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Friday, March 30, 2001

Flushing demographics may shape council race

The 2000 census figures released earlier... Comment

Southeast Queens hit hardest by asthma

Seven-year-old Destiny Kikeh is one of 35,000 children in Queens who has asthma, a chronic disease that causes ongoing swelling of the airways. She lives in Jamaica, the area of the borough with the highest rate of hospitalizations for children with asthma. Comment

Barber shot in South Jamaica shop

By Betsy Scheinbart Comment

Poor showing on tests by parochial schools: Study

But the study’s statistics show that despite the better performance of... Comment

Boro schools to benefit from boost in state aid

School District 29 and the rest of Queens’ school districts could be getting more teachers, paraprofessionals, textbooks and new technology if the state Assembly’s $1.7 billion increase in educational spending is included in the 2001-2002 state budget. Comment

Olympic Village may not fit in Queens West

As NYC 2012 pushes forward with its plans to bring the Olympic Games to Queens, members of Community Board 2 pointed out a potential flaw in the proposal to set the Olympic Village on waterfront being developed by the Queens West Development Corporation. Comment

PS 186 collects $2,000 at its first Penny Harvest

The students at the Bellerose school were presented with a framed photo... Comment

Hillary, Queens pols decry child-care cuts

U.S. Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) and other Queens elected officials held an impromptu news conference at a daycare center in East Elmhurst last week, criticizing President George Bush’s proposed budget in which federal funding for various education and health programs in the city would be cut by more than $1.2 billion. Comment

Renovations to begin on Queens bridges

City Department of Transportation... Comment

Man dies after drink of cyanide

A Queens Village father killed himself by drinking soda laced with cyanide and attempted to poison his two teenage children last Thursday, but his daughter emerged from a coma and was well enough to be released from North Shore Hospital Monday, police said. Comment

Asian group clarifies immigrant amnesty law

A new immigration law signed by President... Comment

Queens Blvd. school plan reaches CB 2 committee

Rumors the city Board of Education is pushing ahead with controversial plans to build a high school along Queens Boulevard at 50th Street were confirmed March 21 when Queens High Schools Superintendent John Lee proposed an 800-student facility to Community Board 2’s land use committee. Comment

Scarborough honors three at fund-raiser

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) honored City Council Deputy Majority Leader Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans), Lawrence Cormier, a business and civil leader, and Barbara Morris, a community activist who writes a column in the Times-Ledger Newspapers, at a dinner Friday. Comment

3 stabbed at Bayside nightclub

The owner of the Voodoo Lounge was expected to temporarily close... Comment

Transit Authority pulls high-tech subway cars

About 140 cars taken out of service... Comment

5 Queens residents win entrepreneur awards

Abeles, a theology major who lives in Jackson Heights, beat out 21 other competitors for his company, Abeles... Comment

Fresh Kills’ closing spurs Flushing worries

Fresh Kills, Staten Island’s 3,000-acre sprawling landfill received its final load of trash last week, turning a corner in the way the city handles its more than 13,000 tons of refuse generated each day. And Queens earned the distinction of being the last borough to ship garbage there. Comment

Last boro public school replaces coal-based heat

Down in the sweltering basement of Queens Academy in Flushing Friday, Franklin Pemberton was nervously searching for his broom. He was watching some elected officials, including the Queens borough president and the governor, shovel coal into the last coal-burning furnace in the borough’s public schools. Comment

MTA reroutes F train through 63rd St. tunnel

The Transit Authority said the temporary rerouting, which began on Monday, will... Comment

Mark Green takes tour of Flushing

Green, who took the No. 7 train to... Comment

Green, Vallone push MTA for hearings on subways

City Public Advocate Mark Green has demanded that transit officials hold public hearings to give the nearly 600,000 straphangers destined to be inconvenienced by rerouting of subway lines a chance to comment and make suggestions before the changes go into effect. Comment

Boro man charged in Miami bust

Machloof Ben Chitrit of 141-13 70th... Comment

Kew Gardens woman killed by bus

The driver of the Green Line... Comment

Leffler says NYPD needs more funding

On the first day of spring last week, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) released his recommendations for the New York Police Department’s 2002 budget. He cited the need to maximize federal funding, expand civilian employment in the Police Department and reduce police officers’ overtime. Comment

LIJ first in state to win highest nursing honors

The hospital and its nurses received the profession’s highest honor March 14 when the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded them the Magnet Recognition... Comment

Asian beetle commands special forum

First discovered in Queens in... Comment

Thursday, March 29, 2001

Queens Village native named new Hofstra coach

Less than 24 hours after Jay Wright left to become the new head coach at Villanova University, Hofstra found his replacement. The search began and ended with Tom Pecora, as the Queens Village native was introduced as the new men's basketball coach at a press conference Wednesday afternoon. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Best place for Omar still at SJU

The expression on Omar Cook’s face said it all. St. John’s had just gone toe-to-toe with the No. 4 ranked Kansas Jayhawks in the teams’ second game last season and the freshman point guard wore his heart on his sleeve. Losing was not supposed to be part of the equation. Comment

Bayside photo-artist lands spot in Manhattan

When Tina Antonucci of Bayside went to Washington on Inauguration Day Jan. 20, she was just visiting her boyfriend and hadn't intended to get involved in any way with the thousands who were protesting George W. Bush's election. Comment

Two Cardozo seniors finalists for art award

Both Boris Chang, Jr., 17, and Daniel Cho, 18, were to be... Comment

Omar cooking up a storm

Several reports last week had St. John’s University freshman point guard Omar Cook all but a lock for the NBA draft in June. However, the Brooklyn native out of Christ the King High School has remained tight-lipped on his plans, leaving sources to differ about his future. Comment

Queens CYO teams battle for borough championships

St. Adalbert’s (Elmhurst) 42, Corpus Christi (Woodside) 33. Steven Gozo had 14 and Jordan Tripp 12 for St Adalbert’s. Isaan Davis had nine for Corpus Christi Comment

CK finally fails in bid for state federation title

“If this is the worst thing that ever happens to these kids, they’ll have a good life,” said the head coach of the Christ the King girls’ basketball team. Comment

St. Francis no match for Lourdes in finals

The Terriers were blitzed in their attempt... Comment

Prep hockey attributes title win to hard work

With the final seconds of their high school careers winding down, St. Francis Prep seniors Adam Discepolo and Ken D’Andrea couldn’t help but think back. Three years ago in St. Francis Prep’s first year of varsity hockey, Discepolo was relegated to a third line winger who could hardly skate. D’Andrea was cut and stayed on as the team’s manager. Comment

PSAL girls soccer preview: Queens teams ready for new season

In his first year as the school’s boys soccer coach, Joe Corrado led Bayside to an undefeated season and the PSAL 'B' division title in the fall. Corrado is set to begin his first season of girls soccer after replacing his former Commodores coach Jerry Pannell on the bench for both teams. But Corrado’s presence doesn’t automatically make the girls a contender for the city crown. Comment

PSA ‘A” Baseball Preview: Adams still strong despite many key losses

Usually when a team loses an Iron Horse winner at first base, a pitcher who went 14-2, one of the top shortstops in the city and a solid catcher, finding replacements is a daunting task. Unless you are the John Adams baseball team. Then it is just another year. Comment

PSAL B Baseball Previews: Martin expected to lead Queens BI race

This year shouldn’t be much different. In fact, the... Comment

Fencers claim SJU’s 2nd NCAA crown SJU

Less than 24 hours after helping lead the St. John’s fencing team to the NCAA championship, topping six-time defending champs Penn State, sophomore Ivan Lee was back on campus, heading to a 7 a.m. class. The reality of the accomplishment still hadn’t hit him. Comment

Munoz among runner to compete in Half-Marathon

The 31-year-old Munoz is coming off a 1:16.57 performance, good enough for 30th place overall in the Brooklyn Half-marathon last month. The... Comment

Edge takes bronze at Pee Wee Hockey Regional tournament

The Edge, who repeated as state tier III title winners earlier this month in... Comment

OLS fifth-grade volleyball team breezes past St. Thomas More

OLS played a strong first game, winning 15-10. Diana... Comment

Editorial: Big mouth

We have always admired the bluntness of City Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing). This is a woman who does not hesitate to say exactly what is on her mind. Unfortunately, we often do not think much of what was on the councilwoman's mind last week. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Boys of summer ready — and so are we fans

The opening day schedule is somewhat abbreviated, however —... Comment

Periscope: Grand plans afoot for downtown Flushing

There is an entity called the F&T Group, which, judging from its ambitions, wants to turn Flushing into a company town. And its ambitions are on clear display on the firm’s website at At least they were at the time this column was written. Comment

Our History: Mosquitoes nearly thwarted Panama Canal

Its title, “The Panama Canal,” with an early imprint, did not seem to be a book I would ever need or... Comment

Don Pepe: Travel to South America without passport

84-07 Northern Blvd. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Each new season feels like a new year

During tile last snowfall, little purple and yellow crocuses were already in bloom, wearing crystal necklaces. Nearby, standing as straight as a line of Marines at attention, were daffodil leaves, awaiting the arrival... Comment

To The Point: Girl Scouts, women celebrated at church

A very Happy Birthday to Rickey Anne Tuttle, 11 years old on March 18. Comment

Astoria kids learn Tae Kwon Do discipline Afternoon classes at Kim’s academy on 31st Street teaches small children martial arts

Instead, the 16-year-old Bryant High School student donned a robe and began studying Tae Kwon Do at age 4.... Comment

Editorial: Parents camp out for a school that works

Last week some 200 parents camped outside PS 251 in Springfield Gardens for the chance to get their children in the school's kindergarten program. Some of these parents spent two bone-chilling days waiting in line in the cold, damp air just to make sure that their kid would get a seat in this school. Comment

Abel quits beep race, blames lack of funds

While residents in his northeast Queens council district were the source of most of his campaign funds,... Comment

Kennedy, LaGuardia win slew of airport awards

“The nation's best shops and... Comment

Little Neck Residents oppose LIE on-ramp

The LIE on-ramp was expected to be built at the end of 254th Street to... Comment

LIJ first in state to win highest nursing honors

The hospital and its nurses received the profession’s highest honor March 14 when the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded them the Magnet Recognition... Comment

Leffler says NYPD needs more funding

On the first day of spring last week, City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) released his recommendations for the New York Police Department’s 2002 budget. He cited the need to maximize federal funding, expand civilian employment in the Police Department and reduce police officers’ overtime. Comment

QC softball goes 3-4 over weekend

After a 1-5 start to their season, the Queens College Lady Knights bounced back, going 3-1 this weekend. The team, coached by Brian DeMasters, swept a doubleheader from the No. 2 ranked team in the northeast, American International College, Saturday, and split a twin bill with Assumption Sunday. Comment

Anti-Semitic acts climb in Queens in 2000: ADL

Queens incidents included verbal threats, the desecration of a Jewish cemetery and physical... Comment

Police Blotter: 10-year-old traffic victim dies in hospital in Jamaica

Tristan Francis of Cambria Heights was on his way to school when he was hit by a 1999 Toyota at 197th... Comment

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer ., 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

Sacred Heart boys win Brooklyn/Queens crown

The Sacred Heart seventh-grade boys basketball team ended its CYO season with a perfect 20-0 record, winning the Rookie Division Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship at St. Francis College on Sunday, March 25, defeating Brooklyn champion St. Ann’s, 46-37. Tommy Meara led the team with 22 points and Matt Purcell contributed 10 points. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) always welcomes retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at 224-2729. Comment

Audiences get shot in arm from ‘A Shot in the Dark’

Theatre Time Productions is playing "A Shot in the Dark" at the First Presbyterian Church of Whitestone for all its laughs. Comment

Forest Hills filmmaker debuts at festival

For seven years Forest Hills film writer and actress Adele D’Man has been stealing away to Kew Gardens for inspiration. The hideaway hamlet with winding streets and Tudor facades cradles her favorite movie house where she and her producer husband Peter Goldberg spend hours watching foreign, independent and otherwise fringe films. Comment

She has one-word name, but many messages

Many who came out to the Black Spectrum Theatre Sunday evening had heard of the poet "Lindamichellebaron," and expected a young, intense, somewhat angry young woman in dreads who would sit reading her poetry on an empty stage while some young guy drummed in the background. Indeed, when the dancers from A.R.T. In Progressive Motion burst on the stage in semi-African garb and a lovely young woman began to recite "The Drum," many must have thought, "She's not that young, is she?" Comment

‘Into the Woods’ rustles Mother Goose’s feathers

Teens have an alternative to hanging out or being couch potatoes - the Community Youth Center at the Great Neck Library offers them an array of activities. Comment

Definitely, maybe next time he’ll have tuxedo

It definitely didn't happen March 25, but maybe it will April 22. Comment



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