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Thursday, Aug. 19, 2004

Neighbor To Neighbor: SE Queens neighbor reflects on friend’s life

In hushed tones she said, "Barbara! Katherleen died this morning." She was referring to Katherleen Yvonne Daniels, a wonderful woman with whom I had been friendly for many years and who lived in Laurelton.As […] Comment

I Sit and Look Out: Illegal building, conversions in Queens must stop

But there, smack in the middle of the block, was a building that quite obviously was a new small apartment house. How could this be, I wondered? Wouldn't zoning regulations prohibit this? Was the […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Boro nabes seek protection from overdevelopment

People in Fresh Meadows surrounding the Fresh Meadows Housing Development have organized and are fighting to enforce the preservation district designation there to prevent builders from overbuilding. […] Comment

Point of View: Flushing club deaths show need for security boost

The Red Rose at 46-22 Kissena Blvd. generated banner headlines in local media after a 33-year-old patron and a worker at the club were shot dead, and another woman was wounded in the wee hours of the […] Comments (1)

Dishing With Dee: Maltese parties Hawaiian-style in Howard Beach

That is always a fun party and a great way to break up the summer doldrums. I guess we all have remnants of the child in us as everyone arrived in their Hawaiian shirts, straw hats and flower leis.Some […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: No. 1 Giants fan tells how Gloria became a fan

Jared Lorenzen, back-up, rookie quarterback for the New York Giants, is at 288 pounds probably the heaviest NFL quarterback ever (Berger's eyes).Waiting list for season tickets: Jets - 10 years; Giants […] Comment

The Public Ought To Know: Poor NYC transit equals unhealthy U.S. economy

The same regional transit agency releases a budget that envisions further fare increases. This agency effectively run by the governor would allow the state, as well as the city and the federal government, […] Comment

Pete Munro returns to Queens in Astros uniform

"We used to sit out there and just watch the 1986 Mets," said the 29-year-old right-hander who was signed by Houston July 3, which he referred to as a "blessing in disguise" after Minnesota gave him his […] Comment

Midville Dodgers’ Andrew Kapela Hurls Perfect Game

Banks’ tournament goes off without a hitch

"Everything ran fine. It was one of the better ones," said Banks, 76, who knows a thing or two about tournaments considering this was the 361st he has hosted. "Everybody felt they were treated fairly, […] Comment

Sadykov, Teeth Intact, Claims Silver in Judo at Empires

Ignoring the shooting pain that was threatening to paralyze his jaw, Sadykof, 18, won by waza ari- or a half point- on a throw maneuver that earned him his second silver in two years and inched him closer […] Comment

Jillian Bratton, a fencer from Kew Gardens, was getting frustrated. It was the gold medal match of the Empire State Games, and Bratton wasn’t so much as having trouble with her opponent as she was her opponent’s father, who was ranting and rav

Gen. Cuseta leads Bayside Yankees

Cuseta, president of the Bayside Yankees, one of the top amateur baseball organizations in the country and a team that owns a virtual monopoly of the top talent in the area, sat down at a table at the […] Comment

The Butler Did It

I know that I used to care. I used to know the athletes, I used to look forward to watching the best basketball players in the world - the U.S. Dream Team - crush the opposition.But now, I'm not so […] Comment

Referee Willis wants a shot at the title

He doesn't trace the dazzling footwork that a fighter might use to befuddle his opponent. Oh, he notices these movements, it's impossible not to, but they are basically graphics crawling along […] Comment

Richmond Hill man dies in elevator crash

Body found in Richmond Hill

Police ask for help finding Flushing man

Jamaica teen dies after being shot

Man killed in Elmhurst after being hit by car

Dead man discovered near Queensboro Bridge

Forest Hills baby dies after found unconscious

Queens will be toast of town for new restaurant week

Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), aligned with a host of economic and community development organizations, put the promotional idea in motion by soliciting any and all restaurants throughout the borough […] Comment

Queens Olympic glory dies with losing athletes

Ivan Lee and Keeth Smart, two former St. John's University fencers who both won two individual NCAA Championships in the saber, won opening-round bouts but faltered in the second round, ending what […] Comment

Borough groups plan protests for convention

The man goes by the nom de guerre of Alan Greenspend, a persona he developed as a member of the Billionaires for Bush, a political satire group that plans to hit the streets of Manhattans as millions […] Comment

Q32 bus line route changed for Republican convention

Riders of the Q32 along with patrons of several other lines will be rerouted to exclude them from the so-called frozen zone around Madison Square Garden above the station during the GOP convention.During […] Comment

$400 ‘apology’ for ‘03 tax hike still on table

The proposals - a $400 property tax rebate and an earned income tax credit for low-income families - was approved by the state Legislature, said senior Assemblyman Ivan Lafayette (D-Jackson Heights). […] Comment

Queens legislators finally get paid

From April 1, when the budget was due, until its passage on Aug. 11, members of the state Assembly and Senate did not get paid."I'm fortunate in that I come from a very small family - me," said state […] Comment

State takes burden of health care off shoulders of local government

Under the budget plan approved by the Legislature, the state will pay 50 percent of local expenditures for the Family Health Plus Program starting Jan. 1. By next year, the state will pick up 100 percent […] Comment

Tax credit boosts boro’s film industry

Passed last week in the Senate and Assembly as part of the state budget, the bill offers a 10 percent tax credit to companies that film 75 percent of their product in New York, said Gianaris, a leading […] Comment

Queens colleges to get millions for construction

The largest appropriation in the recently passed $101.3 billion budget goes to Queens College in Flushing, which is earmarked to get $30 million for an addition to Remsen Hall, the chemistry building, […] Comment

Electrocuted Whitestone girl remembered for
love of sea

Berenson and her boyfriend Joseph Cheetham, 23, were driving back to the Berenson's Whitestone home when the family car got stuck in a flood of water at 15th Avenue and 117th Street in College Point. […] Comment

State budget arrives four months late

The budget, which passed Aug. 11 more than four months after the April 1 deadline, provides for a $600 million aid package for the city, including $288 million in additional funds for city schools and […] Comment

Food favorites

These flaky, golden pastry turnovers with tasty beef fillings may be one of the best-kept popular food secrets. The leading producer of this product is Tower Isle's. I met with Inna Solomone, who […] Comment

Teach gets kick out of Woodside biz

For years the 41-year-old, who arrived in Queens in 1995, worked as a maintenance man and a part-time bouncer at a smattering of clubs around the borough's western reaches.Today the father of two […] Comment

Rockaway Artists celebrate ‘A perfect 10’

Many of RAA's veteran artists are represented, as well as some newcomers - or at least folks I've never seen exhibited at RAA before. There are framed poems by RAA old-timer Dan Guarino and others […] Comment

On The Q Tip: It’s a Hard Lock Life

Well, taking a trip to Home Depot can be just as crucial as that weekly trip to the mall. Who am I kiddingÉmall vs. Home Depot? Please!This season's hottest accessory is a piece of locking hardware, so check out these "steels" that are sure to make you shine.By taking any classic hobo or sexy sandal and adding a little Rock 'n' Roll to it, this mixture collides two worlds into one, creating a design that can fit anyone's style. From the funkiest of tastes to the most conservative fashion sense, metal is one accoutrement that is sure to last thru the year. Comment

Hall issues sports challenge

Growing up I teased Mets fans, saying "Mets stands for My Entire Team Sucks," and all sorts of other jokes. But I figured, I like the sport, so this would be a good opportunity to learn about the history […] Comment

Queens Botanical wins award for ‘green’ building design

The Green Design Award recognized BKSK Architect's design for the new Visitor/Administration building at the garden, as well as the garden's landscapes, for showcasing energy conservation and […] Comment

Collector’s dream comes true

Someone else’s dime: Queens-born writer parlays wedding into public-sponsored trip

The 33-year-old freelance writer and product designer has documented his life through an online journal, first at in 1999 and then moving to in 2002. […] Comment

School arts grants available

Louie’s: Classic seafood with views of Manhasset Bay

Louie's is a classic seafood restaurant that has thoroughly stood the test of time. It opened in 1905 on a floating barge anchored in Manhasset Bay, only accessible by boat. In 1916 it moved adjacent […] Comment

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Rains flood roads, stores in Flushing

"It came all the way up to here," Stephanie Patino said, motioning to her knee. "The delivery had just gotten here so the boxes were everywhere."Patino's mother owns the Colombian restaurant El Rinc—n […] Comment

Striving for a better Cambria Heights

"I think if we can inspire them and show them the things we can accomplish, they'll come out," Kevin Jemmott said of other residents during a recent interview at his 223rd Street home. "I don't […] Comment

Terror fears arise over Elmhurst man’s video collection

"TV is his life," Irfan said of his brother with a jovial tone. "Deprive him of TV and you can get anything out of him ... if there is anything."The concern Irfan, a doctor who lives in one of the five […] Comment

Defunct Astoria biz school owes $4.8M to state: Audit

During a three-year period that ended June 30, 2001, the audit found that the school recklessly gave Tuition Assistance Program grants to scores of unqualified students.To qualify for the grants, which […] Comment

Astoria Elvis dons blue suede shoes

After all, the King had the infamous Memphis Mafia, longtime friends who fed his voracious appetites for booze, food, pills and women.Astoria's Peter Lecakes, who has paid homage to Presley professionally […] Comment

Rego Park animal shelter raises $18K for Verizon bill

"I was overwhelmed," said the shelter's founder, Robert DeFranco, of the outflow of community support. "I thought maybe people might put a little pressure on Verizon, but I never expected the amount […] Comment

State senate passes measure to reform death penalty law

Whether or not these changes will affect the lethal injection sentence imposed on Wendy's massacre killer John Taylor, one of the state's four death row inmates, remains to be seen. Currently, […] Comment

Man cleared of sex travel allegations

Judge Gerald Hayes ruled that prosecutors from the state attorney general's office had introduced inadmissible evidence as they sought a felony charge and a misdemeanor charge against the men, Norman […] Comment

Sad Day

New condos to dominate Forest Hills

By November 2005 that should change. According to one construction manager, Chuck Larue, by that time the 95-unit building at 108-36/50 Queens Blvd., rising 240 feet and dwarfing the flanking Commerce […] Comment

Jamaica man at U.S. border arrested in 1984 cop crime

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Jean Roland St. Surin, 66, of Montreal was taken into custody Aug. 13 at Champlain, N.Y. on Interstate 87. Brown said St. Surin had been using identification […] Comment

2 different Jamaica stabbings both motivated by jealousy

A Jamaica man was charged with climbing in his estranged wife's window and stabbing her and her new boyfriend while they slept before the boyfriend chased the man up 175th Street in an early Monday […] Comments (1)

City council okays Hunters Point rezoning

Councilman David Yassky (D-Brooklyn) voted against the change, saying it would threaten the district's roughly 2,000 manufacturing jobs, a charge critics have regularly leveled against the rezoning.But […] Comment

Board slaps Leffler with $400K in fines

The board ruled that Leffler must pay $91,850 in penalty fines and repay the $296,000 his campaign illegally received in public matching funds, a spokeswoman for the Campaign Finance Board said.Leffler, […] Comment

Briarwood boy chokes on popcorn

The accident that took Deonte Riley's life occurred at the Sunrise Multiplex Cinemas in Valley Stream, L.I., where the youngster's parents, Eddie Riley and Elaine McIntosh, took the 3-year-old […] Comment

An Irish institution bids Little Neck farewell

Frank Mockler, head of the family-owned Irish restaurant and bar, has sold the restaurant to a group of Flushing and Bayside investors. Known for its traditional dishes like corned beef, black and white […] Comment

Forest Hills Y gives young athletes own Olympics

Still, it was a show. About 65 children of the Summer Sports Clinic Program held at the YM-YWHA in Forest Hills kicked off the games Monday morning with an opening ceremony that consisted of colored-cellophane […] Comment

QCC demonstrates online courses for Chinese educators

"We welcome this opportunity to share our growing expertise with our colleagues from the People's Republic of China," said Queensborough President Dr. Eduardo Marti. "We understand that Queensborough […] Comment


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