Saturday, March 22, 2003

CK boys best L.I. Lutheran, advance to state finals

GLENS FALLS - Bob Oliva remembers exactly where he was the last time the Christ the King boys' basketball team played Lincoln for the state Federation Class A championship. Comment.

Friday, March 21, 2003

Christ the King girls advance to play rival Bergtraum in finals

GLENS FALLS - Bob Mackey swears there's no rivalry and Shay Doron claims she doesn't even know any of the players on Murry Bergtraum. Comment.

Cathedral Prep falls to Brooklyn Friends in state semis, 56-50

GLENS FALLS - Bradd Wierzbicki knew Kyle Neptune was a great player heading into the state Federation Class C semifinals at the Glens Falls Civic Center Friday and the Cathedral Prep boys' basketball team did everything it could to try and stop Brooklyn Friends' 6-foot-4 senior. Comment.

Thursday, March 20, 2003

Early morning car accident takes Briarwood man’s life

A 44-year-old Briarwood man was killed early Sunday morning when the car he was driving was cut off by an alleged drunk driver on the westbound Grand Central Parkway near Avon Road, police said. The victim lost control of car and crashed into a tree. Comment.

Grodenchik criticizes Pataki plan at Flushing forum

In his first community forum since taking office at the beginning of the year, state Assemblyman Barry Grodenchik (D-Flushing) blasted Gov. George Pataki's budget plan for the upcoming fiscal year. Comment.

Family health center opens in Flushing

Costumed lions danced through an office building on Main Street last week to welcome a new clinic designed to provide better health care to Asian immigrants. Comment.

QKSA to hold final registration for baseball season March 26

Yankee Division players can not be 13 before Aug. 1, 2003 and Met Division players cannot be 15 before Aug. 1, 2003. Comment.

Willets Point trash proposal draws fire

One year after the state approved a plan to treat additional solid waste at a Willets Point transfer station, a proposal to process even more garbage at the site has drawn fire from borough politicians. Comment.

$90M condo complex planned for Flushing River

In the first major project for residential development on the Flushing waterfront, a Manhattan company hopes to soon break ground on a $90 million luxury condominium complex along the Flushing River. Comment.

College Point health care workers vote to form union

After a relatively calm organizing drive, hundreds of employees of a human service agency based in College Point have voted to unionize. Comment.

Marshall, Padavan oppose Walgreens

Two of the borough's most powerful politicians have asked the city to reject a variance necessary to build a Walgreens Pharmacy in College Point. Comment.

Midville Dodgers to hold open tryouts Saturday in Glendale

Call threatens ‘Columbine’ attack at Bayside HS: Cops

Students arriving at Bayside High School last Thursday morning found a cavalcade of police cars outside their school in response to an anonymous threat left on the principal's voice mail the night before. Comment.

Child brain tumor survivor to meet with Bush

A 9-year-old Douglaston girl who underwent an operation at Schneider Children's Hospital in New Hyde Park three years ago to remove a plum-sized brain tumor has been chosen to meet President Bush in Washington, D.C. and Mickey Mouse in Disney World as the state's Children's Miracle Network Champion. Comment.

Council honors Little Neck violin prodigy

He is only 9 years old. He is in the fourth grade. He plays a three-quarters size violin. And he has been playing for only 4 1/2 years. Comment.

Douglaston civic gives $2K to oppose Bayside Chabad

Douglaston Civic Association President Eliott Socci told members gathered at the Community Church of Douglaston Tuesday the group had pledged $2,000 to help the East Bayside Homeowners Association fight the expansion of a Chabad religious center in Bayside. Comment.

Anti-war protesters at Alley Pond call conflict ‘unjust’

About 80 candles illuminated the evening sky in Alley Pond Park Sunday, joining thousands of other flames lit around the borough, city and world in a vigil to protest the looming possibility of a U.S. war with Iraq. Comment.

Legion ready to aid boro families

As the borough prepares for war, one local group is taking steps to make sure that the families of men and women in uniform get the support they need. Comment.

OLBS PeeWee boys advance to CYO FinaI Four with win

OLBS, which was the Flushing East regular season champion with a perfect 14-0 record, never trailed in the game and a buzzer-beating shot by point guard Joey Salerno to end the first half kept OLBS ahead by six points. Comment.

Majority in boro council delegation favors Iraq war

As war with Iraq grew closer, the city council resolution against the looming military action sounded as conflicted in its final version as the Council vote itself. Comment.

Health officials brief Marshall on bioterror

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall expressed concern at her regular cabinet meeting about the borough’s vulnerability to bioterrorism because of its large immigrant population as the nation headed toward a war in Iraq. Comment.

Boro beefs up security for war

With the nation on the brink of war, authorities have stepped up security across the city in a preemptive move against terrorism, shoring up potentially vulnerable sites in Queens like the airports and East River crossings. Comment.

Addabbo aide hospitalized following ‘anthrax’ scare

Employees at Councilman Joe Addabbo’s (D-Howard Beach) district office had a scare last week when one worker was taken to the hospital after she was exposed to a suspicious white powder in a package, the councilman said. Comment.

Boro mourns slain police with close ties to Queens

Two Queens men who put their lives on the line and lost them as undercover police officers were mourned by thousands this week, the first members of the NYPD killed in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

Cops arrest Bayside man in Internet child sex sting

A Forest Hills man and a Bayside man were arrested last week on charges of engaging in sexually explicit online communications with undercover detectives who posed as young girls in chatrooms, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Call threatens ‘Columbine’ attack at Bayside HS: Cops

Students arriving at Bayside High School last Thursday morning found a cavalcade of police cars outside their school in response to an anonymous threat left on the principal’s voice mail the night before. Comment.

Cops trace missing man from Bayside to LI ferry

A car belonging to a missing Long Island man who was last seen in Bayside on Christmas Eve was found parked at a ferry station earlier this month, Nassau County police said. Comment.

Beep against expansion of Bayside Dialysis site

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has recommended that the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals turn down an application by the Bayside Dialysis Center to expand 1,841 square feet into its rear yard unless the center satisfies neighbors’ concerns about the project. Comment.

Bayside man settles brutality lawsuit with NYPD

Bayside civic leader Frank Skala said he and the city have agreed to a $7,500 settlement in an excessive-force lawsuit he filed a year after being removed from a 111th Precinct Community Council meeting in October 1998. Comment.

Weprin ends bid to join Council’s Latino caucus

City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has withdrawn his controversial bid to join the city’s Black, Hispanic and Asian Caucus. Comment.

Marshall names members to boro General Assembly

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall announced last week the creation of a community council charged with opening and maintaining a dialogue among the borough’s various ethnic, religious and racial groups. Comment.

‘Words, words, words’ fill my life with games

The title of this column includes a line from Shakespeare’s immortal “Hamlet.” It’s the troubled prince of Denmark’s bored reply when Laertes asks him what he’s reading: “Words, words, words.” Comment.

Give me its review, not its play-by-play

All I did was ask Carey how she liked the movie. Comment.

Review your estate plans after recent market shifts

Due to the market declines over the past few years, now may be a good time to review your estate-planning strategies. You want to ensure that the plans you made a few years ago still make sense in light of lower-equity portfolios and the higher real estate values here in Queens. Comment.

LIC biz has spotless reputation

John Mahdessian is a handy guy to have around when you’re in a jam — particularly that sticky kind of fruit jam that leaves a nasty purple splotch when it tumbles from a spoon to your lap. Comment.

How’s Business?: Insurance woes

Insurance is broken down into a number of categories. One sector that is a hot issue is contractors’ insurance, which is of vital importance not only to contractors, but indirectly to all of us, since increased insurance premiums inevitably drive up the price of construction. Comment.

Business Calender

10 a.m.–3 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, Flushing. A presentation by Alfred Graser, the general manager of JFK International Airport, starts at 11:30, followed by lunch. $35. RSVP with Billy McDermott at 718-746-6647 ext 24. Comment.


Sunday, March 23 - NAACP Jamaica Branch hosts an “Afternoon of Jazz” brunch at Thomasina from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Call 718-723-36753. Call 516-504-0830. Comment.

Queens Business Organizations

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Editoirial:  Rap legacy

The Intratec TEC-9 is a 9mm semiautomatic pistol with a magazine that can hold up to 50 rounds. In the hands of an angry, unstable young man, this weapon can do incredible damage. Imagine for one second the bloodshed if a gang member were to open fire with a TEC-9 on a crowded playground. Comment.

New DEP police trained to protect city’s water supply

The first graduates of the city Department of Environmental Protection’s Environmental Police Academy, the only one of its kind in the country, got their certificates last month and will help protect Queens’ water supply from future terrorist and pollution threats. Comment.

Editorial: The pride of Astoria

Congratulations to Steinway and Sons and the 500 employees who have made this company one of America’s great success stories. The manufacturer of the world’s best pianos recently celebrated its 150th anniversary. Although the company started manufacturing on the other side of the East River, it has been a part of Astoria since 1870. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Gardener’s growing grief buds from seeds of spring

He sang a song so lovely, so carefree and so gay, Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Political rites of spring usher in new columnist

Something is about to be added to the TimesLedger Newspapers and we hope you will enjoy it! With the untimely demise of columnist Arthur Nitzburg, a rather large void was left in the Queens political scene. Some people loved Arthur, some people disliked him, but everyone read his page. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Pets add love, laughter, stability to family life

When speaking about animals, some people refer to their pets as their babies, members of the family or, sometimes, their bosses. On the other hand, there are those who are unmoved even by the most pathetic animal tragedy and say, “They are ‘just animals.’” Comment.

The Civic Scene: New president steps up at Bayside Hills civic

The January 2003 issue of the Bayside Hills Civic Association announced that after six years as president of the Bayside Hills Civic Association, Jerry lannece has left that position but has not left civic activism. Iannece is now chairperson of Community Board 11. He was honored with a plaque from the civic association and his wife, Lynn. The award was presented by Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside) and a representative of state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose). Comment.

To The Point: Multicultural dancefest comes to Poppenhusen

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Spring may be around the corner, but gloves and scarfs are still in view. Comment.

Creator of ‘Nunsense’ comes to Queens’s APAC

Goggin, a former seminarian, was brought up in Roman Catholic schools where he had a happy parochial experience. He has made an enterprise out of funny nuns having written five shows about the sisters. “Nunsense,” the first in the series, ran off-Broadway for a record eight years. Comment.

Jazz trombonist Benny Powell to perform at LaGuardia PAC

During the jazz jam session, Powell will perform with the center’s house band. Comment.

McLaughlin considering mayoral run

State Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing), one of the more influential politicians in Queens and head of the New York City Central Labor Council, is eyeing a run for mayor. Comment.

LaGuardia CC hosts month-long celebration of deaf culture

All the events, which are held in the college’s main building at 31-10 Thomson Avenue, Long Island City, are free, open to the public, and are voice interpreted in English for the hearing. For reservations to the events or additional information call 718-482-5324 (voice) or 718-482-5325 (TTY). Comment.

Destination: Everywhere: New RAA exhibit takes viewer to distant lands

The exhibit, running March 22 through April 27 at the Rockaway Artists’ Alliance, consists of works in diverse media and genre, unified by a progressive underlying scheme. Comment.

Artist for a community: Fitzgerald works with schoolkids on painting project

Karen Fitzgerald, a visual artist based in Woodside and member of the Queens Council on the Arts is currently working with composer Carl MaultsBy of Rejoicensemble! on a collaborative project entitled “Eye on the Sparrow,” inspired by an African-American spiritual. The project additionally involves the participation of a group of high school students, who will work with a writer-in-residence to create a text, exploring the themes that are reflected in the song. Comment.

Delve into madness in QCC’s ‘Othello’

With its modern-day dress and staging, the Queensborough production makes Shakespeare’s work more accessible and compelling to a contemporary audience. Among literature’s greatest tragedies, “Othello” concerns a man of African heritage who is victimized in a white European society. “Othello,” the “Moor of Venice,” is ultimately done in by Iago’s ambition and by his own jealousy. Comment.

Boro economic group: ‘Take a bite of Queens’

Allow your palate to roam the world via a delectable melange of gastronomic sensations provided by some of the finest dining establishments and food purveyors in Queens County. Then — you be the judge. Cast your ballot for the best of Queens eats in the following categories: Best Appetizer, Best Entree, Best Dessert, and Best Beverage. Queens Borough President Helen Marshall will present the Queens Borough Eating Adventure Awards 2003 to the winners. Comment.

QTIP’s Rossi to take center stage in cabaret

On March 29 and 30, Queens Theatre in the Park, in its conclusion of the Newsday/Hoy Cabaret Series, presents its own Sam Rossi in “60’s Men of Emotion,” a tribute to the balladeers of the 1960s. Comment.

Theater, dance workshops offer summer to remember

The workshop was formerly held at the Garden School in Jackson Heights. Comment.

Higher learning celebrates Women’s History

March is Women’s History Month and a few of our local colleges are taking part in this month’s celebration. Comment.

CTK Royals upend St. Raymond’s, 71-54, for CHSAA state crown

The Christ the King varsity boys’ basketball team got a second chance and did not squander it. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Second chance earns CTK trip upstate

Bob Oliva knew what was coming and wanted to duck out of the way as soon as possible. “You’re going to ask me about the format,” said the Christ the King boys’ basketball coach following the Royals’ sound thumping of the St. Raymond’s Ravens in the CHSAA state championship game Sunday. “I don’t want to talk about the format.” Comment.

City bids adieu to token, April 12 last day to buy

Straphangers’ last chance to buy subway tokens will come April 12 as a prelude to the end of the line for the brass disc that has been New York City’s underground currency for a half century. Comment.

CK girls best St. Peter’s for ‘A’ state title

Winning the state CHSAA Class A girls’ basketball championship hasn’t become old or boring for Christ the King senior point guard Amanda LoCascio. It’s just different. Comment.

Molloy girls capture 1st CHSAA state championship

His team was 60 seconds away from making history and the most excited person on the bench for the Molloy girls’ basketball team was Marty Towey. Comment.

Cathedral cruises to CHSAA ‘C’ state crown

The Cathedral Prep Crusaders came out quickly and dominated Archbishop Walsh early before having to hold off a second-half charge by the team from Olean, N.Y. to win the CHSAA Class C state championship Sunday afternoon at Fordham University, 70-56. Comment.

Dining Out: Japanese, Korean delights in New Hyde Park

Japanese & Korean Restaurant Comment.

Satto: Japanese, Korean delights in New Hyde Park

The new owners of Satto, on Union Turnpike just west of Lakeville Road, reorganized the space. (Restaurant designers take note: Its fresh new approach would be of interest to you). This narrow restaurant has been airily compartmentalized with blonde wood. And the art is striking square black and white Orientals, framed in silver. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

Boro teen places 8th in national science competition

After undergoing a week of final round judging in Washington, D.C., a Bronx High School of Science student from Forest Hills placed eighth in the prestigious national Intel Science Talent Search competition. Comment.

CB 7 opposes Whitestone church festival

For more than two decades, people from all over the borough have descended on Whitestone to taste traditional Greek foods, shop at flea markets and talk with friends at the Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Church's annual festival at the beginning of June. Comment.

McClancy hockey drops ‘C’ championship series, 2-1

Kevin Moran’s eyes widened and he felt like he was about to drool. Comment.

Gianaris backs incentives for films shot in New York

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) announced plans to push for a tax credit to encourage film production in New York during an appearance at Community Board 1's district cabinet meeting last Thursday. Comment.

Garbage takes on new life at LIC materials reuse site

Who knew garbage could be so cool? Comment.

Dancer slain in Woodside stab: Brown

A Flushing man out on bail in an attempted rape case allegedly killed an exotic dancer in her Woodside apartment last week by stabbing her in the shower after they returned home together, authorities said. Comment.

Woodhaven rallies to save Engine Co. 293

Hundreds of Woodhaven residents filled 87th Street Saturday shouting "Save Our Station" to protest the proposed closing of the firehouse that dispatches Engine 293, which has protected the community since 1915. Comment.

Ed center for immigrants graduates first class

Rosalba's Lunch is a vegetarian's dream. Comment.

CB 5 proposes use of ‘beautification’ crews

The streets of Community Board 5 may get scoured by regular clean-up crews under a community beautification plan floated by District Manager Gary Giordano at last week's meeting. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Japhet McNeil

School: Christ the King Comment.

Cops arrest Middle Village man in Internet child sex sting

A Forest Hills man and a Bayside man were arrested last week on charges of engaging in sexually explicit online communications with undercover detectives who posed as young girls in chatrooms, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Middle Village street renamed for fallen bravest

As a firefighter, Capt. Patrick Waters tried everything, learning all he could about every aspect of his job at some of the busiest stations in the city. Comment.

DEC reveals details of deal to clean up PS 65

The state Department of Environmental Conservation has revealed details of a deal with Endzone Inc., formerly Ozone Industries Inc., to submit a plan to clean up the toxic plume underneath PS 65 in Ozone Park. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens locals turn sights toward NCAA tournament

Royal Ivey says he attended Cardozo for its acclaimed dance program, so it’s only appropriate that the former Judges standout is among six Division I players from Queens to play in the Big Dance, the 65-team NCAA tournament that starts Thursday. Comment.

Cops arrest Forest Hills man in Internet child sex sting

A Forest Hills man and a Bayside man were arrested last week on charges of engaging in sexually explicit online communications with undercover detectives who posed as young girls in chatrooms, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Cops nab Howard Beach man in trash scheme bust

Three men from Howard Beach, Ozone Park and Bayside were arrested and indicted last week for allegedly working for an unlicensed and unregulated trash company in the Rockaways that earned more than $2.3 million in illegal profits, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Addabbo aide hospitalized following ‘anthrax’ scare

Employees at Councilman Joe Addabbo's (D-Howard Beach) district office had a scare last week when one worker was taken to the hospital after she was exposed to a suspicious white powder in a package, the councilman said. Comment.

Community Board 9 elects to keep slate of officers

Community Board 9 re-elected its slate of officers March 11 and approved a recommendation to the city requesting a zoning variance to build a new residential complex on Jamaica Avenue in Richmond Hill. Comment.

Former SJU standout traded to MetroStars

After spending less than half a season in Columbus, Ohio — and making just one appearance with the Crew — former St. John’s soccer standout Jeff Matteo will begin his first full season in Major League Soccer with the New York/New Jersey MetroStars, who traded for the 22-year-old midfielder last Thursday. Comment.

Turnaround gets school state award

A Jamaica elementary school that pulled up its state test scores by double-digit margins is Queens’ most improved school, earning it an award from the state’s Business Council. Comment.

St. John’s settles for NIT after failure in Big East

It was the situation the St. John’s men’s basketball team wanted, it was the shot Marcus Hatten wanted and it was the matchup the sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden wanted. Comment.

Residents launch survey of cancer rates in Hollis

A handful of southeast Queens residents began a three-month cancer survey Saturday, going door-to-door to chart incidence of the disease in Hollis, Jamaica and St. Albans, where drinking water may have been tainted with dangerous chemicals in the 1970s. Comment.

Queens Public Library director to resign post

After leading America’s busiest public library system for nine years, Gary Strong, director of the Queens Borough Public Library, will leave his post this summer. Comment.

Vegan trial begins with details of starvation

The prosecutor in the assault trial of a Queens Village vegan couple lashed out at the defendants Monday, describing the condition of their emaciated child in chilling detail and calling their actions “so wanton and so extreme that in the end it was criminal.” Comment.

JFK shelter still debated by SE nabe

Although the city and the Salvation Army are trying to make the Carlton House homeless shelter a better neighbor for the community near Kennedy Airport, residents still want the facility out of the area, officials said at a town hall meeting on group homes. Comment.

Queens Village transsexual charged in bank rob string

A Queens Village transsexual who allegedly went on a monthlong bank-robbing spree to pay for hormone treatments to make him look like a woman was arrested last week and charged with robbery, police said. Comment.

Housing development plan causes concern

A housing development planned for an unoccupied plot in Queens Village should revitalize the area, its builders contend, but some residents and community leaders worry about the effect on traffic and parking. Comment.

Universal pre-k programs touted at Briarwood meet

Queens pre-school parents, teachers and administrators gathered in the auditorium of JHS 217 in Briarwood last Thursday night to talk about the importance of maintaining the state-funded universal pre-kindergarten program, which is slated to be cut from next year’s budget. Comment.

Peter Gotti found guilty after 10-week jury trial

Peter Gotti, the brother of late mob boss John Gotti and a Howard Beach resident, was convicted Monday by an anonymous jury in Brooklyn federal court of racketeering and other charges that he had assumed control of the Gambino organized crime family. Comment.

High-ranked District 26 fights school regrouping

Hundreds of parents packed a community forum last Thursday night demanding answers to what Mayor Michael Bloomberg's changes in school governance would mean for children in School District 26, the city's top-ranked district. Comment.

Weprin ends bid to join Council’s Latino caucus

City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has withdrawn his controversial bid to join the city's Black, Hispanic and Asian Caucus. Comment.

Queens’ Brown helps UConn reach Big East finals

Taliek Brown has played 90 games, starting 84 for the University of Connecticut men’s basketball team. So many games, so many points, so many assists. Comment.

Fresh Meadows eatery hosts Purim celebration

Members of the Jewish outreach group Atlas celebrated the Jewish holiday Purim at the Gan Eden restaurant in Fresh Meadows Monday night with music, a traditional reading of the Megillah story, food and a stand-up comedy show by a comedian rabbi. Comment.

Queens College reflects on life of new immigrants

For years, Queens has been called one of the most diverse places on the planet. Comment.

Glen Oaks residents claim 8-block stretch is a ‘drag’

Twice each day during the morning and evening rush hours reckless commuters turn a stretch of 80th Avenue in Glen Oaks into a treacherous speedway, local residents say. Comment.

Gennaro, Katz lead talks on proposed budget cuts

Councilman Jim Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) and representatives of various non-profit city groups spoke March 12 at a forum in JHS 190 about the budget process and ways the city could obtain revenues without cutting services. Comment.

Optometrics Eye Care edges Pizza Chef for win

Optometrics Eye Care chalked up a big win over Pizza Chef. Optometrics is finally getting on track with strong defense led by power forwards Scott Seminerio and Mike Slattery. Great hustle by Alexander Chateau and Mike Conklin sealed the victory. Comment.

Transit group lists 7 train among city’s cleanest lines

Some of the city’s cleanest and at least one of its dirtiest trains carry subway riders through Queens, the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign reported in its periodic “shmutz” survey. Comment.

Commerce Bank announces expansion into Queens

The bank that dubs itself “America’s most convenient” announced this week an aggressive expansion into Queens that will open five branches in the borough by year’s end. Comment.

Police Blotter: LIC man, Jamaica woman arrested on counterfeit check charges

MANHATTAN — A Long Island City man and a Jamaica woman — both employees of the New York City Housing Authority — were arrested on charges of trying to cash counterfeit checks worth $4,800, officials said. Comment.

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