Broadway playhouse

Three Astoria residents and their theater company are spearheading a revival of Bertolt Brecht's "The Caucasian Chalk Circle." Comment.

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