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Thursday, March 31, 2005

Residence plan nixed for 58th Ave. convent

Frank Molnar, owner of the Forest Hills-based 58th Avenue Management, purchased the one-time nunnery at 86-18 58th Avenue in December with the intention of converting it into residential apartment units. […] Comment

State probes Flushing utility bill collector

Electro Pay, which operated an office at 41-61 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing, failed to make "a few thousand" dollars worth of Verizon payments for Queens residents late last year, said Vincent Young, a Verizon […] Comment

Baysider heads to Cambodia to help kids’ hospital

Hogan, a Bayside native who works for pharmaceutical giant Pfizer, is on her way to Siem Reap, Cambodia as part of the company's Global Health Fellows philanthropic program that sends senior researchers […] Comment

Stretch of Cross Island renamed for WWII vets

Remains of Bayside Hills man ID’d 3 1/2 years after Sept. 11

George L. Merino, 39, who worked as a securities analyst for Fiduciary Trust International on the 90th floor of Two World Trade Center, was one of three victims identified by the medical examiner's […] Comment

Art museum gets architect for expansion

Museum and city officials selected Grimshaw Architects, which recently opened a New York office, to head up the project, which may also include a culture and arts branch of the Queens Borough Public Library, […] Comment

Where is all you promised, Mr. Avella?

For answers in zoning debate just drive to Flushing North

Don’t build mall on RKO site

Addressing certain non-truths about rezoning

Are you Listening Mr. Chancellor?

Backseat driving

Oh no, It’s a School!

Justice delayed

Neighbor to Neighbor: Community prepares for war against graffiti

Those of us who were around when it was at its worst in the '80s and '90s, when every inch of every subway car, platform, or tunnel was completely covered with scribbled vandalism, most of us […] Comment

I Sit And Look Out: New York Hall of Science offers many delights

I remember when the New York Hall of Science was a dismal, forbidding place, where there seemed to be little chance of educating adults, let alone children, about science.About the only exhibit worth […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Sikh on CB 8 loved, respected by community

His ability to interact successfully and be respected by various ethnic communities in New York is rooted in his love and respect for all ethnic groups of people. He received his master's degree from […] Comment

Point of View: Chinese, Taiwanese share same heritage

It sounds like the Taiwanese are not Chinese. The 23 million people, except the aborigines, on that island of 13,885 square miles are Chinese. Their language, tradition and customs are exactly the same […] Comment

Dishing With Dee: Easter holidays put brakes on hectic boro life

For those of you who don't know, Easter is a happy time. Everyone starts off the day with a Mass or some sort of church ceremony. On that day most people show off their new Easter finery in an Easter […] Comment

Berger’s Berg: Writer gives out ideas for April Fool pranks

Historically, April 1 is the time for sanctioned mischief and chicanery. If you wish to partake in the fun, Professor Berger has some devilish suggestions for you.You can either spread the word that sewer […] Comment

The Public Ought to Know: Not choosing Queens a major mayoral issue

Between chats with Poco's Rusty Young, Paul Cotton and Jack Sundrud, who played two rocking acoustic sets at Charlie's party at Union, N.J.'s Galloping Hill Inn, Jon R., a Giants season ticket […] Comment

The music within

Art overruns walls, floors at PS 1 show

"Am I in the mood for this?" I wondered as I entered the doors of the museum to find a deliberately placed mess of what looked like half-melted glass in a corner. For not even the integrity of the walls […] Comment

Art Club holds exhibit, sale

Flushing man returns with dance troupe

Doug Community Theatre plans Spring production

Queens College students blaze new path with band

"Our music is something that hasn't been heard in a while and this generation has no idea what it is," said Dead City Radio's lead guitarist Jonathan Shusterman, 20, a Queens College student. […] Comment

Hot concepts, hybrids delight at auto show

Forty-three manufacturers are flaunting their latest cars, trucks, SUVs and minivans - nearly 1,000 vehicles in all, with price tags ranging from under $10,000 to over $500,000. New models share floor […] Comment

Afghan Kebab House #6: Grab a kebab at Little Neck’s Afghan Kebab House

The name is a tip off that Afghan Kebab House #6 is not the first of its kind. We're not sure whether six restaurants qualifies as a chain, but it's certainly a serious cluster. With six under […] Comment

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Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Arts and Entertainment Calendar

Vallone bill to hurry funds to flood victims

City Councilmen Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) and James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) introduced a bill March 23 that would require the city to cover all flood damages regardless of who is at fault in a break. […] Comment

Court orders Parkway to pay union

The ruling was handed down in Jamaica's Civil Court by Justice Rodger Rosengarten. It was the latest development in a long-running battle between Parkway and SEIU 1199 over the hospital's persistent […] Comment

RFK High School thriving in Flushing for 10 years

Robert F. Kennedy Cooperative High School, 75-40 Parsons Blvd., will send its 10th class into the world this June, an anniversary that will also be crowned with the prestigious honor of having graduated […] Comment

Cops bust pot ring on 56th Avenue

Reputed Gambino family associate Peter Zuccaro, 49, of 149-30 88th St. in Howard Beach was the alleged ringleader of a large-scale hydroponic marijuana growing and dealing organization since 1997, according […] Comments (1)

Queens man hangs self at Rikers

It was the second jailhouse suicide in the city this year and the fifth in the past 12 months, the official said.In the latest incident, Charon Watkins, 25, of 106th Avenue and 145th Street was found […] Comment

Cambria Heights teen held in Campus Magnet arson try

The teen, Shabaz Khan, admitted to police he poured gasoline from a water bottle down a stairwell at Campus Magnet High School in Cambria Heights sometime after noon, before students had filled the area […] Comment

Alleged boro slasher to get psych evaluation

The mental examination was granted after a request by the defense during the arraignment of Radcliffe Meeks, 33, of 184-28 North Conduit Ave., in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens on charges of attempted […] Comment

SJU can’t hit, but earns a split

Hansen, a junior flamethrower who is expected to be one of the top 15 picks in June's Major League Draft, was the hard luck loser for the Red Storm, which dropped the nightcap of a Big East opening […] Comment

High hopes for QCC baseball

Tigers have won the the past two CUNY championships and reached the semifinals of the Region XV tournament two years ago and Everett is sensing that some of his players are becoming a little too happy […] Comment

QC in rebuilding mode again

"We lost a majority of our team, while this year's team maybe younger they seem to have more chemistry than last year's team," Queens coach Frank Battaglia said.The Knights return two part-time […] Comment

Queens looking to make NYCAC tournament pitch

Now Blake is gone, having graduated last May, and Queens has to look elsewhere for leadership."It's going to be hard to fill Blake's shoes," Queens coach Brian DeMasters said. "She had a significant […] Comment

Richmond Hill hopes to make another run

Starting pitcher Rachel Babooram had to rush to the hospital before the game because her uncle cut his finger and was a little off her game when she returned. Instead of causing a rift, the experience […] Comment

Lewis, Bayside contending for ‘A’ title

Junior Camille Sedayao is penciled in as the No. 1 pitcher and the Alves sisters are back: seniors Stephanie is in centerfield and Cat is at shortstop, but Solomon will miss third basemen Jessica Gerloven […] Comment

Queens County Savings Heat wins crown

College Round-up: Cardozo’s Khaleel commits to Loyola College

Khaleel, the 2004 TimesLedger PSAL Player of the Year, said he had a variety of reasons for choosing Loyola, including its academics, the ability to play right away and the Greyhounds' up tempo style […] Comment

Senior-laden Mary Louis team to beat in CHSAA

Losito is perhaps the most complete player in the CHSAA, a senior who is as dominant in the circle as she is at the plate."We expect her to be better," Mary Louis coach Tom Sarosy said of Losito, who […] Comment

Chen leads Cardozo over Townsend Harris again

Chen, the Judges top doubles player has had four different partners during his four years playing tennis for Cardozo and hasn't lost a doubles match since his freshman year. On Tuesday he and Ben […] Comment

Elderly woman dies on Northern Blvd.

Man sought in Woodhaven bank rob

Man arrested after Jamaica bank rob

Forest Hills woman robbed, hospitalized

Flushing woman arrested for ‘03 slay

Ozone Park man killed days after cop chase

Rate of HIV for women low in western Queens: City study

The New York City Department of Health report, "Women at Risk," said the city's lowest rates for HIV were in Forest Hills, Glendale, Middle Village, Rego Park and Ridgewood. The highest rates were […] Comment

City may have to foot bill to update voting booths

Spurred into action after the 2000 election debacle in Florida, the federal government passed a sweeping legislative package aimed at helping states modernize election procedures and machines and made […] Comment

Hike in city sales tax may fund MTA projects

Nothing is certain yet, but the state Legislature's proposed budget contains a provision for raising sales taxes in New York City and environs with the proceeds going to the transit agency.The legislators […] Comment

Six boro women honored for work by McLaughlin

The women were chosen from the six community boards that encompass McLaughlin's Assembly district, which includes Flushing, Whitestone, Fresh Meadows, Flushing Heights, Hillcrest, Briarwood, Kew Garden […] Comment

Bravest step into the ring to support wounded vets

"A lot of the guys wanted to do something for the veterans," said Robert McGuire, president of FDNY Bravest Boxing, a club of city firemen who stage annual boxing matches for charity. "We're donating […] Comment

Dream of on-time budget may be reality this year

Senate Majority Leader Joseph Bruno (R-Renssalaer) and Democratic Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver (D-Manhattan) Monday handed their version of the completed budget over to Gov. George Pataki. Negotiations […] Comment

Ed council members slam DOE treatment

"The CEC is a joke," said Shirley Huntley, the council president in School District 28, which covers Jamaica, Richmond Hill, St. Albans and Kew Gardens. "Everything is controlled by the Department of […] Comment

How’s Business? Call power

When researching companies in regard to new technology, the defining points I look for are whether the company is more cost effective than the options offered out currently; whether the technology offered […] Comment

College Pt. deli still a landmark

He balances two very different jobs, one as a teacher at a private school in Connecticut and one as the owner of Ralph's Deli at 819 College Point Blvd. in College Point, with some help from his parents […] Comment

A unity of cultures

"People like a mix of American and Chinese," said Karen Ng, the catering sales manager and weddings coordinator at the Sheraton LaGuardia East at 135-20 39th Ave. in downtown Flushing. "They like the […] Comment

Transplanted traditions

Unlike most American families, those in traditional Jewish Persian communities and those in Islamic communities are involved in the courtship and wedding process from beginning to wedding. Settling in […] Comment

Italian weddings all about food, family

In Italian weddings, the wedding day would begin with a Catholic mass in the morning. According to Italian traditions, newlywed couples get showered by rice or paper confetti as they come out after the […] Comment

Beechhurst condo owners up in arms over nightclub

Construction has already begun on the business that would abut the backyards of Beechhurst Shores condos on the waterfront of the quiet northeast Queens neighborhood."We are here today because the residents […] Comment

New contractor tapped to finish LIE construction

The agency announced last week that a Long Island-based contractor, J.D. Posillico Inc., will take over the project from Boston-based Modern Continental, a DOT spokeswoman said. "What happened was the […] Comment

Small cable fire leaves Bayside block in the dark

"Joe Donovan didn't pay his ConEd bill," one patron joked at the bar about the owner.Donovan's and several neighboring businesses on the block of 41st Avenue between Bell Boulevard and 214th Place, […] Comment

Antsy youngsters let loose at Queens Easter egg hunt

Little ones waited in line at the cotton candy machine to get that sugar-induced energy they needed to participate in the fun and games of the Fourth Annual Easter Egg hunt sponsored by City Councilman […] Comment

Boro Sikh cop will not face bribery charges: DA Brown

"The matter has been carefully and thoroughly investigated by my Integrity Bureau, which has concluded that there exists insufficient evidence to justify the filing of criminal charges," Brown said in […] Comment

City has no plans now for Flushing Airport

At the Mitchell Linden Civic Association meeting Tuesday night in Flushing, Doctoroff and several other city officials attested to quality-of-life issues as the backbone of the borough's ongoing economic […] Comment

CB 13 nixes sale of city land to Rosedale development co.

Board members raised a number of concerns about the sale of the land, which borders the Long Island Rail Road tracks, Francis Lewis Boulevard and Brookville Boulevard. These included the price, the length […] Comment

CB 13 spars over new Creedmoor homes

The board was approached by the three groups in December, presented with the plans for the homes and asked to vote on the issue as a show of support. The board's vote for or against supporting the […] Comment

Cambria Heights teen survives shooting

Joel Karmody, 16, was standing on the stoop at his home on 228th Street, one block off Linden Boulevard, when an unknown male walked up to him and shot him in the leg, back, and stomach before fleeing […] Comment

Civic says 105th needs more cops

"If we have to do more with less, at least give us our fair share," said Jemmott during a phone interview. The 105th Precinct covers the communities of Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Rosedale, […] Comment

State fund cuts may shut Jamaica teen program

But thanks to a state decision not to renew funding for the initiative, known as New Beginnings, only a few more diplomas may be added to the collection before it is taken down for good. While students […] Comment

Work on Head Start site begins in South Jamaica

"There were times when we weren't sure we were going to make it," Olivia Banks, chairwoman of the board of directors for a sister facility several miles away, told Borough President Helen Marshall […] Comment

With state money, Jamaica group to study brownfields

"This agreement paves the way for communities across the state to turn dormant properties into engines for economic growth and development," Gov. George Pataki said, referring to areas known as brownfields. […] Comment

Big Brothers and Sisters sought to mentor Queens kids

In Queens, they want more."It's always a challenge," said Dimitry Cook of the borough's Big Brothers Big Sisters program, referring to the need for male mentors age 21 and older. While girls applying […] Comment

St. Virgilius School gets five more years

St. Virgilius, at 16 Noel Road, was one of nine parochial schools in Queens pegged for closure by the diocese, which cited declining enrollment and changing demographics.The Broad Channel school fought […] Comment

Bukharian teens find roots lie in Forest Hills, Israel

It was not the only expression of hospitality the youth group encountered during their 10-day tour of Israel. Though at times feeling like strangers in a strange land, not once did the 15 members of Rego […] Comment

Bloomberg lauds pothole fix in boro

"We are in the height of the pothole season," Bloomberg said, noting that city Transportation Department crews have been working overtime for the past eight weeks to repair damages from a particularly […] Comment

Astoria man dies in fire caused by smoking in bed

The fire that claimed the life of Hiroshi Takagaka, 42, broke out in the man's second-floor apartment at 32-68 38th St. after his brother fell asleep while smoking in bed sometime before 1:30 a.m. […] Comment

An off-duty firefighter leapt over the pews during an Easter Sunday service at St. Teresa’s Church in Woodside to put out a small blaze in a back room that sent hundreds fleeing, the New York Post reported.

Polluted lot next to Pepsi Site raises alarm

A contractor for AvalonBay Communities Inc. agreed to stop excavating three 10,000-gallon oil tanks from a lot on 48th Avenue and step up odor controls last Thursday after residents and administrators […] Comment

Woodside girl recognized as a hero after recovery

The plucky Woodside native could easily have sat out her final year at PS 12, receiving tutoring at home where she had been convalescing since getting out of Elmhurst Hospital Medical Center last summer. […] Comment

Bayside Jewish center seeks to buy neighbor

City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has set aside $500,000 in this fiscal year's city budget and $750,000 in the 2006 budget for the Chabad of Northeast Queens to purchase and renovate a neighboring […] Comment

Buddhist group offers relief for tsunami victims

The association's Flushing chapter, one of the nearly 170 that comprise the UN-recognized non-governmental organization, has already raised $110,000 through dinner parties, a New York City Philharmonic […] Comment

SJU students walk for boro homeless

The event, in its ninth year, collected more than $25,000 last spring, with a goal of $30,000 this time around for the several hundred walkers who showed up."It's a good cause," said Shoaib Sharief […] Comment

Hillcrest, Francis Lewis cited in reports

Hillcrest in Jamaica Estates was cited with Requiring Academic Progress for the third year in a row after only about 45 percent of its English Language Learner seniors passed an English and math exam […] Comment

Colon cancer screening held in Jamaica

As part of National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, Jamaica's Queens Hospital Center held two free screening sessions in its cancer center on March 17 and last Thursday for anyone 50 years of age […] Comment

Forest Hills, Halsey schools cited in state ed reports

Despite some troubled areas, the report showed that both schools have maintained graduation rates and overall test scores well above the city average. Forest Hills High School was cited as "Requiring […] Comment

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