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Thursday, June 17, 2004

Jamaica man awaits decision in cop-biting case

The lawyers presented closing arguments Monday in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens in the trial of William Hodges, 32, who is accused of biting Police Officer Benedict Vitale as officers tried to get Hodges to leave Jamaica Hospital Medical Center. Comment

Ethics commitee charges Jennings with misconduct

After two days of closed meetings the Standards and Ethics Committee unanimously voted June 9 to charge Jennings (D-Jamaica) with creating a "hostile work environment" for two female aides, a Council spokesman said. Comment

Sanders stumps for Rosedale soccer kids

A large metal container where the Rosedale Rockets soccer league stored its gear caught fire June 6 when flames spread from a car blaze at the teams' Idlewild Park field, said league President Michael Duncan. Comment

Man arrested trying to steal LIRR train in Jamaica: DA

Darius McCollum, 39, of 130 Columbia St. in Manhattan was arrested Friday as he was leaving the Long Island Rail Road train yard at 182-30 Liberty Ave. in Jamaica after allegedly posing as a safety consultant and trying to take a joy ride on a new locomotive, Brown said. Comment

Habitat for Humanity erects S. Jamaica houses

"This is amazing," said Manny St. Louis as he surveyed the site last Thursday. "We've been looking for a house for over six years, but every time we got to a level where we said we were ready, the prices of houses rose." Comment

Borges lifts Knights out of five-game losing streak

In his second season with the Brooklyn Knights Premier Development League team, Andre Borges has known nothing but losing, a stark contrast to his first season when the Knights were one of the top teams in the Premier Development League’s Northeast Division. Comment

Laurelton chauffeur killed in botched gas station rob

No arrests had been made as of late Tuesday and the investigation was ongoing, police said. Comment

Cambria Hts. family seeks answers in 2003 triple slay

A 36-year-old woman from Far Rockaway was arrested in connection with the killings in November and charged with murder, burglary and weapons possession, but she was not believed to be the shooter, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said at the time. The suspect, Sandra Powell, is still waiting to go before a grand jury, the DA's office said this week. Comment

Queens rep would vote for war again, but feels misled

"There's a lack of joy in Mudville," he said of Washington, D.C., noting that many elected officials in Congress feel misled about the reasons why America invaded Iraq last year. Comment

Doug civics blast plans for 43-unit apartment building

"The building is simply too large," said Eliott Socci, president of the Douglaston Civic Association. The 43-unit complex of one- and two-bedroom apartments would be built by Frank Russo, owner of nearby restaurant Giardino's. Russo has hired Glen Cove-based JMB Architecture to design the building. Comment

M&M boys transfer to Stony Brook

And when Markovic stepped down as the St. Peter’s head coach to fill the vacancy... Comment

Extravaganza at 25th annual Bellerose fest

Already said to be the biggest event in the neighborhood, drawing 75,000 visitors annually, this year's extravaganza promised to be even bigger for its silver anniversary, organizers said this week. Comment

Liu, community protest potential sanitation cuts

Minutes later City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) met Councilmen John Liu (D-Flushing) and David Weprin (D-Hollis) to denounce the mayor's proposed $1.4 million cut from sanitation services in the outer boroughs. Comment

28 cite lack of unity as reason they left Bowne Church

The exodus comes after nearly two years of debate over whether the historic church building and surrounding property should be landmarked to prevent the house of worship from being demolished. Comment

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis: Riding the emotional roller coaster

Here I am ready to throw my first pitch of the regional against the nation’s seventh-ranked team the East Carolina Pirates in front of 4,000 fans who are screaming at me and my teammates. People were bashing Stony Brook even since we got down there. Comment

Speaker slams Bloomberg on CUNY funding proposal

During his visit, Miller lauded the CUNY system's accessibility to diverse students and slammed Mayor Michael Bloomberg for not securing more money for the schools. Comment

Freedom, happiness found in NYHQ kitchen

It is there in the basement that Clai Rocha, the head chef who has not missed a day of work in 22 years, leads a cooking team that designs meals for patients who cannot eat sugar, salt, solid foods or meat, to name just a few of their dietary restrictions. Comment

Tottenville tops Francis Lewis for city championship

On Saturday at St. John’s, Castellucci pitched in another ‘A’ title game,... Comment

Mayor pushes move to rezone Bayside nabes

Cooperation among the borough president's office, Queens Council members and the Department of City Planning has resulted in the rezoning of 10 neighborhoods such as Bayside, College Point, Whitestone and East Flushing in addition to other areas across the county. Comment

Whitestone transit officer dies after fighting cancer

"On behalf of a grateful city, thank you for the gift of Thomas," Police Chaplain Edgar Rodriguez said to the grieving family. Comment

Nabes tell novice drivers get off Whitestone roads

But the humor of it has been lost on a few Whitestone residents who claim they see novice drivers tearing up their neighborhoods all too often. Comment

New children’s heart facility at Schneider

"With this new center, we can treat a full spectrum of medical disorders with the latest technology and some of the best surgeons in the country," said Dr. Philip Lanzkowsky, chief of staff and executive director of Schneider. "For the first time the facility is matching the ability of physicians and surgeons. It's really got everything that's available today." Comment

Bayside blows lead in semifinal loss to Tott

By the time she stopped listening, all she and her players could... Comment

Padavan bill would regulate firms aiding immigrants

Under the bill, the industry, described by Padavan as thriving but unchecked, would be required to provide service contracts, post bonds, and list in both their offices and in advertising what is allowed by law. Comment

Bayside school wins $18K in coupons from Campbell’s

Ryan and his classmates entered the Anything Goes SpaghettiOs poster contest earlier this spring, sponsored by parent company Campbell Soup Co. His winning entry on the theme "When I Grow Up!" was a poster of himself as an architect, depicting his hands drafting a house blueprint. Comment

NE Queens NAACP lauds Bayside activist for work

Tshaka was represented at the Sixth Annual Freedom Fund dinner by his friend Robbie Garrison, who accepted the Roy Wilkins Leadership Award on his behalf at the Sheraton La Guardia East Hotel in downtown Flushing. Tshaka, who also sits on Community Board 11, was unable to attend due to illness. Comment

Bayside gets yet another Dunkin’ Donuts

A recent peek at the location, formerly a cell phone store, revealed that the distinctive pink-and-orange awning was up, although the space remained empty. The help-wanted ads in the storefront windows directed job seekers to the Dunkin' Donuts, Baskin-Robbins and Togo's trombo, or triple, store at 219-20 Northern Blvd. Comment

Auburndale man admits setting Korean church van fire

Kevin McKenna, 35, of 45-31 169th St. in Auburndale, was charged in December with setting fire to a church van in April 2002 that belonged to a Korean minister in Flushing, according to the DA Richard Brown's office. Comment

Family dining and races on the side

The multi-faceted venue that’s occupied its expansive Queens Boulevard digs for 16 years comfortably combines a friendly, Cheers-style family environment — complete with... Comment

Dozo’s Dobrin goes out in style

His match against St. John’s Prep’s Ruslan Chowdhury in the finals of the Mayor’s Cup tournament at the National Tennis Center contrasted with his other... Comment

Wedding bills

If ever there were a sector that fit into both of these categories, it would be the cost and arrangement of a wedding.... Comment

The Civic Scene: 300 protest development at Borough Hall meeting

Like a slowly building wave, the resentment of Queens residents is building. In the past few months large crowds of residents have noisily protested what they consider to be the overbuilding of Queens. This same concern has led to a moratorium on such building on Staten Island by the city government. It is now Queens’ turn. Comment

The Public Ought to Know: Queens tourism efforts deserve officials’ attention

A few weekends ago I visited the Queens Zoo with my daughter, Marisa, and her friend Farrah. A wonderful resource and attraction, the zoo annually faces the city budget ax and at one point last year it faced extinction. The zoo is but one attraction and resource within or adjacent to Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment

Berger’s Burg: July a time for nudists to unabashedly shine

Nudity is a way to air our differences. There may not be anything new under the sun, but in July, at Jones Beach, you will see a lot more of it showing. I was at a place where I walked for miles without seeing a human face. I was in a nudist colony. I once was invited to go to a nude beach, but I turned it down. I like to wear a hat to keep the sun out of my eyes. They have a big problem at nudist weddings – where does the groom keep the ring? Comment

Dishing with Dee: Marshall intervenes in Weiner mailing fiasco

Amid the controversy, Anne Marie Boranian, CB 11’s district manager,... Comment

Witness assists in arrest of Ridgewood suspect

They both ran past a fire house, where the FDNY joined in... Comment

Two in critical condition after 47th St. accident

Two males, 32 and 24, were removed to Elmhurst Hospital in critical condition. An investigation was ongoing. Comment

Police investigate burglary at PS 214

Unknown persons forcibly entered through the front door and removed school property,... Comment

Molloy’s Zawadski shocks Zaretser in girls’ final

The senior from Archbishop Molloy is harder on herself then most of her foes and on Sunday when she pulled off the upset of the Mayor’s Cup,... Comment

Friends identify Chinese worker killed in Elmhurst wall collapse

Jian Quo Shen, 44, of Flushing, was the unidentified victim who died in... Comment

Man killed by E-train near Northern Blvd.

The male was pronounced dead at the scene. No arrests had been made and the investigation was ongoing. Comment

Police coax woman off Flushing rooftop

ESU officers responded to 43-70 Kissena Blvd. and pulled the victim to safety before she could leap from the ledge, police said. The victim was removed to an area hospital for evaluation. Comment

Liu may ask for extension of bus takeover deadline

Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) said he may ask the City Council this week to consider granting another extension of the deadline for the takeover. Comment

Commission eyes probe of Justice Blackburne

The incident has drawn the wrath of police and elected officials. Comment

Mayor lauds zone changes in Maspeth, Kew Gardens

Cooperation between the borough president's office, Queens Council members and the Department of City Planning has resulted in the rezoning of 10 neighborhoods such as Woodside, Maspeth, and Kew Gardens among other areas across the county. Comment

APAC will hold auditions for summer theater class

Participants, who must be Queens residents, will sing, act and dance throughout the... Comment

Astoria theater sets sights on new home

Launched three years ago in the auditorium of a 33rd Street church, the civic theater has become a recognized training ground for burgeoning actors and technicians and a respected venue for... Comment

Top entertainers enlisted for Black Spectrum show

Likened to other hip, unique and versatile performers such as Whoopi Goldberg, Lily Tomlin and John Leguizamo, Be is a solo act who brings down the house with a multiplicity of virtuoso talents. She does dead-on characterizations of all kinds of people, including Miss Mama Jean, whom she calls the “sassy black church lady.” She impersonates foreign accents with stunning accuracy and sings original parody songs. But comedy is just one part of her talent. Comment

Schoolkids put twist on ‘Wizard’

This was a collaboration between the Daniel Carter Beard JHS 189, the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts,... Comment

Jamaica man arrested in rape of teen girl

A Jamaica man was arrested last week on charges he yanked a 13-year-old girl off a Brooklyn street as she walked home from school and raped her in the back of a van while an accomplice tried to convince the girl to become a prostitute, police said. Comment

Honoring her father

Daughter of Gordon McRae, the star of Broadway and Hollywood musicals, Heather... Comment


The winner will be selected June 25, the anniversary of the start of the war 54 years ago. Comment

Bangladeshi LaGuardia student honored for his film

Rashid Mamun, a media studies major, was the first-place winner in the film category of the “America, My Home” student essay and film contest sponsored by the Public Broadcasting Service. The competition was designed to encourage immigrant students from across the country to share their personal experiences in the United States in written, audio or video essays. Comment

Sulrak Garden has traditional Korean dining

By Suzanne Parker Comment

Daughter of Flushing cleric speaks on Afghan struggle

The special service opened with a Muslim prayer followed by a video film of the children of Kandahar and a discussion by Afifa Yusufi, daughter of the imam of a Flushing mosque. The film depicted many of the medical problems in the war-torn country that not only is heavily landmined but also has suffered severe droughts. Comment

Councilmen seek more private school nurses

He joined Councilmen Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria), Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) during a town hall meeting in which they blasted the Bloomberg administration for "shortchanging" private school children two years ago by sharply reducing the number of nurses in their schools. Comment

School closure a blessing for many Drake students

"They really let us down, Drake," said Paul Jacques of Jamaica, who attended the Astoria branch. Comment

Nazi guard must leave the country

Basing his decision on an earlier proceeding that stripped Jakiw Palij of his citizenship, U.S. Immigration Court Judge Robert Owens in Manhattan found June 9 that Palij had worked as a guard at the Trawniki labor camp, where more than 6,000 Jews were exterminated over the course of two days in 1943. He also concluded that Palij later lied about his involvement on a visa application. Comment

Boro officials demand answers to bus changes

So instead of picking up and dropping off passengers for the early morning dash to work, he ambled over to where transit union officials, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum were circulating a petition demanding guarantees from the MTA that it would not cut Queens bus service when the city takes over the borough's private bus lines later this month. Comment

Nolan readies for comers in re-election bid

Getting a jump-start on the November elections, state Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) has announced that she will seek a sixth term in the 37th Assembly District. Comment

Woodside residents save 223-year-old beech tree

The tree -- planted sometime around the end of the Revolutionary War -- sits on a private lot at 41-50 63rd St., where developer Anthony Wan plans to erect two five-story apartment buildings. Comment

110th Pct. swings its doors open to Elmhurst nabes

So in what 110th Precinct Community Council President Debra Cohen called an unprecedented community outreach effort, the commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Martin Conway, the Community Council and other officers put together a weekend open house. Comment

Program teams Miller with students at IS 126

Throughout the year, Miller (D-Manhattan) has spent two to four hours with middle school social studies students at IS 126 in Long Island City. Comment

MoMA Queens soon to be gone but not forgotten

"We were very pleased to be in Queens," said MoMA spokeswoman Ruth Kaplan. "We feel that we will remain in Queens even after the facility ceases to be an exposition space." Comment

Elmhurst trucker guilty of murder plot over rent

A jury of mostly women deliberated for fewer than five hours before convicting David Robles, 37, of 40-18 Ithaca St. of attempted murder, burglary, conspiracy, assault and criminal possession of a weapon in connection with a March 2003 attack against two brothers who shared a $400-a-month apartment in his building, Brown said. Comment

Corona’s Monjardin wins Quantum Feet 5K crown

The 24-year-old, a member of the... Comment

Teachers concerned about PS 89’s state of disrepair

Parents have remained silent on the issue, but teachers union representative Linda Vila Passione said the conditions - at least some of which appear to stem from a leaky roof - have been a constant headache for the more than 100 teachers she represents and could pose health risks for students. Comment

Clinton marks Korean War in Broad Channel

American Legion Post 1404 sponsored the event at Broad Channel Park attended by more than 100 people. Comment

Greater Urban Pro Tennis tourney spots still available

The men’s singles and doubles tournaments are scheduled to be take place on the... Comment

AirTrain awaits millionth rider six months later

The AirTrain offers service within the terminals of the airport for free and between the airport and Jamaica as well as between JFK and Howard Beach for a $5 fee, arguably high by some commuters' standards. Comment

Middle Village Lutherans honor Gen. Slocum heroes

The General Slocum paddle-wheel steamboat erupted in flames on the East River on a Sunday school outing. More than 1,000 passengers - mostly German immigrant woman and their children - were killed in the city's worst catastrophe before Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

DA charges Maspeth teen in sword death

Michael Desiderio, 18, of 54-43 66th St., was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon in the stabbing death of Ricardo Richardson between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., the DA said. Comment

Boro officials bang drum to quiet noisy car alarms

Intro 811, sponsored by City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) prohibits the sale and installation of all non-factory installed car alarms - both legal and illegal. Also discussed was Resolution 365, sponsored by Councilwoman Eva Moskowitz (D-Manhattan), which calls upon the state Legislature to remove all insurance discounts for the installation of audible car alarms. Comment

SD 29 sees increase in students failing reading tests

The issue was expected to be brought up Thursday night at the monthly meeting of School Board 29, and elected officials vowed to speak with school administrators in an attempt to find the root of the problem. Comment

Hawks soar to PSAL B title

It was a game of attrition, not a thing of beauty. Errors were made and lapses in judgment were everywhere, but when the sixth inning rolled around of the PSAL ‘B’ baseball championship game between Townsend Harris and Beach Channel, the score was tied at 5 and the game demanded a hero. Comment

Pioneers: Newtown wins softball crown

The Pioneers sent 18 players to bat and scored 13 runs on seven hits in the bottom of... Comment



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