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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Early mud

Praise the Lord And pass the needles

Neighbor to Neighbor: Pope’s faith a lesson to be learned by all

Although I am not a Roman Catholic, after Pope John Paul II's election I read a lot about him and was in awe. When he came to this country and was to greet a throng of admirers in the pouring rain, […] Comment

I Sit And Look Out: We don’t have to wear beliefs on our sleeves

We seem happy to walk around advertising the clothing we wear, showing the names and the logos of the makers. I confess that in at least some instances - two winter jackets and sneakers - I am doing the […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Marshall honors Queens Village activist

Her daughter went to the local schools so she was involved with the PTAs of PS 33, JHS 109 and Martin Van Buren HS. Zaro, who lives in the Bell Park Manor Terrace Co-op just a block from Martin Van Buren […] Comment

Point of View: LIRR Flushing stop needs to be cleaned up

Last week, I went there to pick up a friend. It was the first time I had set foot on that area between 40th Road and 41st Avenue. Though my stay was brief, I got a terrible impression about the sanitary […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Getting ready to pay the tax man his due

Hurriedly, I gathered all the material I needed - the tax manual, the tax forms, a Ticonderoga #6 lead pencil, a light-deflecting visor and my lucky Football Giants' 1991 Super Bowl cap. I was ready. […] Comment

The Public Ought to Know: People deserve share in City Charter Review

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall did testify and did note the under-resourcing of offices of the borough presidents. Perhaps fewer people attended due to the lack of notice. Whether civic leaders […] Comment

Subway troubles may be tied to money woes: Liu

Liu, chairman of the City Council Transportation Committee, held a public hearing last week to look into a series of subway disruptions last month.Liu said afterward that the Metropolitan Transportation […] Comment

Elmhurst landmark recognized for Victorian facelift

The building at the corner of 51st Avenue and Broadway was one of the recipients of the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award.The cost of the project was $400,000, according to Kaitsen Woo, principal of Kaitsen […] Comment

Sweeping Bayside downzoning gets Council nod

The massive rezoning that gives Bayside the city's strictest residential building requirements was approved by the full City Council 49-0 Tuesday, with one abstaining vote by Councilwoman Melinda […] Comment

Richmond Hill sikhs replace burned gurdwara

On March 8, 2002, a gas leak in the temple at 95-30 118th St. in Richmond Hill sparked a fire that killed 37-year-old Indian tourist Harvinder Singh Rattan. The event had a tremendous impact on the Sikh […] Comment

Richmond Hill group to honor Elisabeth Riis

The public is invited to a special mass at the church, where Riis's daughter, Clara, was married in 1900. President Theodore Roosevelt was a witness at the wedding.The society said three generations […] Comment

Activists make call for end to teen violence in Corona

It was, however, the first time that other bereaved mothers had joined Altagracia Guaba, Mayi's mother, in a show of solidarity for the movement to end teen violence."We are making a calling to the […] Comment

Factory swings again with tennis court plans

"It's going to be a first-class facility. There will be views into the Manhattan skyline," said Mike Delprete, partner with, which starts construction this week on the $4 million Cityview […] Comment

LaGuardia’s student body makes for global learning

About 20 Muslim, Jewish and Christian college students are all sitting in the same room, talking to each other, asking each other questions.The punch line?There is no punch line. It's true.At LaGuardia […] Comment

Convicted killer charged in Forest Hills jeweler slay

Carlos Fortier, who is currently being held on weapons charges in a separate case, pleaded not guilty Friday to second-degree murder in Manhattan's State Supreme Court. He was held without bail and […] Comment

Queens Greeks mourn death of church head

"Archbishop was very dear to the whole community of Astoria," said Nick Andriotis, former parish council president of St. Demetrios Church on 30th Drive. "Many, many times he visited the church."Along […] Comment

Homeless man unfit for trial: DA

Robert Marshall, who is bipolar and a drug addict, was ordered to a psychiatric center April 6 after a judge at Queens Supreme Court in Kew Gardens decided he was unfit to be tried for the murder of Antoinette […] Comment

Dog mauls 6-year-old boy in Oakland Gardens

Yoseph Noori, who lives in Astoria and is a first-grader at PS 122, was playing outside of his sister Toor Noori's home on 203rd Street when he was bitten by a white Akita-mix dog that had escaped […] Comment

Crowley slams co-pay hike hitting 1,800 boro veterans

"Americans who serve in the military are promised a lifetime of care, but now they're being turned away," U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said on the steps of Borough Hall in Kew Gardens. […] Comment

Tougher penalties needed for ID thieves: Brown

The DA made the plea during a hearing of the Assembly Banks, Consumer Affairs and Codes Committees at Borough Hall in Kew Gardens on April 7."We have done much, but we need to do more," Brown said in […] Comment

Crowley demands better screenings at LGA, JFK

"I would like to think that since the creation of the Department of Home and Security and more specifically, the Transportation Security Administration, that the security failures responsible for the […] Comment

Ridgewood senior facility draws questions

Comprehensive Care Management Corp. was to make a presentation for a special permit before Community Board 5 Wednesday to run a 10,000-square-foot day-care center at 11-40 Seneca Ave. CCM, which has seven […] Comment

CB 10 approves S. Ozone Park $18.6 M reconstruction deal

The project includes a plan for new roadways, curbs, tree planting and sewage for an area around Lefferts and Cross Bay boulevards, Albert Road and Hawtree Street."When the city walks away from (the project), […] Comment

L.I. man survives Belt Parkway accident in Howard Beach

Klein touts reforms imposed on schools

Klein, an Astoria native and graduate of HS 445 in Long Island City, acknowledged deep-rooted problems with the city schools such as a graduation rate just above 50 percent, a lack of resources he credited […] Comment

Young girl in coma after hit-and-run

Gerard Gormley, 37, of 25-10 Crescent St., was arrested at his house hours after police said he drove his 1991 Chevy Caprice through a red light on 35th Avenue and collided with a 2002 Ford Taurus moving […] Comment

Korean woman questions why she was cut from CB 2

Ellen Kang, a Community Board 2 member for two years prior to not being reappointed in March 2004, said she was denied her request to be reappointed again this year. "I worked through the language barrier, […] Comment

Shorthanded Forest Hills falls to LIC

In a span of two games beginning on April 5 against Arts & Business, Sprance saw four girls taken to the hospital, two with broken arms, one because of a seizure and another as a result of hyperventilation. […] Comment

Richmond Hill gets revenge vs. Jamaica

The game was a rematch of last year's first-round playoff game where No. 32-seed Jamaica knocked off the top-seeded Lions. However, this time it was Richmond Hill that dominated in its first real […] Comment

Queens Grand Prix kicks off

Buildings assigns inspection manager to boro

In outlining the importance of maintaining open communication lines between the two organizations, Magdi Mossad, the commissioner, cited several statistics showing Queens as having the highest rate of […] Comment

Queen of Peace wins opener

Bayside bumps Bowne in v-ball battle

The first-year Commodores coach used to run the team at Bowne, and essentially, she had both coached - and coached against - most of the players on the court.At the end of the day, Palotti's Bayside […] Comment

Our Lady of Snows takes two

On the Mound: Stormy weather doesn’t damper Lewis’ spirit

Newtown to host baseball reunion

Carnacchio, Pelton lift Molloy over Prep

On Monday, Carnacchio ended his personal drought in a big way, belting a 2-run home run in the fifth inning to lift the Stanners to a 2-1 CHSAA league opening win over St. Francis Prep."I didn't think […] Comment

Say Hey Willie: Mets win home opener

Named after Billy Martin's "Billy-ball" when he was the manager of the Yankees and Randolph was his star second basemen, the style was fast and aggressive and Randolph patterned his career off it. […] Comment

CK’s Gooding to play in Jordan Classic

The senior forward's personality isn't much different from his on-court persona: he's the strong silent type who often defers to his more vocal teammates on the Christ the King boys' basketball […] Comment

Daniel is queen of the ring

Then there was Peggy Remy, a plucky novice from Cambria Heights, who flouted Daniel's impressive pedigree and had Daniel back-pedaling for most of the match in her debut in the amateurs.Daniel, a […] Comment

College Round-Up: SJU baseball continues to roll, sweeps Georgetown

The first-place Johnnies also extended their Big East winning streak to six straight games, its longest streak since 1998 when they won seven in a row. Anthony Varvaro, who pitched back-to-back shutouts […] Comment

Rosedale land sale delayed due to low turnout at meet

Despite support from the three members who did attend the meeting, the sale of the land in Rosedale, which borders the Long Island Rail Road tracks, Francis Lewis Boulevard and Brookville Boulevard, is […] Comment

Meet the Mets, meet the Mets, head to the park and greet the Mets.

Pilling wins on Opening Day

The Athlete of the Week

White likely challenger to Jennings in Council race

"I think he's the one that has the proven record," Mike Reich, the executive secretary of the Queens County Democratic Organization, said of White.White, the founder of a drug treatment program for […] Comment

South Jamaica shooter found guilty: Brown

In a separate case, a St. Albans 19-year-old pleaded guilty last week to shooting to death another teen who was riding a bicycle two years ago, the DA spokeswoman said.The South Jamaica man, Oliver Berry, […] Comments (1)

Police find weapons in RV on Cambria Hts. street

She finally decided to take action against the street squatter by calling the police to have them investigate the matter, which they did and made some unsettling discoveries.Police responded to the woman's […] Comment

After spirited debate, boro pastor winds down tour

"Often they say 'thanks but no thanks,'" he said of others who have turned down the position. "But it is an honor and something I wanted to do, my arm was not twisted."As moderator for the city's […] Comment

Rash of recent murders plagues southeast Queens

The victim, who was found with his hands and legs bound together and a rope around his neck at 178-62 Leslie Rd., had not been identified as of Tuesday night, police said, and no arrests had been made […] Comment

Principal defends Bayside HS record

"We have the most solid arts program in a non-specialized school in the city," Tarlo told around 50 parents of PS 41 students and future high schoolers gathered in the school's auditorium at 214-43 […] Comment

Campus Magnet gets crime scene lab for future CSIs

Through funding provided by a City Council grant, the new classroom was officially launched last Thursday at the Law and Government High School at the Campus Magnet School with a ribbon- cutting ceremony. […] Comment

Belmont jockey admits stabbing friend to death

Michael Lutchman, 43, was born in Trinidad and lived in Queens Village before being arrested in September on charges of stabbing Dilip Amarsing, 31, after the two had an argument outside a restaurant […] Comment

Jamaica bay greenway gets $1.6M

Among the $105.4 billion budget passed by legislators on March 30, a $1.6 million appropriation was made for the Greenway that environmentalists say will provide waterfront access to more than 500,000 […] Comment

Haitians protest punishments of students after spat at PS34

"They were humiliated," said Elsie Saint Louis-Accilien, the executive director of Haitian-Americans United for Progress, a non-profit organization based in Cambria Heights that has taken up the students' […] Comment

Bayside Hills synagogue looking for new buyer

But the center's leaders are wringing their hands over the Department of Education's decision last week to back out of purchasing the building after fiery opposition from Bayside Hills residents […] Comment

LGA projects to take off, thanks to federal funds

Flushing woman pleads guilty in shaken baby syndrome case

Springfield High School safety officer arrested

L.I. man dies after Belt Parkway accident

Man robs Bayside’s North Fork Bank

Police seek help in finding missing man

Three hurt after fight outside high school

Elderly man killed after being hit by car

City awaits damage claims from 71st St. water break

Jeff Simmons, spokesman for the city comptroller's office, expects claims to reach several millions of dollars by the May 17 deadline."We're up above $1 million worth of claims from only a fraction […] Comment

Organ transplants give babies new life

Jordan Zane Trimarchi was born on Jan. 18 with a tumor in his heart. Doctors told his parents, Jeff and Sadaf, that his only chance of survival was to receive a heart transplant after surgery had failed […] Comment

St. Joseph’s land in Flushing sold

Michael Fagan, a spokesman for St. Vincent's, said the property was sold to Galway Properties, which does not have definitive plans for the future of the parcel at 158-40 79th Ave. Galway did not […] Comment

Bloomy rivals debate in Little Neck forum

The Republican mayor dropped in at the Samuel Field YM & YWHA in Little Neck Sunday to let people know what he has done to boost economic development in Queens, improve city schools and cut crime […] Comment

Queens Village girl eyed in terror plot

Adem Carroll, a community activist with the Islamic Circle of North America in Jamaica, was approached by the girl's family to speak on their behalf . Another girl from Guinea is also being held […] Comment

Hunters Point residents blast Queens West over oil stench

"As far as long-term health effects we don't expect to see them," Marjorie Scilke-Friedman, of the state Department of Health, said in the cafeteria of the Citigroup building in Court Square. She […] Comment

SE Queens poses some risks to children’s well-being: Study

Gail Nayowith, executive director of the Citizens Committee for Children of New York, said, "public investments to support child well-being are paying off. But we need fresh ideas and big new approaches […] Comment

Mets kick off Opening Day at Shea Stadium

Cheryl Baren arrived at Shea Stadium Monday wearing a Mets jacket knitted by her mother, a Mets logo painted on her face, Mets underwear, Mets socks, Mets fingernails and Mets orange and blue M&Ms to […] Comment

TimesLedger captures 27 journalism awards

The 16 Queens weeklies under the TimesLedger banner received high praise for coverage in areas ranging from in-depth reporting and feature writing to crime and political reporting. The papers also won […] Comment

New schools to draw from community

"The many years of work have culminated into this victory for the youth of our community," Council members Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) and Dennis Gallagher (D-Middle Village) said in a letter they passed […] Comment

Police arrest Hollis teen sought in two murders

Jennings can retain council seat: source

The full Council will decide whether or not to impose the sanctions in a vote scheduled for Wednesday. The Council has never considered such a matter before.Jennings could have faced expulsion, but the […] Comment

How’s Business? Lender greed

According to the Federal Trade Commission, an estimated 10 million people are now new victims of identity theft each year. Thefts range from one-time opportunistic thieves to organized crime rings racking […] Comment

Family ran fake money ring in Hillcrest video store: DA

Yakub Yusupov, 44, and his sons Eduard, 23, and Pinchas, 19, all Uzbeki immigrants, allegedly passed the phony money in the form of $100 bills from their store at 87-79 Parsons Blvd., authorities said.They […] Comment

Court payout should boost city teacher pay: Report

The City Council-appointed Commission on the Campaign for Fiscal Equity this week issued a series of recommendations on how to best use an anticipated $5.6 billion increase in yearly operating funds for […] Comment

AirTrain worker’s kin to settle $200M claim

Kelvin DeBourgh, 23, died during a test run of the new system after he was crushed by weights designed to stimulate a full load of passengers. The crash happened after DeBourgh brought the train up to […] Comment

Bayside eatery invents handy new pizza tray

Behold Franco Oddo's pizza serving tray. A cardboard rendition of a serving platform with handles that fits snugly into a regular pizza box, the invention may well make the owner of VIPizza Bayside's […] Comment

‘Rescue Me’ films episode in Bayside

Parents protest new school to be located in JHS 168

Designed to help traditionally lower-achieving students prepare themselves for higher education, the Queens School of Inquiry is one of six new mini high schools planned for the borough, including academies […] Comment

Heart attack causes wreck on LIE: Cops

Test story 2 in Entertainment

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Test story 1 in Entertainment

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Arts and Entertainment Calendar

Musical - "The Pajama Game" April 15 - 17 at Goldstein Theatre, Queens College, (718) 997-3800. Comment

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Partner Abuse Trauma Group - Tuesdays from 7:20 - 8:50 p.m. At Pride of Judea Community Services, 243-02 Northern Blvd., (718) 423-6200. Comment

Vasean DWI bill faces state debate

The discrepancy involves vagueness in parts of the bill's language that some believe could be misinterpreted by the courts and thus endanger the law's original intent.The bill, which legislators […] Comment

Trio to perform at Queens library April 16

The Forest Hills Chamber players are comprised of Tanya Dusevic Witek (flutist), Krystof Witek (violinist), and Katherine Cherbas (cellist). Krystof and Tanya Witek are married. They are all residents of Forest Hills. The members of the Forest Hills Chamber Players completed their musical education at the prestigious Juilliard School, and they have been playing together since they were students. Comment

La Guardia brings the sounds of India to life in Long Island City

Falu, a beautiful, smiling young woman in a jeweled sapphire sari, sat serenely on a platform (artists from Southeast Asia have the right idea -- they sit during their concerts) with her musicians, Gaurav Shah on the Bansuri (a flute), a harmonium (a squeeze box) and vocals and Sandeep Swadia on the tabla (little drums). Now and then he'd strike his drums with a little silver hammer -- I'm not sure whether to tune them up or make music or both. Soumya Chatterjee played the violin and guitar. The repertoire covered everything from ragas, complex songs based on 12 notes and associated with times of the day and an emotion to songs from Bollywood movies. Comment

Flushing Town Hall hosts 24-hour jazz and poetry marathon

"Jazz and poetry are artistically and philosophically joined at the hip," said Harvey Seifter, executive and artistic director of FCCA. "Poetry is about rhythm- the rhythm of language. It's about the capacity of words used freely, that break all the traditional rules, just like jazz broke all the traditional rules of its time." Comment

Berkeley author defends affirmative action in book

The author of "The Case for Affirmative Action in University Admissions" and the former director of undergraduate admissions at the University of California in Berkeley, quickly answered his own question with a simple "yes." Comment

Giordano’s has the right frame of mind

Larry Santapaola, owner of Giordano's Art Gallery in Bayside, is an expert regarding both popular painters and framing. Comment

Don Alex: For Peruvian fare, Don Alex does the flock proud in Jackson Hts.

Peruvian cuisine is extremely cosmopolitan, drawing on many influences. The diet of the pre-Colombian Quechan communities of the Andes relied heavily on the potato for sustenance, and grew thousands of varieties. With successive waves of immigration, the food reveals not only a Spanish influence but the influences of other European and Asian arrivals. Between 1849 and 1874, 100,000 Chinese immigrants arrived in Peru. As a result, Peru is by far the Latin American country with the most Chinese restaurants, supporting more than 2,000 chifas, as they are called. At one time in Peru, it was an important status symbol among the wealthy to employ a Chinese cook, and the cuisine was strongly influenced as a result. Comment

CB 7 alters East Flushing rezoning plan

After an hour of public comment - most of which was public dissent against the potential upzoning of Northern Boulevard from 150th to 165th streets - the board changed the zoning map to prohibit large […] Comment

R2A will not be all it is made out to be

Decision against Bayside school bad in long run

A Met All the Way

Parents upset over Parsons JHS fate

Editorial on zoning misinformed

Perverts get a pass

Meng, Weprins push bill to help stop ‘Silent Killer’

State Assemblyman Mark Weprin (D-Bayside), his brother, Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis), and Assemblyman Jimmy Meng (D-Flushing) are proposing just that, the creation of a Carbon Monoxide Awareness […] Comment


Clinic strives for community health

"We're going to whip everybody into shape," said Dr. Dorothy Ogundu, laughing as she jokingly described her method for preventive care at her new clinic, Aki Life Health Center. "We're going to […] Comment

Business Calendar

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

Test story 1 on Crime/Police/Courts

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Test story 1 on Consumer Corner

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Test story 1 on Brooklyn Politics

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Tuesday, April 12, 2005


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Monday, April 11, 2005

GOP Shocker: Former Beep Aide Won’t Challenge Gentile

Two Snaps Up, KCC Brings Back Beatnik Poetry

Subway Pay Phones Fail to Connect With Riders

Flood-Weary Coney Hopes For Solution to Water Woes

One Thing Unites Arabs, Jews & Christians...Brooklyn!


Boogie Down Benefit For Our Lady of Grace

ARC Hails Booster’s 22 Years of Support

Mayor Vulnerable to ‘Pay to Pray’ Attacks

Kings Bay Football Gladiators In the Winner’s Circle

Brooklyn Son Bowls Over American Idol Judges

Cops Uncover Cache of Guns On Ave. Y

Sex Molest Rap For KCC Prof.

New Girls Softball League At the Plate

Brooklyn Boy Hunts For Next Crop of NBA Stars

Gifted Program

Irish Parade

Bare Naked Ladies Bow to Prim And Proper Complaints

Bklyn Scholars Translate Talmud For U.S. Library of Congress

Experts Say Waterfront Greenspot Will Break Even

Controversy Over Brooklyn Bridge Park Budget

In the Line of Duty: Special Salute to Hero Cops

Danger! Homeowners Say Condo Boom Threatens Their Safety

Community Salute to Outstanding Women

Marv Becomes New Nets Voice

Another Sad Shut Out For Hodges

Judge Upholds Coercion Charges Against Norman

Borough Reacts to Speaker’s State of the City Address

Rail-Splitters One Win Away From City Title

Do Your Neighbors Say, ‘I Do’ to Gay Marriage?

Grady High School Football: A Team Without a Gridiron

Vandals Deface S’head Bay Mural

Moldova, Belarus to Be Inscribed On Holocaust Monument

Search For Missing S.I. Extends to Brighton Beach



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