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Thursday, April 17, 2003

Suit over Martins Field burial site gets dismissed

A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force the city to build a memorial on a 19th century black and native-American burial ground in Flushing that is now used as a park. Comment

Murray Hill LIRR station deemed unsafe

The Murray Hill station on the Long Island Rail Road has been singled out once again as potentially hazardous and in poor condition in an audit of the MTA’s two commuter railroads by city Comptroller William C. Thompson Jr. Comment

Sweepers to clean Flushing streets while nabe sleeps

While bustling during the day, parts of downtown Flushing become eerily quiet late at night. But Tuesday and Thursday nights now have a little more bustle. Comment

City nixes plan to ease Whitestone traffic

Traffic on two roads just east of the Whitestone Expressway does not merit making the streets one-way in order to prevent vehicles from cutting through the neighborhood, the city has found. Comment

Bloomberg budget throws boro into uncertain future

Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlined $600 million in budget cuts that will close the Queens Zoo, end weekend take-home meals for senior citizens and reduce the Fire Department’s civilian staff in his plan to close next year’s $3.8 billion budget gap. Comment

College Pt. plant slated for renovation

In an effort to reduce pollution in the East River and Long Island Sound, the city plans to undertake a $125 million project to renovate a College Point sewage treatment plant at the beginning of 2005. Comment

Cop operation reduces crime in 109th: Lau

The addition of more police officers in downtown Flushing has resulted in a reduction in crime in Whitestone as well, the captain of the 109th Precinct said Tuesday. Comment

Baysider’s suit over burial site gets dismissed

A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force the city to build a memorial on a 19th century black and native-American burial ground in Flushing that is now used as a park. Comment

2003 TimesLedger All-Queens CHSAA Girls Basketball Teams

Roslyn Gold-Onwude    G.    So.    Molloy Comment

AirTrain slated to resume test runs after fatal crash

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey hopes to resume testing the AirTrain light rail system at Kennedy Airport this week after concluding that the September crash that killed a Springfield Gardens man was caused by miscommunications during a test run. Comment

Astoria bouncer, artist stabbed oustide E. Village bar

An Astoria man who spent his nights as a bouncer and his days as an artist died Sunday from a stab wound he suffered after a scuffle in the trendy East Village bar where he worked, police said. Comment

Astoria boy struck by SUV on Ditmars

A 10-year-old boy was struck and critically injured on Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria on Saturday night by a driver who fled the scene, police said. Comment

Two boro superintendents appointed to new academy

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein appointed two superintendents from Queens last week to key posts in the city Department of Education’s leadership academy that wants to enhance student performance by increasing new and current principals’ management skills. Comment

Dist. 25 to lose new school due to fiscal crisis: Report

Several new school construction projects that might have alleviated the borough’s chronic overcrowding problems have been scrapped in the wake of the mayor’s budget cuts, a recently-released report reveals. Comment

TimesLedger newspapers win 34 state awards

The TimesLedger Newspapers won 34 awards in the New York Press Association’s Better Newspaper Contest for 2002, including nine first-place awards for categories ranging from in-depth reporting to overall excellence. Comment

North Fork robber nets $3,000 cash

A robber made off with about $3,000 Tuesday from the North Fork Bank across from the Bayside railroad station on Bell Boulevard, police said. Comment

Bayside woman, 77, dead in blaze at longtime home

A 77-year-old woman died last week during a fire in the Bayside home where she had lived for more than 50 years. Comment

Charges dropped against attorney in Caffe assault

Charges were dropped last week against a Brooklyn lawyer who had been accused of assaulting an Asian woman in an alleged bias attack at Bayside’s Caffe on the Green Jan. 3. Comments (1)

Baysider’s suit over burial site gets dismissed

A federal judge last week dismissed a lawsuit seeking to force the city to build a memorial on a 19th century black and native-American burial ground in Flushing that is now used as a park. Comment

Library cuts spark protest in front of Flushing branch

Amid honking horns, rushing commuters and Mormons engaging passersby to discuss their religion, a new group took center stage in downtown Flushing last Thursday morning: librarians and their supporters. Comment

Board supports renaming two streets for firefighters

Community Board 7 gave its unanimous support to renaming two streets in College Point for firefighters killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Comment

Arts & Entertainement Listings

Acting Seniors Comment

‘New Mario Lanza’ will perform at Westbury

Whether commanding the heroic volleys of Puccini’s “Nessun dorma” or melting the tender phrases of “O Sole Mio,” Amante rewrites the book on anybody’s idea of what a tenor can be. Comment

Amazing diversity of local theater shines through

This past weekend offered more theatrical choices than I could attend. And even with the avid assistance of my friend Bette and her husband, we saw five different productions between us and could easily have taken in one or two more if there were such things as Saturday matinees or Sunday evening performances. Comment

Glendale’s Harris puts out third in Camelot book series

Imagine being brought back to a time when knights had to slay dragons to free damsels in distress, when lords and their vassals covered the land, when magic ruled the air. Comment

Belmont Stakes Fair offers family fun for all

The fair features more than 100 spectacular rides, games, free attractions and entertainment for families to enjoy. Comment

‘Miracle’ comes to Astoria for Flux Factory walk tour

“Miracle on 43rd Street,” the latest project by the Flux Factory collective, will take place on Saturday, April 26, from noon to 5 p.m. It will consist of a map and a little bus tour and a series of installations, performances and interactions along 43rd Street. Comment

Latimer House fund-raiser set for LGA hotel

The Latimer House was the home of Lewis H. Latimer, an African American intellectual who was a pioneer in the field of electricity, working closely with Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison. Comment

Miller hits on budget fight in Flushing seniors speech

The current fiscal crisis would disappear if the city got the funding it deserves from the state and federal government, the head of the City Council told an audience of Flushing seniors last week. Comment

‘Lord of the Rings’ comes to AMMI for school break

“This is a special chance for audiences to see one of the most magnificent and entertaining epic movies in years, on the big screen, prior to its home video release,” said David Schwartz, the museum’s chief curator of film. Comment

High-end billiards hall opens on Bell Blvd.

With its sleek design and upscale menu, Slate Restaurant, Bar & Billiards in Bayside is trying to make the dingy, run-down pool hall a thing of the past. Comment

How’s Business?: Cost of war

If you’ve been watching CNN during these very stressful global times, you would have seen what they are referring to as “The Price of War.” They point to the cost of M80 tanks, tomahawk missiles, fighter jets, military personnel, etc., etc. But what about the “Hidden Costs of War?” Comment

Business Calender

April 23- Annual Bishop Wright Man and Woman of the Year Awards. Holiday Inn JFK, 11:30 a.m. $45. 718-244-5140. Comment

Police Blotter: NYPD Scuba divers rescue boy from frigid East River

ASTORIA - Divers from the NYPD Scuba Unit rescued a 5-year-old boy who fell into the East River and two bystanders who jumped in to save him Monday, police said. Comment

Editorial: Field of broken dreams

It’s been a long time coming. After six years of legal dancing, Benjamin Rastelli, 47, of Whitestone, has pleaded guilty to dumping demolition debris, including glass, metal and plumbing fixtures, in what was supposed to be clean fill on the ball fields of College Point. When he is sentenced in June, he will begin a three-month jail sentence, which he will serve on weekends, and he will pay $250,000 in restitution. Comment

Editorial: Let the dogs play

For years the Parks Department has extended a “courtesy” that permitted dog owners to let their dogs run unleashed in city parks from 9 p.m. at night until 9 a.m. in the morning. It was a policy that appeared to be working well, striking a balance between the thousands of dog owners in Queens and other park users. That was until last week when a homeowners association in Bayside asked Queens Borough Parks Commissioner Richard Murphy to ban the unleashed dogs and their owners. Comment

Editorial: Firehouse smoke

We’d like to extend our support to the elected officials who are protesting plans to close two firehouses in Queens, including Engine Company 293 in Woodhaven and 261 in Long Island City. We’d like to, but we can’t. Comment

Boro pols move to maintain school districts

Borough politicians opposed to Mayor Bloomberg’s consolidation of local school districts into larger regional zones have introduced state and city legislation in attempts to block the reforms that are scheduled to take effect in September. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Passover, Easter holidays celebrate renewal, rebirth

A look at the calendar reveals that the first night of the festive Jewish holiday of Passover falls on April 16. Four days later, on April 20, Easter will arrive. Their proximity is not coincidental since both holidays usually coincide. And, not coincidentally, both holidays are similar in many other ways. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Political games begin for council candidates

“Let the games begin” is the ancient clarion call of the Roman and Greek emperors signaling the official start of entertainment for the masses, unless you were one of the ones being fed to the lions. It is not different from today’s bloodsport, otherwise known as politics. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: NYPD teaches civilians to spot dubious activity

The saying “Self-preservation is the first rule of man” seems to apply to the New York Police Department’s efforts to teach us the basics of terrorists and what we can do to help ourselves and the police to prevent tragedy. They are doing so through face-to-face meetings and other avenues of communication. Comment

Our History: Central Park to celebrate 150th anniversary

Central Park holds many memories for me, for I was born in Manhattan and have lived most of my life in New York City’s environs. I remember especially the thrill of a ride on the park’s beautiful merry-go-round, the colorful vendors’ balloons, the excitement of finding the prize in a package of Cracker Jacks, the antics of the seals, the thrill of watching the tigers and lions, the humorous pranks of the monkeys and the repulsion of viewing the snakes. Comment

The Civic Scene: NE Queens historic path offers picturesque setting

Cunningham Park is one of the most widely used parks in Queens, where people can walk, jog and ride bicycles. Comment

To The Point: Whitestone youth group to host Easter breakfast

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. All the snow in the beginning of April made it feel like we should be getting ready to go Christmas shopping. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Backyard work is simple with lawn care know-how

Typical homeowners love their backyards; what they don’t love is backyard work. There has to be a better way to allow us more yard play and less yard work. Comment

Seven-run fifth inning carries Molloy past St. Francis Prep

St. Francis Prep starter Danny Weinman was cruising until Nick Balalis doubled off the fence at Stanner Field, opening up the flood gates on a seven-run fifth inning. The rally was all the offense Molloy would need, winning Monday’s CHSAA league encounter 7-2. Comment

Giannoukakis’ game-winner lifts Owls over Pioneers. 4-3

Stacy Giannoukakis certainly knows how to celebrate a hat trick in style. Comment

St. John’s Prep JV crowned city champs, again

In the CHSAA playoffs, the team defeated Mount St. Michael, 51-45, Cardinal Spellman, 63-50, and a very talented LaSalle Academy squad by the score of 60-52 in the championship game. Comment

Queens teenagers meet at QCC to discuss AIDS

High school students from around the borough discussed HIV- and AIDS-related issues and heard the real-life stories of two HIV-positive activists Friday at a student-coordinated conference at Queensborough Community College. Comment

Red Storm boys and girls take home CHSAA Gold

Sean Lowe earned the title of city champion by placing first in the 600-meter dash with 1:22.30 for a new school record. Eric Zorilla placed second in the 1,000-meter race with 2:35.67, also a new school record. Lowe and Zorilla represented St. John’s Prep at the New York state championships and the National Scholastic Championships. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Ally Stamatiades

School: Bryant Comment

DAC Mario Bros. Sparks win crown

In a game that remained close until the final quarter, the Shocks played tough defense, but the Sparks were too much to handle and pulled away at the end. Comment

Frank Padavan BlueJays hold on to defeat Merillon

Playing third base, Tara McCullagh led the BlueJays with three RBIs on two hits. Shortstop Nicole Epstein added two hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Comment

Snows’ girls win SubNovice volleyball crown

A tough OLMC team came out strong in the first game, and even though Snows mounted a comeback, OLMC finished strong to win. Caileigh O’Rourke, Kaitlin Smolen and Julia Hannigan hustled on the court and provided some good defensive plays to keep the game close. Comment

Barrera TKOs ‘Flushing Flash’ in four rounds

Kevin Kelley talked a lot about his fight against featherweight champion Marco Antonio Barrera before the two squared off in a scheduled 12-round bout at the MGM Grand Garden Arena Saturday night inLas Vegas. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Loss marks end of road for Kelley

After being dropped for the second time in the fourth round, Kevin “The Flushing Flash” Kelley looked like a beaten man, mentally and physically. The once great champion had had enough and he wanted out. Comment

2003 TimesLedger All-Queens CHSAA Basketball Teams

Japhet McNeil    PG.    Sr.    Christ the King Comment

2003 CHSAA Coach of the Year: Bob Oliva, Christ the King

2003 TimesLedger CHSAA Player of the Year: Mitchell Beauford, Christ the King

But it was a role Beauford was comfortable in, said his coach, Bob Oliva. Comment

Budget cuts may eliminate Queens’ only zoo in 2004

When Flushing Meadows Phil and Corona Kate spotted their shadow on Groundhog’s Day, they doomed the borough to six more weeks of winter. Comment

2003 CHSAA Coach of the Year: Marty Towey, Archbishop Molloy

A retired FBI agent who spent 26 years in bureau — including about the last 12 years working special operations in the foreign counterintelligence field — Towey was a mystery to his own family. Comment

2003 TimesLedger CHSAA Player of the Year: Shay Doron, Christ the King

But even if Doron had been passed over, it would have been hard to go against the grain and pick someone else. As the senior star of the Christ the King Royals, Doron helped the Middle Village school pick up the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan and CHSAA state championships, as well as leading the team to a first-place showing at the prestigious Tournament of Champions in December. Comment

2003 TimesLedger All-Queens CHSHL Hockey Teams

Matt Davino    So.    Fwd.    Molloy Comment

2003 CHSAA Coach of the Year: Mike Brenneis, Monsignor McClancy

During the day, the Glendale native is in the classroom with fourth graders at PS 7 in Elmhurst, and at night he’s on the ice with the Monsignor McClancy hockey team. And for leading the Crusaders to the CHSHL ‘C’ division championship series, where his team fell to Xavier 2-1 in a memorable three-game series, Brenneis is the TimesLedger CHSHL Coach of the Year. Comment

Port: Appropriately, Port has dueling water views.
37 Shore Road, Port Washington

Here’s a seafood grille with a view — what a view. It’s actually a double header. On one side of Port on Shore Road in Port Washington there’s Mill Pond, complete with willow trees... Comment

Port: Appropriately, Port has dueling water views

So not to conflict with the view, inside the ambiance is understated and rather mild. A curving stairway leads upstairs to a private room for 60. (For a grander party, the first floor takes 150 and every table seems to have the two-faced pond/bay water view. Comment

Teens hope for summer job in time of tight budgets

Gathered around a conference room table at Goodwill Industries in Astoria, five teenage employees sound more like polished executives than high school students. Comment

Maspeth street named for baseball-loving fireman

City Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village) joined friends, relatives and colleagues of fallen Firefighter Michael Weinberg Sunday as 72nd Street at the corner of Eliot Avenue was renamed in his honor. Comment

Catalpa YMCA struggles to remain open

Dozens of Catalpa YMCA devotees pleaded for support from Community Board 5 last week as they advanced their fight to keep the center open beyond its scheduled June 30 shutter date. Comment

Boro narc ring made furniture from drugs: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown explained Monday how a Colombian drug ring allegedly turned heroin into furniture and was trying to reverse the process in a Maspeth apartment when noxious fumes gave them away. Comment

2003 TimesLedger CHSAA Player of the Year: Chris Ryan, Holy Cross

And then there’s Chris Ryan. Comment

Triangle lot in Ozone Park to become two-family home

Borough and city officials are considering a proposed zoning variance to allow a two-story, two-family building to be built in Ozone Park on a triangle of property on Hawtree Creek Road. Comment

Maspeth Marine mourned for duty to others, country

The bell tolled solemnly for Corporal Robert Marcus Rodriguez Friday as the hearse carrying the slain marine from Maspeth made its way to Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church in Brooklyn for the young soldier's funeral. Comment

Bryant sneaks by Bayside, 3-1, moves into first

The Bryant softball team saw two sides of senior pitcher Ally Stamatiades in the Owls’ first-place clash with Bayside Monday at Cunningham Park. Comment

Authorities provide terror tips at Forest Hills security fair

Carrying a flashlight, packing a "go" bag and keeping hard candy in the house were among the tips given out at an emergency preparedness fair in Forest Hills last week. Comment

Forest Hills man nabbed in fraud scheme

A Forest Hills man, a Bellerose man and three others were charged with cheating the state out of more than $1.3 million by under-reporting the amount of tax owed on the sales of about 2,200 used automobiles, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment

Pols stage protest to save Long Island City firehouse

A gray hearse was parked outside Engine Co. 261 in Long Island City Sunday and in its window was a sign that read "Gray hearse or red truck, choose your exit." Comment

Trucchios guilty in Ozone Park bet ring

Gambino crime family captain Ronald Trucchio and his son entered guilty pleas Monday to charges they operated an illegal sports betting ring in Ozone Park that netted more than $600,000 per week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Judge gives Samide her back salary

A Queens judge has ruled the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn must pay a year's salary to the Ozone Park principal who was placed on unpaid leave after she made allegations of financial mismanagement and sexual assault against the then pastor. Comment

College Round-up: Storm baseball scores sweep over Georgetown

The St. John’s baseball team all but assured itself of a winning record in a challenging stretch of seven Big East road games by sweeping Georgetown in Bethesda, Md. last weekend. Comment

Dist. 29, 25 to lose new school due to fiscal crisis: Report

Several new school construction projects that might have alleviated the borough's chronic overcrowding problems have been scrapped in the wake of the mayor's budget cuts, a recently-released report reveals. Comment

Weiner, experts celebrate demise of Concorde route

The announcement by Air France and British Airways that they will retire the Concorde supersonic jetliner has brought rejoicing from Queens anti-noise activists who declared the decision long overdue. Comment

Hollis man charged with suffocating girlfriend: DA

A Hollis man was arrested Friday on charges he suffocated his live-in girlfriend during an argument last month, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (2)

Killer in Freaky Tah revenge slay gets 15 yrs

A St. Albans man who shot a man he mistakenly thought had killed his rap star friend in a 1999 murder was sentenced to 15 years in prison last week, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comments (3)

Anna Maria’s Bagels battles Pearl St. Diner in PeeWees

Anna Maria’s Bagels vs. Pearl St. Diner. Anna Maria’s was in fine form on opening day as Michael Sullivan got a key hit to drive in a few runs, and Aidan Leavans made some stellar plays in the field that earned him game ball honors. Pearl St. was equally brilliant. Constantine Mylonas had a huge home run and Gianni Panepinto flashed some fancy leather in the field. Comment

Experts give terror tips at Jamaica meet

Southeast Queens residents were urged to pack a "go bag" in case they need to evacuate their homes and to call the police if they see anything suspicious by government and hospital officials at a town hall meeting on hometown security Monday night. Comment

Fatal Queens Village crash staged for insurance $: DA

A 22-year-old Brooklyn man has been indicted on charges of murder and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud by staging a car accident that killed a Queens Village grandmother last month, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Dist. 29, 25 to lose new schools due to fiscal crisis: Report

Several new school construction projects that might have alleviated the borough's chronic overcrowding problems have been scrapped in the wake of the mayor's budget cuts, a recently-released report reveals. Comment

Pols to fight development on Udalls Cove marshland

Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and City Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe told members of the Udalls Cove Preservation Committee Saturday that they would not give up the fight to save privately owned portions of the park from development. Comment

District 26 students study medicine at North Shore

Budding doctors, some as young as 12 years old, presented research on everything from congenital heart defects to asthma at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I. as part of the School District 26 Junior Fellows Program culmination ceremony earlier this month. Comment

Klein advocates mainstreaming at Bayside meeting

New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein endorsed new special education strategies that would help integrate special education students into mainstream classrooms at a public meeting at Bayside High School Monday. Comment

After freeing Europe, McGorry saved Baseball

Jack McGorry doesn’t get back to Bayside much anymore. Comment

Bellerose man nabbed in fraud scheme

A Forest Hills man, a Bellerose man and three others were charged with cheating the state out of more than $1.3 million by under-reporting the amount of tax owed on the sales of about 2,200 used automobiles, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment

CB 7 approves BID for downtown Flushing

In front of a packed crowd on the ninth floor of the Union Plaza Nursing Home Monday evening, Philip Xuan Zhang, an attorney and downtown Flushing property owner, vehemently spoke against a proposal to establish a business improvement district for downtown Flushing. Comment

Expired liquor license shutters Gantry’s at SJU

St. John's University students say life has not been the same on campus since Gantry's bar on Union Turnpike, known to some as the "St. John's bar," closed a month and a half ago. Comments (4)

Hilltop Village lawyer accepted into CB8

A lawyer who serves as vice president of one of the co-op boards for Hilltop Village in Holliswood and is active in the Italian-American community was recently named a new member of Community Board 8. Comment

St. John’s University seeks off-campus housing for fall

St. John's University is negotiating with several landlords to secure off-campus housing for about 150 students for the fall semester, university officials said. Comment

College Pt. parents await return of 2 sons from war

On 11th Avenue in College Point, American flags hanging outside homes is a common sight, a show of support for troops serving a world away in Iraq. Comment

50 years later Bayside league thrives on history, traditions

It has been more than 50 years since Jack McGorry, Bill Kearns and Jim Gray founded the Bayside Little League on a field that has long since been plowed over in the name of progress to make way for homes and a bevy of businesses near the corner of 35th Avenue and Bell Boulevard. Comment

Sikhs incensed at scene in upcoming Eddie Griffin film

The Sikh community in Richmond Hill and throughout the country is outraged that a scene in an upcoming feature film implies a link between the religious group and Al Qaeda terrorist group leader Osama bin Laden. Comment

Flushing tennis complex to get $50M renovation

The USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is slated to undergo a $50 million renovation to expand seating and add tennis courts by 2005. Comment

Queensboro Bridge to get fresh coat of paint

A six-year repainting of the Queensboro Bridge is slated to start at the end of this year to protect the structure’s steel from corrosion, city officials told the Community Board 1 District Cabinet last week. Comment


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