Thursday, July 27, 2000

Dining Out: Great Jamaica island cooking in Queens

134-22 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Comment

Candidates for Abel’s seat raise funds for 2001 race

With the elections for City Council still 15 months away, most candidates for Councilman Mike Abel's (R-Bayside) seat have begun the fund-raising that will become the lifeblood of their campaigns. Comment

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd Flushing offers free activities such as computer classes, recreational swimming and game room time for children ages 8-18 every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Beari Productions holds auditions for Comment

Elephants, tigers, clowns are on the way

If your child has ever fantasized about running away and joining the circus, he or she might get a kick out of seeing people and elephants raise the Big Top in Forest Park, off Woodhaven Boulevard at Myrtle Avenue, from 7 a.m. to noon Friday. Comment

Actors show diversity of The Bard

William Shakespeare visited Queens on Saturday. Comment

Flushing Bandits finish third at Y nationals

The Flushing Bandits, a gymnastics team out of the Flushing YMCA, finished third earlier this month at the YMCA national championships in Tacoma, Wash., while on the same weekend team member Liz Kotler failed to qualify for the United States championships at the USA Classic in Tulsa, Okla. Comment


Flushing resident Andrew Lee won three matches at the 83rd Metropolitan Golf Association Junior Championship last week at the Ardsley Country Club before falling to eventual tournament champion Martin Catalioto of Ramsey N.J. in the quarterfinals. Comment

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Rios Queens

While most professional baseball players take the news of a demotion as a negative, Alexis Rios understood it was nothing personal. Comment

Summer recruiting taking big hit from NCAA

Summer recruiting by college coaches may be a thing of the past if the National Collegiate Athletic Association has its way, eliminating the 24-day window altogether by 2002. Comment

Nohilly hanging up sneakers

There may have been disappointment, there may have been tears, but Tommy Nohilly did not sound like a man who had missed his dreams for a third and undoubtedly final time as he spoke to the Times/Ledger Monday morning from his home in College Point. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Some answers to your e-mail queries

Probably the best way to understand some of the gardening problems in our community is to share with our readers a few of the letters to the Plant Doctor. It is not unusual that a problem and possible solution recommended for one individual, may be of value to others. I have selected two pieces of e-mail that I think you may find of interest. Comment

The Civic Scene: Answers to school problems are elusive

The highly vaunted summer school session of 2000 has begun with nearly a third of the students absent from classes. Poor start. Comment

To The Point: It

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment

Our History: Portraiture was the art of a new city, nation

It is always interesting to see how the history of Queens is so often entwined with the events or people of national importance. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: For the children

Some of my most interesting neighbors are children. They are inquisitive, down-to-earth, and willing to learn (sometimes only the hard way, unfortunately). Comment


Imagine for a moment that on the last day of school your child's fourth-grade teacher handed him or her a 734-page novel and demanded that the book be read in its entirety before classes resume in September. Fat chance. Comment

Gays press Board of Ed about Boy Scout recruits

The Boy Scouts of America should not be allowed to recruit New York City public school children because of the youth organization's avowed anti-gay position, the co-chairman of the Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee said. Comment

Editorial: Pit Bull terror

Police Blotter: Two teens arrested in Bayside gang fight

BAYSIDE - Two teens were arrested and two more were injured in what police described as a gang fight in Bayside last week. Comment

D&J Bookstore: A beacon of black culture

Rev. David Reeves, the owner of the D&J bookstore and distributor in Laurelton, arrives in the morning and is greeted by the energetic faces of 28 kids preparing for another day of summer camp. Comment

Budding impresario to get local TV break

Astoria residents may want to get to know Jonathon Dalla now before he hits it big as a star. Comment

Gianaris sets record for funds in state race

Just seven weeks after receiving the Queens Democratic Party's endorsement for the state Assembly seat in Astoria, Michael Gianaris has set a fund-raising record for the district in his primary race against Kimon Thermos, the state Board of Elections said this week. Comment

Maspeth pet shop owner looks for lost dog’s home

Lucille Markman has a knack for finding lost dogs - or maybe they find her. Comment

CB 5 backs landmark for street

Community Board 5 expressed its support last week for the move to have the city landmark a Ridgewood street, saying it would benefit the community and add to its already rich history of architecture in the region. Comment

Richmond Hill man jumps in front of train: Cops

Minutes after passing a nearly illegible note to a subway token booth clerk Sunday, a 45-year-old Richmond Hill man jumped to his death in front of a J train in an apparent suicide, authorities said this week. Comment

Coalition asks judge to overhaul school funding

Plaintiffs in a lawsuit challenging the way New York state allocates money for the city schools are asking a State Supreme Court judge to dismantle the state's system of funding school districts and create a new, more equitable arrangement. Comment

Queens’ private buses pass most city standards

Private bus companies that serve Queens meet most standards required by the city for incentive payments except for cleanliness, Comptroller Alan G. Hevesi reported Monday. They also fail when it comes to on-time performance, which is not a requirement for such payments. Comment

Kew Gardens man honored by Red Cross

"Normally I'm here with jeans," says Mario Velez, taking a seat in the office of the American Red Cross Queens chapter in Briarwood. The Kew Gardens resident is dressed in a red polo shirt tucked into his khakis. Comment

Weiner, Dear trade barbs in House race

One week after officially filing as a candidate hoping to unseat U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills), City Councilman Noach Dear (D-Brooklyn) began flinging accusations at his longtime rival, who returned the blows. Comment

Boulevard slated for roadwork

Queens Boulevard may be a little safer for pedestrians if a project scheduled to start in October finally gets off the ground. Comment

Springfield Gardens church to house charter school

Organizers of a new public charter school slated to open in September have found a temporary home in a Springfield Gardens church, following a search that lasted several months. Comment

Man, 60, dies in fire at Laurelton house

A 60-year-old handyman was found dead in a home he was watching in Laurelton Monday when police and firefighters responded to a small fire that started on the first floor, authorities said. Comment

Accident later ruled a homicide

An 85-year-old woman died in her Jamaica home last Thursday in what was originally thought to be an accident but was later ruled a homicide, police said. Comment

Springfield Gardens man killed Sunday during party

A 21-year-old Springfield Gardens man described as "hardworking and dynamic" was stabbed to death outside an Elmont, L.I. club Sunday morning where he was throwing a high graduation party for his younger sister, Nassau County police said. Comment

Liu leads Queens candidates in fund-raising

Although the 2001 city elections are still more than a year away, candidates for Queens' city council seats and the borough presidency have been busy building their campaign war chests in the last several months. Comment

Kennedy post office turns 20

The 20th anniversary celebration of the U.S. Postal Service's New York International Service Center at John F. Kennedy International Airport was more than a rededication of a building, it was a reaffirmation of family, friendship and camaraderie. Comment

Glen Oaks Ice Box cools off customers

Nestled on an island between Union Turnpike and 77th Avenue just off 264th Street in Glen Oaks is a small oasis of summer fun and tradition - the Ice Box, also known as Ralph's Famous Italian Ices, which is on its way to becoming a local institution. Comment

Tenants’ group endorses Frank Padavan

Now that the date to submit nominating petitions for political office has passed, Queens candidates for state and federal offices are starting to gear up and focus their campaign on attracting voters, support from elected officials and endorsements from political action committees and unions. Comment

5 wounded in shootout at eatery

An early morning dispute turned bloody Sunday when a group of men who were refused entry to a Fresh Meadows steakhouse fired more than two dozen rounds into the restaurant, injuring four patrons in the residential area, police said. Comment

Flushing owners blame stench on haulers

Politicians and community activists squawk, almost instinctively, about the sanitation ills of Flushing at every chance. Asian restaurateurs blamed for the stench, however, say that litterbugs and private garbage carters are the true culprits. Comment

LIE, Grand Central project snarls traffic

Second in a series Comment

Sen. Stavisky draws on life’s lessons in race

Her father was a teacher. Her husband was a teacher. She was a teacher. Comment

Flushing man held in shooting

A Flushing man accused of fatally shooting the owner of a Korean nightclub in Manhattan and soon after fleeing to San Jose, Calif., was arraigned last Thursday night and held without bail, the Manhattan district attorney's office said. Comment

Flushing men arrested in E. Elmhurst coke bust

Wrapping up a four-month narcotics investigation that reached as far south as Florida, police raided an alleged drug den in East Elmhurst last week, recovering a cache of "gray market cocaine" valued at more than $1.25 million, said Queens District Attorney Richard Brown. Comment

College Pt. lot raises concerns

In an effort to pre-empt a return of the West Nile virus, politicians and civic leaders turned their attention last week to a derelict lot in College Point strewn with tires, abandoned vehicles, even a burned-out trailer - all potential nesting spots for mosquitoes carrying the deadly disease. Comment

Little Neck greens tended by loving hands

There's something blooming on Little Neck Parkway - something large and green that generates a lot of pleasure for the 30 "farmers" who have given it daily love and attention for the last several months. Comment

Precinct gears up for National Night against Crime

The 111th Police Precinct in Bayside was scheduled to hold its National Night Out Against Crime festivities at the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center next week, Community Affairs Officer Anthony Lombardi said. Comment

Bayside gears up for National Night against Crime

The 111th Police Precinct in Bayside was scheduled to hold its National Night Out Against Crime festivities at the Douglaston Plaza Shopping Center next week, Community Affairs Officer Anthony Lombardi said. Comment

Crowley pushes for elderly protection

Calling abuse of the elderly a "scourge" that should be eliminated everywhere, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Elmhurst) assured a group of seniors this week that he is working to improve the lives of elderly people living in nursing homes. Comment

Queens gets new pesticides rather than malathion

When the city Health Department brought out its trucks to spray the streets of Queens with mosquito-stopping pesticides this week, it was using a different chemical than last year's controversial malathion. Comment

W. Nile in birds prompts concerns in boro

A dead blue jay in Douglaston brought home the message Queens residents and local officials hoped would never come this summer: the West Nile virus was back, prompting the city to mobilize its forces this week to contain the sometimes deadly germ. Comment

West Nile discovered in Queens

Large sections of northern and western Queens were sprayed with pesticides earlier this week after the city Health Department announced the discovery of dead birds infected with the West Nile virus in Douglaston, Richmond Hill and Woodhaven. Comment



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