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Thursday, June 3, 2004

Forest Hills lease delays JetBlue’s flight to Jamaica

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his officials have been pushing to draw the successful home-grown airline to the area around the Jamaica AirTrain station But the company moved from Kew Gardens to Forest Hills just two years ago and is locked into its location for another eight years, said Todd Berk, an airline spokesman. Comment

Jennings’ accuser files suit against Miller

The suit, filed against the City Council in federal court in Manhattan, claims Miller tried to smear her by saying she lied when she said there was a three-month lag between the time she told the speaker about Jennings' alleged behavior and when Miller ordered an investigation into the incident, Newsday reported. Comment

Students play doctor at IS 109 health fair

Instead, the event last Thursday gave students a chance to research and create professional presentations on health problems facing the community, such as obesity, diabetes, asthma and unhealthy diets. Comment

105th Precinct commander takes hands-on approach

"I try to get out every day," Manzolillo said during an interview at the Queens Village headquarters of the precinct, which runs from Glen Oaks in the north along the Nassau border to Brookville in the south. "It clears my head up and I get to think, plus if I'm talking about an area, it's good to see it." Comment

Civics squawk over sale of live poultry

"We think that if we're able to discourage enough of their business away, it will become unprofitable for him to be there," said Erick Bowen, a lawyer and the president of 78s901, a neighboring block association. A second goal of the protest, he said, was to make their concerns known to city officials. Comment

Iona Prep tops Molloy for CHSAA golf title

Iona Prep was celebrating in front of the team it had just beaten. Moments earlier, Archbishop Molloy’s golf team had returned from the golf course where they lost the CHSAA city championship to the Gaels, and now were seated under a tent facing the dining hall of the Waccabuc Country Club in Westchester, watching the awards for first place get passed out. They looked like dates who had been stood up at the prom. Comment

Kids’ hospital where the wild things are

But these creatures posed no threat since they were mere images of their wild brethren, part of an unveiling of a new video art installation projected onto the hospital walls and ceilings to create a world of wonder for sick youngsters. Comment

Fresh Meadows elderly sisters die of natural causes at home

Frances O'Rourke, 84, and Margaret O'Rourke, 80, who were found dead after neighbors complained of a foul order coming from their door, lived together on the ninth floor of the Cherrywood building at 188-04 64th Ave. Comment

Civics criticize Olympic plans for Queens

"As New Yorkers we are pleased that the IOC recognized that our city is the world's greatest," said Dolan. "We are troubled that five years after NYC 2012 announced its plans for a New York City Olympiad, it has no idea of how to mitigate the effects the games will have on communities like ours or on the venues for the games like Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the borough's biggest and best park." Comment

Soaring to the title: Van Buren high jumper victorious

Anthony Soares wasn’t satisfied with being the king of Queens, so he conquered the city to become the King of New York. The junior high-jumper from Martin Van Buren, along with teammate Raymond Pau, who won the triple jump in 39 feet 1/2 inch, were the only Queens’ athletes to win events in the boys’ PSAL City Outdoor Track and Field Championships at St. John’s on Saturday. Comment

Flushing officer honored by NYPD’s Asian society

Today he is one of 80 Korean officers but the only one who was recognized at the Asian Jade Society's awards banquet last week. Comment

Auburndale retail center open for business

Open for business two months ago, the six ground-level stores and 18 upper level office suites of Gardena Place are spotlessly clean. Two store sites remain vacant, as do half a dozen of the offices. The rest are occupied by physical therapists, lawyers and architects. Comment

Adams walks away with PSAL championship

Rosalind Adams is a fast walker. The Townsend Harris senior walks to class fast and walks around her Upper East Side neighborhood in Manhattan fast. Adams is a race-walker on the Hawks outdoor track and field team. Unlike in football and basketball, where scouts and street agents scour the backwoods for the next big thing, nobody ever recruited Adams to walk. Nobody ever offered her an envelope filled with cash. The sport isn’t built like that. Comment

Teens take teaching role at boro school AIDS meet

Encountering a sea of blank stares, the Cardozo High School senior said matter of factly, "It stands for human immunodeficiency virus. Does anyone know what AIDS stands for?" Comment

Bosnian living in Bayside to receive degree

School itself was not even supported by the state. Without heat, electricity, water or the luxury of school supplies, she established a school in the basement of an abandoned apartment building in a time when the absence of gunfire was students' only crossing guard. Comment

Kids learn safety at annual health fair

The patient's arm suddenly shot up. Comment

Thousands see parade at the Point Dignitaries, residents celebrate holiday at 26th Avenue march

For Cardali, a parade organizer and Korean War veteran, it's about the troops who never made it home. For Sahil, it's about something much simpler: the music. Comment

Queens officials question latest Jets stadium study

"These reports remind me of the phrase, 'whoever pays the piper calls the tune,'" state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone) said of the study released by Tishman Construction. The company, commissioned by the Jets, found a West Side stadium would be more profitable for the city than one built in Willets Point near Shea Stadium. Comment

Douglaston non-profit to honor community leaders

Christine Pearson will receive the Distinguished Leadership Award, for her 19 years of service to Pride of Judea as administrative assistant and office manager. In addition, Monsignor Michael Cantley of St. Anastasia's Roman Catholic Church will receive the Chesed Award. Comment

John Adams bests Richmond Hill in playoff clash

The John Adams baseball team is peaking at just the right moment. With city juggernaut Monroe looming as a possible ‘A’ quarterfinal opponent, the Spartans overwhelmed Richmond Hill 5-1 at home Saturday in a second round PSAL playoff game that was rescheduled because of Friday’s rain. Comment

Little Neck-Doug parade marches on despite rain

As rain began sprinkling down near the official 2 p.m. parade start time, parade organizer Vic Mimoni said, "Nobody loves this weather," perhaps thinking of last year's parade held in a torrential rainstorm. Comment

Molloy mauls Cardinal Hayes in second round

They listened. Boy, did they listen. Comment

Sex bracelets latest trend among Laurelton students

They say it's cool, fun and forbidden. It's happening at IS 231 - it could be called "Sex in the Seventh Grade." Comment

Marshall turns off sirens after rebuke from mayor

"She's taking the lights off her personal cars and she's not going to apply for approval," said Dan Andrews, spokesman for Marshall. He said Marshall would have the lights removed by the end of last week. Comment

Jamaica pool hall shoots for one

Hot Shot Billiards, at 91-20 150th St. in Jamaica, is celebrating its first anniversary this week in the site of a... Comment

Online banking

Getting very low interest rates can be quite discouraging, especially when they trail behind the rate of inflation. The... Comment

Teen Talk: It’s time to trim the fat off fast food in Queens

Queens is a good borough for working on both. Every neighborhood has its own weight loss centers,... Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Queens Farm Museum to hold Civil War event

As individuals and as a nation, each year on Memorial Day we pause to publicly remember and show appreciation for members of the U.S. armed forces whose lives were sacrificed to preserve our country and our way of life. We should do that every day, at least privately. Comment

Just saying ‘no’

It is both easy and popular to say “no” to the proposed budget cuts. After all, everybody loves libraries. But what Avella et al failed to do was come up with an alternative source of revenue or some other area where the spending might be slashed. Comment

Dishing with Dee: Boro political clubs hold last hurrah before summer

Memorial Day weekend has always been the official start of summer. When is all this rain going to stop? The flowers could use some sun and all that water on the trees roots puts them in danger off toppling over. We have already lost a lot of magnificent old trees, I guess their root systems were too shallow to deal with all that excess water and dampness. Comment

The Civic Scene: Queens civic members focus on parks funding

The advocacy group New Yorkers for Parks sponsored a gathering in City Hall Park just in front of City Hall. The group also arranged for all council members to be in their offices at 250 Broadway across from City Hall so activists and civic leaders from the five boroughs could speak with them about their needs and wants. Comment

The Public Ought to Know: Queens residents need fairer property tax system

In a matter of days, expect the City Council to pass a new city budget for fiscal year 2005, which begins July 1. If things go true to form, our council members will tout restorations of mayoral cuts to programs for seniors (including Meals on Wheels) and youth (including summer jobs), cultural organizations and museums, our libraries and parks. Also expect new schools, classroom computers, playgrounds and roads and sewers to be included in the items for which council members will push to be included in the budget. Comment

Police offer $10K for info on woman’s death in Bayside

Sappleton, a 26-year-old black female, was last seen on the morning of May 7 near 226th Street and 146th Avenue in Brookville, when she was on her way to her fiancé’s family home. Comment

Cops investigate swastika found in Bayside Cemetery

No arrests have been made and the investigation was continuing, police said. Comment

Queens hospital ambulance responding to emergency collides with van in Elmhurst

The ambulance was traveling on Queens Boulevard and was involved in an accident at about 3:30 p.m.... Comment

College Roundup: St. John’s earns NCAA tournament at-large bid

But then the Red Storm players gathered in the athletic trainer’s room in the basement to find out... Comment

Ridgewood man injured in crash on BQE near Queens Boulevard

Edwin Rivera, 29, was pinned beneath his 1997 Plymouth when it was struck from behind in the eastbound lane... Comment

City Administrative Services employee charged with assaulting wife in Jamaica

Darryl Dorsett, 46, was charged with assault, menacing, and harassment in connection with an incident that occured Sunday about 11... Comment

Elmhurst tenants face murder charges

One of the victims, William Lavery, offered a detailed account of the March 4, 2003 attack while testifying last Thursday, the paper said. Comment

Springfield Gardens man sentenced in shooting

Johnson was killed just days before... Comment

Queens children appear in film about ‘Orphan Trains’

The track, he says, is a symbol for the journey ahead, including the new people who might appear in your life and how you can veer off or keep moving along. Comment

Forest Hills doctor doles out medical tips to travelers

Although Dr. Karl Neumann, a pediatrician by trade, has been practicing travel health for 20 years, only over the last year has his practice begun to publicize its expertise. The clinic at 108-48 70th Rd. specializes in preparing patients for trips abroad with vaccinations and treating their ailments when they return to the United States. Comment

Bayside Little League: Bayside 11s fall in Memorial tournament final

The event brought in six teams (Levittown West, New Hyde Park, Manhattan CYO, St. Kevin’s CYO, Bayside 11s and Bayside... Comment

Civics celebrate Memorial Day in Steinway

"We must never forget their heroism and courage in their fight against tyranny," said Bill Melnick, master of ceremonies, during the United Community Civic Association ceremony in McManus Memorial Park. "Whatever the circumstances about it, we must continue to support our troops." Comment

Pride Parade to celebrate sexual acceptance in boro

"Although the event is centered around Jackson Heights," said parade committee co-chairman Stewart Kessler, "the participants come from all over the borough." Comment

$15M expansion frames future for Kaufman studio

Now the home to "Sesame Street" is gearing up for another plot twist: a $15 million expansion its executives say should ensure its stature as one of the premier film and television studios outside the West Coast. Comment

2 found U.S. citizenship in Korean conflict

Although Guevara and Sgaraglia - now Jackson Heights residents - did not meet until joining the Whitestone post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, both served in the Korean War. And both found themselves at a Seoul military installation in May 1954, where they took their oath to the American flag in impromptu and unexpected ceremonies. Comment

131-year-old Drake Business School closes

There was speculation that the school's decision to shut down might have been related to the attack on Chief Executive Officer David Cary Hart, 54, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the lower back. Comment

DePhillips Athletic Club: McDonald’s wins slugfest

Christina Agnello of Patrick J. Falci & Daughters, Inc.... Comment

Jackson Heights beating victim dies after nine days in hospital

The victim's death opens the way for possible murder charges against the five teenagers arrested in the case. Comment

Are you ready for some football?

Northern Queens is betting on Kevin Shields. The gamble, and it’s not really a gamble since Shields is a ringer at resurrecting businesses, is that he will be able to return the Dwarf Giraffe (DG) Intramural Tackle Football League back to the glory days of the 1960s when membership was around 1,400 and the football league was a farm system for the area’s high schools. Comment

Design selected for Long Island City Olympic Village

California-based Morphosis's plan was selected from more than 130 submissions from around the world, Bloomberg said at Tennisport on 2nd Avenue, just three blocks from the proposed site. Comment

Gioia finds money to open senior center in Woodside

Having seen the project start more than seven years ago, Ancona was not about to stand by as construction stopped. Comment

NYPD cop tells how to spot terror

Police Officer Carl Calderone, a trainer with the Police Department's program development unit, flicked through the images to underscore a point: There is no single face to terrorism. Comment

Jennings says rage control could help prevent murders

This course is designed to reduce the number of homicides in the 102nd in Richmond Hill, 103rd in Jamaica, 106th in Ozone Park and 113th precincts in south Jamaica, all of which are covered by Queens Borough South. Comment

Quantam Feet 5K run set for Fresh Meadows

The race goes through the three-lined residential streets of Fresh Meadows and on to the Cunningham Park Green Belt Trail. The 3.1-mile course takes the runners, who receive split times at every mile, about two miles into the park. Comment

Queens museum shows path to justice through arts

As part of a pilot-initiative funded by a grant from the Ford Foundation, 29 15- to 22-year-olds started attending a biweekly weekend program that offers morning instruction in social justice issues and afternoon workshops on different artistic disciplines. Comment

New laptops grace PS 99, thanks to Katz, principal

PS 99, located at 82-37 Kew Gardens Rd., got a fresh supply of 56 new Dell laptop computers for all of its classrooms last week. Katz used her discretionary funds to pick up the tab for 50 of those computers. Six were paid for by the principal, who kicked in an extra $8,000 to finish the project. Comment

Bloomberg, Marshall lead Forest Hills holiday parade

The Dolphins, an honor guard from the Naval Submarine School in Groton, Conn.; the Knights, an international motorcycle club; and Brownie Troop 4608 were among the dozens of groups that trailed Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Borough President Helen Marshall, who led the parade. Comment

Boro woman clings to truck as BMW is towed from L.I.

"It was supposed to be a nice quiet day," Li's boyfriend, Albert Wong, said Comment

Jamaica survivors parade to raise cancer awareness

The Queens chapter of the Mahogany Sisters Network, a breast cancer survivors group, is planning its first march Saturday to celebrate those who are fighting any form of the disease and to raise awareness of the benefits of early detection and prevention, said Margie Bhola, the chapter's president. Comment

St. Albans quadriplegic’s college dream comes true

But Skeete, a quadriplegic who is now 61 and living in St. Albans, had no way of getting himself to and from the classes that were held on the top floor of the school, he said. Comment

Floods raise fears for boro Caribbeans

"People are saying the situation is critical, very bad," 54-year-old Ramon Zayas said about the Dominican Republic, where he had lived until he moved to the United States 17 years ago. "It seems that every day there are more dead." Comment

105th Precinct’s murder rate jumps 250 percent

"What's really alarming is my shootings and homicides," Deputy Inspector Thomas Manzolillo said at the precinct's Queens Village headquarters during the monthly gathering of the 105th's Community Council, a forum for residents to voice their concerns to police. Comment

Arts & Business boots Edison in PSAL ‘B’ quarters

Its 8-0 clobbering of Leon M. Goldstein High in the first round of the PSAL ‘B’ playoffs on May 21 was impressive... Comment

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis: Time to dance

America East Champions! Who would have thought it? Comment

St. John’s ousted in Big East

BRIDGEWATER, N.J. — After three years of frustration, Mike Rozema finally got to the Big East baseball tournament. But now the St. John’s senior shortstop wonders if it was all worth it after the Red Storm was eliminated by Boston College, 6-4, Friday night in front of 1,427 at Commerce Bank Ballpark. Comment

The Butler Did It: Big East dropped the baseball

Wrong. Comment
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