Thursday, Aug. 7, 2003

Theives cut through walls to rob 8 Flushing retailers

Eight businesses on Main Street were broken into and reported thousands of dollars worth of expensive rugs, gold jewelry, MetroCards as well as cash stolen when a series of holes was dug in the walls connecting the stores, authorities said. Comment

College Pt. seeks police outpost in bid for more cops

In a bid to bring more officers to College Point, community leaders and a local councilman are pushing for a police substation in the heart of the neighborhood. Comment

Midville Dodgers seniors clip Owls, 4-1

In the fourth a leadoff triple by Matt Gelermino and a base hit by Sean Cheng put the Dodgers up by two. Midville held a one-run lead in the seventh inning when Vinny Johnson collected his second hit of the game, driving in two runs to give the Dodgers a 4-1 win. Comment

Seven cops rescue family from Flushing house fire

A contingent of police officers from the 109th Precinct played the role of firefighters Friday morning, rescuing a family from a burning building at the border of Flushing and Whitestone. Comment

Brown charges Whitestone driver in Auburndale hit-and-run

A Whitestone man arrested Christmas Eve as a suspect in a Bayside hit-and-run has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of killing an elderly woman and then fleeing the accident scene, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment

RGMVM girls claim District 27 softball crown

Game one was a defensive battle with Ozone Howard starting its talented windmiller, Alexa Rosella, and RGMVM starting its ace windmiller, Kayley Ferran. In the first inning Ozone Howard had a runner caught stealing by RGMVM’s all-star catcher, Melissa Krauss, but was able to put one run on the board. In the bottom of the first, RGMVM threatened but came up empty, leaving the bases loaded. Comment

NYPD will lease LIC site for crowd control barriers

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall approved a Police Department plan last month to use a vacant building in Long Island City to store thousands of barriers designed for crowd control at parades and other public events, Marshall’s office said. Comment

Car strikes, kills 5-year-old near park in Astoria: Cops

Five-year-old Ryan Sanchez liked to run to his parents’ car and sit on the hood while he waited for his mother or father to drive him somewhere. But the endearing habit proved tragic last Thursday night when the boy dashed into the street following a family outing in Astoria Heights Park, relatives said. Comment

City polls Queensbridge residents for ideas on park

Tennis courts? Maybe. Barbecue pits? Interesting. Skateboarding ramps? Definitely not. Comments (3)

Astoria teen IDs ex-lover in parents’ murder case

The teenage son of two Lithuanian immigrants murdered in their Astoria apartment on Easter Sunday 1997 told a jury Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens he saw his mother’s former boyfriend flee the bedroom only moments after shots were fired. Comment

Bell Boulevard’s latest evolution a far cry from its farmland roots

Bell Boulevard has come a long way from its beginnings as Bell Avenue, a rural road that divided the farm purchased by shipping magnate Abraham Bell in 1824. Comment

Sanders’ development focus brings $$ to council district

From boosting Laurelton’s commercial strip and keeping it safe to bringing in funds for other projects, Councilman James Sanders Jr.’s thoughts seem to revolve around money. Comment

Jamaica pol, supporters decry ‘political lynching’

The re-election campaign of Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) is proving to be just as unpredictable as his nearly two years in office, with a handful of the maverick’s supporters protesting outside State Supreme Court in Jamaica Monday as lawyers for the Queens Democratic machine challenged his petitions inside. Comment

Brown charges driver in Auburndale hit-and-run

A Whitestone man arrested Christmas Eve as a suspect in a Bayside hit-and-run has been indicted by a grand jury on charges of killing an elderly woman and then fleeing the accident scene, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said last Thursday. Comment

Avella assails city decision to eliminate pre-K funding

Many northeast Queens children in universal prekindergarten programs will have to shuttle between schools in School District 25 and private nursery schools if the city ends its contracts with several community-based organizations providing extended-day programs. Comment

Avella to study zoning in northeast Queens

In an effort to preserve the residential character of northeast Queens neighborhoods, City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has hired urban planning consultant and preservationist Paul Graziano to study the zoning in Avella’s district and recommend changes to the Department of City Planning. Comment

Daily steps down as leader of Queens Catholic church

Bishop Thomas Daily, the religious leader of Catholics in Queens and Brooklyn, announced his retirement last week, saying his age, not recent criticism of how he dealt with priests accused of sexual abuse, was the cause of his departure. Comment

Seven cops rescue family from Flushing house fire

A contingent of police officers from the 109th Precinct played the role of firefighters Friday morning, rescuing a family from a burning building at the border of Flushing and Whitestone. Comment

Organizers Give Thanks

The Honorable George E. Pataki Comment

Hong Kong, New York have plenty in common

Both cities began as major seaports, serving as gateways for their continents, and are now two of the major sea, air and land transportation hubs in the world. Comment

Dragon Boat history traced to 2,500 years ago in China

Legend has it that local fishermen raced out to the river to save him, but couldn’t. To prevent his body from being eaten by the fish they threw rice dumplings into the water as an offering to his heroic spirit. This was the beginning of Dragon Boat racing. Comment

Youth teams’ races to be held in park Sunday

The Boy’s Club of The Greater NY Metropolitan Area (MultiCultural Broadcasting Inc.) Comment

Borough officials disagree with mayor on fiscal woes

Borough officials were skeptical about Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s upbeat forecast for the city’s financial future following his testimony in front of a state board on the city’s fiscal situation. Comment

Afghan grocer keeps sacred traditions

Next to a poster of a large Saudi Arabian mosque, Faith Fazly, 54, keeps a small rug in his Afghan grocery in Fresh Meadows that sells Halal meat, dried fruit, basmati rice, Afghan music CDs and special condiments such as mint water, rose water and fig preserves. Comments (3)

How’s Business?: Bad ‘bus’iness

So you have a day off and decide to jump on a bus and try your luck in Atlantic City. Or you’re a club, a church or a civic group looking for charter bus transportation. Well, seat availability is getting scarcer. Comment

Business Calendar

August 7 - Billy McDermott’s Master Power Opportunity Network Ice Breaker Luncheons – Networking for Introverted Business People – Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel. 516-681-7790. Comment

Editorial: The dignity of work

In defending her union’s decision not to make any concessions that might help Mayor Bloomberg balance next year’s budget, DC 37 executive director Lillian Roberts spoke eloquently about “the dignity of work.” Comment

Editorial: Angels in the pantry

A group of fourth graders from PS 151 in Astoria learned a lesson this spring that cannot be found in the standard Department of Education curriculum. It is a lesson that is likely to stay with them long after they forget who won the Battle of Hastings. Comment

The Public Ought to Know: Cost-effective recycling is within NYC’s reach

Our city’s recycling program always frustrated me. When you work on legislation that everyone hails as a landmark law, you feel good about yourself and whatever modest contribution you make to the cause. When the City Council finally passed The New York City Recycling Law in 1989, I thought trash would soon cease to be a problem and a burden. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Queens couple falls under Disney’s magic spell

I was in ecstasy when I heard the news that I was assigned to do a column on the Florida theme parks. They could have selected any other columnist for this plush assignment, but they chose me. I felt like Dan Rather going on an overseas assignment. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Civil Court candidates gain info for their arsenal

An update on candidate Joe Kasper’s run for Civil Court judge in District 4: As we reported last week, Joe had unearthed an obscure glitch in the election law. The glitch is that running for a Civil Court judgeship is the only position where you do not need a Wilson-Pakula to change your party or run on other party lines. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: North Korea, Iran pose threat to peace: Meeks

What better way to end the week than by having breakfast with your congressman. This was the scenario in mid-July, when U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) met with southeast Queens community members in the lovely restaurant Thomasina’s in Cambria Heights. Comment

Our History: Cork toy inspiration sends flight plans soaring

Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth Comment

Borough judgeship carries $22,000 price tag

With the Queens County Democratic Organization in firm control of judicial elections, candidates usually earn party support without having to put more than a few hundred dollars into winning the spot. Comment

Teen Talk: Eliminating violent acts requires a unified society

When you put the television on, you can be sure you will see some sort of violence, whether on some crime series, a movie or, sadly and worse than anything else, the news. Comment

As I Sit and Look Out: Freedom’s music instills hope in the human spirit

It is true: You are, maybe, never too old to learn something more about important things. Like freedom, for example. Comment

The Civic Scene: Civic activists become warriors of community

When residents of northeast Queens talk about community activists who fight hard, the names Mandingo Tshaka and Frank Skala usually are the topic of conversation. If it were not for a new borough president and new council members, these two men, who are so vehement in their beliefs, probably would not have been reappointed to Community Board 11. Comment

The Planto Doctor: Pest tips help gardeners deal with what bugs ’em

Some of the crawly beasts we encounter during the summer are fascinating. A number of these creatures are extremely destructive, while others are a simple curiosity, performing many beneficial functions. Read on for some common and not-so-common bits of wisdom about those animals that share your garden along with their flora relatives. Comment

Police Blotter: Hollis teen who shot brother will not be jailed in accident

HOLLIS - A Hollis teen who fatally shot his brother in June while playing with a gun he found in some bushes will avoid jail time in a plea deal with prosecutors, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown’s office said Wednesday. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment

Camp for adults: A family weekend getaway

For many, the idea of sending their children away to a summer camp, as wonderful as it is for the kids, presents two main issues that complicate the process. The first is cost and the second is the desire to spend some quality family time together on vacation. Comment

Men of Soul will perform at Black Spectrum

Music lovers are in for a treat on Aug. 23rd when the singing duo Men of Soul brings their soaring voices and electrifying moves to Black Spectrum Theatre for Assemblyman William Scarborough’s (D-St. Albans) summer fund-raiser. Comment

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment

Queens Botanical Garden to host summer concerts

On Aug. 7, a concert by The Little Brass Band of the American Concert Band features founder and director Dr. Kirby Jolly, a talented and seasoned conductor and trumpet virtuoso on first trumpet, plus performers on second trumpet, trombone, sax, clarinet, tuba, and drum. A variety of musical offerings include pops, Dixieland, Big Band, and tunes from Broadway and the movies. Comment

Governor blocks funding for borough non-profits

In a move that delays money to hundreds of non-profits across the borough, Gov. George Pataki has decided to withhold discretionary funding appropriated in the state budget. Comment

Qstyle: Summer’s hottest tips for hair, makeup from boro’s top fashion gurus

Read up girls, the experts tell all. The tips on getting the looks you love are right at your fingertips. Glamorous, elegant, cute or sexy is just how this article will leave you looking. Follow the wise words of these Queens stylists, turning you into the fairest one of all. Comment

Boro Beat: Getting away to camp was just what my family needed

Sitting on the steps of our cabin, staring up at the stars, working on a bottle of French Merlot, I was finally starting to feel rested. Comment

Arts groups get funding through Queens Council

The Queens Community Arts Fund offers Queens-based not-for-profit cultural organizations and individual artists the opportunity to apply for funding, to help them pursue their artistic dream, through a competitive process ensuring the highest quality of arts activities and services in Queens. Comment

Queens Boulevard billiard hall to host pro 9-ball tournament

Organizers of the event, Benedict Min, owner of Master Billiard, and Joel Shapiro, well-known pocket billiard enthusiast, welcome 96 of the best 9-ball players in the world to compete for a total prize purse of $48,800, with the first prize of $19,000. Comment

Bayside 10s stay on a roll in Rosenbluth Tournament

In the following game the team was surprised by a strong effort from a determined Elmjack team, which prevailed, 6-2. It was a strong game played by both teams. Earlier in regional play, the team had eliminated Elmjack, 10-0. What a difference a couple of games can make. Comment

CUNY’s finest hoopsters set for Goodwill Tour

The trip begins on Tuesday, Aug. 5, as the team heads from New York to Santo Domingo for a three-game stint against club teams in the Dominican Republic. The squad, made up of a conference all-star men’s basketball team, also will hold clinics for local children from the city of La Romana. At least one of the team’s games, also held in La Romana, is expected to be televised by a local Dominican television station. Comment

Flushing’s Byon captures Greater Urban tennis tourney

A teaching pro at the Cunningham Park Tennis Center during the summer, Byon took advantage of his “home” surroundings by defeating Faisal Mohamed, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3, to capture the eighth annual Men’s Open Singles Tournament of the Greater Urban Prep Tennis Classic, conducted by Jamaica’s Youth and Tennis Inc. last week in Fresh Meadows. Comment

Greater Jamaica to host 10th 5K Run/3K Walk

Sponsored by the Downtown Committee of the non-profit Greater Jamaica Development Corp., the event will offer medals and prizes, including a year’s membership to Bally’s Total Fitness in Jamaica. Comment

Probound Basketball holds free tournament

This free event, which will be run under the watchful eyes of IABBO-certified referees, lasts each day from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The age groups include 18 and under, 16 and under and 14 and under. For more information, please call 718-216-9178. Comment

2004 MTA budget keeps transit fares, tolls steady

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority has issued an earlier-than-usual budget plan which the agency says is intended to “improve public access to information” and which calls for no increase in transit fares next year. Comment

Munoz first CPRRTC finisher at Manhattan Half Marathon

In a field of 6,877 entrants mostly from the tri-state area, Munoz covered the 13.1-mile course that stayed within Central Park itself in 1:17.56 good for 13th place overall. Comment

Mets-sponsored team to compete in National Wheelchair Softball Tournament

“Each season the National Tournament gives us an excellent opportunity to see how we match up against the elite teams in the country,” said Vic Calise, the Mets team captain. “We have a relatively new program, but we have already shown, on our best days, that we can compete against the top teams.” Comment

Bayside Yankees capture CABA World Series crown

The victory was the Yankees’ fourth CABA Senior World Series crown and first since winning three straight between 1997 and 1999. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Jets could land at new Queens stadium

Over the past several years, being an employee of the TimesLedger Newspapers has kept me abreast of a lot of things that I probably would not have known otherwise, everything from a car wreck in Ridgewood to the political goings on in this blessed borough. Comment

Tango Mambo: Dance, eat in delightful Argentine restaurant

As you can imagine, at Tango Mambo, there's a large, central dance floor and the atmosphere is cabaret. The red and white setting - red cloths and white slip-covered chairs with crystal chandeliers - is the sort of thing you might find in Buenos Aires hotels. Comment

Gioia leads council in $ for upcoming 2003 race

Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside), the incumbent representing Long Island City, Woodside, Sunnyside and parts of Maspeth and Astoria, leads all other candidates citywide in funds raised for the 2003 City Council race, according to an analysis of campaign finance records. Comment

Howard Beach resident forms music group that played for US troops

Howard Beach resident Arnie Migliaccio said a casual late-night walk in 1943 past some barracks in Davisville, R.I. led to an opportunity he had been waiting for all his young life. Comment

Astoria teen IDs ex-lover in parents’ murder case

The teenage son of two Lithuanian immigrants murdered in their Astoria apartment on Easter Sunday 1997 told a jury Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens he saw his mother's former boyfriend flee the bedroom only moments after shots were fired. Comment

Former Nazi guard stripped of citizenship

A federal judge in Brooklyn stripped a Queens resident and Polish immigrant of his U.S. citizenship last Thursday on the basis that he had gained entry into the country in 1949 by lying about his past as a Nazi, U.S. Attorney Roslynn Mauskopf said. Comment

Poles in boro divided over troops in Iraq

Polish-American residents of Maspeth and Ridgewood were divided in their reaction Friday following the arrival of 2,500 Polish troops in southern Iraq. Some applauded their home country's foray into world affairs and others called the operation rash and pointless. Comment

Ridgewood grieves for ‘pal’ clergyman

Maj. Gerald Gray, the genial and dedicated Ridgewood minister who ran the Salvation Army Community Center on Cypress Hills Street, died suddenly last Thursday following a fall in front of his Long Island home, friends and relatives said. He was 53. Comment

Taking it to the next level: SJU soccer stars in the pros

“He came to me in the preseason and said he was delighted to be here but he wanted to be playing,” Nicol said. “That tells me about the hunger he... Comment

Woodhaven hospital site set for 68-home development

After years of negotiations and almost a decade of lying fallow, the former St. Anthony's Hospital site in Woodhaven is being transformed into 68 two-family homes and an early childhood center. Comment

Stock cars could come to Aqueduct

Councilman Joe Addabbo (D-Howard Beach) said there was some truth to speculation that Aqueduct Race Track could be converted into a stock race car track if the state-owned facility ceases all gambling operations. Comment

The Butler Did It: World’s best soccer players invade America

When David Price’s cell phone rang last week and the question was posed to him, the New York Freedoms head coach didn’t hesitate. His answer was quick and definitive. Comment

Queens Blvd. vigil sparks momentum to alter street

Friends and family of Caprice Bush and Sharon Rivers, who were killed about three weeks ago while crossing Queens Boulevard at 78th Avenue, gathered with elected leaders at a candlelight vigil last Thursday, vowing to prevent further deaths on the deadly boulevard. Comment

Woman says Ozone Park home has spirit of Flushing grandpa

Rhonda Taylor-Becton says she has always had what she calls intuition, so she wasn't too spooked when she moved into a house in Ozone Park in October and immediately felt the presence of an old man sitting on her deck. Comment

3 Sikhs beaten, harassed in Woodside bias attack

Three Sikhs were attacked and beaten by a group of white men who shouted "Bin Laden! Go back to your country!" in Woodside Sunday night before a pizza deliveryman stepped in and stopped the assault, police and witnesses said. Comment

Jamaica NAACP dedicates garden to Turner

Five generations of the Turner family joined Jamaica civic leaders Saturday to celebrate their shared history by dedicating the backyard garden started by Frank Mitchell Turner Sr., family patriarch and founder of the Jamaica branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, in his memory. Comment

Istria soccer deals with dwindling youth program

As he sits in the Istria Sports Club on Astoria Boulevard in Astoria, Carlo Bucich has mixed emotions about the club’s soccer program. Comment

SNAP progam aims to aid caregivers of boro seniors

As a retiree grows older and the added years bring about challenges and changes, the effects often extend beyond just that retiree. For the spouse, relative or friend assisting an aging senior, the role of caregiver can be a stressful or overwhelming one, especially without help. Comment

Weprin war chest tops $230K in donations

What do talk show host Leon Charney, Metropolitan Transportation Authority Chairman Peter Kalikow, Attorney General Eliot Spitzer and Rudy Giuliani's cousin have in common? Comment

Simmons faces Aug. 20 deadline in drug law lobby case

What constitutes lobbying? That's the million-dollar question - or at least the hundreds-of-thousands-of-dollars question. That's roughly how much hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons and former NAACP leader Benjamin Chavis could lose if the state Lobbying Commission decides that their recent activities protesting the Rockefeller drug laws are considered lobbying. Comment

Springfield Gdns. foster mother indicted in girl dump

A Springfield Gardens foster mother accused of dumping the body of a severely disabled 9-year-old girl who was in her care was formally indicted in Manhattan on misdemeanor charges last week, a spokeswoman for the district attorney said. Comment

Bloomberg feeds apple to NYPD’s newest horse

During part of a day spent in Queens last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg visited a Jamaica Rotary Club meeting in Forest Hills, where he spoke about the financial situation of the city before feeding an apple to a horse that was donated to the Police Department by the club. Comment

Jamaica Ave street festival features jazz, food, hip-hop

At about 3 p.m. Saturday, Tyra Emerson, one of the organizers of the JAMS Street Festival filling 10 blocks of Jamaica Avenue, looked up at the sky with cautious optimism that the rain that had been forecast would not interrupt the festivities. Comment

Jamaica pol, supporters decry ‘political lynching’

The re-election campaign of Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) is proving to be just as unpredictable as his nearly two years in office, with a handful of the maverick's supporters protesting outside State Supreme Court in Jamaica Monday as lawyers for the Queens Democratic machine challenged his petitions inside. Comment

SJU grads making a splash across the Pond

Brent Sancho probably couldn’t have taken a more indirect route from St. John’s to Scotland, but after stints in Finland, Charleston, S.C. and Portland, Ore., the Trinidad international signed with Dundee of the Scottish Premier League late last month. Comment

Flushing dad seeks return of daughter from Iraq

When Maolin Yang's two children emigrated from China to the United States in 1999, he wanted them to prove their love for their adopted land. Comment

Fresh Meadows restaurant salutes golden anniversary

King Yum Restaurant, a Chinese restaurant in Fresh Meadows that opened when St. John's University was still a golf course and the Long Island Expressway did not exist yet in Queens, celebrated its 50th anniversary Monday with two whole roast pigs and karaoke. Comment

Shaken, not stirred: Flushing slurps up Taiwanese bubble tea drinks

Drinking balls of tapioca through a thick straw is not exactly everyone's cup of tea. But in Flushing, it's rapidly becoming so. Comment

Bloomberg visits Bayside, talks smoking ban, taxes

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended the workplace smoking ban but hedged on the question of a property tax rollback in a meeting with Queens reporters at the Blue Bay Diner in Bayside last week. Comment

Rabbi brings reforms to Douglaston synagogue

Women may be able to lead religious services for the first time at the Marathon Jewish Community Center by reading ancient Hebrew texts from the altar, thanks to the synagogue's new spiritual leader. Comment

Vera’s Soccer: It’s a family affair

There are two things Juan Vera holds dear in life: his family and soccer. And the Elmhurst resident has combined his two loves to form Vera’s Soccer, a one-of-a-kind youth soccer club. Comments (2)

Holocaust studies meeting slated for Queensborough

The first conference to focus on teaching community college students about the Holocaust and other genocides was set to take place Sunday and Monday at Queensborough Community College in Bayside. Comment

SJU basketballer avoids jail in assault charge

A St. John's University basketball player who allegedly attacked his classmate physically has been ordered to perform community service and receive anger management counseling, the Queens district attorney announced last week. Comment

DEP to construct sewers in Flushing to fight floods

Conceding that an earlier, cheaper project was not sufficient to relieve flooding, city officials and politicians announced a plan to construct sewer lines aimed at ending the water problems in a low-lying section of Whitestone. Comment

CUNYAC names Ivkovic interim executive director

The City University of New York Athletic Conference has appointed Zak Ivkovic to interim executive director. Ivkovic started in the CUNYAC in 1990 as the conference’s part-time sports information director and has climbed the administrative ladder ever since. Comment

Closing of token booths draws near for borough

Transit officials plan to start shutting down 45 of the 62 subway token booths slated for closing systemwide in a couple of weeks, but a New York Transit Authority official said he did not believe Queens would lose many in the first round of cuts. Comment

Two candidates removed from SE Queens ballots

Two political hopefuls from southeast Queens vying for City Council seats were knocked off the ballot last week by the city Board of Elections. Comment

Delta launches new discount airline at LaGuardia

A four-month-old airline called Song has begun service out of LaGuardia Airport in an attempt to strike a high note with travelers looking for discount fares. Comment


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