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Friday, Feb. 13, 2004

Rockaway summer ferry will not resume service

Nadine Woloshin, with the public relations firm Rubenstein Associates, said another summer of ferry service would not be profitable and was financially unfeasible. Comment

Board rejects expansion of Jamaica homeless shelter

The decision by the Board of Standards and Appeals, a five-member group appointed by the mayor to rule on zoning issues, was hailed by Community Board 13, which along with the borough president's office opposed the request. Comment

Beep honors boro leaders at black history ceremony

The borough president's office, sponsor of the yearly event, also recognized 11 high school seniors for their work in an essay contest leading up to the evening. Five of those students, the top finishers, won $1,000 scholarships to further their education. Comment

City worker convicted in dad’s death

Renee Dasque, 38, of 249-11 147th Road in Rosedale, was found guilty in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Monday of beating her father to death with a 6-foot metal pipe in July 2001 before turning on her sister, Brown said. Comment

Off-duty Rikers officer killed at Jamaica party

Gregory Goff, 24, an off-duty officer with the city Department of Corrections, was shot once in the torso after a dispute at the Lebanon Lodge No. 54, a Masonic hall at 107-51 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., police said. Comment

Owner lays out plans for Astoria warehouse

Residents in the residentially zoned Astoria community, where the more than 100-year-old brick building between 45th and 46th streets is located, had voiced concern about development of the site when Joseph Pistilli purchased the building several years ago. He is the owner of Steel Tex Development company of Astoria. Comment

College Pt. engineer guilty of shooting homeless man

Vadim Traut, 54, was found guilty of murder and criminal possession of a weapon Feb. 4 in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. Comment

Ridgewood group seeks funds for activities

GRRC President Paul Kerzner asked the City Council to allocate funds for the group's tree-planting program set to begin this spring. Earlier this month, U.S. Rep. Nydia Rodriguez (D-Brooklyn) announced that GRRC would receive a grant to provide thousands of trees for planting in Ridgewood. Kerzner said additional funds could expand the program and the trees would reduce air pollution and help combat asthma in the community. Comment

Bukharian teens ready for leadership roles

"In the society we live in, one person can make a tremendous difference," Cohen said. "Each one of us has the capacity to change things. That's what makes this country so great." Comment

Bloomberg tells Forest Hills he will run for second term

"I will run for re-election, make no mistake about it," Bloomberg said when asked by an audience member about his plans. "I think I will win handily, quite honestly." Comment

Loss of jobs tops agenda at Silvercup meeting

At a conference held at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, representatives from the Creative Coalition said the plight facing the New York film and television industry, which pumps about $5 billion into the city's economy each year - much of it in Long Island City and in Astoria, where Kaufman Astoria studios are located - will have a negative impact on the economy if something is not done soon. Comment

18 arrested as Far Rock drug scheme broken: DA

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the defendants, who were charged with the sale and possession of a criminal substance as well as conspiracy, could be sentenced to jail terms ranging from 15 years to life if convicted. The 16 people were charged along with two Manhattan residents, the alleged leaders of the drug operation, according to the DA. Comment

Parolee from Nassau shot, killed on Laurelton street Laurelton

The man, Frank Dimarco, 52, of 7 Roxbury Rd. in Westbury, was shot once in the head on Feb. 4 at about 10:19 p.m. at 219-11 132nd Rd.. police said. He died 36 minutes later after being rushed to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, they said. Comment

A Quest to Preserve Richmond Hill

But from that same window, the lifelong Richmond Hill resident also sees vivid red sunrises that remind her why she is fighting so hard to preserve the only neighborhood she has called home for eight decades. Comment

Village Voice food critic tours Queens with taste

"I try as hard as possible not to let them know who I am," said Sietsema, 52, who writes reviews on four New York City restaurants every week for the Village Voice, selected out of the 10 to 15 restaurants that he tries out during the week. Comment

Two from Rego Park arrested in drug bust

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a news conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Friday that 13 people, mostly northeast Queens residents, had been apprehended in a major drug bust in the middle-class neighborhood. Comment

Agencies seek extension of AirTrain service

Four proposals were announced last week to offer train service from the airport to Manhattan as part of a cooperative effort between the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Comment

Queens Village anticipates new school

The school, which is slated to be constructed at a site already purchased at 222-22 Jamaica Ave., was not originally in the mayor's proposal unveiled in November but was included after recent changes. Comment

Four arrested in shooting of Queens Village driver

The driver, identified by the State Federation of Taxi Drivers as Michael Goldberg, was shot once in the stomach at 2:39 a.m. Sunday at 253rd Street and 147th Drive in Rosedale, police said. The 36-year-old man was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital and had been upgraded to stable condition from critical by Monday, a hospital spokeswoman said. Comment

Robbery, rape on rise in 102nd Precinct

Numbers also show a 100 percent jump in the number of rapes, from one to two reported cases, and a 4 percent rise in burglaries to 25 from 24 in January vs. the same time span last year. Comment

DA charges Jamaica man in biting of police officer

About 20 off-duty officers filled the courtroom in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens last Thursday when William Hodges, 32, pleaded not guilty to charges of assault, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct, a spokeswoman for Brown said. Comment

Jury convicts Hollis man of killing newlywed bride

Billy Cooper, 30, of 100-50 202nd St., was found guilty in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens of killing his 22-year-old wife, Kimberly John, outside her Holliswood co-op building in March 2001, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004

Downtown Flushing school to be built on Franklin Ave.

"Kids will actually be able to walk to school. Can you imagine that?" Grodenchik said at a joint press conference with City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) and state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone). Comment

College Point’s Poppenhusen library reopens

On Thursday the library was expected to hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony with local politicians, community representatives, period-piece entertainment and a children's program. Comment

DA says budget cuts will weaken prosecution

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday cuts in city and state funding to his office could mean crime in the borough will increase at the same time his staff lacks the basic resources to prosecute a rising number of cases. Comment

Two from Whitestone arrested in drug bust

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a news conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Friday that 13 people, mostly northeast Queens residents, had been apprehended in a major drug bust in the middle-class neighborhood. Comment

Loss of jobs tops agenda at Silvercup meeting

The film industry advocate organization Creative Coalition met with Queens Chamber of Commerce members and city officials in Astoria last week to discuss how the ongoing loss of television and film production in Queens to other parts of the country and world could damage the local economy. Comment

Owner lays out plans for Astoria warehouse

A developer who purchased the former Stern’s Warehouse site on Ditmars Boulevard assured concerned Astoria residents last week the building would be converted to residential condominiums that would include onsite parking and some units designated for seniors. Comment

Village Voice food critic tours Queens with taste

Dressed in a knit cap and green canvas jacket, food critic Robert Sietsema dined recently at a new Turkish kebab and pizza joint in Sunnyside, savoring foods while being careful not to reveal his identity by taking out a notebook or ordering a preposterous number of dishes. Comment

Ridgewood group seeks funds for activities

GRRC President Paul Kerzner asked the City Council... Comment

Con Ed list shows high-voltage places in boro

109-01 34 Ave.- 109 St.    118    street light     Comment

American-Irish grant open to boro students

The competition, open to high school juniors and... Comment

College Pt. engineer guilty of shooting homeless man

Vadim Traut, 54, was found guilty of murder and criminal... Comment

City worker convicted in dad’s death

A former Corrections Officer at Rikers Island was convicted Monday of killing her father and attacking her sister at their Rosedale home in an attempt to seize family assets worth $1 million, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Beep honors boro leaders at black history ceremony

Seven community leaders received awards for their contributions to Queens last Thursday at a dinner held at Citibank’s Long Island City building to honor Black History Month. Comment

Agencies seek extension of AirTrain service

Now that the long-awaited AirTrain link to Kennedy Airport is open, city and state agencies are already looking at ways to extend it and create a one-seat ride into Lower Manhattan. Comment

Parolee from Nassau shot, killed on Laurelton street Laurelton

A convicted Nassau County felon wanted for violating his parole was shot to death in Laurelton, law enforcement officials said. Comment

Rockaway summer ferry will not resume service

A spokeswoman for New York Waterway said Tuesday the private firm will not bring back a recreational ferry from Manhattan to the Rockaways that public officials had hailed as a possible precursor to a permanent commuter route for borough workers. Comment

Jury convicts Hollis man of killing newlywed bride

A Queens jury took just four hours last week to convict a Hollis man in the murder of his bride just a month after they were married. Comment

Off-duty Rikers officer killed at Jamaica party

An off-duty Rikers Island corrections officer known as “a natural leader” was killed and three other people were wounded after gunfire erupted Saturday at a Jamaica social hall, police said. Comment

Board rejects expansion of Jamaica homeless shelter

A large Jamaica homeless shelter seeking to expand its facility had its request turned down last week, a spokeswoman for the shelter confirmed. Comment

Heart disease tops list of health risks in Queens

AIDS has long been notorious as a cause of death throughout New York City and still is, but new statistics show the death toll from the disease in Queens is less than half that in Brooklyn, Manhattan or the Bronx. Comment

Baysiders arrested in drug bust

More than a dozen suspected drug dealers have been arrested on charges involving the sale of cocaine, marijuana, Ecstasy and prescription pills in what the Queens district attorney described as a “veritable flea market” in the Bell Boulevard corridor in Bayside. Comment

DA: Bank robber arrested in attempted Bayside heist

A Bayside man was arrested last week and charged with attempting to rob the Citibank near his home and possession of crack cocaine, police said. Comment

City fires company at College Point ballfields

Less than two months after firing the College Point ballfields contractor, the city has given the pink slip to the insurance company responsible for finding a replacement contractor to finish the project. Comment

Bayside man dies after slipping on icy drive and bumping head

A Bayside man died after he slipped and fell on ice near his driveway Feb. 4, police said. Comment

DEP to analyze pollution of Flushing Creek waters

The Department of Environmental Protection has commissioned a study of the city’s watersheds and listed Flushing Creek as a high priority, the consultants inspecting the waterways said Monday. Comment

Biz satisfies clients’ healthy appetites

If you really are what you eat, then Larry Love, co-owner of Health Conscious Natural Foods in Laurelton, is looking for customers who are organic produce, soy milk and herbs. Comment

How’s Business?: Car care

We are constantly hearing and reading about many jobs that are being lost overseas. And for those with the right dexterity, a real in demand gem of a career that cannot be farmed out is the automotive service technician. Comment

PA wants ferry companies to provide airport services

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is in discussions with seven ferryboat companies that have expressed interest in providing ferry service from Lower Manhattan to LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy airports. Comment

Woodside organization keeps neighborhood vibrant

Woodside was founded in the 1600s as Newtown and named by John Kelly in the 1800s, when it began to grow with the coming of the Long Island Rail Road. Woodside was a mix of estates, farms and cemeteries. With the building of the elevated train (No. 7) after World War I, along with a demand for affordable housing, Woodside’s population exploded. Comment

AMMI plans ‘Rockin’ Recess’ for students on school break

These special events are included with museum admission, which also includes “Behind the Screen,” the museum’s dynamic core exhibition that explores how movies and television programs are made, marketed, and exhibited, and “<Alt>Digital Media,” a hands-on introduction to the digital moving image and software-based art. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment

APAC bows to pressure, will present Shakespeare

“APAC surveyed over 400 residents of Astoria and Long Island City and found that they desired to see performances of the classics,” said Executive Director Susan Scannell, “We are continuing to provide the community with high quality entertainment and tailoring of our selections to be able to include the community’s choices as well as offering new cultural experiences.” Comment

Digging up Flushing history

The exhibition is in line with the educational mission of the Bowne House Historical Society, which is engaged in a fund-raising effort to help preserve and restore the Bowne House. The house has fallen into disrepair over the course of 350 years, and has been closed to the public since 2000. Bowne House was built circa 1661 by John Bowne, a Quaker, who settled in Flushing when New York was under Dutch rule. Bowne’s famous defense of religious freedom in 1662 helped establish principles which were later codified in the Bill of Rights. Comment

SJU gallery presents young artists from Cuba

“The early 1980s began a fertile period in Cuban Art made possible by a new breed of artists who moved away from state regulated images and began to experiment with more complex depictions of Cuban identity,” said Denise Rompilla, assistant professor of Art History at St. John’s University. “In 1984, the inception of the Havana Biennial, one of the world’s most important contemporary art exhibitions, helped Cuba become an international artistic center.” Comment

Memories of Ellis Island brought to Queens

“Memory & History,” an exhibition at Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum, will feature the compelling and evocative work of these artists. Running Feb. 18 through June 4, the exhibition is sponsored by the John D. Calandra Italian American Institute (a City University of New York institute under the aegis of Queens College); the Italian American Museum, in temporary residence at the Calandra Institute; and Queens College’s Center for Jewish Studies and Godwin-Ternbach Museum. Comment

Genocide exhibit to open at QCC Holocaust Center

Entitled, “1900-2000: A Genocidal Century,” the free exhibit will be open to the public through December 2004, and will feature a variety of photographs, text and an accompanying catalogue detailing occurrences of the systematic extermination of millions of people by different nations and governments over the past 100 years, as well as the process by which these atrocities were carried out. Comment

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Alzheimer’s Disease Comment

Queens Botanical ignores weather, preps for spring

To assist with the planning and the ultimate enjoyment of planting trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables, the Queens Botanical Garden is pleased to offer its Natural Gardening series — workshops that bring the home gardener through the full cycle of the four seasons. Starting with planning your garden and ending with putting it to sleep, learn how to partner with nature and ultimately enjoy a more rewarding gardening experience. Comment

Manton stays true to Dean at Flushing Dem club meet

Queens County Democratic Organization Chairman Tom Manton had one message for the Democratic Club of Flushing on Sunday: Anybody but Bush. Comment

QStyle: How to wear your heart on your sleeve for Valentine’s Day 2004

You find yourself panic-stricken, standing in front of the mirror, two days away from the most romantic day of the year. You start rummaging through your closets and drawers in despair. You know your whole night can be determined by what you wear, so you are determined to find the right outfit. Comment

Business Calendar

Feb. 12- Queens Council on the Arts Benefit Cocktail Party – Terrace On The Park - 718-647-3377. Comment


Thurs., Feb. 26 - New York Families for Autistic Children holds an annual dinner dance and awards celebration at 6:30 p.m. at Russo’s on the Bay. The honorary dinner chairman is Pat LaFontaine, 2003 inductee into the Hockey Hall of Fame. Comment

Editorial: Storm shame

It has been called one of St. John’s University’s darkest hours. Last week St. John’s president, the Rev. Donald J. Harrington, expelled one basketball player and suspended five other players and a team manager. Knowing how important the basketball program is to both students and alumni, this must have been a gut-wrenching decision. Comment

Editorial: First you build it, then you plan it

Almost two months after the maiden voyage of the AirTrain, officials are desperately searching for a way to connect the train to Lower Manhattan without forcing passengers to switch from the modern high-speed light rail to a subway or Long Island Rail Road car. Comment

The Puiblic Ought to Know: Queens fire services must not get burned in budget

One year ago I drove my wife’s car to Reaction in Whitestone for an inspection. There I found my friend, Gene Kelty, chairman of Community Board 7 and a New York City Fire Department battalion chief. Since I had worked for a decade as counsel/chief of staff to the chair of the Council’s Public Safety Committee, we discussed FDNY issues. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Writer gets to the heart of Valentine’s Day theories

Valentine’s day is named after St. Valentine, the patron saint of lovers, florists, candy companies and divorce lawyers. Comment

Dishing with Dee: New Year’s revelers pack house at Flushing eatery

Good friend and Eastern Queens Democratic District leader Chet Szarejko was in the North Shore Hospital in Manhasset awaiting a triple-bypass operation. His wife, Marion, said it was to be last Thursday or Friday. Say a prayer for Chet. He will appreciate it. Get well soon, Chet. We love and miss you. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rosedale Civic welcomes board members for 2004

Each year on the last Tuesday in January, members of the Rosedale Civic Association and invited guests are treated to a very special event, the induction into office through the administration of the oath to that association’s board members. In spite of weather that started out to be forbidding and got worse, the program proceeded as planned, minus some folks we had hoped to see. But nevertheless, this year’s ceremony was well-attended. Comment

Our History: Queens memorial recalls first president’s visit

“George Washington traveled this road on his tour of Long Island, April 24, 1790. Commemorating this event, the Matinecock Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Flushing New York here set this mark.” — Memorial marking George Washington’s visit, “neglected and all but forgotten” Comment

Human rights investigator condemns N. Korea

During his days in Seoul last year, human rights investigator David Hawk would become so drained from dredging out the painful experiences of former North Korean slave camp prisoners that he had to exercise off the emotional exhaustion at a local gym or drink away the refugees’ tortures at a bar. Comment

Teen Talk: Queens College students learn price of education

I was on the Queens College bookstore line the other day. My arms were so piled high with books that it was hard to see ahead of me and when I managed to reach the cash register, I was relieved. Comment

The Civic Scene: Queens civics prepare for heated zoning talks

Civic leaders representing homeowners and tenants in residential communities recently testified against a proposal that would limit large community facilities in one- and two-family residential areas. For years homeowners have felt the inconvenience caused by houses of worship, medical facilities and schools that move into quiet residential neighborhoods and expand so large that the quality of life in the neighborhood is destroyed. Comment

Police Blotter: Fire injures two residents of College Point home

COLLEGE POINT - An early morning fire in College Point sent two men and one firefighter to the hospital Tuesday, a Fire Department spokesman said. Comment

Protecting your children from winter’s last blasts

A little extra attention to detail before children leave the house on such cold days is, therefore, necessary to prevent frostbite — an injury to the body caused by freezing, and hypothermia — abnormally low body temperature. Comment

‘Get Real’ by starting with a realistic body image

Throughout the week of Feb. 22 to 29, the NEDA will work to expand public understanding of eating disorders and promote positive body image and healthy eating. Eating disorders include extreme attitudes and behaviors involving weight and food that can have serious effects on health, relationships and other aspects of real life. Comment

Morning headaches associated with depression, anxiety

The findings were based on a telephone questionnaire used to survey approximately 19,000 people age 15 years and older in several European countries. Overall, 1,442, or about 7.6 percent of those surveyed, reported having chronic morning headaches — 1.3 percent daily, 4.4 percent often, and 1.9 percent sometimes. Rates were higher in women (8.4 percent) than in men (6.7 percent), and in people age 45 to 64 (about 9 percent). Comment

Ways to escape the No. 1 killer — heart disease

The American Heart Association’s Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics 2004 Update reports that in 2001, the most recent year with available data, cardiovascular disease killed 931,108 Americans. This is more than cancer, accidents, Alzheimer’s disease and HIV combined. Cardiovascular diseases include high blood pressure, coronary heart disease (heart attack and angina), congestive heart failure, stroke and congenital heart defects. Comment

Ideal cataract surgery

By Drs. Barry L. Drucker and Elizabeth Kim Comment

Nails can cause, help diagnose health problems

Because nails are always “out there” — greeting a friend, digging a garden or cleaning the sink — they are subject to a lot of abuse. Smashing a nail, getting it stuck in a door, and frequent exposure to water and chemicals are the most common causes of bacterial infections. These infections can cause redness, swelling and pain of the skin folds of the nails. Comment

Car crash deaths reduced if all in car wear seatbelts

Researchers analyzed National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data on approximately 62,000 car crashes from 1988 through 2000 and found that the risk of death is lowest when all passengers are restrained by a seatbelt of any type or a child car seat. This prevents passengers from being killed by the bodies of other passengers being hurled forward, backward or sideways during a crash. Comment

St. John’s suspends 5, expels 1 in basketball team sex scandal

Less than a week after St. John’s expelled basketball player Grady Reynolds, sophomore guard Elijah Ingram has voluntarily withdrawn from the university and grad student center Abe Keita has been suspended for one year, according to a source close to the program. Comment

Magnet repels Bryant, 83-79, to advcance in playoffs

Thomas Johnson and Evan Thomas were confident. Comment

Knee blanks Holy Cross as Molloy stays undefeated

“It’s not the playoffs, but it beats a tie.” Comment

Stanner sharpshooters tame Terriers, 54-45

The Archbishop Molloy varsity girls’ basketball team solidified its hold on second place in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Saturday afternoon by besting neighborhood rival St. Francis Prep on its own gym floor, 54-45. Comment

Geffen leads St. Francis Prep over McClancy, 77-55

It took 20 minutes and two-plus quarters Sunday afternoon for Bryan Geffen to finally enjoy his last home game at St. Francis Prep. Comment

St. John’s Prep wins Marty Glickman Award

The Prep team, which was selected by a blue-ribbon panel of running community VIPs and sportscasters, received the award based on its combined athletic and academic performance, community activity and school spirit. The track team was awarded a check for $10,000. The runner-up, Stuyvesant, received a $5,000 award. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Sundiata Gaines

School: Archbishop Molloy Comment

Queens women hold off St. Thomas Aquinas

The similarities were there, even if the Queens College women’s basketball team didn’t want to think about them. Comment

Snows Rookies advance to diocesan semifinals

St. Margaret’s jumped ahead in the first quarter and led briefly through several lead changes later in the game, but the OLS team turned in an all-around quality performance and pulled away at the game’s end. The Snow’s girls shot an incredible 12-of-14 from the free-throw line, led by Nicole Weinman, who hit 7-of-8 and led Snows with 13 points. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Storied SJU program hits rock bottom

I think it was Sunday, about 11:59 a.m., about 30 seconds before tip-off. That moment in time can be frozen forever, marked and put in a box for the ages; the low point in the long and storied history of the St. John’s University basketball team. Comment

Cardozo beats Bayside for borough crown

Skyler Khaleel has the reputation of being a nice guy, on and off the basketball court. So nice that Cardozo boys’ basketball coach Ron Naclerio dubs him the “Richie Cunningham” of high school basketball after Ron Howard’s clean-cut character on “Happy Days.” Comment

Though gone, Jarvis drawing criticism over incident

Although university officials have taken great pains to avoid blaming any member of the coaching staff for the scandal in Pittsburgh last week, former St. John’s head coach Mike Jarvis has been singled out by fans and the press as the main reason the basketball program finds itself in such a sorry state. Comment

Lewis tops Lady Judges for Queens championship

It was the one matchup Cardozo girls’ basketball coach Larry Carradine was concerned about heading into the Queens Borough Championship game last Thursday. Comment

The Butler Did It: Two of city’s best battle it out on hardwood

It was a late season game between two of the city’s top boys’ basketball teams — Cardozo in the PSAL and St. Raymond’s in the CHSAA — with the emotion and atmosphere of a preseason scrimmage. Comment

College Round-up: Fmr. Molloy hoopster charged in fatal crash

Former Molloy basketball star Kevin Diffley was arrested last week following a fatal hit-and-run in Roswell, N.M. Comment

Clutch free throws carry Trio GCA over Wood Designers

It didn’t make a difference that Andie Karow scored 14 points or that Faye Zacharidis scored her six or even that Zoe Kourkoumelis scored another six — what mattered now was that Andie was about to take two foul shots that could make her the hero of the game. As the gym stood quiet, reality set in that Wood Designers could lose its first game of the year. Comment

DG Sunday bests Stitches for second straight

In a Monday evening Minor Division game the DG Sunday AM team won its second straight as it defeated the Stitches team, 32-28. George Tsiklidis sank two free throws with 16 seconds left in the game to ice it for the victorious team. Dan Santeufemia, Leo Nin and Logan Frankel led the offense while Jonathan Soto and Kenny Lee were forces on the boards. Comment

City to renegotiate leases at airports amid concern

The Queens Borough Board voted to allow the city to renegotiate the leases at Kennedy and LaGuardia airports Monday, but community leaders are concerned money earmarked for borough transit projects will not go far enough. Comment

Takeover of private buses unlikely by deadline: Beep

Borough President Helen Marshall expressed doubt last Thursday that the city would be able to reach a deal with Queens’ private bus lines to arrange for a takeover of the vital routes that ferry residents throughout the borough, making it unlikely any transfer could occur by a June 30 deadline. Comment

City will restore Queens Zoo funding: Marshall

Borough President Helen Marshall told an audience last Thursday that she has been assured the city would restore funds eliminated in the mayor’s preliminary 2005 budget that would keep the Queens Zoo in operation for the next fiscal year. Comment

DEP to analyze pollution of Flushing Creek waters

"Flushing Creek is a very foul waterbody - there's no question," Stephen Whitehouse of Saratoga Associates told Community Board 7 meeting Monday night. "That's why it was prioritized in the water study." Comment

Girl eludes kidnap attempt on Kew Gdns. Hills street

But unlike 11-year-old Carlie Brucia of Sarasota, Fla., the Queens teen managed to flee to safety after the would-be kidnapper was scared off by a passerby. Comment

Floral Park resident arrested in drug bust

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a news conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Friday that 13 people, mostly northeast Queens residents, had been apprehended in a major drug bust in the middle-class neighborhood. Comment

Willets Pt. may host center for conventions: Boro prez

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said Tuesday her office is entertaining the idea of proposing a convention center to be built in Flushing’s Willets Point as part of the area’s redevelopment plan. Comment

Fresh Meadows resident arrested in drug bust

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a news conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Friday that 13 people, mostly northeast Queens residents, had been apprehended in a major drug bust in the middle-class neighborhood. Comment

Firefighter from Whitestone still battles 9/11 memories

"Everybody says that," said Kelty, a lifelong Whitestone resident and until recently the longtime captain of Engine 10/Ladder 10 on Liberty St., the tiny firehouse that withstood the collapse of two 110-story buildings on Sept. 11. Comment

LIJ educates boro women about hearts

Nearly half a million American women die every year of the disease, five times the number who die of breast cancer, according to the American Heart Association, which came up with National Wear Red Day for Women as part of a new awareness campaign named Go Red. Comment

Marshall eyes development with state in Willets Point

"We need to control Willets Point development," Marshall said last week. Her announcement about the redevelopment authority came in her State of the Borough Address last month. "In the end it makes it easier to bypass the many loops that businesses go through." Comment

Two from Flushing arrested in drug bust

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown told a news conference with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly Friday that 13 people, mostly northeast Queens residents, had been apprehended in a major drug bust in the middle-class neighborhood. Comment

Flushing Town Hall deal ties to boro

"What we're looking to do is to help the Smithsonian expand its reach into Queens by really bringing their extraordinary resources and treasures to our community," said Siefter, who joined Town Hall five months ago. "We will also be developing exhibits that may be shown in the Smithsonian in Washington." Comment

Lamppost in Bayside listed as worst hot spot: Con Ed

A Con Edison inspection of stray electrical current flowing through manhole covers, service box lids and lampposts in the city revealed that a lamppost in Bayside had the highest voltage of any in the city. Comment

Astoria woman’s made up rape claim: Pittsbugh PD

An Astoria woman was charged by police in Pittsburgh last week with filing a false complaint against three St. John’s University basketball players she said raped her. Comment

Walk-ons praised for effort in loss to Boston College

Following the suspension or dismissal of six players, the St. John’s University men’s basketball team took the floor Sunday with a skeleton crew of eight — half of whom were walk-ons — to battle the Boston College Eagles before University President Rev. Donald Harrington, former St. John’s coaches Lou Carnesecca and Brian Mahoney and more than 7,000 fans at Madison Square Garden. Comment

St. John’s students handle sex scandal in stride

St. John’s University students, stunned by the expulsion and suspension of six of the school’s basketball players after a scandal involving a Pittsburgh strip club and a woman who falsely accused them of rape, were trying to carry on with their studies this week. Comment



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