Friday, April 23, 2004

El Patio brings Spanish tapas to Bayside

We now have the best of both eating customs right here in Bayside with El Patio. Light eaters can have tapas as their early evening meal and serious heavy eaters can enjoy the generous servings served from the main course and pasta sections of the menu. Comment.

Queens Historical puts on ‘Roadshow’ of its own

Two local experts, Joan Kindler and Alexander Katlan, offered verbal opinions on the... Comment.

theater et al makes debut in its new Queens setting

Although “Audit” was inspired by the “ethically dubious” vagaries of the payouts to families of victims of the terrorist attacks on the World... Comment.

Queen of Martyrs to honor late music director Pretzer

Now celebrating its 20th anniversary year,... Comment.

Queens Library starts week-long celebration

During the free event held in the... Comment.


If you are a caregiver to anyone with any such memory disorder the Alzheimer’s Adult Day Care Program, 157-16 65 Ave., can help. Call 718-358-3514 for further information. Comment.

A window on immigration

The transition people experience when moving from one town, city or state to another is often overwhelming. That shift in ones life is even more severe when relocating to a new country, speaking a new language and trying to fit in to a new culture while being sure to retain some sense of self and cultural identity. Comment.

theater et al leaves Manhattan for Queens digs Off-Off Broadway group shifts gears to take over Long Island City confectioner’s space

The critically acclaimed experimental theater company, formerly based in Manhattan, makes its outer borough debut with “Audit,” an original performance... Comment.

Thursday, April 22, 2004

Flushing ladies hit lotto jackpot with new game

"The store was out," she said in a statement issued by the New York Lottery. "I tried the 'Set for Life' ticket instead. Talk about winning all the marbles." Comment.

Home is where the wins are for Bryant girls’ soccer

The Owls’ field is about 20 yards narrower than most fields from sideline to... Comment.

Bayside leader vows to revive dormant civic

“It’s imperative that the community have an active civic association,” said Tshaka, acting... Comment.

CHSHL All-Queens teams

Chris Ryan Jr. Fwd. Holy Cross Comment.

Jews honor Dominicans’ help during Holocaust

Thousands of miles from her native Dominican Republic, Elena Abreu recalled the hard work of a people who years ago transformed the dusty, arid land of her tiny seaside village into a thriving town with its own synagogue, sanitation system, schools and dairy production facilities. Comment.

Bayside muni lot closed for asphalt work

The lot, which has about 90 spaces at 214th Place and 41st Avenue, closed Monday and was slated to reopen... Comment.

St. Joseph’s set to close in Flushing

“The hospital system is... Comment.

Richmond Hill Mob clinic closed as ‘fraud factory’: DA

A medical clinic in Richmond Hill that allegedly operated under the protection of the Bonanno crime family was shut down and five lawyers, three doctors and a dentist were indicted in an insurance scam run out of the so-called “fraud factory,” the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

CHSHL Coach of the Year

Internal pressure from not winning a championship in the five-year history of the Molloy hockey team and the external pressure from trying to compete with the rich championship history of almost every sport —... Comment.

Forest Hills group urges reform on ‘Blvd. of Death’

The 7.1-mile thoroughfare has been the site of 83... Comment.

MTA to take over Queens’ private bus lines

Riders of Queens’ private bus lines will face a 50-cent fare hike but will get better service when the Metropolitan Transportation Authority takes over the city’s seven private lines by July 1, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and MTA Chairman Peter Kalikow said Monday. Comment.

PS 199 showcases youths’ community service efforts

Rogers designed the mural that now adorns a... Comment.

2004 CHSHL Player of the Year

And what a choice it made as Sean Kearney lived up to the billing, leading the Stanners to the CHSHL... Comment.

Cops arrest 3 teens in train heists

Fareed Hosein, 19, and Joel Nieves, 18, both from Manhattan, and an... Comment.

City HS track meet comes to Astoria Park

Astoria Park hosted the first citywide outdoor high school track meet Friday and Saturday, drawing more than 1,500 athletes from over 100 New York City... Comment.

City yet to raze illegal tribute to Astoria boy

The family of Stefan Trajkovski, a boy killed... Comment.

Ridgewood deaths spur 104th plan

Just 10 days after a fatal shooting in a... Comment.

CB 5 approves Maspeth building variance

It recommended the city approve a variance for the mixed residential and commercial... Comment.

Gennaro digs Earth Week at Flushing organic farm

Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) stopped by the farm Monday to promote environmental awareness just days before Earth Day. Comment.

SJU’s Tosoni named Big East Pitcher of the Week

After taking the win in a split at No. 9 Notre Dame April 12, the Canadian southpaw... Comment.

Boro residents ‘fair’ well at Belmont Park festival

“We’re not freaks, no,” said Daniel Lancellotti of Sunnyside, 28, as he... Comment.

Tietz residents, guests reflect on Holocaust

Luscher’s father was a survivor who escaped to the state that would... Comment.

Floral Pk. Guardsmen dies in crash on Grand Central

Alfred Otero, 53, of 74th Avenue, fell... Comment.

School Bd. 29 complains it is shut out of ed plans reforms

“They have not sent us any literature on this process,”... Comment.

Flushing ladies hit lotto jackpot with new game

Vilma Grace Gutierrez, a 48-year-old hair salon owner, went to Hyun Zee Farm on Union... Comment.

College Pt. biz gives TLC for cars

It’s one of many cars he has restored at his College Point business, Paulea’s Quick Lube, on... Comment.

The Butler Did It: Queens coaches left out in cold for SJU assistant jobs

Well, actually, I won’t say it because bragging about picking one of three assistant coaches at St. John’s is like picking the first of a trifecta at Belmont. Comment.

Small-community spirit thrives in Forest Hills

Is the small merchant becoming a thing of the past or is there a place for the mom-and-pop stores in this era of mass merchants and discount chain stores? The answer lies within our own neighborhoods. The residents of our local communities can keep their shopping local and the neighborhood merchants can fight for their customers. And this is what it has come down to. Comment.


Gas has become increasingly expensive and is something we have begun to consider... Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Queens writer relates tale of the Suitcase-Monster

We were preparing for a 17-day, three-hotel vacation in Orlando, Tampa and West... Comment.


April 23-... Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Terrace on the Park hosts World’s Fair celebration

What a difference a week makes. This time last week we broke the news of former Queens Alternative publisher Joyce Shepard’s dissatisfaction with her area’s political representation, particularly in regard to the Assembly member she refers to as a phantom representative. Of course, I dutifully put all the gossip in my column to keep you readers up on the latest political scuttlebutt. Well, it certainly stirred up a firestorm. Comment.

An age of awe

Forty years ago the eyes of the world were on Flushing Meadows. Those lucky enough to have visited the 1964-65 World’s Fair shared in an unforgettable experience, one that to this day has never been duplicated. Comment.

Leader or loser?

But Jennings’ enemies, of which there are many, say the councilman has become an embarrassment. An independent report comissioned by the City Councile accused him of “creating a hostile work environment” for two female former aides. The aides claim that they were sexually harassed. They say the councilman went so far as to require them to clean his home. Comment.

A county of immigrants

We agree. However the road to citizenship is often... Comment.


Tues., April 27 - Queens Economic Development Corp. hosts “Queens - A Taste of the World” at Terminal 4 at JFK. Comment.

Auerbach is back for Forest Hills baseball

“I had to tell him yes, but I didn’t know for sure,” Arnold... Comment.

Teen Talk: Queens can help you stay off the ‘fat’ stats

According to the Department of Health and Human Services, obesity among American adults has climbed from 23 percent in the early 1990s to 30 percent today. And two-thirds of Americans are overweight. That means increased risks for heart disease, diabetes and certain cancers. Comment.

Bellerose business helps eliminate landfill clutter

Driving along Cross Island Parkway, the golden forsythia bells with their tender green leaves are often the first blooms to soften the stiff brown branches of winter. Planted en masse, as they often are, the sight can be breathtaking. The brown, gold and greens will soon have pink, white, lavender and blue hues added from nature’s amazing secret palette to create an ever-changing spring masterpiece for all to enjoy. We hope everyone will appreciate the artistry enough to resist despoiling it in any way. Comment.

College Pt. youth faces attempted murder charges

Donnell Genyard, 17, of 34-41 Linden Place, was charged with attempted murder, assault... Comment.

Sanitation Dept. supervisor stabbed by employee on Corona street.

The two were outside 32-11 Harper St. in Corona when the fight broke out about 9:45 p.m., police... Comment.

Man’s life terminates at Flushing No. 7 terminus

The man was taken to Flushing Hospital where he was pronounced dead 30 minutes later at 4... Comment.

Officer arrested in S. Jamaica on drunk-driving charges

Steven Washington, 40, who is assigned to the Queens Central Booking office, allegedly hit the... Comment.

Man shot in Jamaica during dispute listed as stable, suspect flees

The man, who was not identified, was in stable condition at Mary Immaculate Hospital. The suspect... Comment.

Man shot in leg on Queens Blvd.

Elmont man sentenced in St. Albans shooting, faces retrial on St. John’s campus charges

Christopher Prince, 24, was acquitted last month in state Supreme Court in... Comment.

Mike Langer named new Midville Dodgers GM

Langer played baseball for Siena College of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. In 2000 he moved to professional baseball with the Albany-Colonie Diamond Dogs of the Northern League as an Operations Intern. Comment.

Anti-black graffiti reported in Rego Park building elevator

The incident was being investigated as a possible bias crime, police said. No... Comment.

Man arrested in connection with Richmond Hill rape

The attack took place about 8:30 p.m. April 13 within the 102nd Precinct in Richmond Hill, police said. The woman, whose name was not... Comment.

Anti-Semitic graffiti discovered at Ridgewood roller rink

No arrests were made and the investigation was continuing, police said. Comment.

115th Precinct dials California for interpreters

Patrol officers from the 115th Precinct are carrying cell phones that place them just a call away from simultaneous interpretation of more than 150 languages. Comment.

Jackson Hts. bar owners shape gay life in nabe

"People were scared, nervous and home alone," said Valentin, who added that the bar has become a beacon for gay and straight neighbors alike. "We don't even close in blackouts." Comment.

Bill would lift Sunday parking restrictions

Amid a serious budget crisis two years ago, the city approved changes in parking regulations that called for enforcing meters and parking regulations on Sunday - a traditional day of parking respite - and raised fines to between $65 and $115 in Manhattan. Comment.

MTA to take over Queens’ private bus lines

The two joined Gov. George Pataki at a City Hall news conference to announce the long-awaited takeover, the deadline for which was extended until June 30 after it expired on New Year's Eve. Comment.

S. Ozone Park boy, 6, killed by falling metal sculpture

Ajay Singh was crushed under the sculpture his father was building at 124-30 135th Place about 6:35 p.m.... Comment.

Richmond Hill Mob clinic closed as ‘fraud factory’: DA

The alleged auto insurance scheme conducted from the Medical Arts Center at 107-13 Jamaica Ave. in Richmond Hill defrauded insurance companies out of an estimated $9 million, said Patrick Clark, a spokesman for the Queens DA. The 43 individuals and corporations charged staged car accidents, submitted false claims and medical reports and provided unneeded treatment of fake injuries, according to the indictment. Comment.

Corona mom seeks justice at federal level

After midnight one evening in March 1991, a group of white youths chased 18-year-old Manny Mayi from William F. Moore Park in the Italian section of Corona, 16 blocks down 108th street, beating him with baseball bats and a fire extinguisher. Mayi, a Dominican Queens College engineering student, collapsed in front of a house near the intersection of 108th Street and 36th Avenue and died, Guaba said. Comment.

Astoria leaders file lawsuit to halt power plant funding

Astoria Energy LLC, which is moving forward with plans to build a 1,000-megawatt plant at 17-10 Steinway St. despite the lawsuit, got preliminary approval to use Liberty Bonds in March for the second phase of the $983 million project from the New York Liberty Development Corporation, the entity that issues the bonds. Comment.

Plans for Hasidic school on 88th Street draw fire

At the urging of Community Board 5 and City Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village), the Buildings Department will review United Talmudic Seminary's plan for a new facility at 74-10 88th St., even though the city has granted the organization a construction permit, said Ilyse Fink, director of communications for the city agency. Comment.

Unidentified youth shoots five at S. Ozone Park street corner

The youths were sitting on a bench about 6:30 p.m. when... Comment.

Ex-war supporter Maloney blasts Bush on Iraq

"Knowing what I know now I would not have voted for it," Maloney said during a United Community Civic Association meeting. "In short, weapons of mass destruction become weapons of mass deception." Comment.

Jews honor Dominicans’ help during Holocaust

They were musicians, thinkers and celebrities, Abreu said in Spanish Monday before a Jackson Heights auditorium filled to capacity with Jewish community leaders, World War II veterans and more than half a dozen Queens politicians. "But they knew how to work the land and harvest its bounty," she said. Comment.

City heroes save woman in Rego Pk.

The pair arrived too late, however, to help a 50-year-old man who apparently leaped from a second-story window in desperation after being badly burned. The man, second-story resident Jose Porrata, was taken to New York Weill Cornell Medical Center's burn unit in Manhattan, where a spokesman said he was in critical but stable condition. Comment.

Sikh society break ground on Richmond Hill temple

"When we build the new building, then we feel good," said Gurbhej Singh Sandhu, the chairman of the Sikh Cultural Society, which runs the temple on 95-30 118th St. Since the fire, there has been "no good place, too much loss," he said. Comment.

Two found dead on 116th Avenue

The pair were discovered at 12:45 a.m. at 200-16 116th Ave. shot in their heads and... Comment.

Port Authority to establish jazzy AirTrain ride to JFK

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey plan to fill the Jamaica, Howard Beach and Kennedy stations and line the streets and passageways there with banners reflecting Queens' rich history in jazz music as part of the beautification project for the link, said Robert Davidson, chief architect with the PA. Comment.

Greater Jamaica plans for parking

Jamaica First Parking, the non-profit parking arm of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, broke ground Monday on a three-story garage designed to ease the shortage of affordable parking in downtown Jamaica. Comment.

Boro residents ‘fair’ well at Belmont Park festival

Situated just across the Nassau border from Queens Village, the Belmont Fair has for the past seven years drawn people from around the borough. This year the fair opened April 9 and runs every Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon and evening until May 2. Parking costs $4 and general admission $7, with ride tickets extra. Comment.

SE Queens school gets new principal

Students and parents have protested the change, saying the city forced Hickson out of the job, but Paul Rose, a spokesman for the Department of Education, said the five-year leader left the school after seeking the new position himself. Comment.

Losito stifles Stanners, 1-0

On her third straight fastball, Losito... Comment.

Supporters turn out for Queens Village detectove

People from all ethnic and cultural segments of the Richmond Hill community came out to the corner of Lefferts Boulevard and Jamaica Avenue to demand Prashad be returned to the 102nd Precinct that covers the area, where he served for seven years as the community affairs officer. Comment.

Springfield Gardens man sentenced in newlywed slay

Lenwood "Smoke" Evans, 26, of 134-35 166th Place, was sentenced to the maximum jail term in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens April 14, a month after he was convicted of shooting Kimberly John, 22, outside her apartment on 204th Street, Brown said. Comment.

No home field? No problem for Francis Lewis

But that hasn’t seemed to bother them one bit, opening the season with four straight wins, their most recent a 9-5... Comment.

Drugs, car stolen from Totten site

"There have been thefts and we are investigating, and the fire marshals are helping us," said city Department of Investigation spokeswoman Emily Gest, who would not provide further details except to say "there is absolutely no terrorism angle" to the investigation. Comment.

Bayside group celebrates 40 years of history

The society was founded on April 24, 1964 by Joseph Brown, whose daughter, historian and TimesLedger columnist Joan Brown Wettingfeld, will be 0honored Sunday with a 2 p.m. tea at the Officers' Club on the fort. Comment.

Little Neck mother, daughter commit suicide

Judith Wiener, 59, and her daughter Jessie, 24, of Little Neck, were found dead April 13 in a room at the Royal Inn in Manhasset, police said. They were last seen leaving their 58th Avenue home at 6 p.m. April 11 in a red 1990 Plymouth, police said. Comment.

College Pt. children get their own ballfields back

The long-awaited College Point ballfields officially opened for play Saturday, after being closed for more than six years because of an illegal dumping scandal that left 1,300 children without a place to play sports. Comment.

Zoning decisions raise heat at City Hall meet

The ease with which developers can obtain zoning variances from the BSA was the subject of spirited discussion during the hearing on a bill by Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) that would give the City Council the right to veto BSA decisions, a power that used to reside in the old Board of Estimate. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Bye-bye, so long, farewell

All jokes aside, the time has come for me to bow out as gracefully as a kinda short and occasionally pudgy Italian-Cuban can. But it is not done without some certainly bittersweet feelings on my part. Comment.

St. Joseph’s set to close in Flushing

"The hospital system is really in financial crisis," said Michael Fagan, a spokesman for St. Vincent's. "We looked at a $68 million loss last year from operations (at St. Joseph's Hospital) - those are losses we cannot sustain." Comment.

Floral Pk. Guardsmen dies in crash on Grand Central

Alfred Otero, 53, of 74th Avenue, fell asleep behind the wheel of his SUV and crashed into the median on the eastbound side of the highway about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, police said. Comment.

Cardozo tennis still the kings of Queens

Their opponent across the net... Comment.

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis

With the possibility of being drafted in the back of his mind and the pressure of helping his team avoid a rare losing season, the former Francis Lewis star has lost his first two America East Conference games and fell to 2-5 with a 4.20 earned run average. Comment.

Queensborough softball sweeps two from Ulster CC

And Sunday afternoon at Cardozo High School, the Tigers hit, hit and then hit some more,... Comment.

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