Thursday, Aug. 15, 2002

City Parks Foundation offers free track and field program

The City Parks Foundation introduced a fun way for children in New York to learn the basics of track and field, right in their own neighborhoods on July 15. The pilot program, called Starting Blocks, provides free coaching to boys and girls ages 8 to 14. Conducted in partnership with the Armory Track and Field Center, the program consists of hour and a half lessons held twice a week at the Astoria Park Track in Queens and the Red Hook Recreation Center in Brooklyn. Comment.

Novas Track Club running strong after 14 yrs.

Some 14 years ago, George Taylor saw two children running in a school yard at PS 30 in Rochdale Village, where the Jamaica native works as a physical education teacher. Taylor took the two boys aside and told them to put their energy to good use. Comment.

Freedoms fall to Rough Riders in shoot-out

In the only remaining quarterfinal match of the D3 Pro Soccer League Playoffs, the Long Island Rough Riders, the Atlantic Conference champions, defeated the runner-up New York Freedoms in what one fan characterized as “the thrilla on Mitchell.” Comment.

SJU men’s soccer picked second in preseason poll

The St. John’s University men’s and women’s soccer teams were picked to finish second and seventh, respectively, according to a preseason poll of Big East Conference coaches, the school announced this week. Comment.

Glen Oaks Village Liquors top United Queens for fifth victory

The 15- and 16-year-old Glen Oaks Village Liquors Senior League team won its fifth game of the summer with a 9-5 victory over United Queens this week. David Chapman pitched a superb six-hitter while striking out six for Glen Oaks. Andre Plair and Adam Potash supplied the offense, as Plair doubled, tripled and walked and Potash singled, doubled and had two RBIs. Matt Carneiro continued his hot summer hitting with two more hits and Adam Yager and Todd Green each reached base three out of four times. Comment.

Long Island Tomahawks join forces with the Cross Island Y

The Long Island Tomahawks have teamed up the Cross Island YMCA for a rebirth of this proud and respected football organization. The winning tradition of the Tomahawks returns to the club’s former home of Alley Pond Park as part of the Cross Island Y’s youth sports programs. Comment.

Editorial: Blood on the court

Once again senseless violence has shattered the night on a basketball court in southeast Queens. Comment.

Editorial: Day labor dilemma

How does a compassionate society protect the rights of immigrant laborers who in many, if not most, cases are in this country illegally? Hardliners waving flags purchased on Sept. 12 argue that all illegal immigrants are a threat to the security of this nation. They would have INS card the workers who gather on Roosevelt Avenue waiting to be picked up by contractors. Those who don’t have the proper papers would be deported. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Giants touch down in football fans’ hearts

A gentleman, a big Giants fan dressed in Giants Blue, was sitting in a two-seat box all alone. The usher approached him and asked, “Why is that seat empty, sir?” Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civics push for change in neighborhood zoning

Civic associations in Jamaica Hill, Flushing, Laurelton, Richmond Hill, Astoria, Forest Hills and Rego Park are pushing to change zoning laws to protect the one-family home ambiance of their neighborhoods. Comment.

To The Point: First Sport Club plans 75th anniversary party

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The summer children’s programs that ran every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at MacNeil Park House had a final summer performance Aug. 6. It was a delightful production of the “Wolf,” performed by Tuckers Tales Puppet Theater. Comment.

Many find ‘calling’ in selling Avon products

Avon sales representatives are no longer just “ladies,” and they may not go “calling” door-to-door these days, but the cosmetic company for women is still going strong in southeast Queens. Comment.

Assisted living offers an option for families

Americans today are living longer and generally healthier lives. With national life expectancy at an all-time high, more and more families are serving as caregivers for loved ones with age-related diseases, such as dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease. Increasingly, assisted living options are giving families the help they need. Comment.

Queens’ JetBlue Airways reports 37% profit rise in second quarter

JetBlue Airways, a low-fare carrier based in Kew Gardens, has reported that its net income rose by 37 percent for the second quarter of the year at a time when many airlines have failed to make a profit. Comment.

New antioxidant helps slow aging process

Much of our aging is the result of oxidative stress-cell damage caused by free radicals (highly reactive molecules). Just as rust weakens bare metal, cell oxidation contributes to cardiovascular disease, tumor growth, neurodegenerative diseases, wrinkled skin and even a decline in energy and endurance. Comment.

Help our schools by volunteering for the blind

Sight is a gift so many of us take for granted. But to those of us fortunate enough to be sighted, when we think of those who are not, we often find ourselves trying to picture life without color, image or visual texture. Comment.

CB 9 seeks school, senior housing on empty lot

Community Board 9 asked Mayor Michael Bloomberg to help ensure that an empty lot in Woodhaven where St. Anthony’s Hospital once stood will not be sold for commercial development. Comment.

Memories of sailing Long Island Sound

If a friend who owns a cabin cruiser invites you out for a jaunt on the Long Island Sound some day before the summer’s over, I can guarantee you’ll be surprised at how much sea-going traffic there is out there. Comment.

Marshall backs proposals for SJU parking garages

Borough President Helen Marshall approved St. John’s University’s plans to build a five-story 477-vehicle parking garage at the corner of the service road to the Grand Central Parkway and 168th Street last week despite the strong opposition voiced by Community Board 8. Comment.

Ways to avoid lower returns on your retirement

After the market’s negative performance in the last few years many investors are hoping that the market will now quickly rebound to pre-2000 levels and that future returns will be relatively high again. But is that a reasonable expectation in light of recent events? And should you base your retirement plan on these assumptions? Comment.

McCall joins dedication of Jamaica hospice unit

For the third time in a little more than two years the Margaret Tietz Center for Nursing in Jamaica has expanded its hospice unit for critically ill patients. Comment.

Giant transit hub planned for Lower Manhattan site

As the one-year anniversary of the World Trade Center attack nears, officials have proposed a major Lower Manhattan transportation center made possible by $4.55 billion in previously unavailable federal funds. Comment.

Two boro men charged in 6-year burglary ring

Two Queens men were among 15 suspects charged last month with taking part in a $7 million burglary ring in Queens, Long Island, Connecticut and upstate New York, the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York said. Comment.

Nonprofit needs new home after dispute with landlord

The volunteers at The Worthy Pause in Bayside have spent the last 25 years helping to find homes for stray cats and dogs, but now it is the nonprofit that is searching for a place to go. Comment.

Queens firefighter turns pranks into punchlines

In 1991, at the age of 25, Steve Alleva quit his job at Solomon Smith Barney, threw out all but one of his suits, joined the New York City Fire Department and has never looked back. Comment.

Man arrested on charges of ’00 Richmond Hill slay

Police charged a Jamaica man Friday night with the December 2000 murder of a 48-year-old Richmond Hill man and were looking into the possibility that the dead man’s former wife ordered the killing, law enforcement sources and court papers said. Comment.

Ridgewood, Maspeth men arrested in LIC shooting

Two men from Ridgewood and Maspeth were arrested last week after a Long Island City nightclub shooting left a bouncer with a bullet wound to the hip, police said. Comment.

Lynn kicked out of race for Stavisky’s senate slot

The three Democratic candidates running in one of the most hotly contested races for the state Senate squared off for a debate last Thursday in Forest Hills to lay out their views for improving the 16th Senate District, just days before one of them said she was knocked off the ballot. Comment.

Editorial: Boom Town

According to developer Raymond Tan, the first phase of a luxury housing project being built along the East River in College Point will be ready by November. This phase will feature 62 two-family units with dramatic views of Manhattan and the East River. The second phase will include 54 units. When the construction is done, 232 families will find a luxury home in College Point. Comment.

Astoria man admits trying to sexually prey on girl, 13

An Astoria home contractor pleaded guilty this week to attempting to send indecent materials to an undercover cop he believed to be a 13-year-old girl, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: 105th Graffiti cleanup targets Merrick Blvd.

On the weekend prior to the recent Harmony Picnic a call from the 105th Precinct said there was an opportunity for Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens merchants along Merrick Boulevard to participate in Patrol Borough Queens South’s graffiti eradication initiative. Youth Officer Shirley Kirkland offered the help of Post 2105 Law Explorers, some of the adult advisors and even some police volunteers. Comment.

Shots fired at park jar neighbors

Two shots fired during a softball game at Juniper Valley Park last week caused no injuries but left residents with nagging concerns about whether the playgrounds and fields are still safe for their families. Comment.

Police stop suicide attempt at Kew Gds. Hills hotel

In a furious race against time last week, 102nd Precinct detectives tracked a Kew Gardens man who had left a suicide message for his wife and children on an answering machine to a Kew Gardens Hills hotel room, where they found him bleeding from self-inflicted wounds to his wrists and leg. Comment.

Inmate takes short jaunt out of LIC prison

An inmate made a brief escape from a Long Island City prison Sunday only to be apprehended hours later near his former Long Island residence, officials said. Comment.

Bayside boy finds support, hope at Schneider center

A telephone call to his Uncle Mitch and to his stepgrandmother to say goodbye was just what Logan Miller needed to help him move forward and put his anger aside. But the phone calls the 8-year-old Bayside resident made were not traditional calls. Comment.

Security guards replaced at Lindenwood community

The private Lindenwood security firm that failed to report last month’s barrage of anti-Semitic graffiti to police in a timely manner has been replaced, but the change was already scheduled to take place before the bias incident occurred, a security official said. Comment.

Avella calls for stricter boating laws after fatal crash

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is calling on the state Legislature to enact changes in boating laws after last month’s fatal boat collision on Little Neck Bay. Comment.

Ex-deputy beep to direct boro library capital plans

The Queens Borough Public Library named Peter Magnani, the former deputy borough president under Claire Shulman, as its director of capital projects to manage the construction and renovation of all of the county’s public libraries. Comment.

Rumors of new church irk Bayside

When the moving trucks came to 39-39 223rd St. in Bayside, Patricia Martin was surprised that her next door neighbors had not mentioned that they would be leaving. Comment.

Queens’ U.S. reps pursue voters in redrawn districts

Even though the population rose in Queens and New York City from 1990 to 2000, the rest of New York state did not grow as fast, which has led to the state losing two of its congressional seats in Washington. Comments (1).

Borough candidates wait to hear petition challenges

The election season kicked into high gear Monday when the city Board of Elections began it hearings on designating petitions for candidates vying to represent the borough in Congress and the state Legislature. Comment.

Man dies saving relative from Rockaway current

St. Albans resident Harold Dickerson died as he lived: a hero and a family man. Comment.

DEP manager shot in head, dies after LIC car accident

A supervisor with the city Department of Environmental Protection whose car crashed into a Long Island City building Friday after he was shot once in the head died three days later at Elmhurst Hospital Center, police and hospital officials said. Comment.

Dragon boat rowers sprint to victory in Meadow Lake

Stroking furiously to the staccato beat of drums, racers streaked across Meadow Lake at the 12th Annual Dragon Boat Festival in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last weekend. Comment.

New boro school rep humbled by selection

The new Queens education representative to the city’s Panel for Educational Policy may be replacing the borough’s former Board of Education member Terri Thomson, but Laurelton’s Evita Belmonte said she was ready to tackle a longstanding theme of her predecessor’s: school overcrowding. Comment.

Renaissance for Jamaica’s First Reformed Church

First in a series Comment.

Pilots say Rockaway crash was caused by malfunction

A pilots’ group has taken issue with a federal agency’s suggestion that turbulence or pilot error may have caused the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 at Belle Harbor in November, according to a published report. Comment.

Woodside flight student walks away from crash

A flight student from Woodside escaped with minor injuries Sunday night after crashing a plane during takeoff from an airfield in New Jersey, police said. Comment.

Flushing Mall stores eye holidays to boost business

Retailers at the Flushing Mall, one of downtown’s most ambitious development projects in recent years, report a slow summer and are counting on the holiday shopping season to boost sales. Comment.

NYPD honors new class at Youth Police Academy

Amid bursts of applause and cheers, about 750 students graduated from the New York Police Department’s eighth annual Youth Police Academy last Thursday at York College Theater in Jamaica. Comment.

Jamaica hopes to become tourism destination

With centuries of history, blocks of stores and a variety of cultural institutions, downtown Jamaica has everything it needs to become a tourist destination. Comment.

Bayside teen Holy Cross High’s man of the year

Richard Thornhill could be the ideal jack-of-all-trades. Comment.

Police find 100 lbs. of pot inside Woodside company

A routine patrol ended in a massive drug bust last week when two officers from the 108th Precinct stumbled across more than 100 pounds of marijuana in a Woodside storefront, police said. Comment.

SE Queens candidates tout education in assembly race

Six candidates for the 31st Assembly District in southeast Queens, including recently elected Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway), have filed petitions to vie for the Democratic nomination in the primary, but some could be knocked off the ballot by challenges. Comment.

Evicted man sets blaze at Sikh temple: Police

A homeless Hindu man angry over his eviction from the Richmond Hill Sikh temple where he was living returned last week and allegedly set fire to the house of worship, police and temple officials said. Comment.

Richmond Hill Sikh temple kitchen deemed hazardous

A traditional kitchen that fed thousands of people each week at the temporary quarters of the Sikh Cultural Society was shuttered by the city Buildings Department Monday afternoon because it lacked fire safety devices. Comment.

Jannaccio knocked out of assembly race

Richard Jannaccio, the Democratic activist who hoped to become Flushing’s new assemblyman, has been taken off the September primary ballot due to the Queens Democratic Party’s challenge of signatures he collected. Comment.

Astoria man dreams of serving in U.S. Army as medic

For Pvt. First Class Thomas Christopher Church, nothing comes more naturally than to play the part of the hero. Comment.

Boro bar workers oppose mayor’s smoking ban bill

Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has launched a campaign to ban smoking from most businesses, including bars, restaurants of all sizes and pool halls in a move that has bartenders and bar managers throughout Queens up in arms. Comment.

Fireman from Whitestone honored for 9/11 bravery

Thomas Casoria, the Whitestone firefighter who loved his job so much that his wardrobe was said to consist only of FDNY T--shirts, was mourned by hundreds at St. Luke’s Roman Catholic Church on Clintonville Street Friday. Comment.

Queens libraries target illegal use of computers

In compliance with a federal law, the Queens Public Library System is taking steps to ensure that Internet users at its facilities do not access inappropriate Web sites or use its computers for illegal activity such as hacking. Comment.

September decision due on 26th Ave. synagogue

While a Bayside congregation was still waiting this week for the city’s approval on its planned construction of a new synagogue, a Flushing church that has been building a new home in Little Neck has been borrowing space in which to hold services. Comment.

Queens group tours Shanghai Jewish museum

A group of Queens Jewish, Chinese and political leaders took a two-week trip to China to honor a Jewish museum and make connections between New York’s and China’s business communities. Comment.

Clark vying for another term in Assembly

State Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) is her own worst constituent. Whenever she sees something amiss in the community, she calls her office and tells them this or that needs to be taken care of and fixed. Comment.

College Pt. revitalizes biz district

The College Point Board of Trade has unveiled a plan to revitalize College Point Boulevard, adding old-fashioned street lights, larger trash cans and “theme banners” in a bid to improve the shopping district. Comment.

Crowley voices confidence over re-election campaign

Although the bulk of his district has been shifted from Queens to the Bronx and he faces a primary challenge from a former Bronx state senator, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) is confident about his ability to win a third term in office. Comment.

Avella wants CVS, grocery to share Whitestone space

Addressing the concerns of angry Whitestone residents, Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has proposed squeezing extra space out of a shutdown Key Food Supermarket to allow both a CVS Pharmacy and a food market to share the property. Comment.

Police Blotter: Four men wanted in connection with July Whitestone robbery

WHITESTONE — Police have compiled sketches of three of the four men wanted for robbing a home on July 27. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Recall days gone by at annual Catskills conference

For those with warm memories of summers spent during childhood and adolescence at the hotels and bungalow colonies of the Jewish Catskills, the 8th Annual Catskills Conference, to be held August 23-25 at Kutsher’s Country Club, is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends. Comment.

Celebrating the Irish at Belmont

Steve Duggan has a vision. Comment.

‘Gem’ of a shop moves over to Fresh Meadows

When Ed Bochner opened Gem Repair in 1951, he fixed broken vacuum cleaners and sewing machines in a small shop on Northern Boulevard in Flushing. Comment.

All a-flutter

To celebrate the monarch butterfly migration, “All A-Flutter,” an exhibition of stunning color photographs of Long Island and rain forest butterflies in their natural habitats, comes to sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area, from Aug. 24 through Sept. 22. An opening reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Old friends to compete for PG spot

I don’t talk to my brother Ron nearly enough. My elder sibling left Queens, or what my little brother Matthew refers to as the “urban foothills,” years ago, first for Florida, but now he calls San Antonio, Texas his home. Comment.

Queens’ Karsay still feeling his way with Yankees

“It just took me a while to get into a groove,” said Karsay, who signed a two-year deal with the New York Yankees last December. “Each game I’m getting better, but I’m not where I... Comment.

Brooklyn Bonnies edge Midville Dodgers 4-3 at Keyspan Park

What if? That’s the best way to describe the season for the Midville Dodgers junior squad. Fresh off a heartbreaking last inning loss in the NABF Regionals, Midville had one more shot at the prize when they faced the Brooklyn Bonnies in the Metro Federation finals at beautiful Keyspan Park in Coney Island. Comment.

Nick Derba: Blue chip prospect stays humble

Nick Derba collectedly waits by the gate at McClancy High School. Carrying an equipment bag and a catcher’s glove, the lean-looking senior doesn’t emit much emotion about his success. He may be the best all-around baseball player in the city next year, but Derba doesn’t like to flaunt it. Comment.

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