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Thursday, Jan. 4, 2001

Fort Totten renovation to proceed

The change may be a way to keep the $112 million project to reshape the interchange between the LIE and the Cross Island Parkway on schedule to meet the November 2002 deadline, DOT Project Engineer Bob Carbone said. Comment

Dining Out: You can watch it barbecuing


Community Calendar Listings

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

Art & Entertainment Listings

Thurs., Jan. 4 is the last day for auditions for "The Late Christopher Bean," a production of the St. Gregory's Theatre Group. The auditions are from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the church basement, 242nd Street and 88th Avenue in Bellerose. 718-347-3707. Comment

Look ‘Behind the Glass,’ explore issues at QMA

Unlike previous shows that focused just on the finished products, "Tiffany: Behind the Glass" examines the complete process of lamp and window production from the Tiffany studio in Corona. Comment

Visitors mark year 2001 with messages

The New York Hall of Science collected written messages to be placed in a time capsule that will be buried in front of the hall this spring. Comment

New dinner theater offers kosher food, shows

To celebrate this genre of entertainment, Larry and Andrea Marshak of Floral Park have started a dinner theater - kosher, of course - named appropriately enough in honor of the indisputable father of comedy television, if not television itself, the legendary Sid Caesar. Comment

Rockaway Artists Alliance hopes new arts center will help community

The Rockaway Artists Alliance, a non-for-profit organization headquartered on Beach 116th Street, brings together artists of various disciplines who, as stated in the organization's literature, "reflect the cultural diversity of Queens." Comment

San Soo Kap San: You can watch it barbecuing


Lady Knights squander lead, fall to Pitt-Johnstown

The Queens College women's basketball team held on to minimal leads and fended off the Lady Cats for most of the game. But like weak cement trying to fill the cracks of a dam, the Lady Knights could not hold off the ensuing flood. Comment

College Round-up: Bird nails free throws late to help UConn to win

Bird, a resident of Syosset, had 15 points and six assists for undefeated UConn in the nationally televised win. Backcourt-mate Shea Ralph also netted 15 for the defending national champions. Comment

Red Storm turns up heat on San Fran Dons

The Red Storm (6-5) overcame a sluggish first few minutes and rolled to a 92-77 win over the visiting Dons. And they did it in unusual fashion, receiving key contributions from Reggie Jessie and Alpha Bangura, two players who have been less than stellar through the early going this season. Comment

Suarez struggling for playing time with Pride

Last week at the ECAC Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden, Suarez bottomed out. He was suspended by Hofstra head coach Jay Wright for the Pride's opener, a 58-52 win over Rutgers, after arriving late to practice. Suarez also missed a preseason game for arriving late to practice. Comment

CK skates past sluggish Molloy

Tuesday afternoon at Iceland in New Hyde Park, the Royals implemented that gameplan to its fullest and, coupled with lackluster play by Molloy, defeated the Stanners, 9-5. Comment

Lewis edges Brooklyn Tech for tourney title

While Rutgers-bound Rebecca Richman did score 18 points for Brooklyn Tech, it was the balanced scoring attack of Francis Lewis that prevailed. Led by sophomore Teresa Rozza, who netted a game-high 20 points to become the first Patriot to score more than 15 points in a game, Francis Lewis defeated the Engineers, 53-47. Comment

CK girls top Narbonne, win Galaxo Holiday Classic

But the Royals are their old selves in the 2000-2001 season, winning the Galaxo Holiday Classic in Raleigh, N.C. over the holiday break and defeating the No. 2 ranked team in the nation, Narbonne High School out of Harbor City, Calif., in the process. Comment

Van Buren captures Elmcor Holiday Tournament

"We didn't take one bad shot the entire game," said Van Buren head coach Perry Dortch. "We worked their 1-1-3 zone and made them work defensively. Once again Josh and John were good. They had trouble dealing with our matchups." Comment

St. Francis Prep settles for 7th at Msgr. King

St. Francis Prep, now 6-5 on the season, lost back-to-back games to Poly Prep and St. Edmund before salvaging the tournament with a win over Queens foes the Newtown Pioneers Sunday, 72-46. Comment

Poole delivers on Christmas

The red-shirt freshman on the Boston College football team had one interception in the end zone, as the Eagles defeated Arizona State, 31-17, in the Aloha Bowl in Honolulu on Christmas Day. The game was nationally televised on ABC. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Bumpy ride continues for Jets fans

Al Groh, the 56-year-old coach who replaced Bill Parcells this season, bolted the Meadowlands for his alma mater, Virginia, leaving my beloved Gang Green in yet another bind. Comment

Police Blotter: Some patients evacuated in Flushing Hospital fire

A spokesman for the department, Jerard Allas, said it took nearly 25 fire companies and 106 firefighters nearly 1 1/2 hours to extinguish the blaze. The fire, which broke out in the ductwork in the basement of the hospital at 45-00 Parsons Blvd., was reported to the Fire Department around 11:29 a.m., Allas said. Comment

To The Point: Being with loved ones best part of holidays

Cupid came in with his shining ribbon to start the year 2001. Three zeros in a row just had to be broken. If you haven't made your resolutions yet, what are you waiting for? Even if you feel you are perfect, let's put all that extra ability in new ventures and new endeavors. Let's spread your joy to every corner and to everyone around you. Comments (1)

2 Bayside men raise $$$ for firefighter

And they began doing it: raising money for the Flushing firefighter's hospital bills not covered by insurance. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Blooming bulbs perfect for brightening Winter

Of course, the likelihood of finding blooming flowers under the snow is not great, but forcing bulbs during the winter is a really wonderful alternative that is both easy and rewarding Comment

The Civic Scene: Disabled kids given good hair day at LP

They give their time from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., which can only be described as a labor of love. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: We felt like we were there 2,000 years ago

The performance was to be held in Dix Hills at the beautiful and spacious Upper Room Ministries, 722 Deer Park Rd. (one mile south on the L.I.E. at exit 51). Ann and her husband, Jim, have run bus trips there, and elsewhere, for years and are certainly to be thanked and commended for sharing gems like this with so many people. Comment

Berger’s Burg: What we need now is a nice inaugural speech

Nonetheless, we can now all relax and await that solemn quadrennial event, the Presidential Inauguration on Jan. 20. Comment

Editorial: Can’t we get along?

The dispute centered around who would be in charge of the upcoming Lunar New Year Parade in downtown Flushing. It grew to the point that the commander of the 109th Precinct refused to issue a parade permit until all parties could reach an agreement. Comment

Unusual handcrafted items mix with frames

"Things are just flying off the shelf," said owner Donna Drimer a few days before Christmas when business was brisk. The store, which has been in the neighborhood for 29 years, is open six days a week Monday through Saturday. Comment

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 75-35 210 St., Coo Hi-Rise, $78,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, M/Mnt. $357 Comment

18-year-old killed near nightclub

Amed Hasan, 18, was the 669th murder victim of 2000, exceeding 1999's total of 667, police said. No address was given for Hasan. Comment

City Planning presents new rezoning project

The department's proposal would create special zoning regulations for 37 centrally located blocks in Long Island City, said Joseph Rose, chairman of the City Planning Commission. It would allow large mixed-use buildings to be constructed on sites located one or two subway stops just east of midtown Manhattan, he said. Comment

Musician loses 3 fingers in foiled E train robbery

Three men have been arrested and charged in connection with the robbery on the E line, police said. Comment

Schumer wants turbines built far from waterfront

Electric generators should be installed around the city, Schumer said, because New York may face a brownout next summer unless it does something to increase its energy production. Comment

Two Richmond Hill garages destroyed by mistake

"I come home and they're destroying my garage," said Torres, looking over the vacant cement lot where her garage once stood. Comment

Maltese backs work-release for battered women

"'She's dangerous. She's someone who has killed,"' Nerney recalled the parole lawyer arguing before the judge. Comment

CB9 votes for Labor Day street festival

Chris Collett, the chamber's former executive director and a current board member, also spoke out on behalf of event. Comment

City plans to reroute F, G trains

The plan, referred to as the 63rd Street Connection, dates back to the 1960s, said Joe Raskin, the Transit Authority's community liaison. Comment

Rosedale garage riles neighbors with noise, fumes

Lynch lives next door to Rosedale Auto Parts on Brookville Boulevard whose parking lot is often filled with large industrial trucks that move heavy loads and cars, some of which do not have license plates. Comment

Murphy formally named chief of Queens parks

"It's like an obsession - those lines," he said recently in a telephone interview, explaining that when his home is clean and organized, all's well with the world. Comment

Police ID mom found dead in Rosedale

On Dec. 24 a passerby found Jackson's body in a plastic bag on the side of North Conduit Avenue near 244th Street and police were able to identify her several days later, said Cadet John Buthorn, a police spokesman. Comments (1)

Family mourns slain 20-year-old

Jordan-Dawkins, 20, of 109-15 Merrick Blvd., was shot to death in the early morning hours on Dec. 22 following a dispute which erupted outside what residents contend is an illegal gambling and strip club on Guy Brewer Boulevard. Comment

Cambria Heights painter immersed in craft

"I was born into painting," said Wapage, who changed his name in 1995 because people were confusing him with his father and six other family members, who are all well-known Haitian artists. "Before I started painting, I was a painter." Comment

5 teens indicted in slay of Chinese deliveryman

Jin Shen Liu, 44, the owner of the Golden Wok restaurant in St. Albans, was killed Sept. 1 while making a delivery to an isolated Springfield Gardens home. The teenagers allegedly lured Liu to the front of a vacant home, put a bag over his head, and began punching him and beating him with a brick. Comment

Crime drops by 7 percent in 105th Police Precinct

The murder rate declined by 41.6 percent, with seven murders in 2000 vs. 12 in 1999. Comment

Illegal apts. draw ire in NE Queens

For Duskiewicz, the president of the Creedmoor Civic Association, and Aquilino, the president of the Rocky Hill Civic Association, the illegal conversion of homes is a major problem in their neighborhood as it is for many areas throughout the borough because it taxes the city services and poses a fire hazard. Comment

Halt on heating-oil tax may come too late

The resolution, which was introduced by Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) on the council floor in February 1999, would remove for January and February a 4 percent sales tax levied on home-heating oil. Although at first blush, it appears that the measure would have a negligible impact on consumers, city officials and energy analysts said it would save each city resident on average this winter $50 depending on the size of the space they are heating. Comment

CB 8 nixes illegal pool variance

The pool owner, Chaim Kaminetzky of 71-41 171st St., has already paid hundreds of dollars in fines to the city Department of Buildings for illegal construction of the pool and for using unapproved plans. Comment

Fire-gutted bar lacked permit

The records indicate that a complaint from an unidentified party was filed with the department on Oct. 25, but Buildings did not respond to it until after a four-alarm fire consumed the 70-year-old building at 153-01 Northern Blvd. and injured at least two firefighters. Comment

Group that helps disabled moves HQ to Whitestone

The 24-year-old group - which provides hundreds of clients with housing in dormlike facilities or individual apartments in Queens and the Bronx - announced in 1999 its plans to move to a two-story building at 10-16 162nd St. in Whitestone. Comment

Murders double in 109th, but overall crime drops

The statistics, which were released Tuesday by the Police Department, offer a snapshot of serious crimes committed from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31 2000 - including murder, rape, robbery, felonious assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto - for all city precincts. Comment

Juan Rolon arraigned in Douglaston killing

Juan Rolon, 49, of Mastic, L.I., is also accused of strangling his wife to death in the early morning hours of Jan. 21, 2000 before traveling to his job at the Beech Hills apartment complex in Douglaston. Comments (1)

Bars’ doors locked after drug raid, for now

While the owners of Little Corner Tavern at 254-25 Northern Blvd. in Little Neck and of Alley Park Tavern at 224-07 Union Turnpike were not implicated in the drug activity, both were expected to appear before judges this week in separate hearings to learn the fates of their businesses, police said. Comment

Early morning snow storm blankets Queens

Coated streets and roads were ghostlike, explored only by the adventurers who set out on foot to enjoy the rare whitewashed landscape. Comment

Civic leader Louis Theiss dies on West Coast at 75

Theiss died in his sleep Friday morning of natural causes at Ashley Gardens, said Caroline Theiss-Aird, his youngest daughter. Comment

Queens may lose House seat after Census

The results, which broke down the nation's population by state, showed that New York had dropped to the third most populous state in the nation behind California and Texas. Comment



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