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Thursday, June 16, 2005

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Baby left on steps of Ridgewood apt.

According to police, the baby was discovered on the sidewalk just before 1 p.m., when Michael Santiago, an employee of Brooklyn's Wyckoff Heights Medical Center, walked out of his home on DeKalb Avenue […] Comment

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On the grill: sets itself apart from other middle eastern fare

The sandwiches alone are enough to set Forest Hills' On the Grill apart from other Middle Eastern eateries. Chef Zurial Kalaf's 40 years of falafel making play a large part in this, as does his masterful shwarma. But there's something much more elemental underlying the greatness of these sandwiches. The toothsome house-made pita possesses such structural integrity that a pound of ingredients can be stuffed inside without the entire pocket rupturing. Comment

Thanking the community

English should be only language for official work

Why is an honest entrepreneur being harassed?

Focus on Bayside HS issues

Expressing gratitude to Rotarians

Protect school children from recruiters

Bayside’s Catch 22

A good rap

An ‘embarrassing’ vote

It’s about time

Our History: Bayside had resident physician in 1690

Bayside, then a village of Flushing, was fortunate to have a resident physician as early as 1690. Dr.John Rodman, a dedicated Quaker preacher as well, was an active member of Flushing's Quaker Meeting […] Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Precinct community councils honored

Part of the exhibit, the "Panorama of The City of New York," is permanent and well worth a visit to the museum on its own merits. Our Queens communities, meticulously depicted in miniature, are viewed […] Comment

The Civic Scene: CB 8 nabes prepare for fight on rezoning

They plan to join with the West Cunningham Park Civic Association and the Civic Association of Utopia Estates - which together also voted unanimously to rezone - and all apply together to the Queen City […] Comment

Dishing With Dee: Residents honored at Museum of Art gala

On Thursday, June 2, the Queens Museum of Art held its Annual Gala at the museum itself. The evening's three honorees were former Forest Hills resident Art Garfunkel of Simon & Garfunkel fame, […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: Everyone forgets Alex on Father’s Day

On my very first birthday, my rich uncle sent me a Father's Day gift - a box of cigars. On my fifth birthday, my kindergarten teacher celebrated my birthday by presenting me with a "Happy Father's […] Comment

Mid Village group keeps memory of 1904 fire alive

More than 1,000 people - mostly women and children - died when the wooden steamboat burst into flames in the Hell Gate channel along the western Queens shore.Of its 1,358 passengers, 1,021 burned to death […] Comment

Residents concerned over ruins of Maspeth railroad

But the DOT is not responsible for the track, wrote Constance Moran, Queens' DOT borough commissioner, in a July, 2004, letter."The Long Island Rail Road is responsible for this condition," she wrote.A […] Comment

Boro company accused of worker abuse

The accusations, which include managers of the factory calling the workers names, closing the plant's doors to force overtime and even mandating that workers pay for equipment that is used, have been […] Comment

Boro elected officials split on Olympic stadium

"At this point I'm not supporting the project because I have very significant concerns," said City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside). "I'm curious to see how they are going to address the traffic […] Comment

7 line extension threatened by stadium vote

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), chairman of the Council Transportation Committee, said he was not optimistic the No. 7 extension would be built "any time in the near future.""But it was never clear […] Comment

Jain followers celebrate new boro  temple

Organizers of the celebrations for the four-story Jain Center, at 43-11 Ithaca St., said the religious high point will be Saturday, when idols of 24 revered spiritual leaders, or tirthankaras, are set […] Comment

Parking tix on Austin St. necessary evil: Mayor

The admission, however, did not stop the audience of mostly business types from suggesting areas where he could keep trying.Protecting small shops from giant retailers, employees from steepening insurance […] Comment

Babooram rebounds for Richmond Hill

"Usually, I don't pitch well when it's real hot," the senior said.With that in mind, Babooram walked 10 batters and surrendered eight runs in three innings in a 13-3 loss to Beach Channel (15-1) […] Comment

Vasquez wins Quantum Feet

St. Francis Prep can’t give any Moore, lose city title game

He couldn't think about St. Francis Prep's remarkable and unlikely run through the CHSAA intersectional baseball playoffs or how close his team came to winning the school's first city title […] Comment

On the Mound: Queens native Lewis going to the show, drafted by Fla.

Minaya returns to Newtown

The sweltering heat presented the perfect excuse to remain home, but 44 former players, including the entire team from 1977, attended the reunion, which had been in the works for years but lacked a unifying […] Comment

Prep’s Featherston wins Mayor’s Cup title

Before the Mayor's Cup individual championships Sunday, Brennan predicted that his top singles player, Shinann Featherston, would have her hands full with Poly Prep's Nadejda Demidenko in the […] Comment

Ghost of National Tennis Center haunts Tomczck again

The Glendale resident has lost in the finals of the Mayor's Cup singles tournament two years in a row at the home of the US Open. Heading into Sunday's final against Brooklyn Tech's Andre […] Comment

Glen Oaks Little League: Angels advance to title tilt

Duddy goes the distance; beats Thompson at MSG

"He's sitting down on his punches more," said his advisor and matchmaker, Jim Borzell. "He's learning more about technique and the knockouts are just happening."One lesson he learned in the amateurs […] Comment

DePhillips Athletic Club: DAC Cards win five games in six days

The Butler Did It: Now Mikey likes the Mets

While Mets fans are overjoyed - and rightfully so - and Bloomberg and those who want the Olympics in New York are grateful for the second chance after the West Side Stadium project was tossed quicker […] Comment

Brooklyn Knights kick into Super Y-League season

Afleet Alex runs away with Belmont

But for the 62,274 fans who sweated out the 137th running of the Belmont Stakes, they caught a glimpse of one very special horse.Afleet Alex's Triple Crown bid may have been ruined when 50-1 longshot […] Comment

Bayside Little League: Chalfont Construction beats Liatto Brothers

A hoops tourney for the ages

Unlike summer havens like the Entertainers Basketball Classic, where players want to break their opponents' ankles, Matthews' and Connor's league is devoid of the usual banter and decorative […] Comment

York prez pushes honors program with FDA

Keizs, speaking to the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation's 38th annual meeting last week, said her proposal would include help from USFDA Northeast Regional Laboratory staff."This program would […] Comment

Jamaica nursing center joins Bronx facility

"This relationship will greatly benefit both organizations on a number of different levels," said Kenneth Brown, president and CEO of the Margaret Tietz Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. "It is beneficial […] Comment

W. Queens parents seek Muslim school holidays

He said he thinks his children should be given Muslim holidays, just as Jewish and Christian children are given holidays."When I speak with Jewish and Christian parents, they all say 'you are right,'" […] Comment

Elections Bd. holds meet over Sanders’ late filing

The committee, Sanders '05, began raising and spending money for this year's race without filing a disclosure form - an act that Sanders and committee members did not realize was a violation at […] Comment

Man gets four years in Bellerose hit-run

A Jamaica driver was sentenced to up to four years in prison June 7 for a 2002 hit-and-run incident that killed Tedesco, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said.Pierre Badette, 25, of 152-17 125th […] Comment

Baggage handler convicted of Kennedy drug smuggling

Gary Lall, 32, who had worked for American Airlines since 1991 before he was arrested in November 2003, was described as one of the ringleaders in the operation that involved 24 others and faces up to […] Comment

Airline to use JFK as launching pad to Ghana

The airline, a subsidiary of World Air Holdings Inc., plans to fly to the Ghanian capital of Accra, using Boeing 767-300ER jetliners with flights each Friday.At present, flights to Ghana are available […] Comment

Queens Village soldier returns home from Iraq war

Marine Lance Corporal Jermaine Coburn, 21, spent the last six months serving bravely in Fallujah as a Marine rifleman. A member of the 1st Battalion, Third Marines, Coburn saw his division lose 51 members […] Comment

Cambria Hts. civic toasts a successful year

One of the community's proudest moments of the past year, according to Kevin Jemmott, the group's president, is their effort to rezone Cambria Heights. In the association's newsletter, Jemmott […] Comment

DNA helps convict Woodside man in 1994 rape of woman in Manhattan

Retired NYPD detective sentenced in accidental shooting of Astoria clerk

Ex-con convicted of killing Jamaica teen in January 2004 crime spree

Teens arrested in connection with robbery of another teen

Four Queens residents stuck in MTA subway elevator

St. Albans boy, 12, struck after darting into traffic

Bayside robbery victim arrested after guns found in his residence

Willets Pt. junkyard owners fear Iron Triangle will be scrapped

"It will destroy my business, destroy my livelihood," said Sambucci, manager of the auto salvage shop Sambucci Brothers on 36th Avenue, a neighborhood fixture for 50 years. "We all know if the stadium […] Comment

St. John’s adopts Fresh Mdws.’ JHS 216

JHS 216, or the George J. Ryan Junior High School, will reap the benefits of college-level guidance, teachers and facilities by "creating a total program that should move (JHS 216 students) to become […] Comment

Whitestone teen becomes head of 109thÐfor one day

Abruzzo's special treatment stemmed from his talents as a writer. He was selected out of 30 area participants as the winner of the Police Athletic League's Police Commissioner for a Day Essay […] Comment

Holocaust survivor earns doctorate for life’s work

The 70-year-old survivor spent her eighth birthday in the Terezin concentration camp in Czechoslovakia, where she was only one out of 100 children to survive. She said she was also the last Jewish child […] Comment

Hillcrest residents urge new school site

The region is already packed with education institutions, with two parochial schools, three high schools and St. John's University nearby, said Bob Trebold of Hillcrest Citizens for Neighborhood Preservation. […] Comment

Dogs help disabled children learn in Fresh Meadows

Jermarcus, like many of the 400 special education students at Fresh Meadows' PS 177Q, is emotionally disturbed and learning disabled -- two qualities that combined make persuading him to sit down […] Comment

City converts Fort Totten into waterfront park

"Opening Fort Totten Park fulfills a dream long held by the residents of Queens," Bloomberg said during a press conference in the sweltering heat at the new park, with the Throg's Neck Bridge looming […] Comment

East Flushing homeowners oppose neighborhood rezone

Like most other areas throughout the borough, plans for East Flushing propose a massive overhaul of the 60-year-old existing zoning laws to ensure future developments keep the existing character of the […] Comment

Two boro cops suspended in PR parade charges

Detectives Edmond Olivacce, 37, and Bernard Dixon, 36, from the Queens Narcotics Division were each assigned to a position on Fifth Avenue as part of the police security for the parade when a woman who […] Comment

TDC/Rockefeller likely muni lot developer: CB 7

With endorsements from city and state officials but no word yet from the city Economic Development Corporation, Apelian said that even if the job goes to Rockefeller, the Manhattan developer in competition […] Comment

Bayside robbery victim arrested on drug charges

Moreover, officers from the 111th Precinct arrested the intended robbery victim after they found several ounces of marijuana and illegal firearms inside his apartment while responding to his 911 call, […] Comment

Avella, boro civic push for enforcing deed restrictions

Avella, working with the Queens Civic Congress, has drafted a bill that would give the city's Department of Buildings the ability to enforce deed restrictions, which are permanent restrictions placed […] Comment

Under the Law

A buyer asks: I entered into a contract for the purchase of the shares of a cooperative unit. The purchase was contingent on the approval of the cooperative corporation (board). What if I don't get […] Comment

Snooping Joes get gadgets to spy

But unlike that austere old scientist slapping 007's wrist every time he touches a flamethrower, Phil Coppola, manager of Spytown, encourages customers to tinker with his privacy-bending toys lining […] Comment

Woodhaven man drowns off Coney Island shoreline

Luis Peralta, was seen struggling in the water near W. 12th St. at approximately 1:30 p.m. before going under, police said. Two hours later Peralta, who worked as a cook in a Woodhaven restaurant, was […] Comment

50 Cent gives $30K to QCC for scholarships

50 Cent, ne Curtis Jackson of South Jamaica, has given Queensborough Community College $30,000 for 10 full tuition scholarships to benefit southeast Queens students from the Campus Magnet Schools and […] Comment

Mayor shifts stadium dreams to Queens

City bid officials spent a frantic 72 hours drafting the plan after an obscure state panel rejected public funds for a Jets stadium on Manhattan's West Side last week, killing a controversial venture […] Comment

2 charged in murder of Elmhurst relative

Two Elmhurst men were arraigned early last Thursday morning on murder charges in the June 7 strangulation and beating death of their relative, Arshad Mahmood, whose body was found dumped at 86-24 54th […] Comment

105th Precinct officer shot with own gun

The shooter was described as a black man in his 20s, between 5-foot-9 and 5-foot-11 and wearing blue jeans. He was still at large as of Wednesday morning.The officer was taken to North Shore University […] Comment

Flushing pharmacists busted in drug ring

The pharmacists allegedly diverted each week more than 25,000 tablets of the prescription pain killers from drugstores in Queens and Nassau County, including the Utopia Pharmacy at 171-24 46th Ave. in […] Comments (1)

Highway homeless man to stand trial

"Hopefully, he'll get what he deserves," said Theresa Gaviglia, who flew into a rage in December when a judge initially decided that her husband's suspected killer was mentally unfit for trial. […] Comment

Mayor’s trash proposal nixed in City Council vote

Days after his West Side Stadium plans were shot down, his citywide trash proposal to use barges rather than trucks to export garbage out of the city also received the ax from the City Council in a 29-19 […] Comment

Forest Hills mad, hot for ballroom comeback

At any other time of the day, the classic bubble-gum look may draw some fish out of water glares from her Queens' peers, where youth style leans toward the gritty, seductive and the hard core. But […] Comment

Tuesday, June 14, 2005



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