Thursday, July 1, 2004

Gordon, teammates up to the Empire Challenge

The New York City team was practicing... Comment.

2004 TimesLedger PSAL All-Queens Baseball Team

Chris Esposito Sr. Richmond Hill Comment.

City removes 10 principals from Queens schools

The declaration came amid sweeping changes in the system that Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Schools Chancellor Joel Klein are trying to retool. Comment.

City takeover of boro bus lines delayed

The postponement of the takeover for a second time within six months resulted from of a lack of agreement last week among the MTA, the Bloomberg administration and unions representing the employees of the seven private lines in Queens, Brooklyn and the Bronx. Comment.

Jamaica business center toasted at St. John’s  U.

“We have to keep working on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs,” he said. Comment.

Astoria cafe closed after smoking fire

The blaze, which was called in at about 2 a.m. Saturday at the corner of 30th Avenue and 30th... Comment.

Bill would let trucks drive portion of Grand Central

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) obtained a... Comment.

Planners have grand ideas for Corona Plaza’s future

By creating an open space with plantings,... Comment.

Mayor speaks on education at NE boro meet

“You can’t ruin your good schools by sending kids from the bad schools,” Bloomberg told a... Comment.

TimesLedger PSAL Coach of the Year

Raymond Adamkiewicz-Townsend Harris Comment.

Bayside residents air summer concerns at police meet

To that end, members of the East Bayside Hills Association met with... Comment.

District 26 Chinese oppose appointee to ed council

At a news conference Friday at a Flushing restaurant, some parents protested former School Board 26 member Yen Shia... Comment.

City wins order to remove College Pt. park billboard

Queens Supreme Court Judge Allan Weiss ruled last week that T.C. Foods Import and Export Co. in the College Point Corporate... Comment.

State backs Avella in quest for Flushing Airport plans

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has used the Freedom of... Comment.

Martins Field playground is dangerous, group says

Martins Field in Flushing ranked as one of the five most dangerous playgrounds in the city based on its unsafe swings and the potential toxicity of its wooden and painted equipment, among other safety criteria, a study released by NYPIRG last week found. Comment.

Pride of Judea head retires after 24 years

In 1980 Held was living in Great Neck and raising... Comment.

Schaarf wins first 5K summer series race

The 3.1-mile road race drew 60 runners from New York City as well as Long Island to Flushing... Comment.

Ex-Jamaica Estates man gets parole in kidnapping

A former Jamaica Estates man who fled to New Mexico with the baby boy he and his wife thought they had legally adopted in 1980 was granted parole after serving two years in prison on kidnapping charges, according to records from the Division of Parole. Comment.

Townsend Harris High has trouble filling seats

At least that many spots went unfilled as a result of the new... Comment.

Opa: Discreet Greek charm in Astoria

In my perverse system of measurement for such things, restaurants whose virtues take me by surprise get bonus points above and beyond those that entice you with beguiling exteriors. The places that are discreet about their charm allow you a feeling of discovery, or of being let in on a secret. Comment.


Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wed. & Fri. 718-347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 718-224-2729. Comment.

Queens College will show Alliance of Queens Artists

The show, which is free and open to the community, will be held in the... Comment.

Beari founders share love for theater, each other

Beari Productions, the community theater company that makes its home at Trinity Lutheran Church in Middle Village, celebrated its seventh year of existence by producing an ambitious season of five shows, including “Steel Magnolias,” the well-received “Detective Story,” and its recent production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific.” Comment.

Checking in on Friends

On Saturday, June 26, “the place to be” was under the grand tent on the grounds of the 409-acre historic Planting Fields Arboretum. Under a magnificently weather-perfect June sky the Friends of The Arts, a not-for-profit cultural and education enrichment organization since 1972, kicked off its outdoor entertainment schedule of events with an appearance by Burt Bacharach. Comment.

Town Hall Cabaret series ends on delightful note

The last of this season’s Cabaret Series, Sullivan and... Comment.

Wage woes

If getting what you pay for holds any merit, the same would have to be said for the quality of labor in relation to minimum wage earners. Many people do not give much — if any — thought to this part of the population. Comment.

Ivey grows in Atlanta

At every level, every rung of the ladder, little has been expected of Royal Ivey. He was cut from the Cardozo varsity team as a freshman, wasn’t expected to be a major contributor with the Judges, wasn’t expected to play big-time college ball and certainly wasn’t expected to get selected in the NBA Draft last Thursday at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Cambria Heights activist makes way for successor

Through the years, at one community function or another, I have met all of the above gentlemen. Each of them has contributed positively to Cambria Heights, southeast Queens and the wider community. We congratulate all of them and thank them for their hard work. We wish them continued success and good health throughout their future activities. Comment.

Poppenhusen presents free summer concerts

I hope that all fathers enjoyed their special day and that Father’s Day was memorable to you. Of course, right after this came all the wonderful graduations. Comment.

Our History: Subway celebrates 100 years in New York City

This year marks the centennial of the first subway, which opened from City Hall to Harlem and was to be responsible for the unprecedented growth of the then newly unified city of New York. The subway was to be essential to the new economy and helped shape the connections of new neighborhoods. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: City Hall must take steps to help the homeless

Some 18 months after announcing a housing program, the mayor last week announced a plan to reduce homelessness by two-thirds over the next five years. The City Hall plan includes a promise to build 12,000 so-called supportive housing units that also provide social services. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Berger bids bye to presidential run; Bush rejoices

An archaeologist was traveling through cannibal country and came upon a cafeteria with a menu on the door. The items were fried missionary at $5, sautéed safari guide at $10 and baked stuffed politician at $95. He went into the kitchen and asked the chef, “Why is the baked stuffed politician so expensive compared with the other entrees?” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Former Queens publisher rewinds to youthful looks

We met for lunch last Friday at the Bayside Diner. If I had met Joyce at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center I would have walked right on by. She... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Boro high school grads receive numerous awards

June is the time for graduations in the Queens high schools. Queens College and St. John’s University are two locations where thousands of high school students graduate as the school year ends; however, the big night for most high school graduates is the evening a few days prior to the graduation, when they receive innumerable certificates, plaques, trophies and pins for their accomplishments during their three or four years of high school. Comment.

Man victim of possible bias after attack in LIC

The incident occurred at the intersection of 46th Street and Queens Boulevard. No... Comment.

Police release photos of suspects wanted in connection with two bank robberies

The first incident took place at the Sterling National Savings Bank, 108-01 Queens Blvd., after the suspect... Comment.

TA officer arrested in Long Island City on assault, harassment charges

He was charged with harassment and assault in connection with a domestic incident at... Comment.

The Butler Did It: A Royal underdog strikes again

He didn’t host a lavish post-NBA draft party at Jay-Z’s 40/40 Club, and he wasn’t even at Madison Square Garden for the biggest moment of his career. Comment.

Queens Village man found dead in home

There were no apparent signs of trauma and the medical examiner was determining the cause of death as of Tuesday, police... Comment.

Paper reports workers urged to watch for terror at LaGuardia

They may have been at terrorist training camps,... Comment.

Wife claims self-defense in torching

Aisha Napoleon-Davis, 27, alleges that the night of the attack her husband returned home drunk and demanded that she have sex with him. Napoleon-Davis said she fled into the bathroom of the couple's Curtis Avenue home and poured rubbing alcohol on him when he attacked her. Comment.

Firefighter honored with street renaming

More than 2 1/2 years after his death, the city recognized Barnes as a local hero with a street renaming at the corner of 53rd Drive and 63rd Place in Maspeth, where he grew up. Comment.

104th cops give LIE trucks the boot for illegal parking

Cops began fixing commercial trucks in June with yellow immobilization devices, or boots, after a slew of residents complained about tractor trailers parking on the highway exit and side streets, said Capt. Scott Shanley, commander of the 104th. Comment.

Police release photos of suspect in Ridgewood bank branch robbery

The man allegedly entered the building through a second-floor window during non-business hours and gained access to the... Comment.

State bureaucracy ties up opening of LIC boathouse

Erik Baard says his Long Island City Community Boathouse, which was to open in July, has been delayed indefinitely as he tries to wrangle permission to use a slice of state-controlled waterfront. Comment.

Doubt rise over Wendy’s murderer’s death sentence

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said it was too soon to tell whether or not the higher court ruling was going to reverse Taylor's sentence. Comment.

Planners have grand ideas for Corona Plaza’s future

By creating an open space with plantings, designer park furniture and turn-of-the-century accents, planners want to transform the underused blocklong triangle of brick and trees adjacent to the 103rd Street subway station into a neighborhood gateway. They presented their ideas June 18 at Community Board 3's office on 37th Avenue. Comment.

Sentencing postponed for Jackson Hts. scam artist

The lawyer did not provide the names of those who could not attend and could not be immediately reached for comment. Comment.

LIRR morning commute halted by fire on tracks

The fire broke out on the tracks west of the... Comment.

Flushing retiree eyes city hall of fame in Woodside

There is no hall of fame to honor everyday New Yorkers for their contributions to the city's growth, an oversight that Flushing retiree Al Stern wants to correct. Comment.

Neighbors join forces vs. landlord

With some help from a neighbor who spearheaded a similar movement in his own building, the multi-ethnic residents of 41-45 52nd St. formed a tenants' association that took the landlord to task on the 164 violations on record with the city's Housing Preservation and Development Department. Comment.

Mayor splashes into summer at Astoria swim spot

He took a dip in Astoria Pool with dozens of local kids, officially kicking off the summer pool season in New York City. Comment.

‘Spider-Man’ fan named boro’s Little Apple Hero

The fan, 10-year-old Max Nocerino, proposed a series of activities with seniors in Forest Hills as part of the Little Apple Heroes essay contest. The contest was co-sponsored by Columbia Pictures and the mayor's office to promote "Spider-man 2," which spun its way into theaters Wednesday. Comment.

A View Through the Ropes: Queens of the Ring

As Don King makes the rounds on talk shows and judges make incomprehensible decisions that are baffling to the viewing public, the sport sinks deeper and deeper into the abyss of fringe sports that... Comment.

Turncoat claims he murdered for Howard Beach boss

Vitale, the sixth mob turncoat to testify in the Howard Beach crime boss's high-profile trial, described in detail Tuesday two of the eight murders he said he carried out under Massino's orders. Comment.

112th officer, bizwoman lauded for Forest Hills work

Eight awards were distributed to individuals "who extend their personal efforts for the people of the county of Queens." Comment.

Jewish Child Care group honors Queens’ Russians

The Jewish Child Care Association's Family Day Care Program honored its Queens day-care providers with a luncheon at DaMikelle II in Rego Park last Thursday. These providers help maintain Jewish culture and religion. Comment.

Merrick Blvd. Home Depot announces civic partnership

That habit sparked a partnership between the store and McCain's civic group, the Queens Community Council and Development Association, to boost Home Depot's image as a good neighbor, McCain said at the store's Community Day last Thursday. Comment.

The Stark Reality: Espinal drops rematch

Once upon a time at John Bowne High,... Comment.

14-year-old, 3 others struck by Jamaica driver, DA says

Richard Shropshire, 56, of 161-31 120th Ave., told police that he had been drinking and that he regularly uses heroin after his five-block rampage came to an end on 164th Street, Brown said. Comment.

DMX found with drugs, club at Kennedy: Police

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was charged Friday with having a billy club and crack cocaine in his car after he allegedly tried to blow through a gate at an airport parking lot last Thursday by telling the guard he was a federal agent working on a case, according to a criminal complaint from Brown's office. Comment.

Man gets 25 years to life for Jamaica cabbie death

Jerome Mitchell, 37, was convicted in May of robbing and killing Elhadji Gaye as he returned to his Jamaica home in 1996 and was sentenced to the prison term Monday in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens, the district attorney said. Comment.

City University plans center in the Rockaways

The four Queens campuses are collaborating to start an education center slated to open in September to serve students in the Rockaways, said Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.

CB 13 rejects Kennedy Airport building proposals

Neighbors were concerned the influx of vehicles would add to already overwhelming traffic and air pollution problems in the southeast Queens area, residents had told a public hearing on the plans last Thursday. Comment.

Martinez lifts Cards over Dodgers in marathon game

But just what they remember from the... Comment.

Jamaica business center toasted at St. John’s  U.

"We have to keep working on jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs, jobs," he said. Comment.

DMX found with drugs, club at Kennedy: Police

DMX, whose real name is Earl Simmons, was charged Friday with having a billy club and crack cocaine in his car after he allegedly tried to blow through a gate at an airport parking lot last Thursday by telling the guard he was a federal agent working on a case, according to a criminal complaint from Brown's office. Comment.

City fires contractor on library

The contractor's name was not available at press time, but the spokeswoman said the firm was taken off the job after not showing up for work in May and progressing slowly at other times. The decision was made during a meeting June 18 at the department, which is overseeing the project for the Queens Borough Public Library system. Comment.

Deport Furniture finish season in style

Nick Rathkamp played two positions and had several hits. Orlando Avellaneda had a great day hitting and fielding the ball.... Comment.

Giving College Pt. children space to play, get creative

In preparation for the Fourth of July, a replica of the Statue of Liberty stands in front of the home on 25th Avenue that she shares with her husband Bobby Ruth. Comment.

Bellerose man gets 5 years in Internet cancer ‘cure’

Federal Judge John Gleeson in Brooklyn initially enjoined Vale and his company, Christian Brothers Contracting Corp., from marketing or promoting his seeds in a 2000 ruling after a civil suit was brought by the Food and Drug Administration. The federal agency maintained that Vale sold his purported cure--called variously Laetrile, amygdalin or Vitamin B-17 illegally as it had not been approved for consumption. Comment.

Emergency sewer work ties up Bell Boulevard

Construction workers at the work site said the sewer collapsed about four weeks ago in an incident that retailers said had made it difficult for customers to reach their doors. Comment.

Our Lady of Snows beats Mt. Carmel for B/Q title

As has been the case all season, the boys turned in... Comment.


When the dust cleared on the 2004 season, the 6-foot-5, 240-pound giant from Floral Park enjoyed one of the best seasons in the celebrated history... Comment.

TimesLedger Coach of the Year Jack Curran-Archbishop Molloy

He’s coached the Molloy baseball team to the city championship game 27 times during his illustrious career, winning 17 CHSAA titles during his 46 years at the Briarwood school. Comment.


Senior     Archbishop Molloy Comment.

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