Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004

Cardozo HS teen ‘lawyer’ holds court at D.C. meet

While his peers were sleeping in and relaxing during the spring recess, he and the other high school students in the program woke up at 6:30 a.m. to begin their day with a planning session and then a trip to a courthouse or law firm. Later they would separate into teams and hold mock legal proceedings. Comment

Nike to hold hoop camp at Douglaston facility

The Game 7 team is made up of some of the finest high school, NCAA and AAU coaches and players in New York. The coaches are originally from the area, but some have branched out to coach Division I programs in Florida, Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Maryland. Some of the staff plays at the professional ranks overseas in European and Asian leagues. Comment

Lawyer Julia Harris dies at 102 at Hillside Manor

On Feb. 16, Julia Harris died of old age at the Hillside Manor Rehabilitation Center in Jamaica, leaving her son, his wife Edna and their three children behind. Comment

Airport plan opposed by College Point

Using the words "horrendous," "nightmare" and "blind-sided," civic leaders sent impassioned letters to the mayor last week urging him to table the latest development plan for the College Point Corporate Park. Comment

Kerry visits York College to discuss his election bid

Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Sen. John Kerry came to Jamaica’s York College Monday afternoon in what was seen by many as a reward to a borough congressman who came out early to support the veteran legislator’s campaign. Comment

Mayor could cut funding for boro needle exchange

At the same time HIV/AIDS prevention organizations are gearing up to propose a syringe exchange program in Queens, the mayor and city council members have begun dueling over the breadth and depth of funds to be given for fighting the deadly illnesses citywide. Comment

Gianaris asks state to deny plans for boro power plant

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) has asked a state agency to revoke Astoria Energy’s authorization to build a power plant that residents fear would pose a health risk to their community. Comment

Liu blasts MTA for silence at hearing on bus contracts

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) and speakers at a public hearing at City Hall expressed frustration Tuesday at what they saw as foot dragging and silence by the MTA on a takeover of faltering private bus lines in Queens, the Bronx and Brooklyn. Comment

Others sought as boro honors deliveryman

A Woodside family Sunday mourned their 18-year-old son who was killed while making a delivery from the family’s South Jamaica Chinese restaurant as police searched for additional suspects. Comment

Marshall eyes new ways to offset city budget cuts

Borough President Helen Marshall and members of her borough board suggested a host of alternative revenue sources Monday night to increase the funds flowing into Queens and offset the mayor’s proposed budget cuts. Comment

Board 13 votes to rename Jamaica Avenue to Jericho

Community Board 13 revisited an old controversy at its monthly meeting Monday when it reapproved the renaming of the Jamaica Avenue commercial street within its confines. Comment

Jamaica doctor charged with owning stolen goods

A Jamaica doctor was charged Friday with buying more than $11,000 in household appliances from a woman who allegedly bought them using a stolen credit card, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday. Comment

Baysiders cry foul at development

The Buildings Department’s Queens commissioner felt the wrath of Bayside residents on overdevelopment and illegal construction Tuesday night but said his agency enforced the law within its jurisdiction. Comment

Judge delays sentencing of Flushing Meadows rapist

The one man left to be sentenced for the brutal gang rape in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last December must undergo further psychological review before he is sentenced, Judge Randall Eng ruled Tuesday. Comment

LIJ docs get teens to listen with ear implant surgeries

It was only last year that Rachel and Todd Schulbaum, two Long Island teenagers, could not hear sounds that many of their friends took for granted or considered mundane: the sound of a dog barking, a toilet flushing, the distinct voice of a parent calling. Comment

Judge dismisses religious bias claim in boro schools

A Brooklyn federal court judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by a College Point mother against the city Department of Education for not allowing the Nativity scene in school holiday displays. Comment

Queensborough to get $87M for tech, Holocaust centers

An $87 million technology building and an expanded Holocaust Resource Center are in the works for Queensborough Community College in the coming years, the college’s president said last Thursday. Comment

Bay Terrace traffic study suggests Bell muni-meters

The Department of City Planning took another step in attempting to resolve traffic and parking woes in Bay Terrace by releasing its completed year-and-a-half-long study of the area earlier this month. Comment

Building on theater site voted down

An ambitious plan to develop the RKO Keith’s site in Flushing into a high-rise residential and retail complex hit a roadblock Monday night as Community Board 7 unanimously rejected a variance application by the developer. Comment

Auburndale group weighs presidential choices

Three Democratic presidential candidates — or rather representatives of their campaigns — squared off on Iraq, the economy and electability at a Jefferson Democratic Club forum in Auburndale last Thursday. Comment

Bellerose Art biz offers nostalgic experience

Pointing to a boxed set of watercolor paints, a salesman at Jerry’s Artarama in Bellerose explained why the product bore no barcode, just a price tag. Comment

How’s Business?:Smart leasing

Under new “vicarious leasing” legislation a car-leasing company is held accountable for accident-related damages since it retains ownership of the vehicle. As a result of this law, companies were terminating their New York car-leasing programs. Comment

Business Calendar

Feb. 27- Queens 2004 Economic and Industry Forecast Breakfast, 9 - 11 a.m., Citibank at Court Square, Long Island City. Panelists include Jonathan Bowles, Research Director, Center for an Urban Future; Jason Bram, Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of NY; Adam Friedman, ED, NYIRN; GiffordMiller, NYC Council Speaker Speaker; Gail Roseman, EVP, Sholom & Zuckerbrot Realty LLC; Marilyn Marks Rubin, Ph.D., Professor of Economics, John Jay College. Buy tickets in advance at 718.786.5300 x 21. rate of $40 per person. Non-members are $45 in advance and $55 at the door. Cosponsored by Queen Comment

89 boro schools named to list of most improved

A Jamaica school Monday was named Queens’ most improved school for the second year running when the state Education Department released its list of the best schools in the state in English and math. Comment

Editorial: No more delays

The historic RKO Keith’s Theater closed in 1986. Eighteen years later the property, located at the intersection of Main Street and Northern Boulevard at the edge of downtown Flushing, remains undeveloped. Comment

Editorial: Wrong place to start

The battle over the city’s budget is just heating up. We don’t envy the mayor who must find ways to slash spending without cutting important services. And we continue to maintain that those who take issue with the mayor’s executive budget should offer an alternative for balancing the budget. That said, we agree with Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Astoria), who has criticized the proposal to reduce funding for Meals on Wheels. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Tempestuous March named for mythical war god

The mystical month of March is on the march and will invade our world in a few days. I am not superstitious, and I don’t believe in mythology, but nonetheless the month sends shivers up and down my spine (even worse than my shivers on Halloween). “Why?” you ask — because I know the ides of March is a-coming. (It is “ides,” not “eyes.”) Comment

Dishing with Dee: Queens voters can expect slight changes at polls

Here are some helpful hints for all you voters out there — and I do hope you exercise your right to vote. The Board of Elections is trying to make the process much faster and easier. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Brookville Park incident shows necessity for rules

Brookville Park holds many happy memories for a good number of people in southeast Queens. It is not a park of overwhelming size, but it has a concentration of beauty and tranquility that compares favorably to any other. Comment

The Public Ought to Know: Weprin bill would promote water conservation

My first column discussed the city’s Water Board and ever-increasing water rates. Last week I noted rates increased four-fold over two decades. As I explained last June, the Water Board, de facto the Department of Environmental Protection, holds hearings and sets rates before the city passes its budget. Comment

Our History: Market played important role in rural Queens life

The famed old market section in Manhattan, Gansevoort, used by the farmers of Queens County since the early 1800s has been designated a historic district. The effort was successful after an intense campaign that took 16 years of patient resolution on behalf of the people who worked to save this historic area. Comment

Teen Talk: Bayside eateries remind of shifting dining trends

Having just started a part-time job in a great restaurant on Bell Boulevard’s “Restaurant Row,” I’ve been doing a lot of walking and driving past all the other eateries on the street. It’s almost like being on a world tour since there are so many types of cuisines, including Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Thai, American and probably 10 others. Comment

The Civic Scene: Hillcrest civic concerned about facilities proposals

The Hillcrest Estates Civic Association is concerned with the Queens Hospital Center’s plans to build medical facilities and a school. The civic is between the hospital center and St. John’s University, two giant facilities that can build “as of right.” Over the decades these institutions have expanded, increasing the amount of people, cars, noise, pollution and trash in the area. Comment

Police Blotter: Motorist killed, 3 injured when car hits tree in Astoria

ASTORIA — An unidentified man was killed just after midnight Saturday when the Toyota Corolla he was driving struck a tree and burst into flames at the Astoria Boulevard exit of the Brooklyn/Queens Expressway, police said. Comment

Saying farewell to a Jamaica jazz drummer

Master jazz drummer, percussionist and Queens resident Walter “Baby Sweets” Perkins passed through the lives of countless individuals both in his role as a world-renowned practitioner of jazz and as a dedicated representative of the parishioners of Merrick Park Baptist Church of Jamaica, where he served as deacon. Comment

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Beari Productions puts on ‘Detective Story’ in Middle Village

Beari Productions has taken the bold Sidney Kingsley slice-of-life police drama “Detective Story” to the stage in Middle Village. Comment

AMMI presents ‘Hop-Fu: Behind the Re-Mix’

The soundtrack will be performed in real time and created by blending eclectic sound bytes (including pieces from Eddie Murphy’s “Raw”), musical samples, and dialogue and sound effects from the film. “Prodigal Son,” written and directed by Sammo Hung, follows the exploits of a young street fighter, played by Yuen Biao, under the tutelage of two very different masters. Tickets, which are discounted for museum members, can be purchased in advance by calling 718-784-4520. Comment

Dance companies join for Leap Festival at QTIP

Curated by QCA in conjunction with Topaz Arts, Inc., this performance will feature an exciting array of cultural traditions, backgrounds, and choreographic styles, celebrating the vibrant dance community of Queens. Comment

DCT presents ‘Love Letters’

A.R. Gurney’s play, “Love Letters,” currently in production at Douglaston Community Theatre under the direction of Ed Dzioba, is the story of a man and a woman whose correspondence and fascination with one another endure for a lifetime. Comment

Northeast Community Calendar Listings

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Bayside hoop coach facing recruiting allegation

The father of a budding Queens basketball star is accusing Bayside basketball coach Chris Matesic of trying to recruit his 16-year-old son in what would be a violation of PSAL rules. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Can’t help rooting for these guys

In my time as the TimesLedger sports editor, there has been one guideline above all others that has been drilled into my head as the cornerstone of journalism and that rule is impartiality. No matter what my personal feeling on any particular issue may be, my opinion — by and large — should be kept to myself. Comment

Boys & Girls ousts Bayside in PSAL second round

The Bayside boys’ basketball team was 2:31 away from an upset of No. 6 Boys & Girls, 2:31 from a date with two-time defending champion Lincoln in the quarterfinals. But in the final 2:31 of the Commodores’ second round game Tuesday at Lehman College, it all slipped out of their hands. Comment

Gianaris, Vallone applaud LaGuardia ferry proposal

Two Queens lawmakers have praised the decision of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to start ferry service from Manhattan to LaGuardia and John F. Kennedy International airports. Comment

Christ the King holds off Holy Cross in B/Q tourney

All week long Holy Cross head boys’ basketball coach Paul Gilvary had been game-planning for his team’s CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Tournament quarterfinal matchup against No. 3-seeded Christ the King, hoping his Knights could keep the high-flying Royals under 50 points. Comment

Knights hand Stanner skaters first league loss

They stood on the bench, one next to another, banging their sticks against the rickety boards at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon as the final seconds ticked off their most impressive victory of the season last Thursday. Comment

Loughlin girls easily handle Mary Louis, 62-47

Joe Lewinger said it was the quickest post-game speech he had ever delivered. The coach of the Mary Louis basketball team spent less than a minute with his team after the Hilltoppers’ 62-47 loss to Bishop Loughlin Sunday at Queens College. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Chris Ryan

School: Holy Cross Comment

The Butler Did It: Bring back Mullin to save struggling St. John’s

So who’s going to be the next coach at St. John’s? Comment

Boro politicians applaud deal between QSAC, union

The unionization agreement was announced two weeks ago and last Thursday elected officials and community leaders hailed the move at Borough Hall, with some predicting autistic people might be the biggest benefactors. Comment

Sunnyside paramedic shot, killed in neighborhood bar

Anthony O'Connor, 45, of 50-34 40th St. in Sunnyside, was arrested on charges of murder and criminal possession of a weapon and was arraigned Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. Comments (1)

First win worth savoring for QCC coach, players

The hugs, kisses and memories that are associated with Valentine’s Day came a day early for Queensborough Community College women’s basketball head coach Yuriko Jung and the Lady Tigers. Comment

No arrests in carjacking of woman from Maspeth

Caliope Diacantonis remained in critical condition Tuesday at Elmhurst Hospital after suffering severe head trauma, a spokesman for the hospital said. Comment

Maspeth family relative found dead in NJ home

Manhattan resident Maria Cruz, 35, was reported missing by her Maspeth relatives on April 18, 2003 after the Filipino native failed to pick up her siblings at Kennedy Airport. Comment

Boro hospital to refund $10.5M to worker union

Parkway Hospital has not paid Local 1199 the dues deducted from workers' paychecks for about three years and employees have had to wait days to cash their checks as the union tried to recoup that money through legal action, said Mitra Behroozi, director of the union's Benefits Fund. Comment

Liu blasts MTA for silence at hearing on bus contracts

An official of the transit union that represents many of the private bus line drivers called the issue "a hot potato no one wants to hold." Comment

Boro reps demand more anti-terror funds for city

A report prepared for U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) said the average Democratic congressional district gets about $1 million in Homeland Security aid for firefighters while the average Republican district receives $1.36 million. Comment

Lawmaker hangs up on immigrant phone scam

Peralta's constituents had responded to signs and stickers plastered on lamp posts and utility poles across the five boroughs promising immediate, high-paying jobs, credits cards despite poor records and apartment rental prices that were simply too good to be true. Comment

College Round-up: Johnson, Keene grab top rookie honors for York basketball

At least the future looks bright for the York College basketball teams. Comment

Weiner takes back query on mayoral race funding

Weiner wrote in a letter dated Feb. 18 to Nicole Gordon, executive director of the New York City Campaign Finance Board, saying that he no longer needed a response about how to handle a shift of funds from a federal account to a city account in anticipation of his possible mayoral run. Comment

Surveillance cameras eyed for Lane HS

Maria Thomson, executive director of the corporation that hopes to improve the economic and social climate in the Queens community, said she wants to get surveillance cameras installed along the Woodhaven portion of Jamaica Avenue to prevent graffiti and assist the borough district attorney in prosecuting those who commit vandalism. Comment

Queens Knights trounced by New Haven, 85-60

WEST HAVEN, CONN. — For 20 minutes, Ismael Caro was the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference Player of the Year. Comment

City to decide size of new complex in Richmond Hill

Mary Ann Carey, district manager of the board, said in a phone interview Monday that members approved the project at 85-11 and 85-17 120th St. with stipulations that the developer increase the number of new parking spots at the site, include more than one elevator for the building and stay true to the design plan's landscaping outline. Comment

Richmond Hill GOP Club goes on auction block

John Chilson, managing director of JER Revenue Services, said Faizulmunir Kazi was refunded the funds he put down at auction in September 2002 to purchase the Republican Club that sits on Lefferts Boulevard across from the Richmond Hill Library. Chilson said it now is as if the first auction had never taken place. Comment

Queens Village poultry biz still awaiting city approval

The shop, at 98-04 Springfield Blvd., has finished a major component of the application process but must still complete other components and pass further inspections, the spokeswoman said. Comment

Uprising in Haiti sparks concern in SE Queens Q*Village

On a block of Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, the owner of the Creole Bake Shop, an older man who identified himself only as Anneus, said he did not fully understand the conflict. Comment

City councilwoman says Jennings threatened her

Councilwoman Sara Gonzalez (D-Brooklyn) reported that Jennings (D-Jamaica) made the threat in a conversation earlier this month, when he read a Biblical passage from Psalms, according to a council memo written by Forrest Taylor, chief of staff for Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan). The memo, dated Feb. 12, was addressed to members of the Standards and Ethics Committee, said Alexa Hinton, a council spokeswoman. Comment

SJU swim teams compete for final time at meet

Four weeks after swimming their last laps at Alumni Hall, the St. John’s men’s and women’s swimming teams sported their red and white swimsuits one last time at the Big East Championships this past weekend at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in East Meadow. Comment

Comrie promotes colon screenings for cancer

"We need to do these things to make sure we have more people aware," he said last Thursday, four days before he showed up for his own screening and received a clean bill of health. "My community's not been responsive enough in getting preventive medicine done. We're behind in almost every category." Comment

Uprising in Haiti sparks concern in SE Queens

On a block of Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights, the owner of the Creole Bake Shop, an older man who identified himself only as Anneus, said he did not fully understand the conflict. Comment

Baby boy stable after injuries Flushing dad allegedly caused

The 7-week-old had stable vital signs and was conscious, said a spokeswoman for North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, where the baby was staying. Comment

Bomb attack in Iraq kills former Cardozo student

Army Spc. Roger Ling, 20, died near Khalidiyah, Iraq "of injuries sustained from small arms fire and an improvised explosive device attack," the Defense Department said on its Web site. Comment

Red Storm no match for full-strength Connecticut

As the Connecticut and St. John’s men’s basketball teams converged at center court for the tip-off prior to Tuesday night’s 71-53 Red Storm loss at Madison Square Garden, the difference between the two teams was remarkable. Comment

NYPD priest, army chaplain dies in Queens

Msgr. John McCullagh, a New York City Police Department chaplain for two decades and highly decorated military chaplain while serving with U.S. Army paratroops in Vietnam, died last Thursday at the age of 74. Comment

Far Rockaway may get ferry service once more

Prospects for a permanent commuter ferry from the Rockaway peninsula to Manhattan were bolstered Monday, when two borough officials announced they had secured a provider and dock space to launch a yearlong trial service. Comment

Transit advocates discuss boro subways at meeting

For two hours patrons of the New York City Transit system offered suggestions and complaints on everything from what one called “robot-like” announcements to subway routes at the Transit Riders Council forum in Manhattan last week. Comment

Monday, Feb. 23, 2004

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