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Thursday, May 5, 2005

Getting inspected

If you are planning to sell your home, an inspection prior to placing your house on the market provides a better understanding of conditions that may be discovered by the buyer's inspector and gives you an opportunity to make repairs, rendering your home a more desirable purchase. If you are placing a bid on a house, a home inspection can provide a better understanding of what you are about to purchase. Comment

Mayor too disconnected with education system

Bayside High School not a place of excellence

People must have health care proxies

Setting record straight on JHS 168

Diocese strung schools along

Bayside High still offers excellent education

Forest Hills residents need Parkway

Give children who want to learn a space to be educated

A winnable war

Business Calendar

A goal line stand

The new law will make it far more difficult

Closing the flood gates

Our History: Storm a prominent Bayside entrepreneur

My interest increased when I saw the names "Straiton and Storm" on the side of the box, for I knew those names played a part in Bayside's history in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries. The largest […] Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: 105th honors retiring community affairs officer

The council president, Rose Funderburk, and her husband, Major, were kind enough to drive me to that meeting. On the way, Rose told me that our longtime Community Affairs Officer Peter Dwyer (who is retiring […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Sikhs celebrate Indian spring harvest festival

Two of the people who took part in the program at Queens Borough Hall were Jagir Singh Bains and Harbachan Singh, who are both members of Community Board 8. Both had been appointed by Marshall to the […] Comment

Dishing With Dee: 109th officer who died gets emotional farewell

We first met Police Officer Thomas Brophy in the Whitestone Diner in early 2001. He was 32 years old. Brophy and his partner Richie Seagriff often stopped in at the diner late at night after they finished […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Mothers-in-law need celebration, too

Mother's Day arrives on May 8. This year I must digress and not write a column about mothers. Instead, the time has come for me to write about a well-known other relative of married people - their […] Comment

The Public Ought to Know: CCRB must be made fully independent

No doubt, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly presides over a police department that continues to reduce crime. Crime prevention and public safety, including quality of life issues, remain the order of […] Comment

Vallone Sr. endorses Gifford Miller

Transit Authority wants unmanned trains by fall

Fred Smith, chief deputy engineer of the Transit Authority, told a Council Transportation Committee public hearing the agency now plans its computerization debut next fall on L trains of the Canarsie […] Comment

Sunnyside senior center undergoes $2.1M face-lift

"This city is not going to walk away from those that built this city," Bloomberg said, standing among a handful of elected officials and Queens seniors during a ceremony inside the center's future […] Comment

Juniper Valley all-night relay to aid American Cancer Society

During the all-night fund-raiser, teams spend the night relaying a track in honor of cancer victims. The event kicks off at 5 p.m. with a cancer survivor's lap."That's where we invite everyone […] Comment

Corona man not guilty in Monserrate death threat

After a three-day trial at Queens Criminal Court, Judge Fernando Camacho found Julio Abreu, 55, not guilty of allegations that on at least four separate occasions he threatened to kill Monserrate, aides […] Comment

Roosevelt Avenue shooting injures two

New bill would toughen ID for driver’s licenses

The final touches on the legislation were put in place Tuesday by Congressional negotiators. Under the proposed legislation, drivers will have to provide four types of information: a birth certificate, […] Comment

Greenmarket to open in Hunters Point

"It's very good for the community. People have been waiting for this for a long time, said Terri Adams, president of the Hunters Point Community Development Corp. "This is one of the many amenities […] Comment

Youth indicted in Long Island City graffiti spree

The suspects, males between ages 17-29, allegedly caused thousands of dollars in damage by spray-painting their tags on homes, storefronts and fences in Long Island City, Maspeth, Glendale, Ridgewood, […] Comment

Corona library set to reopen this week after $3M face-lift

Hi-tech features of the branch, located on 38-23 104th St., include wireless Internet access on 16 desktop and 20 laptop computers and two plasma televisions that will announce future library activities […] Comment

Subway booth closings to begin in two weeks

The new system is scheduled to begin May 22 at seven Manhattan stations and one Brooklyn station and to progress throughout the subway system in the coming months with completion in a year.The New York […] Comment

Returning to his roots: Watson new CK baseball coach

Now as the new head baseball coach at his alma mater, Christ the King High School, Watson is imparting that pitching knowledge and much more to his players.Watson, 34, was introduced April 26 as the Royals' […] Comment

Our Lady of Snows wins volleyball title

Snows softball improves to 6-0

Storming toward the Major Leagues

The general manager of the Mets wasn't there because he's a fan of college baseball. He, and scouts from about 20 major league clubs, were there to see two of the hottest pro prospects around.St. […] Comment

St. John’s survives scare

With the bases loaded and two outs in the top of the ninth and his team trailing 4-2, Rutgers center fielder Johnny Defendis blasted Craig Hansen's first pitch changeup deep to right field.There was […] Comment

TimesLedger CHSAA Hockey Player of the Year: Matt Cammarata

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis: Stony Brook wins series, but Lewis loses another tight game

Molloy walks away with easy win over Holy Cross

And when the senior pitcher on the Molloy baseball team hit Ian Leisenheimer, he had the daunting task of facing Holy Cross cleanup hitter George Carroll who could tie the game with one ball over the […] Comment

Glen Oaks Little League: Blue Jays beat Angels

Ed Flood, Athletic Director of St. John’s Preparatory School in Astoria was inducted into the Girls Catholic High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame April 17 at The Roma View Restaurant in Queens.

Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League: General Fitness skates past Mattone Group

College Round-up: Queens College heads to NCAA tourney

Led by Dominika Bajuk, who was named NYCAC Women's Player of the Year, the Lady Knights (13-3) will travel to Kutztown University in Kutztown, Pa., where they will face Bryant University (21-1) Thursday. […] Comment

Another fight, another KO for Codrington

It was the closest he would come to being cornered and in danger all night.In what was supposed to be the toughest fight of his young career, Codrington knocked out Etianne Whitaker (32-17-2, 21 KO's) […] Comment

TimesLedger Coach of the Year: Mike Mitchell

The Butler Did It: Allen Watson comes home

Allen Watson was everywhere.And now Allen Watson has returned to his alma mater. He has once again donned the CK Maroon and Gold, albeit a slightly bigger size than he wore when he pitched for the Royals […] Comment

Bayside beats Bryant in wild softball game

The lone defeat last season was against Bryant HS, a team that knows how to dial up Bayside's weaknesses. On Monday, the schools took turn turns beating each other up before Bayside prevailed 15-11 […] Comment

Bayside Little League: V.I. Pizza cooks up dramatic win over Prava Construction

The Athletes of the Week

The circus dazzles at Roy Wilkins Park

That all changed when the UniverSoul Circus rolled into nearby Roy Wilkins Park last week for a 2-1/2-week engagement."It's my first time ever at any circus," said John, who sat in the front row […] Comment

Hollis teen girl shot to death at party

Barbara Nieves, 17, of 195th Street was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Officers later arrested Sammy Rivera, 15, and charged him with her killing, police said.Rivera, who lives at 622 47th […] Comment

Police seek suspect in hold-ups of southeast Queens hair salons

That is what a 22-year-old West African immigrant said when asked last week about a recent gunpoint hold-up of her hair-braiding shop in downtown Jamaica.A law enforcement official said the robber, wanted […] Comment

Driver cited in L.I. school bus crash in Laurelton

Flushing hails Billie in her own backyard

They were saluting the famous female vocalist on the 90th anniversary of her birth, April 7, 1915. Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association and the local NAACP chapter, remembers […] Comment

South Jamaica man gets 40 to life

Former Lane teacher investigated

Cerebral palsy man death ruled homicide

Police seek suspect in Bellerose, Forest Hills bank rob

He was caught on surveillance cameras during the robberies wearing a black sweatshirt, sunglasses and a black Harley Davidson hat. Anyone with information can contact crimestoppers at 1-800-566-TIPS. Comment

Tree by tree, Queens counts its leafy natural denizens

And Queens, by far the borough with the most trees, needs the most volunteers to canvass its neighborhoods, collecting data on 16 variables for each street tree. Those variables include the plant's […] Comment

Springfield Gardens 3-year-old runs away to the movies

A precocious 3-year-old boy was found safe and sound last week after leaving his Springfield Gardens home, boarding a bus and getting off at the Jamaica Multiplex, located more than three miles away at […] Comment

No shock: Dist. 26 has top scores once again

Six of the top 10 elementary schools in the city, in terms of percentage of students meeting mandated testing standards, are located in District 26 in northeast Queens. PS 188, at 218-12 Hartland Ave. […] Comment

Cash-strapped MTA to put Queens stops on hold

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority's money problems have worsened because of a nearly $7 billion gap between what the MTA asked for and what the state Legislature provided.MTA Chairman Peter […] Comment

Queens worker wins $1M lottery buy in Forest Hills

From the time he bought the $5 lottery ticket at a Forest Hills convenience store to the moment he claimed his prize, Montero kept the million-dollar stub locked in his grip.Such obsessive wariness was […] Comment

Horrors of the Holocaust remembered in Queens

Exactly 60 years later, the Forest Hills resident helped Queens mark the anniversary of the end of the Holocaust with equal parts solemnity, sorrow, redemption and even some joy at a boroughwide event […] Comment

Boro councilman eyes cable firms

State Assemblyman Michael Gianaris (D-Astoria) and state Sen. Martin Golden (R-Brooklyn) announced legislation Saturday that would slap Cablevision and Time Warner with a 10-cent-a-customer fine for every […] Comment

DNA links suspect to new rapes

The suspect, 58, has lived under several aliases and is known to Queens prosecutors as Anderson Worrell and to Manhattan prosecutors as Clarence Williams. In addition to the old Queens and Manhattan cases, […] Comment

Flushing boy spurs new DWI law

For his life, the small spunky 11-year-old from Flushing will have his name permanently etched on one of the state's most sweeping and publicized pieces of legislation in years -- thanks, in part, […] Comment

No rowdy club planned for Beechhurst: Owner

A recently posted permit to build a food and drink establishment on the vacant site at 154-11 Powells Cove Blvd. has put fear into those who live quietly on the surrounding streets., with some ruing the […] Comment

Bearak protests boro water hike

Board member Mark Hellerer said the bureau was able to achieve a "reasonable, balanced" increase due to a lower interest rate environment and better collections of unpaid water bills. Hellerer noted that […] Comment

Synagogue mourns sudden death of young rabbi

"Here was a case where death didn't knock on the door, it barged right in," the center's president, George Berkovatz, told the some 400 mourners who packed the synagogue's pews at the funeral […] Comment

Bayside girl’s love of birds helps painting take flight

At least that was Summer Jing's impression when she created her masterpiece painting for the United Nations 14th International Children's Painting Competition. The competition was centered around […] Comment

Padavan warns cell phone ‘Do Not Call’ list is hoax

Padavan spokesman Peter Potter said the senator received calls from a couple of constituents who asked if the call list was legitimate. Padavan also received the message through his office's fax machine.The […] Comment

Old burial grounds on Martin’s Field to be restored

The asphalt left over from the playground that has stood for the past 70 years is in the process of being torn up, according to a worker on the site, and iron fencing is being constructed around the perimeter […] Comment

College Pt. park suspect charged in kid sex case

Police identified the man as Timothy Felton, 31, a resident of 111-17 131st St. in South Ozone Park.Officer Daniel DeViccaro of the 115th Precinct was in his parked car on his way to work at the intersection […] Comment

Liu urges community to help stop gambling

On April 15, police from the 109th Precinct went undercover to arrest four Flushing men - Han Chen, Herman Nib, Simon Leung and Steve Leung - on charges of promoting gambling and possession of a gambling […] Comment

Kraus family closes Bayside hardware store after 91 years

The family-owned institution's last day of operation was May 1, according to a recorded message on the store's voicemail. "We're not sure what we're going to do," said David Kraus, son […] Comment

Fresh Meadows joins borough calls for downzoning

Just as that 1970s rogue enforcer brought outlaws to their knees with his .44 Magnum so has the R2A become Queens most popular crusader against overzealous developers.With increasing speed, the downzoning […] Comment

City gives out nicotine patch

Residents protest Bayside dealership

"It's like a jug overflowing with water. You keep putting cars in and they are spilling out into the street," civic activist Mandingo Tshaka told a dealership manager who was surrounded by frustrated […] Comment

Police release logo printed on van of fleeing suspect

The word "Company" represents where the actual company name appeared in the design believed to be on the side of the vehicle, according to police."Through the investigation, (police) were able to put […] Comment

State gets delay in CFE lawsuit

CB11 extends Shaffer permit

105th lauds officer after carjack bust

"He is one of our diligent late-night officers," said Deputy Inspector Stephen O'Brien.Cassar, who has been at the precinct for several years, was able to arrest the suspect last month after obtaining […] Comment

Under The Law: Insurance carriers must be called after accident

My vehicle was involved in a fender-bender and both the other driver and I have agreed not to report this incident to our respective auto insurance companies. Is this a wise decision?Insurance rates being […] Comment

How’s Business? Early start

Reports from the Employee Benefit Research Institute conclude that currently four out of 10 workers are not saving for their retirement, mainly because most have unreasonable expectations as to when they […] Comment

Fundraisers

La Motta’s Waterside: A taste of marina life in Port Washington

Unless you know your way around Port Washington, expect to gain a sense of accomplishment just from finding La Motta's Waterside Restaurant. It is tucked away on Manhasset Bay in the marina. It can be accessed as easily by boat as by car. Comment

Watch out when you remodel!

Dust, dust, noise and more dust. Comment

Kid’s stuff

Depending on the activity level of the child, it may be mutually beneficial, for the parent and the child, to afford them lots of room. Even if that is possible, and especially if it is not, designating and organizing spaces for kids is a helpful way for them to work and play comfortably and efficiently. Fortunately, there are ways to create spaces that satisfy your kid's needs while pleasing your own aesthetic and budgetary concerns. Comment

Couture reasonable at LIC store

A woman comes to his Long Island City studio frantic for the perfect dress, maybe for a wedding, a special dinner, an anniversary dinner. They've flipped through mountains of magazines and scoured […] Comment

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