Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002

Queens Job Fair 2004

Friday, October 11 - 9am to 2pm Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Tennis fans have little to root for

I am not a tennis fan, at least not since the retirement of one John McEnroe, the Queens native who tipped the sporting world on its head in the late 1970s and early 1980s with his boorish behavior and blistering backhand. Johnny Mac took tennis to another level, both on the court and off. Comment

Thousands flock to Flushing Meadows to kick off U.S. Open

For many, Monday marked a first trip to the National Tennis Center in Flushing for Opening Day of the 2002 U.S. Open. But not for Howie Arons. Comment

Children flock to Queens for annual ‘Kids Day’

Children from all over the country served up an ace when they showed up Saturday at the seventh annual Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day Tennis Festival at Flushing’s United States Tennis Association National Tennis Center. Comment

U.S. Open Notebook: Bombshell Kournikova eliminated after 44 minutes

Much like the cable network E! says about the “Anna Nicole Smith show” in its trailers about the new reality show, the Anna Kournikova show Monday at the National Tennis Center wasn’t supposed to be funny, but that didn’t stop the overflow crowd at Louis Armstrong Stadium from laughing, cheering and finally booing the Russian tennis diva in her embarrassing 6-3, 6-0 loss to unseeded Angelique Widjaja. Comment

SJU men’s soccer has eyes on NCAA crown

Only in the Big East. Comment

Local players make good at Cooperstown tourney

Bayside Little League players Julius Wells and Emanuel Duran recently traveled to Cooperstown to play in a baseball tournament that fielded 64 teams from all over the United States. The two players competed on the Long Island Lightning baseball team coached by Manuel Duran. Comment

Glen Oaks All-Stars valiant in Rosenbluth defeat

The Vitality Drug All-Stars had a prescription for winning. Their 9-4 record ranked them as one of the top four teams in this summer’s annual Rosenbluth Tournament for 9- and 10-year-olds. Comment

All a-flutter at RAA

You’d think you can’t go wrong photographing butterflies, but actually, you can, according to photographer Holly Gordon, whose butterfly photos, “All A-Flutter,” are on exhibit at the Rockaway Artists Alliance’s gallery at Fort Tilden. Comment

Long Island City YMCA hosting several sports league for fall

The Long Island City YMCA will be hosting several new recreational and competitive sports leagues for the upcoming fall season. Comment

Editorial: Hevesi’s complaint

After four years in Albany, state Sen. Daniel Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) is throwing in the towel. The senator has had it with the way business is done (and most often not done) in Albany. Comment

Editorial: Toxic logic

Refusing to give in to public hysteria, the Education Department has decided that PS 65 in Ozone Park should open for the first day of school next week. This was a courageous decision. The parents of the children had been whipped into a frenzy by activists who used pseudo-science to convince them that their children were in grave danger. Comment

Editorial: Smash the M18

The police have made an arrest in the killing of a 22-year-old Woodside waitress on July 30. Police have charged a 16-year-old girl, Augustina Lopez, with shooting Maria Vivar because she refused to join a Mexican gang. The police are searching for two other gang members believed to be involved in the shooting. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Evil memories of one September in Munich

Many wonderful events occur in September. These include Labor Day; the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur; Grandparents’ Day; the beginning of cool Autumn; the football season; school openings (wonderful for parents, not so for kids); and my 39th wedding anniversary. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: 9/11 brought bravery, ingenuity, humanity

Although we would all like to forget that 9/11/01 ever happened, we must face facts. It did happen. Comment

The Civic Scene: Community facilities alter residential areas

The July meeting of the Kissena Park Civic Association featured a slide presentation by Tyler Cassell, president of the North Flushing Civic Association, illustrating the growth of unregulated community facilities changing a nice residential community of well-kept one- family homes into a hodgepodge of religious institutions of various sizes and shapes. Comment

To The Point: Sept. 11 remembrance planned at Town Hall

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

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 125-30 47 Ave., Coop, $125,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction: Brick Comment

Open honors 9/11 heroes before tourney starts

The thousands who jammed Arthur Ashe Stadium cheered Monday night. But not for tennis, not yet. Comment

Study to assess demand for pool in Rockaways

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) has announced that a $200,000 feasibility study began earlier this month for an indoor swimming complex at Jacob Riis Park. Comment

Boro gears up for annual West Indian Day parade

Queens residents and businesses with Caribbean roots were expected to play a colorful and flavorful role in the 35th annual West Indian American Day Carnival Parade to be held Monday on Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. Comment

Flushing doctor studying drug to combat West Nile

A doctor at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing is leading the fight against the West Nile virus with a drug treatment trial that could suppress the virus’ attack on the human body. Comment

Wyckoff Heights to provide women a place of their own

The risks women and their unborn children face if they do not see a doctor during pregnancy are startling. Comment

Congress gives churches free rein on property use

No matter how much Queens’ civic groups and city council members pressure City Hall to change the zoning laws when it comes to community facilities, the biggest obstacle may be the federal government. Comment

Bulldozing the bedroom: Community facilities displace families in northeast Queens

When Jenny and Walter Tkach moved into their north Flushing home 32 years ago, it was a quiet, close-knit neighborhood of families where they chose to settle down and raise their son. Comment

Sliwa talks of school violence at SJU forum

In the 21st century, being a teacher is about more than getting students to learn reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, Guardian Angel leader Curtis Sliwa told a crowd of teachers Monday at a seminar on school violence at St. John’s University in Jamaica. Comment

Queens has only nine primaries - all Dems

With a little less then two weeks before the primary for congressional and state legislative seats, the campaign front seems a bit calm compared to last year when Queens had more than 75 candidates vying for its 14 City Council seats. Comment

Fans not bothered by tightened U.S. Open security

At the first U.S. Open since the Sept. 11 attacks, security in and around the National Tennis Center has been noticeably tightened. Comment

Borough candidates run in reshaped districts

In an effort to accommodate population shifts throughout the state, New York congressional and legislative district lines were redrawn in 2002 based on the latest census population numbers over the past 10 years. Comment

Bellerose shelter saves boro’s stray cats, dogs

For Maria Barnett finding homes for stray cats and dogs is more than just a vocation — it is her destiny. Comment

Dept. of Ed pronounces PS 65 safe for children

PS 65, the Ozone Park school parents contend is making their children sick, is safe for students and teachers and will open on schedule Sept. 5, the Department of Education said in a statement released Friday. Comment

School District 29 wants leader named by Sept. 5

As another school year rolls around for School Board 29 and its 29,000 students, the district remains exactly where it ended the school year — in limbo. The district’s beleaguered search for a permanent superintendent continues to drag on. Comment

Ralin gives voters conservative alternative

Competing in an area dominated by Democrats for decades, Conservative Mark Ralin does not believe he stands much of a chance of winning the race for the 16th Senate District. Comment

Introducing new Indian-style Chinese cuisine

In a move he is sure will draw rave reviews from the large Indian population in Richmond Hill, Surender Singh is adding a little flavor to his Villages of India restaurant. Comment

Homeless shelter at motel by LaGuardia stirs protest

The conversion of a motel near LaGuardia Airport into a homeless shelter has sparked a cry of outrage from Borough President Helen Marshall, who blasted the city for failing to contact the community until just before the center’s opening. Comments (3)

Ferry service to resume between LIC, Manhattan

Ferry service between Long Island City and Manhattan will be revived after Labor Day by the same company that abandoned the route two years ago because it was unprofitable. Comment

Primary challenge pits Maloney vs. Brauer

The race for Congress in Astoria already bears the key components of a dramatic political contest: a well-regarded incumbent, an upstart challenger and stinging shots of criticism. Comment

Flushing Chinese center awaits its new home

A Flushing Chinese senior center with hundreds of daily visitors has found a temporary home in a Murray Hill Buddhist Temple after the center lost its lease. Comment

York College welcomes 4th hip-hop summit

A hip-hop invasion is coming to York College, bringing more than 2,500 teens together with rap performers, recording industry executives, politicians, and community and religious leaders. Comment

Domestic files forced labor charges against Hollis pair

A Filipino woman has accused a former Queens couple of treating her like a slave for nearly two years by imprisoning her in their Hollis home where she suffered verbal abuse and was fed only table scraps, according to a federal law suit. Comment

SJU women vying for return trip to Big East tourney

When Ian Stone predicted his team would qualify for the Big East tournament last year, more than a few scratched their heads and snickered at the St. John’s women’s soccer coach. Comment

Guard shot while making deposit at Cross Bay bank

A security guard was shot in the side and robbed of $20,000 while making an early-morning deposit Saturday at a bank on Cross Bay Boulevard in Howard Beach, police said. Comment

Schumer demands more cargo inspectors at JFK

The U.S. Customs Service will complete the hiring of 1,500 new inspectors “within weeks” as part of the agency’s long-term plan to move forward with anti-terrorism efforts at Kennedy and other airports around the country. Comment

Jamaica landlord set fire to his building: Queens DA

A Jamaica landlord was arrested last week on charges he set his mixed-use commercial and residential building on fire in 2000 in a scheme that nearly killed his accomplice and injured three firefighters. Comment

Cops charge teen in July gang-related waitress slay

Police arrested a 17-year-old girl and were searching for two men in the gang-related shooting death of a waitress on Roosevelt Avenue last month, authorities said. Comment

Cambria Heights resident elected to Drum Corps Hall

Cambria Heights resident Eugene Bennett has reached the pinnacle of choreographing routines for marching bands and color guards. On Aug. 31, he and six others will be inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame for their contribution to drum and bugle corps. Comment

Briarwood teen, 17, wins national essay competition

If 17-year-old Briarwood resident Jonathan Kamler could trade places with anyone for a day, he would be a farmer. Comment

Borough South Asians honor one of their own

Amid talk of their political coming of age and heaping plates of Indian food, borough South Asians celebrated the groundbreaking Democratic district leader candidacy of Uma Sengupta at the Villages of India restaurant in Richmond Hill Monday night. Comment

Springfield Gardens street named for local firefighter

Now that nearly a year has passed since the Sept. 11 attacks, the family and friends of firefighter William Henry, who died in a rescue attempt on that day, were able to remember him with more joy than grief Saturday. Comment

Weiner hits streets to learn concerns of neighborhoods

With his district shifting further into Queens, U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) said he is mounting an effort to learn about the issues most important to his future constituents in northeast and central sections of the borough. Comment

3 men stabbed after Flushing nightclub fight

Three men were stabbed early Friday morning as a result of a dispute in a nightclub just off Main Street in downtown Flushing, police said. Comment

FreshDirect offers food delivery in NE Queens

Pin it on an Internet-era need to be coddled or the overburdened lifestyles of the modern urban family. Comment

City delays reconstruction of Bayside municipal lot

The city Department of Transportation has delayed a planned reconstruction of Bayside’s municipal parking lot because the cost of the project doubled, a spokesman for the city DOT said this week. Comment

Bayside group stakes claim to women’s Totten building

Months after a state judge ordered the city to give the Queens Women’s Center a building at Bayside’s Fort Totten, another nonprofit at the fort publicly contended this week that it has had a right to the center’s future home for the past five years. Comment

Jewish seminary moves into Kew Gardens Hills

After 47 years in Forest Hills, the Rabbinical Seminary of America dedicated its new campus in Kew Gardens Hills Sunday as a host of elected officials, including Gov. George Pataki, showed up to congratulate school officials and show their support for the local Jewish community and for Israel. Comment

Community Board 11 gets set for September meet

After its first extended summer break in decades, northeast Queens’ Community Board 11 was set to resume public meetings next week in Bayside. Comment

Rosedale, Brookville hit with West Nile pesticide

Areas of Rosedale and Brookville were sprayed with pesticide Monday night to curb the spread of adult mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus, days after city Health Department officials assured the community last week that spraying was not needed. Comment

Chou stands apart in new assembly race

In pushing for universal health care and a large increase in the minimum wage, Evergreen Chou, Green Party candidate for the 22nd Assembly District, is not afraid to say his views about the role of government diverge from those of his fellow candidates. Comment

With projects in pipeline, Cook seeks another term

Assemblywoman Vivian Cook (D-South Ozone Park) said she will not wage a traditional campaign against Democratic challenger Rachel Gordon in the Sept. 10 primary, but don’t take that as a sign the 65-year-old Albany veteran has given up on politics. Comment

Subway station fire disrupts N, W service

A fire broke out in an electrical room at the Ditmars Boulevard subway station Saturday morning, sending a low cloud of smoke onto the platform and briefly suspending subway service on the N and W lines, fire officials said. Comment

Construction rules issued for Douglas Manor

Living in a historic neighborhood may have its charms, but there does not seem to be anything appealing about the construction rules governing homeowners in city landmarked areas. Comment

Pringle hopes second time is a charm in AD 31 race

After being knocked off the ballot in April’s special election for the 31st Assembly District in southeast Queens, Charles Pringle Jr. was determined to try again. Comment

Survey cites Woodside as AIDS hot spot in boro

AIDS has reached epidemic levels among minority women and children in some Queens neighborhoods, with nearly 50 percent of the borough’s cases reported in Jamaica and Woodside, a report issued by the United Way of New York City said. Comment

Ethnicity, development top Flushing debate

Candidates vying for the new 22nd Assembly District seat in Flushing differed on whether a person of Asian descent should lead the predominantly Asian area and offered contrasting visions of how the downtown should be developed. Comment

Fort Totten development tops Bay Terrace debate

The development of Fort Totten dominated the agenda Tuesday night in Bay Terrace as nearly 200 residents turned out to hear the political messages of more than a half dozen candidates running for statewide office. Comment

Civic blasts Con Ed on wire safety

Repeating a cry first raised two years ago, the Juniper Park Civic Association is demanding that Con Edison remove temporary street lamp wires that the civic claims pose a threat to public safety. Comment

BJ’s club to set up shop in Middle Village

A long-vacant series of storefronts in Middle Village’s Metro Mall has found a tenant that promises to draw new business in bulk. Comment

Schneider Children’s get 200 pairs of shoes

Far from the corporate greed and scandal of the Enrons and WorldComs of the business world, there is a small Forest Hills shoe store that shines as an example of compassion and generosity. Comment

Laurelton crash kills Bklyn. boy

A Queens Village man was arrested on charges of drunk driving last weekend after his car struck a Jeep on the Laurelton Parkway, killing an 8-year-old Brooklyn boy, police said. Comment

Flushing man charged in robbing woman

A Flushing man has been arrested on charges of robbing a woman on the rooftop of his own building nearly a month after she was found dead on the same roof. Comment

Community facilities best in residential areas: City

The city’s zoning laws give wide latitude to community facility groups in terms of where they can build. The law states that community facilities “can perform their activities more effectively in a residential environment, unaffected by objectionable influences from adjacent industrial ... uses.” Comment

Police Blotter: Foul odor alerts neighbors to Emhurst woman’s corpse

ELMHURST - A woman was found dead in her apartment Saturday after neighbors called police to report that a foul odor was coming from her unit, police said. Comment

Dining Out: Classic Italian food in newly updated restaurant

76 Middleneck Road Great Neck Comment


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