Thursday, March 18, 2004

Doug Hill residents push historic district at forum

Still, Landmarks Preservation Commission Chairman Robert Tierney promised the near-capacity crowd at Zion Episcopal Church that "we're doing everything we can to move (the process) expeditiously." Comment.

Queens ballers shine at Big East Tournament

For Taliek Brown, Uka Agbai, Mark McCarroll and Charlie Villanueva, the Big East men’s basketball tournament at Madison Square Garden meant more than just a homecoming. Comment.

LIJ hoping to construct Marcus Ave. traffic exit

But despite seeking the second exit, hospital administrators contend their single main exit is adequate even if the new garage is built. Comment.

College Round-up: Brown, Merritt lead Richmond to ‘Big Dance’

For Reggie Brown, it’s his last chance, while for Daon Merritt, it’s his first dance. Comment.

Bayside’s Ackerman voices support for Howard Stern

But he's found a friend in U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.

Clinton promises Queens added money for schools

U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) came to Queens Monday with a vow to build more seats for children in the city’s most overcrowded schools and a promise to help clean up the borough’s industrial wastelands. Comment.

Monserrate seeks to extend exemptions for sign rules

Dat Hoa Quach’s discount store sat unbothered along a busy stretch of 103rd Street in Corona for 18 years. Then about two years ago, the city Department of Buildings decided that his awning was in violation of a 1962 ordinance that limits the size, type and content of the text that adorns shopkeepers’ entrances. Comment.

Police officers rescue 2 from Hoyt Avenue blaze

Three Queens police officers rescued two people from a burning building on Hoyt Avenue Friday in an early morning blaze that injured eight people, according to police. Comment.

District 29 plans to switch some local schools to K-8

As the city Department of Education weighs eliminating most of the city’s middle schools, School District 29 is proceeding with its own plan to convert a number of primary schools into K-8 facilities by the fall. Comment.

Rosedale teen recruited girl prostitute: DA

A Rosedale teenager was charged last week with recruiting and training a 15-year-old girl to work as a prostitute in Queens Plaza South, Jamaica and the Rockaways, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Jackson Hts. man accused of revealing cop info online

New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly last week ordered the department’s legal division to file civil charges against a Queens man who is operating a Web site that reveals personal data about 70 city police officers, a police spokesman said. Comment.

CUNY week aims to maintain school’s funds

Faculty members at York College gathered in the school’s Atrium Tuesday to kick off CUNY Week and urge their colleagues and students to take political action to protect the state and city funding the university receives. Comment.

Bayside councilman eyes mayoral run in 2005 race

Queens Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) may take on Mayor Michael Bloomberg when he runs for re-election next year in a bid to change the way city works. Comment.

Huang begins construction of 4 houses on Bayside lot

A bulldozer, a truck and drawings of four houses were spotted on the 223rd Street lot in Bayside owned by Flushing developer Thomas Huang, signaling a start to controversial construction on the property. Comment.

Car plows through window of Bayside store

A 64-year-old Fresh Meadows woman lost control of her car and crashed through the front of the Mandee clothing store on Bell Boulevard Friday, causing no injuries but leaving behind a mess of shattered glass. Comment.

Bayside’s Ackerman voices support for Howard Stern

New York’s raunchy radio host Howard Stern has been dealt a few blows this month with his recent firing from six Clear Channel stations and the threat of federal regulations designed to impose heavy fines on him and other entertainers using the airwaves who do not tone down their acts. Comment.

Disaster drill preps crews for evacuations from Shea

While the Mets got ready for the baseball season at spring training in Florida, the city’s emergency personnel borrowed Shea Stadium Sunday for a little training of their own. Comment.

College Pt. contractor gets 5-year probation sentence

The last contractor convicted of dumping illegal construction waste on the College Point ballfields was sentenced Tuesday to five years’ probation and $25,000 restitution, law enforcement officials said. Comment.

Little Neck woman urges gun safety through march

Little Neck resident Joan Gold will never forget the time she and her husband were held up at gunpoint while on vacation in St. Martin more than a decade ago. Comment.

Flushing Airport proposal draws hundreds in protest

About 400 people clogged the intersection of 20th Avenue and the Whitestone Expressway service road Saturday afternoon to protest the city’s plan to bring 180 wholesale businesses to the former Flushing Airport site. Comment.

Doug Hill residents push historic district at forum

Douglaston Hill residents turned out in force last week for a meeting with city officials to discuss landmark status for their neighborhood but received no guarantees on when the area would be designated or which houses would be preserved. Comment.

Murray Hill WTC survivor details experience in book

When psychologist Linda Daniels of Murray Hill heard the boom from the plane slamming into the building that day in September, she looked out the window of her corner office on the 62nd floor of the North Tower and was shocked by the sight. Comment.

Queens’ Altino piano duo to return to Lincoln Center

Haitian born and Queens raised, the brothers made their professional debut at Lincoln Center in May 2002 to exemplary reviews shortly after receiving masters degrees from the Manhattan School of Music. Both Nerva and Robenson learned to read by imitating words on Sesame Street while their mother helped them with the Haitian translations. Watching Vladimir Horowitz and Andre Watts on public television affirmed their decision to become pianists. Comment.

LaG CC offers arts biz classes

The three evening classes — Getting Started in the Arts, Budgeting for the Arts, and Computer Technology and the Arts — will benefit those working in the arts, community organizations, or both. Comment.

Young artists on display at LaGuardia

The Children’s Art Carnival, which was founded in 1969 as an outreach program of the Museum of Modern Art, provides at-risk and under-served youths with the skills and opportunities that will enable them to realize their potential through the use of visual and communication arts. Comment.

Flushing family of 9/11 Bravest plan 3rd benefit

The family of Firefighter Michael Cawley, who died at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, has scheduled their third annual benefit party in his honor. Comment.

Queens Theatre to host world-renowned rumba

They will bring their spirit and talent to Queens Theatre in the Park Saturday, March 20, at 8 p.m. as part of the JP Morgan Chase Latino Cultural Series. Comment.

Queensboro lecture examines problem of ‘meaning’ in music

Is music a language? Do musical works have “meaning?” Join Dr. Martin Kutnowski at Queensborough Community College’s seventh presidential lecture, slated for Wednesday, March 24. The lecture, “From Regis Philbin to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: The Problem of Meaning in Music” will explore answers to these and other questions. Works from the tonal repertoire and musical curtains of well-known TV shows will provide a springboard for this lively and informative presentation by Kutnowski, Assistant Professor of Music. Comment.

Queens cabaret singer to play Carnegie Hall

The production is a lighthearted account of an aspiring singer’s journey from the Midwest to the to the New York City stage. Weaving through monologues and music, the autobiography consists of arias such as “Recondita armonia” from Puccini’s “Tosca,” to musical theater pieces like “I’m the Greatest Star’ and “A New Life” from “Jekyll and Hyde.” Comment.

Ethnicity is key in new QTIP play set in boro

In Elmhurst, touted in the play as the most ethnically diverse neighborhood on the planet, the last Messapian family prepares for its only son Jan’s wedding day. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment.

Learn how to open your own day care center

Topics will include: what is family or group family day care; requirements and registration process; home inspection; independent networks; and questions and answers. The speaker will be Emily Goldberg of the Jewish Child Care Association of New York. Comment.

Editorial: To build orn ot to build?

Where is Solomon when your really need him? Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Boro Jewish residents focus on Middle East divide

I always paid attention to events in the Middle East and efforts to bring peace to the region. From my Jewish heritage and its focus on the Promised Land to an early fascination with T.E. Lawrence after watching the epic film “Lawrence of Arabia” — still my favorite — I followed the wars, the efforts at peace and the terrorism that found its way here when hijacked jetliners toppled the Twin Towers. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Whitestone barbers provide cutting edge in service

When one barber gives another barber a haircut, it is ear-rest time. Comment.

Queens civics vote to oppose zoning changes

Dozens of Queens civic leaders voted unanimously Monday night against a proposal intended to restrict the ability of houses of worship and medical offices to move into residential areas. Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Gourmets get a taste of Queens at Terrace on Park

At long last spring is on its way. This column was written last Thursday, which was one of those breathtakingly beautiful days, the kind that makes you feel it is great just to be alive. Enjoy the hiatus as spring is such a short time between the cold, dark, damp winter and the relentlessly hot, humid summer. Comment.

Point opf View: Flushing Airport plan would buoy local economy

A positive move to change the fate of an abandoned airport has kicked up dust in northwestern Queens. Comment.

Teen Talk: Residents can see world without leaving Queens

If you saw the movie “Men in Black,” you have to remember how much fun it was to see the World’s Fair Unisphere (eventually blown up), the two towers that were supposedly capped with flying saucers and Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith racing upside-down through the Queens Midtown Tunnel. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Jamaica library honors African-American actor

So much has happened in Queens since the beginning of 2004 that catching up on the important topics of the past, present and future must spread beyond monthly barriers. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Fresh Meadows builders jeopardize quality of life

For years I have written columns about different communities that are under siege by developers, community facilities or homeowners who do not want to follow our city’s zoning rules. Now my own West Cunningham Park Civic area is under siege. If various changes are permitted, the very nature and quality of life in Fresh Meadows could change for the worse. Comment.

Police Blotter: Burglary incidents drop after recent arrests at 111th

Capt. Thomas Pilkington said the 111th, which covers Bayside, Douglaston, Little Neck, Oakland Gardens and part of Auburndale, was averaging about 15 burglaries a week this year. Comment.

Borough bikers brake for Buddy’s

A Flushing bicycle store has maintained a reputation of providing good service and reliable parts for more than 51 years, its owner said, despite increasing competition from chain stores making their presence felt in a developing borough. Comment.

How’s Business?: Smoking taxes

It has been said that those who do not learn from the past are condemned to relive it. In the early part of the last century we had a period known as the Roaring ’20s. During this entire decade and spilling into several years of the next it was illegal to buy or sell alcoholic beverages. Comment.

Business Calendar

March 24- Learn how to strategically lead your business in an uncertain environment, how to better market your business, and how to raise a pink cow, with Kathy Yohalem, author of “Thinking Out of the Box” 8 – 9:30 a.m. Sterling National Bank, 30-00 47th Ave., LIC. RSVP to 718-383-6120. Comment.

No.7 train tops city’s dirtiest list

New York City Transit subway cars are cleaner overall despite cuts in the number of cleaning personnel, with R trains showing the most dramatic improvement in cleanliness in the entire transit system, according to a recent survey. Comment.

Fund-raisers

Sat., March 27 - Queens Child Guidance Center holds its annual gala dinner dance at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows with cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m. to honor Carol Gresser, Anthony Mannarino, Amran Niazi and Joseph Ficalora. Black Tie suggested. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Sebastian’s circus comes to Queens

For the last two weekends I have had to battle through crowds at St. John’ s University, had to fight for my supposedly reserved seat along press row and basically had to deal with a bunch of yahoos I have never seen before during my 14 years as a high school sports reporter. Comment.

Molloy, McClancy win city hockey crowns

Sean Kearney has heard it for four years: The Molloy hockey team rolls through the regular season only to falter in the playoffs. Comment.

Cardozo holds off Sheepshead in semis, 52-45

Cardozo may have been the No. 1 seed heading into Saturday’s PSAL Class A semifinals, but it was by no means the top draw. Comment.

Molloy, Christ the King ready for CHSAAA states

The Archbishop Molloy varsity girls’ basketball team joined Christ the King as the second borough team to advance to the Catholic High School Athletic Association state finals, to be held Sunday at St. John’s University. Comment.

Dining Out: Flushing’s Spicy & Tasty lives up to its name

Sometimes there’s truth in advertising. Like at Spicy & Tasty, a Flushing restaurant whose food is both. They specialize in Szechuan dishes that are full of what might make Emeril Lagasse yell “Bam!” Comment.

West Side Tennis Club to host 3 tournaments

"This is a historical moment," said Lee Hamilton, the executive director of the United States Tennis Association, at a March 10 luncheon in the dining room of the club. "Forest Hills was the home of the US Open and this year, with three tournaments, it will once again become (the venue for) one of the premier sporting events in the U.S. and the world." Comment.

Runaway engine injures four in Maspeth

The National Transportation Safety Board said the March 10 incident could have been prevented had crew members used a back-up system - the hand brake and wooden blocks behind the engine's wheels - as required by LIRR regulations. Crew members told the NTSB they had set the main air brake system. Comment.

Crowley wants to pursue business deals with India

During a press luncheon at the Delhi Palace restaurant in Jackson Heights last week, Crowley indicated that India's burgeoning middle class - some 300 million strong - could represent a tremendous untapped opportunity for American businesses. Comment.

Forest Hills rabbi takes city position

"Manny's a great guy, the speaker knows him and thinks he'd be an asset to reach out to the people in Queens, in particular, and in other parts of the city as well," said Fred Baldassaro, a spokesman for Miller. "We're looking forward to it." Comment.

Hookah bars on Steinway burned by city crackdown

"You come in here an hour, an hour and a half to smoke and then go," Alali said, exhaling a plume of smoke Monday in the Egyptian Cafe near 25th Avenue. Comment.

Lewis girls earns trip to Garden to battle Bergtraum

Alaina Davis said she and her teammates on the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team have been reminded about last year’s shocking overtime loss to Curtis in the semifinals since September. Comment.

Peralta, Sabini urge hike in state’s minimum wage

A bill to increase the minimum wage incrementally over the next year and a half passed the Democrat-controlled state Assembly earlier this month. Comment.

Maspeth teacher charged for sex with girl

Cheryl Reyna, 32, of 60-17 60th Place, a Spanish teacher at Martin Luther High School, was charged with committing a criminal sexual act, sexual misconduct, endangering the welfare of a child and sexual abuse, according to Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment.

Architects unveil five plans for Queens Olympic village

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, surrounded by a slew of press photographers, milled around the designs before addressing the crowd of media at the official designation of the five finalists. Comment.

Parking at Trade Fair unfair, says civic leader

Woodhaven resident Maria Thomson, president of the 102nd Precinct's Community Council, said more than 186 residents have signed a petition requesting that the Trade Fair store at 130-10 Metropolitan Ave. increase its parking capacity so cars do not flood nearby residential thoroughfares 130th and 131st streets. Comment.

Heartbreak for St. John’s Prep in title game

He has brought the St. John’s Prep boys’ basketball team to the CHSAA Class A city championship game three other times and for longtime Red Storm coach Jimmy Gatto, his fourth — and possibly last — trip brought about the same result as LaSalle Academy upset St. John’s Prep, 62-60, Friday night at Iona College in New Rochelle. Comment.

Richmond Hill historian to discuss local painting

And even fewer people know about the history of the artist, Philip Evergood, who painted the scene as part of the U.S. government's Works Progress Administration that hired the unemployed for federal projects during the Great Depression. Comment.

Hindu paraders pass safely despite SW boro concerns

An estimated 50,000 people came to the event, undeterred by cold weather and a new restriction limiting the use of traditional powder and liquid in the celebration, said Ramesh Kalicharran, the parade's co-founder. He said more than 24 floats were created to ferry people along 133rd Street on the way to Smokey Park, where celebrants were addressed by such dignitaries as the former prime minister of Trinidad and Tobago. Comment.

CUNY week aims to maintain school’s funds

The week features events at City University of New York campuses around the city to spark political action and education among staff and students. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Sean Kearney

Name: Sean Kearney Comment.

Bellerose teacher charged in hate crime graffiti case

Yolanda Moorjaney, 31, of 247th Street allegedly used a black marker to write two phrases, both of which contained the word "nigger," the DA said. Moorjaney, who the DA's office said is part Caucasian and part South Asian, was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime and faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Comment.

District 29 plans to switch some local schools to K-8

"If you keep a child in the same environment from kindergarten to eight, they will do better," School Board 29 President Nat Washington said. Comment.

District 29 plans to switch some local schools to K-8

"If you keep a child in the same environment from kindergarten to eight, they will do better," School Board 29 President Nat Washington said. Comment.

Ozone Park homeowners decry flurry of inspections

The residents, some of whom also operate legal businesses in portions of their residences, contended that the city Department of Buildings, Housing Authority and Fire Department have worked in tandem to investigate false claims that homes have been illegally converted to make room for additional living space. Those living on 105th Street said they had no knowledge about who is making the charges. Comment.

Rosedale guard gets jail for beating father, sister

Renee Dasque, 38, of 249-11 147th Road in Rosedale, cried before she received the sentence and continued to insist that she was hiding while her father and sister were beaten with a 6-foot metal pipe in July 2001. Comment.

Early deficit dooms title hopes for Van Buren girls

It was a foreign scenario for the Van Buren girls’ basketball team. Comment.

Female St. Albans officer seduced teenage boy: DA

Danielle Moore, 42, of St. Albans was arrested last Thursday and charged in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens with seducing a 14-year-old boy twice between October 2003 and last month, Brown said. Comment.

Jamaica biz group to study homes, retail near AirTrain

The Greater Jamaica Development Corp. and its subsidiary, the Jamaica Capital Corp., are hoping to use a combination of housing, retail, office and hotel developments to create JFK Corporate Square, an off-airport site for air industry support services, said John Markunas, director of development for the project. Comment.

Man guilty in 2001 slay of pal’s wife

Lenwood "Smoke" Evans, 26, of 134-35-166th Place, was found guilty of murder in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Monday, a day after the third anniversary of the shooting of Kimberly John, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

MTA proposes changing Q15 in Whitestone

The service changes were scheduled to be discussed at an informational meeting of the city Transit Committee of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board on Monday, March 29, at 10 a.m. in the MTA headquarters at 347 Madison Ave. in Manhattan. Comment.

Neighbors reach compromise on Martins Field park

The city Department of Parks and Recreation plans include an expansive memorial park with a playground at the northern end of the park between 164th and 165th streets at 46th Avenue in Flushing where active recreation would not be permitted. Comment.

Murderer gets 20-year jail term for shooting of College Pt. man

Vadim Traut, 54, who worked as a mechanical engineer for a food-processing plant in Maspeth, was found guilty last month of second degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Comment.

Flushing councilman eyes bookstore for parking lot

The Economic Development Corp. has issued its request for proposals for architects interested in developing the 1,100-space parking deck in busy downtown Flushing retail area. Comment.

Boro Board may halt Flushing Airport plan

It is up to the Queens Borough Board whether the city can purchase the property, Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said, unless the Economic Development Corp. pulls the proposal first. Comment.

Liccese, longtime coach at Our Lady of Lourdes, dies

They arrived in droves, basketball coaches and players from all around to remember Ron Liccese, a longtime CYO coach who died March 2 from complications from diabetes at Flushing Hospital Medical Center. He was 55. Comment.

Mayor initiative creates six new borough schools

Springfield Gardens, Flushing and the Rockaway Peninsula will get six new small schools in September as part of the mayor’s initiative to reduce the number of large educational sites throughout the borough, the city’s top official said last Thursday. Comment.

Jackson Heights station facelift is right on track

Ask Seymour Portes what’s new at the Jackson Heights-Roosevelt Avenue subway and bus station and his answer’s simple. Comment.

Borough lawmakers decry social promotion vote

Three Queens City Council members Tuesday questioned how and why Mayor Michael Bloomberg forced a vote on a citywide policy to prevent the social promotion of third-graders who fail a standardized test. Comment.

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