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Thursday, Dec. 16, 1999

Dining Out: Scotto’s

285 Middleneck Rd. Great Neck Comment

Community Calendar Listings

A.A.R.P. Douglaston Chapter #3698 will meet at Douglaston Community Church, 39-50 Douglaston Parkway on Wed. Jan. 1 2 at 12:30 p.m. Call 229-3394. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The New Theatre Players will conduct auditions for its two new productions Comment

Trinity Players hosts venue for playwrights

The best of off-Broadway could be found just off Broadway in Astoria Friday at Trinity Lutheran Church, 31-18 37th St., home to "First Night," an evening of staged readings of new plays in progress. Comment

‘Visible Traces’ makes its mark at debut

East met West at a special opening reception for the new Queens Borough Public Library exhibit, "Visible Traces: Rare Books and Special Collections from the National Library of China" on display through March 15 at the Queens Library Gallery, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica. Comment

Scotto’s

285 Middleneck Rd. Great Neck Comment

Artist, students ‘Out of Site’

"You can set your coat down there. It's probably the safest spot," said artist Juan Sanchez with a smile, then gently motioning me toward the optimum observation point in his Brooklyn studio, which is wall-to-wall in canvases. Comment

Bayside bests Springfield at Tipoff Classic

The Bayside boys basketball team took a 29-point lead into the half against Springfield Gardens High School and cruised to a 85-56 win in the opening game of the 13th annual Northeast Queens Tipoff Classic at Francis Lewis High School Sunday. Comment

Captain retires from 111th Pct.

Veteran police officer Capt. Anthony Lubrano was scheduled to retire from the New York Police Department Friday after a two-year stint in command of the Bayside-based 111th Police Precinct. Comment

Rice holds off CTK Royals

College Round-up: Former Queens stars lead LIU to 78-59 win over New Haven

Antawn Dobie, a former standout at Monsignor McClancy High School, was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second time in three weeks as the 6-foot guard helped lead the Long Island University Blackbirds to their second win of the year, 78-59, over New Haven at the Schwartz Center on Monday night. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Keeping houseplants creepy-crawlie free

The shorter days, cool temperatures and bare trees divert our attention from outside gardening tasks to those closer to home - and 1 do mean literally closer to home ; that is your house plants. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Last year

As the year 1999 is starting to wind down, we can reflect on an eventful year, some good, and some that left much to be desired. There were losses of friends, and there were weddings and births to cheer us up. Comment

Berger’s Berg: Who invented winter? Blame it on Hades

Since the long night of winter will take place on Dec. 22, now would be a wonderful time to tell the authentic, veritable, and unfeigned story of how winter began. Comment

Editorial: Sue you later

The College Point Multiplex. Comment

Editorial:

It is a story made for the Christmas season. Two weeks ago, a fire that started in a storage closet damaged part of the chapel and a classroom at St. Paul's Episcopal School in College Point. Fortunately, the children and their teachers escaped without harm. But the fire did substantial damage to the building and destroyed badly needed school supplies, uniforms and costumes for a Christmas pageant. Comment

Richmond Hill bakery caters to Guyanese

Raj Vaswani moved swiftly up the corporate ladder after graduating from Baruch College five years ago. Comment

PS 203 names playground after educator

Politicians, family, and friends of longtime teacher and Queens education adviser Betty Silverman turned out to honor her Friday at a ceremony dedicating the playground at PS 203 in Bayside in her memory. Comment

Kids brighten up Hanukkah for seniors at Tietz Center

Rabbi Hyman Levine compared his young students at the Bay Terrace Jewish center to the Shamash candle which is used to light the eight candles on the Hanukkah menorah. Comment

New building set for Queens West

February could be a big month for Queens West as the 74-acre Hunters Point waterfront development prepares to break ground on its second apartment building and anoint a developer for its commercial core. Comment

More funding to fight Asian beetles

The Asian long-horned beetles that have ravaged more than 1,000 trees in Queens should be approaching their dormant phase as winter sets in, but borough officials are warning residents to be ever-vigilant. Comment

Frustration boils over Glendale corner

Even after the city agreed to install a traffic light at 64th Street and Cooper Avenue, the deadly Glendale intersection is still causing controversy. Comment

Hearings set for school site

Two public hearings this week will give Maspeth residents a chance to voice their opinions in the tug-of-war over a potential elementary school site slated for a Staples superstore. Comment

55 arrested in Queens jet ski operation: DA

While Queens is not normally thought of as a center for water sports, a waterfront home and a jet ski dealership in Howard Beach served as a haven for a major theft operation over the last four years, the Queens district attorney, state and federal officials said. Comment

Residents, pols spar over litter

Frustration and anger over dirty streets in Forest Hills erupted into a shouting match between residents and elected officials during a Town Hall meeting Sunday. Comment

Rochdale man, 19, murdered

A 19-year-old man from Rochdale Village who graduated from Cardozo HS in Bayside was killed Friday afternoon in an encounter with several other teenagers that occurred just yards from the 113th precinct station house. Comment

Dozens observe Ramadan in Jamaica

With the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, which got under way last Thursday, dozens now gather each day for afternoon and evening prayers at the Islamic Circle of North America at 166-26 89th Ave in Jamaica. Comment

Jury finds man guilty in slaying

After lightning quick deliberation, a Queens jury found the manager of a Jamaica bodega guilty of murdering a 23-year-old aspiring rap artist from Jamaica and attempting to kill her best friend with a claw hammer. Comment

Queens Village youth band ends 20-yr. run

For more than 20 years the Queens Village Youth Marching Band was an institution, part of the fabric and vitality of southeast Queens. It played at Thanksgiving Day parades, Memorial Day events and at hospitals. But in May, the music stopped. Comment

Asian American Coalition elects its leaders

Twenty-five years ago John Quach was a refugee from Vietnam who had just immigrated to the United States. Comment

Sessoms

Controversial statements reportedly made by Queens College President Allen Lee Sessoms in September that led to a blistering editorial in the campus newspaper, The Quad, have fueled a debate over freedom of speech. Comment

Feds seize assets of major Flushing bank

The founder of a Golden City Commercial Bank headquartered in Flushing is a fugitive after failing to appear at an arraignment hearing in State Supreme Court on charges of defrauding the bank, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau said. Comment

Charter school drops plan for 14th Avenue location

Almost two months after several College Point residents and elected officials decried putting the proposed Flushing International Charter School on 14th Avenue, the applicant has said the facility is no longer looking at the property and considering other locations. Comment

Queen does not expect to be hit by Y2K bug

As the clock ticks down to the millennium celebration and the prospect of a year 2000 computer bug inches nearer, officials and service providers in Queens say they have prepared all their computer systems and do not expect any major problems. Comment

Better safe than sorry, boro braced for strike

Before the Metropolitan Transit Authority and the Transit Workers Union reached an agreement to avert a walkout early Wednesday, the city had made extensive preparations to combat traffic and commuter problems if the public transportation system had shut down at midnight. Comment

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