Thursday, Aug. 28, 2003

Boro councilman asks city to clean litter baskets daily

In an attempt to permanently improve the city's trash situation, Councilman Jim Gennaro introduced a bill last week that would require every litter basket to be emptied at least once a day except Sunday and another bill that would allow people to begin putting their garbage out an hour before sundown every day. Comment

Reopened taxi stand in downtown Flushing a hit: Liu

The reintroduction of taxi service to downtown Flushing has been a success since it started two months ago, and cabs will continue to pick up passengers at the resurrected taxi stand for the time being, Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said Tuesday. Comment

Midville Dodgers go 5-2 in Showcase tourney

Midville Dodgers 3, Maine Frozen Ropes 1. In the first game, the Dodgers faced the Frozen Ropes team from Maine. In the first inning the Dodgers set a pattern scoring runs, as Nunzio Franzese (St. Edmund) led off the game with a single and promptly stole second base. The next batter, Vinny Johnson (McClancy), singled to left to give the Dodgers a 1-0 lead. Comment

Flushing council candidate ready to challenge Liu

Flushing City Council candidate Isaac Sasson proudly displays 19 medals on his living room wall. Each of the medals represents a completed marathon. Comment

Queens scholarship winners

Pictured are General Manager Time Warner Cable Howard Szarfarc ((l. to r.) New York Tonight Anchor NY1 News John Schiumo, Yusheng Chang (Fresh Meadows/Francis Lewis High School), Daniel Corbalan (Flushing/Flushing High School); former Knicks superstar and Cambria Heights native Mark Jackson, Elizabeth Wu (Fresh Meadows/Stuyvesant High School), Justin Christopher (Long Island City-/Stuyvesant High School) and ESPN’s Sean Breen. Comment

Marine life hurt by development: Boro biologist

When marine biologist James Cervino took a walk along the coast of Herman MacNeil Park in College Point Monday evening, he felt a mixture of excitement and dread. Comment

Blackout triggers fears of push for new boro plants

In the aftermath of the largest blackout in American history, industry experts and public officials say that changes to the nation’s power system need not include the construction of additional power plants — news that should come as a relief to the residents of western Queens. Comment

Two Flushing men charged in exam scam

Ever want someone smart to sit in and take a test for you? Comment

LaGuardia College gets $2.25M to centralize its offices

It is not every day that people get excited about administrative offices. Comment

Teens enter guilty pleas for Woodside shooting

Two teenage Mexican immigrants pleaded guilty to intentional manslaughter in the gang-related shooting of a Woodside waitress one year ago, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Laurelton group home plans continue despite concerns

The state has decided to move forward with plans to establish a group home for five mildly retarded adults in a Laurelton house over community objections that it would strain parking and add to the over-saturation of such facilities in southeast Queens, a spokeswoman said Tuesday. Comment

Two boro residents die on boat during blackout

Despite his extensive knowledge of boats, the owner of a popular World’s Fair Marina snack bar/gasoline dock died on his vessel from carbon monoxide poisoning during the recent blackout, said police and marina business owners. His employee also lost her life on the boat. Comments (1)

F.X. Hatton funeral biz set to close

The Francis X. Hatton Funeral Home, a presence on Bell Boulevard for nearly 70 years, is set to close its doors, one of its owners said Monday. Comment

Bayside auto dealers cited for misleading advertising

Nine car dealerships in Queens, six of them in Bayside, have been cited by the city Department of Consumer Affairs for deceptive and misleading newspaper advertisements, the agency announced last Thursday. Comment

Bayside biz group to tout improvement district plan

The Bayside Business Association is planning to individually lobby commercial property owners on Bell Boulevard this fall in an effort to establish a Business Improvement District, a measure whose passage BBA President Judy Limpert said was still uncertain. Comment

210th St. residents cope without water during work

Residents on 210th Street in Bayside had been bearing the burden while city workers repaired sewers and hydrants between 29th and 33rd avenues over the past few weeks. Comment

Landlord, tenant battle over Flushing Caldor

A legal battle over plans to turn downtown Flushing’s Caldor site into a mini-mall is preventing the development of the property, court records show. Comment

Billboard complaints bring trouble to Flushing cab co.

A Flushing cab company that drew attention to itself with its large billboard on Northern Boulevard has been hit with two violations for operating illegally, the city Taxi and Limousine Commission said. Comment

LIJ doctors remove tumor from Greek woman’s brain

A 42-year-old Greek woman is expected to return to her native Athens fully recovered from delicate brain tumor surgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset. Comment

Whitestone sign designer puts mark on boro

Henry Clausner, 39, claims to remember every one of the thousands of signs he has designed over the years. Comment

Burglaries, shootings up during blackout: NYPD

It may have been nothing like the chaos of the 1977 blackout, but with more than 200 burglaries and 11 shootings citywide, there was a definite spike in lawlessness during the 24 hours the city was without power last week, the Police Department said. Comment

How’s Business?: Café tech

In today’s world, not even cafés are exempt from the advance of high-tech. Comment

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 23-32A Corporal Condo Townhouse, $459,000, Bed 3, Bath 1, Halfbath 1, Construction: Brick, Basement: Finished, Taxes: $2,504 Comment

Putting Children First: Dept. of Ed explains new changes

Children First is a new agenda for public school education in New York city. Its goal is to create a system of outstanding schools in which effective teaching and learning is a reality for every school teacher and child. Comment

What About Parents?: Dept. of Ed. outlines roles for Mom and Dad

The reorganization creates many points of access for parents to address concerns and obtain information. Each school will have a trained Parent Coordinator who will be available on a full-time basis to help parents become further involved in their schools and to address parent concerns and inquiries. In addition, the reorganization establishes new Parent Support Offices in each of the Learning Support Centers sites, staffed by teams of full-time, trained Parent Support Officers to supplement the engagement and response functions of the school-based Parent Coordinators. In addition t Comment

Joel Klein Explains Reorganization of the City’s Schools

At the heart of our education reforms is the guiding vision that we must focus on each individual school in order to raise student achievement across the city. We are well aware that parents do not send their children to a school district or a school system — they send their children to a school. Comment

A New Way to Teach?

What is the new system-wide instructional approach? Comment

Kick Off a Stress-Free School Year

“Parents can ease back-to-school anxiety and make a smooth transition from summer to school by starting a routine with their child early in the year,” said Richard E. Bavaria, vice president of education for Sylvan Learning Center. “While all children experience first day jitters, parents should pay close attention to children in transition years — kindergarten, first grade, and the start of middle school and high school. The first days of transition years are particularly difficult and come with new expectations and challenges.” Comment

Business Calendar

Sept. 17-Billy McDermott’s Master Power Opportunity Network Metropolitan Luncheon – Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel - For more information call Bill McDermott at 516-681-7790 Comment


Thurs., Sept. 18 - Jamaica Service Porgram for Older Adults holids its annual gala in tribute to those who give service to children at Antun’s, 96-45 Springfield Blvd. in Queens Village. Borough President Helen Marshall, Walter Kaner and Florence Marc-Charles will be honored. Dinner begins at 7 p.m. Comment

Peralta pushes officials to cover blackout costs

A week after the massive blackout in Queens and the rest of the city caused tons of refrigerated food to spoil, state Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Corona) called upon Gov. George Pataki and President Bush to use emergency funds to help businesses recover from economic losses. Comment

Editorial: The impossible dream?

Among today’s young people there is no force more powerful or influential than hip-hop music. Television, movies or church cannot compete. The popularity of this music is no longer confined to the streets of the inner-city. But is it possible to take a music that has been dominated by anger, violence, drugs and the celebration of irresponsible sex and turn it into a force for positive social change? Comment

The Public Ought to Know: City contracting system should be overhauled

Charter Revision Commission member Steve Newman wrote to the editor that I made no presentation (invite me) to the commission, yet authored a column attacking its chair. Comment

Berger’s Burg: September ushers in both endings, beginnings

The First Red Leaf of Autumn Comment

Dishing with Dee: Judges tell Jennings he has place on ballot

A late update report on Councilman Allan Jennings’ roller coaster ride to get on the ballot for the Democratic primary. Comment

Point of View: Queens still feels aftershocks from Sept. 11

Are New Yorkers still reeling from the aftermath of the World Trade Center terror attack two years ago? Yes, to varying degrees. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Dog, cats grow ‘Jail House Tails’ at Rikers

At the 105th Precinct and Nassau County's 5th Precinct National Night Out Against Crime at Belmont Park Race Track, one of the things I was given was the Summer 2003 issue of New York Tails." Comment

Teen Talk: Families, friends find kinship without light

The blackout of 2003 brought out a lot of different feelings including fear, confusion, frustration, and excitement. Comment

The Civic Scene: Boro civics want JFK, LGA air traffic rerouted

The Federal Aviation Administration is planning a redesigning of the nation’s air routes to move more flights over water rather than over residential communities. Comment

To The Point: Classes to begin again for Point’s kids, adults

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. It seems that summer is coming to a close and the coming of colder air is shortly behind. Comment

Police Blotter: Driver who fled Astoria scene remains free on new charges

KEW GARDENS — A 19-year-old man accused of striking and killing an Astoria boy with his SUV on Ditmars Boulevard in April was allowed to remain free on $10,000 bail at hearing in State Supreme Court Tuesday, the Queens DA’s office said. Comment

Panel of five judges puts Jennings back on ballot

The Jamaica city councilman who compared himself to Jesus Christ was resurrected last week and restored to the ballot for the Democratic primary election by a unanimous decision from the New York State Appellate Court in Brooklyn last week. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment

Jazz legend Bix Beiderbecke honored in Sunnyside event

Paul Maringelli, a jazz enthusiast who lives in Sunnyside, learned of Beiderbecke’s connection to the neighborhood, some years ago, and organized the event for the purpose of remembering Beiderbecke in the neighborhood Beiderbecke chose to live. Comment

Goliard Concerts presents star pianist Arielle Levioff

The performance will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Steinway Reform Church on Ditmars Boulevard and 41st Street in Astoria. For ticket information call the Goliard office at 718-728-8927. Comment

Jambalaya in Flushing

“This is too good to be true,” I thought on my way to Jambalaya, the concert held at Flushing Town Hall the evening after the Big Blackout. “They should have black outs all the time if the buses are going to run like this.” For the Q11 not only came on time, but the Q34 was free. Traffic was light (till Main Street in Flushing), the evening was warm and clear, people hung out on their lawns and in the parks. Comment

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment

Parents Resource Center to raise funds at Belmont

Queens Parent Resource Center was established in 1992 by a group of parents of sons and daughters with mental retardation and developmental disabilities, under the leadership of Ana Magalee, founder and executive director. These parents passionately believed that people with developmental disabilities were capable of living at home and, in some cases, participating in normal social activities, forming relationships, maintaining employment and becoming productive members of the community. Comment

Tracing an artist from Slovenia to Flushing

Included in the exhibition is a series of scrolls stretching most of the length of the gallery, which creatively use white, empty space and bits of color for a powerful effect. According to the art critic Tanja Mastnak, Krasovec’s scrolls “are not merely a series on a particular theme, but a creating a rhythm, a movement and an activity in time. The artist visually presents this fragility of experience through drawings and watercolors that appear to be sketchy, fast and accidental. The figures are often unfinished, and seem tiny and fragile on the white vastness of the pap Comment

Richmond Hill teenager to star in Steuben parade

Carpenter, 18, of Richmond Hill is proud of her German heritage and her German-born great-grandparents. Planning to start college this month, Carpenter, an avid athlete, has been a member of a track and cross-country team for three years. In her spare time, she volunteers as a summer camp for deaf children of the Richmond Hill Library. Comment

Program helps women re-enter world of work

The Women and Work Program is an innovative life and job skills training program offered free to women with a high school diploma or those working towards the GED who lack the necessary skills to reenter the workforce. It was developed specifically to help women from backgrounds of financial and/or emotional hardship, including victims of domestic violence. Comment

Galante named director of libraries in borough

A 16-year veteran of the Queens Borough Public Library system was named the institution’s interim director last week while the board of trustees searches for a full-time replacement for outgoing head Gary Strong, library officials said. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Thank you to my late Uncle Frank

My Uncle Frank died earlier this month after a long bout with cancer. He was the patriarch of my family, one of the greatest guys I ever met and the man I have to credit for my first ever hole-in-one. Comment

Stars turn out for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day

Before the superstars of tennis took to the courts of the US Open this week to seek a Grand Slam title, a few big names stopped by the Open Saturday to entertain fans at Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day. Comment

Longtime fans return for Open’s opening day

Deloise McKeever couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate her birthday, so for a second straight year the Alexandria, Va. native bought herself tickets to the US Open. Comment

US Open Notebook: Pete Sampras calls it a career at US Open ceremony

After a career that featured a remarkable 14 Grand Slam titles, including five US Open titles, Pete Sampras was finally shaken at Arthur Ashe Stadium Monday night. Comment

Bayside United: The perfect neighbor

Bayside United is more than the name of a northeast soccer club; it is also the organization’s philosophy, especially when it involves neighboring Auburndale Soccer Club. Comment

Natives: Go Native in Jackson Heights Colombian eatery

We were lunching in Jackson Heights, a Colombian restaurant, and had just ordered the house specialty, empanadas. My guest from Argentina said, "You'll see and taste that these empanadas and my countries are not the same. Ours are flour and baked." Natives' are a large deep pocket in a crispy corn shell stuffed with deliciously spiced ground top sirloin, then deep fried. Sauce accompanies them. Caution, it's hot! Natives makes them cocktail sized, too, but having tasted these, I'd pass them, halved. Comment

Manhole fire on Fresh Pond causes outage

A manhole fire in Middle Village on Fresh Pond Road near Metropolitan Avenue Friday night caused sporadic power outages and closed the busy intersection for several hours, Con Edison said. Comment

Juniper Valley Park field gets $1.4M facelift

Parks and Recreation Commissioner Adrian Benepe joined public officials, community leaders and local youth soccer and football teams last week to cut the ribbon on newly completed athletic facilities at Brennan Field in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. Comment

Shea Stadium hosts Colombia-Slovakia match

Shea Stadium in Flushing may be home to the New York Mets, but last week it was the center of the soccer world for fans of Colombia and Slovakia, when the two nations played a rare international friendly match in Queens. Comment

Woodside welcomes home 20-year-old Iraqi war vet

The sign posted on a tree across from Lance Corporal Giovany Jaramillo's house said it all: A Hero is Coming Home at 53rd St. Comment

Four-alarm blaze destroys row of stores in Sunnyside

A massive four-alarm fire tore through a row of stores along Queens Boulevard in Sunnyside last Thursday afternoon, injuring 17 firefighters and gutting several small businesses, including a beloved Sunnyside pub. Comment

Cops nab Howard Beach shooting suspect

A 32-year-old Long Island man was arrested last Thursday and charged with attempted murder in connection with the May shooting of a Howard Beach bagel shop owner, police said. Comment

Forest Hills HS all ‘set’ with new tennis courts

On the second day of the US Open Championship, former tennis stars Pam Shriver and Zena Garrison joined tournament officials at Forest Hills High School to inaugurate four new, state-of-the-art courts and to give local youth some tips on improving their game. Comment

Fifth-ranked SJU men contenders for top spot

Dave Masur is usually cautiously optimistic, at least publicly, when it comes to speaking about his team in the preseason. But the St. John’s soccer coach made possibly his boldest statement in his 13th year at the helm when it comes to the 2003 Red Storm. Comment

Group of Queens men charged in exam scam

Ever want someone smart to sit in and take a test for you? Comment

Preservationists hope to restore Jamaica wetlands

In an effort to restore acres of disappearing wetlands in Jamaica Bay, federal officials and community members announced Monday the start of a pilot program to raise the levels of marshes in the face of a rising Atlantic Ocean. Comment

Woman reportedly killed calls her Woodhaven kin

A Woodhaven woman who was reported dead after a truck bomb exploded outside the U.N. compound in Baghdad last week elated her family last Thursday by calling them from a hospital in Iraq to tell them she was all right and to ask how everything was at home. Comment

Red Storm women picked to finish 4th in Big East

If the Big East coaches are right, the St. John’s women’s soccer team will finish fourth in the Northeast Division and, for a third consecutive season, have to play a tournament quarterfinal game on the road against a nationally ranked opponent. Comment

Travel agent in Bellerose accused in sex tour case

A Bellerose travel agent has been accused of arranging tours to southeast Asia that promote prostitution, the New York state attorney general said. Comment

Plans unveiled for new library in Cambria Heights

A vacant parking lot on the corner of Linden Boulevard and 219th Avenue will house the new Cambria Heights library come 2005. Comment

Parents protest loss of School District 29 principals

The skies may have been sunny Saturday, but the mood was anything but cheerful outside the Rosedale offices of Community School District 29 as dozens of parents gathered to protest the loss of three principals just two weeks before the new school year. Comment

Two Queens Village auto dealers cited for advertising

Nine car dealerships in Queens, six of them in Bayside, have been cited by the city Department of Consumer Affairs for deceptive and misleading newspaper advertisements, the agency announced last Thursday. Comment

Cops seek duo in shooting of Queens Village resident

A mysterious man who neighbors said kept to himself was shot and killed Friday morning on Moline Avenue in Queens Village after two men came to his door Friday morning, police said. Comment

Laurelton Peeping Tom unfazed by tight security

A Laurelton woman first learned she was being watched while waiting to be picked up for her birthday party as she looked out her front door and saw a man park his car and walk up 224th Street into her yard, she said. Comment

SE Queens parents criticize superintendent

Southeast Queens parents blasted the new regional superintendent for removing a well-respected black principal from a position at a new school on the Glen Oaks campus set to open this September. Comment

Blue Chip hoop prospect Cardozo-bound: Report

The Cardozo High School varsity boys’ basketball team has established itself as the top public school team in Queens and one of the premiere programs in the five boroughs in recent years under head coach Ron Naclerio. Comment

Singh takes on Jennings, Reddick for 28th District

As a 30-year veteran of city government, Inderjit Singh has helped agencies find solutions to housing, tax, zoning and contract problems for people across the city. Comment

Meeks reflects on bombing after returning from Israel

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), who was in Jerusalem last week when a suicide bomber attacked a bus, said the Palestinian leadership must stop terrorist attacks on Israel before the peace process can continue. Comment

Boro immigrant activists seek justice in bias attack

Three weeks after a Sikh family was attacked and beaten in front of their Woodside home, activists are criticizing the slow pace of the investigation and calling for stronger protections for immigrants. Comment

LIJ doctors remove tumor from Greek woman’s brain

A 42-year-old Greek woman is expected to return to her native Athens fully recovered from delicate brain tumor surgery at North Shore University Hospital and Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Manhasset. Comment

College Point church head aids North Koreans’ flight

When North Korean defectors come to stay at his College Point church, the Rev. Young Goo Son often peers out of his office wondering if he is being watched. Comment

Students ready to learn botany at Alley Pond

Teens can learn all about plant life in a new botany course at the Alley Pond Environmental Center, thanks to a new grant of more than $10,000 the center received from a state fund this year. Comment

Bowling, babes and beer at Whitestone Lanes

Ah, another night out on the town with the boys: drinking beers, eating hamburgers, flirting with attractive women and, of course, throwing a bowling ball at top speed down a polished alley. Comment

Borough faces blood shortage following blackout

Last week’s blackout has aggravated a blood supply crisis in Queens, an official of the New York Blood Center said. Comment

Commission proposes nonpartisan elections for city

A proposed amendment to the City Charter would allow candidates for public office in Queens to run in elections without listing their party affiliation, potentially weakening the power of political parties in the borough. Comment

Admission requests at Queens CUNYs surge

Despite a tuition hike, an ailing economy and scarce jobs, enrollment applications are up nearly 20 percent at LaGuardia Community College in a trend recorded at all CUNY colleges in Queens. Comment


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