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Thursday, Feb. 1, 2001

Our History: Queens’ bucolic past preserved on canvas

Historians of our island home owe a debt of gratitude to two artists native to the area who preserved for future generations in their paintings the landscapes, buildings, and vistas which have now disappeared over time. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Bulbs need gardeners’ help to survive winter

Remember those spring bulbs you planted last fall? And now your garden is covered with snow, exposed to howling winds, and low temperatures? Comment

Dining Out: Try it for good luck


Fine handmade cigars rolled in smoke shop

The first thing that you notice upon entering El Padrino, the maker of premium handmade cigars in Jamaica Estates, is not the smell of tobacco but of the cedarwood used to line the store's humidors - air-tight cases that keep tobacco fresh. Latin-Caribbean music on speakers also greets you when you enter. Comment

Beep delivers final State of Borough speech

Borough President Claire Shulman delivered her last State of the Borough address Tuesday at Queens Theatre in the Park, vowing to keep public education her highest priority in the borough with the city’s most crowded schools. Comment

To The Point: Troop 18 scouts use skills, soar like eagles

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

Year of the Snake 4699 slithers through Flushing

By Chris Fuchs Comment

Boro hopes FAA lottery will cut delays at LGA

A federally administered lottery among airlines serving LaGuardia Airport took effect Thursday in what aviation officials, travelers and thousands of beleaguered residents of Queens hope will relieve frustrating conditions at the nation’s most congested airport. Comment

1999 Queens death rate lowest in city

The 1999 death rate in Queens was lower than that of the other boroughs, according to a summary of vital statistics released by the city Department of Health in January. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Black business leaders shape U.S. enterprise business leaders

February, as you know, is Black History Month. Soon there will be a potpourri of articles written about the black culture, the civil rights struggle, and biographies of past and present black heroes. Comment

It’s easy to see: Queens is for lovers

In preparation for the arrival of Saint Valentine's Day, we asked a random sampling of locals, "Where's the most romantic spot in Queens?" Comment

Throw petals around bedroom, have picnic breakfast

Wondering what to give your sweetheart on the special day? Want to be a little different? Here are some ideas from (printed with permission). Comment

Day of love has stormy beginnings

When you celebrate this Valentine's Day with your spouse, love interest or significant other (choose the wording), you probably won't be thinking about the violent origins of the romantic holiday. Comment

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 2 Bay Club Dr., $253,000, Condo Hi Rise, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction-Brick, Taxes: $1,900 Comment

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

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

Can holiday be romantic with kids afoot?

Once you have kids, Valentine's Day is never quite the same. Comment

All turn a year older but feel years younger

Gung hoy fat choy in the Year of the Snake, 4699! Comment

Look no farther than queens for fun

Truth be told, Queens has never been known as a real happening place for Valentine's Day. But if you look just a little harder and you're a bit inventive, you can have as hot a time as any Manhattanite. Comment

The Civic Scene: Civic newsletters show neighborhood power

Bayside Hills Civic Association President Jerry M. Iannece has announced in the association newsletter, “The Beacon,” that after a follow-up meeting with Borough President Claire Shulman, the city Department of Transportation, the Parks Department and other concerned parties, the long-awaited Oakland Ravine Stormwater Project will begin in September. This shows what a determined civic association can accomplish. Comment

Yamaguchi: Try it for good luck


Astoria Greek church’s icon recovered after theft

An Astoria man was arrested Sunday for allegedly stealing a revered Greek Orthodox icon and its valuable gems on display at an Astoria church, police said. Comment

Astoria charter school approved by state

Trustees of the State University of New York approved a new charter school for Astoria at a monthly meeting last week, but some members of Community Board 2 oppose the site of the new school on Thomson Avenue because of traffic concerns. Comment

Ridgewood in disbelief after killing

A Ridgewood man was arrested Jan 24 and charged with murder after allegedly stabbing his mother's friend to death after a dispute in his Forest Avenue home, police said. Comment

Queens West project hires development company

LCOR, a commercial development company from Berywn, Pa., has been hired to develop about 13.5 acres of Queens West waterfront property into more than 2 million square feet of commercial space, Queens and New York officials announced last week. Comment

Woman, 25 stabs, kills lover: Cops

Devika Baldeo, a 25-year-old woman from Richmond Hill, has been charged with fatally stabbing her cousin, who was also her boyfriend, in the back following an argument last week in the couple's house late Wednesday night, police said. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Elder or child abuse must not go unreported

The night of Jan. 22, The Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association heard a very informative lecture by Ariene M. Markarian, unit chief of the Elder Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Bureau, Kings County District Attorney’s Office. Comment

CB 6 OKs one-way traffic on 62nd Ave.

Members of Community Board 6 voted unanimously last week to convert the flow of traffic on two Forest Hills streets to one way after an appeal by board member Joann Ciorciari at the monthly meeting. Comment

Richmond Hill students grill veteran NBC 4 journalist

Thirty student leaders from Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Jamaica turned the tables on veteran NBC 4 journalist Gabe Pressman and his colleagues from the New York Press Club last Thursday at the District 28 Auditorium in Forest Hills as the kids lobbed their own questions for a change. Comment

Forest Hills students grill veteran NBC 4 journalist

Thirty student leaders from Richmond Hill, Forest Hills and Jamaica turned the tables on veteran NBC 4 journalist Gabe Pressman and his colleagues from the New York Press Club last Thursday at the District 28 Auditorium in Forest Hills as the kids lobbed their own questions for a change. Comment

Cops blitz drivers on boulevard

A blue-and-orange brigade descended on Queens Boulevard last Thursday. Comment

Children’s ER opens at Jamaica Hospital

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center opened a new pediatric emergency department Monday with help from its little friends: elementary school students from local public schools. Comment

City council committee to look at air cargo plan

The debate over two proposed air cargo warehouses adjacent to John F. Kennedy Airport raged on Monday night when representatives from the New York City Economic Development Corporation visited Community Board 13. Comment

5 children pulled from icy pond

Five children ranging in age from 11 to 14 plunged through the thin ice covering Baisley Pond in South Jamaica at 4:50 p.m. Monday and were rescued by officers from the Emergency Service Unit and the 113th Precinct, police said. Comment

Beleaguered SB 29 searches for interim super

School Board 29 has formed a committee to find an interim acting superintendent to run the troubled district until the stalemate between the community and Schools Chancellor Harold Levy over a permanent replacement is resolved. Comment

Padavan opposes move of kids’ psychiatric unit

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) blasted the state Office of Mental Health's plan to move the Queens Children's Psychiatric Center onto the grounds of the campus of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center, an adult facility. Comment

Seoul Plaza showcases Korean retailers

Since the early 1990s, the Asian commercial community has Flushing has been expanding as new waves of immigrants flex their entrepreneurial muscle. In the downtown district, for instance, many Korean-American shop owners who had leased space from Taiwanese-Americans have headed east in Queens, seeking lower rents. Comment

Briarwood frets over fractures

Mysterious cracks suddenly appeared in at least 11 houses on a quiet street in Briarwood Friday, driving some residents from their homes and sparking suspicions that recent work on the sewage system in the area was the culprit. Comment

Queens College tight-lipped on AIDS gift

Queens College officials are keeping mum about a letter sent by an alumnus who had asked the college to return with interest a $4.5 million bequest he made nearly three years ago for an AIDS research center that was never built. Comment

Assembly’s Carrozza gets nod from Silver

State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) continued to reward the Assembly members who stood by him in the failed coup attempt lead by then-Majority Leader Michael Bragman (D-North Syracuse) last May. Comment

Shulman backs Willets Pt. development

From the scratched-up windows of a No. 7 train leaving Flushing, it looks like a graveyard of polychromatic scraps. It appears overwhelmingly messy and tidy at the same time. It is known as a purveyor of spare tires, car doors, hoods, mufflers, carburetors, engines - anything automotive. Comment

Rikers cop charged in DUI crash

An off-duty Department of Corrections officer at Rikers Island was arrested early Thursday morning for allegedly driving while impaired from alcohol after he was in an accident on the Whitestone Expressway that killed the driver of a tractor-trailer. Comment

Leffler punished after criticizing Vallone

City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) has been knocked off the Finance and Land-Use Committees because of a disagreement he had with City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria). Comment

Douglaston residents fear new home on backyard lot

About 50 people turned out for an impromptu meeting of the Douglaston Civic Association last week to express their fears that a new home may be built in the backyard of a recently subdivided property on Depew Avenue. Comment

Bayside civics still opposed to St. Mary’s addition

Bayside civic leaders were unwavering in their opposition to the building of an addition to St. Mary's Hospital for Children in Bayside last week after a Jan. 22 meeting between the activists, U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) and hospital officials. Comment

Back to School Night wins at MS 67

The purpose of the hearing was to explore ways to hold both a Back to School Night and two evenings of traditional parent/teacher conferences during the school year, according to School Board 26 President Sharon Maurer. Under the current teachers' contract, which expired in November, teachers are required to attend two evening events during the school year. Comment

Guilty plea in rape at Bayside HS

Elkech Leon, 20, of 89-43 212th Place told Criminal Court Judge Joseph Grosso that he admitted his guilt in the case because he wanted to take responsibility for his actions. Comment

Police Blotter: 3 stabbed in dispute at Jamaica nightclub

JAMAICA - A man was arrested after allegedly stabbing three men in a dispute early Saturday morning at a Jamaica club, said Detective Carolyn Chew, a Police Department spokeswoman. Comment

Murry Bergtram stymies Francis Lewis, 66-44

The Baltimore Ravens were not the only team on Super Bowl Sunday to make it clear they were the better team. Comment

City Council candidates report their cash

The race for the 14 Queens seats in the City Council is on and wide open. So far there are 46 candidates who have made their wish to represent the borough on the Council known to the public. Comment

Queens connects from chairty stripe, bests NYIT

With his team leading 61-48 in the second half, Queens College sophomore guard Gary DeBerry knew the Knights’ game against New York Institute of Technology would eventually come down to free throws. Comment

Queens Lady Knights trounce New York Institute of Technology

The foreign is becoming quite familiar for the Queens College women’s basketball team. It seems that with each win the coaching staff is forced to dust off the record books. But more important than trying to find out the last time the Lady Knights defeated a certain conference opponent, the team is shattering the belief of recent years that they are a New York Collegiate Athletic Conference doormat. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Fan or not, Super Bowl loss tough

There are some around the campfire that is this newsroom who believe me to be a fair-weather fan, one who roots for teams only when their fortunes turn for the better. Of course, in my opinion, nothing can be further from the truth, something I tried to put on display last weekend during Super Bowl XXXV. Comment

Strein’s jumper helps Hilltoppers earn win

By Anthony Bosco Comment

Second-half surge: Molloy rallies behind Harrison to top CK

No, the voices weren’t in his head. Comment

Carnesecca’s jersey raised at Madison Square Garden

His name is synonymous with St. John's basketball and on Tuesday night in front of 16,314 fans — including former President Bill Clinton — Lou Carnesecca, one of the world’s most famous coaches, was honored at the World’s Most Famous Arena as the Hall of Fame coach became the first collegiate coach to ever have a banner raised in his honor to the roof of Madison Square Garden at halftime of :St. John's 60-55 win over Big East rival Connecticut. Comment

Editorial: Justice for Edwin Smith

The St. Albans resident was convicted of murder in a trial that made a mockery of the criminal justice system. The murder conviction was overturned when a judge ruled that Smith's first attorney did not properly explain plea bargain that had been offered to him, the same plea bargain that he eventually agreed to late last year. Smith was resentenced to 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison. He is eligible for parole in 2 1/2 years. Comment

Christ the King, Archbishop Molloy hockey skate to 4-4 tie

For two periods the Molloy hockey team followed the same script Tuesday at Iceland in New Hyde Park as it did in its 9-5 loss to Christ the King in the teams’ last meeting. Comment

Fitzgerald a perfect fit at BU

By Dylan Butler Comment

Cook carries St. John’s over UConn, 60-55

Despite shooting 0-for-5 from three-point range in the first half, St. John’s freshman point guard Omar Cook did not shy away from pulling the trigger in crunch time, hitting three crucial treys down the stretch to lead the Red Storm over the University of Connecticut Huskies, 60-55, Tuesday night in a game with major postseason implications at Madison Square Garden. Comment

Al McGuire, SJU alum, Queens native, dies

Former St. John’s basketball standout and Queens native Al McGuire, 72, died Friday morning in Milwaukee. He had reportedly suffered from a blood disorder. Comment

Teammates mourn loss of former Mets Agee

Former New York Mets star Tommie Agee was stricken by a massive heart attack last week outside of a Manhattan office building and died hours later at Bellevue Hospital. The East Elmhurst resident was 58. Comment

SJU women snap losing streak, defeat Pitt

When she looks at the tapes of the game, St. John’s women’s basketball coach Darcel Estep will surely see a cornucopia of things that need to be worked on. But on Saturday, all Estep and the Red Storm cared about what the final result, as St. John’s snapped a seven-game losing streak with a 38-33 win over Big East rival Pittsburgh at Alumni Hall. Comment

Editorial: An American parade

By The Times-Ledger Comment

Quake hits Indians in borough

Members of the Indian community in Queens have mounted a boroughwide effort to raise funds and donate supplies to victims of a devastating earthquake that struck India Friday two weeks . Comment



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