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Thursday, March 3, 2005

Trinity Lutheran to lease 37th St. lot for co-op

Trinity Lutheran Church is in talks with a Long Island developer to build an eight-story, 30-unit co-op in the parking lot across the street from the house of worship at 31-19 37th St. "This is a very, […] Comment

Games or no Games, creek must be cleaned: Gioia

"The creek is like a witch's cauldron of raw sewage and petroleum products which assaults the senses - particularly during the summer months," City Councilmen Eric Gioia (D-Sunnyside) and David Yassky […] Comment

LIC car dealer gets 20 years in murder scheme

Jed Kass, 42, of 89-40 1551st Ave. in Howard Beach, was in jail on Rikers Island on grand larceny charges in 2002 when he arranged a contract with two undercover officers to murder his colleagues at Koeppel […] Comment

Kew Gardens dog owners need to be responsible

God in one’s heart is what matters in festivals

Problem with reserved parking spots

What of the children turned out of PS 130?

School fund ruling should not be appealed

Another pervert nabbed

Labor’s Pyrrhic victory

Dig deep

Neighbor to Neighbor: Q5 bus line service needs lots of improvement

We can experience a blizzard or drought now and then, but usually neither lasts long. Through all kinds of weather, we still receive our mail, electricity and fuel. We also have a variety of transportation […] Comment

I Sit And Look Out: Queens Botanical Garden a place of beauty

This was brought home to me again this past fall when I joined hundreds of others to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the garden's Green Design Capital Project. It was truly an event that celebrated […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Work on park comfort station begins

The toilets here were so old that they were not handicapped accessible. There were too few stalls for women to use during big events. I remember during a Philharmonic Concert, the biggest event of the […] Comment

Point of View: Koreans, Falun Gong shine in Lunar parade

For the first time it appeared to be a harmonious celebration of diversity, as several other ethnic and civic groups also marched in the parade.Unlike previous years, there was little bickering among […] Comment

Dishing With Dee: Plots and plans begin for political campaigns

They are also getting commitments from the good, experienced political volunteer workers out there before they commit to another campaign. It looks like it's going to be a very busy summer.Now ponder […] Comment

Berger’s Berg: Securities not as safe as one might think

(Mr. Webster, your definition is wrong. It should include "or losing your shirt.")Like most Americans, I have had my share of hard knocks. And I thought my luck was about to change on that "Black Sunday" […] Comment

The Public Ought to Know: Budget hearings deal with projects, services

Last week's commentary discussed hearings today through March 10. This week takes a look at how council members might use remaining sessions to question city commissioners on how the mayor's preliminary […] Comment

St. John’s Prep wins CHSAA ‘A’ freshman city title

Snow way: Nor’easter disrupts hoops playoff schedule

Tuesday's PSAL Boys' 'A' games scheduled for the Bronx's Lehman College was postponed. The two games - No. 25 Bayside vs. No. 9 Wadleigh and top-seeded Lincoln vs. No. 16 Long Island […] Comment

SJU hangs close with Duke

St. John's responded by taking the game out of the World's Most Famous Arena and brought it to the New York City asphalt. They played hard-nosed defense, they slowed the game down to a grind, […] Comment

Bertin’s bucket helps Queens bounce Tech Bears in NYCAC quarters

The Queens College men's basketball coach would love to say that he drew up Shaun Bertin's winning layup with 2.2 seconds left in overtime that lifted the Knights to a wild 88-86 win over New […] Comment

QC closes regular season with loss to Bridgeport

With the win, Bridgeport is seeded second in the upcoming NYCAC tournament thanks to sweeping the season series with Queens, which started the day in second place but dropped to fourth with the loss. […] Comment

Kunkel, Prodanovic brilliant, but Stanners lose

Prodanovic seemingly couldn't miss a shot and the undersized Kunkel again dominated inside the paint. But the Stanners didn't have an answer for Mike Davis, who scored at-will inside to lift All […] Comment

Wood, McClancy burn out late against Hayes

But the junior forward nicknamed "Sticks" missed a potential game-tying shot when his 3-pointer from the corner rimmed out and McClancy fell to Cardinal Hayes, 59-56, in the CHSAA Class A quarterfinals […] Comment

‘Flushing Flash’ returns to the ring at MSG

Never one to sit still, Kelley (54-6-2, 36 KO's), a former resident of Flushing, is returning to the ring on Thursday where he will face Bronx-born Felix St. Kitts (12-4-2, 7 KO's) in a lightweight […] Comment

Marino Bros. lock up first after beating Tuckner

College Round-Up: St. John’s edges Robert Morris in lacrosse opener

It was the second ever lacrosse game for Robert Morris and the first for St. John's since 1995, when the sport was discontinued. It was reinstated in 2003.Justin O'Donnell had 3 goals and an assist […] Comment

Christ the King jumps out early on St. Francis Prep in rout

Suddenly surging Christ the King scored three goals in the opening four minutes and cruised to an important 7-2 victory. The Royals, which defeated regular season champion Holy Cross 5-1 two days before, […] Comment

The Butler Did It

By day's end, 130,000 tickets were sold, setting a new club record. Opening Day on April 11 against the Houston Astros and the Subway Series games with the Yankees May 20-22 were sold out. Comment

Name: George Kunkel

Sunnyside man killed by N train at Canal station

Landlord pleads guilty in tenant’s beating death

Man hijacks woman’s car with kids inside

Woman sentenced in $1 million theft case

Suspect charged with 2nd-degree murder

Woman faces 7 years in DWI death of cop

Bayside bank robbery suspect sought

50 Cent’s rival posse shot at outside Hot 97

How’s Business: Reducing taxes

First off, in 2004 you are allotted a $3,100 deduction for yourself and each dependent. Home improvement is a possible deduction with trees, shrubs and some home beautification qualifying. Dues to professional […] Comment

Vet doubles as shred biz owner

Cohen, who is a practicing veterinarian at the Animal Medicine & Surgery of Little Neck, started a document-shredding company, A+ Secure Shredding Services, last year in Bayside.Though the two businesses […] Comment

St. John’s show celebrates alumni work

The exhibit itself featured graphic design by the college's alumni. Most were eye-catching and tasteful - one wouldn't expect the grads of a college founded by the Vincentian Brothers to get wild […] Comment

Queens Historical highlights 40 years of Chinese Immigration

The first thing you see in one of the two rooms set aside for the exhibit is a poster from the 1964-65 World's Fair touting the China pavilion, and small exhibits on the walls follow the Chinese experience […] Comment

Jamaica brothers marry hip-hop and violins

Eighteen-year-old Damien wears light-colored jeans and shirt, white sneakers and a black do-rag, and his 19-year old brother Tourie is in baggy black jeans, black shirt and white do-rag. Both have identical […] Comment

Living the dream

River viewing in Long Island City

Now imagine that you're enjoying this view comfortably ensconced at a table in stylishly elegant surroundings. The food you are eating is made with the finest ingredients, creatively prepared by an […] Comment

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Riverview: River viewing in Long Island City

Picture a breathtaking view of Manhattan from across the East River, aligned with the Chrysler Building, the United Nations, the Empire State and all the iconic elements that make up Midtown's famous skyline. Comment

LIC Army vet creates Bible for blacks while in shelter

It is entitled "The Bible According to A. Nigger" and is being sold strictly online as a "compilation of Christian beliefs from a Eubonic (sic) perspective." Comment

Die-hard Mets fans vie for seats at Shea ticket sale

Whether drawn by longstanding loyalty or the hype surrounding the new Mets' line-up, which includes some big-name acquisitions slated to debut with the Amazins' this season, ticket seekers began […] Comment

St. Patrick’s marchers to include Korean, Latino groups

As organizers prepared for Sunday's sixth annual Queens St. Patrick's Day Parade, co-chairwoman Barbara Heffernan Mohr reflected on the humble origins of an event that was born out of a commitment […] Comment

Maspeth mom’s car hijacked with 2 children still inside

Mary Jackson hopped out of her idling 1998 Lexus to drop a letter off shortly before 6 p.m. at the post office at 69th Street and Grand Avenue in Maspeth, leaving the youngsters ages 3 and 6 in the back […] Comment

Meeks supports GOP tort reform bill

Meeks said in an interview he did not see it as crossing party lines, noting that U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) had co-sponsored the Senate's version of the bill."I don't support court shopping," […] Comment

Jamaica waste firm to grow despite bad rap

On the whole, the industry has developed a reputation for allowing its trucks to take illegal routes through residential neighborhoods, letting its vehicles sit idle in parking lots as they emit fumes […] Comment

Queens Village nurse helps 9/11 victims keep recovering

Often these wounds will not heal on their own and can grow worse if left untreated, much like a physical wound.This is where the people of the Olive Leaf Wholeness Center step in and help people in the […] Comment

T-Mobile removes tower near 233rd St. school

Few had noticed, or knew what they were looking at, when cellular service provider T-Mobile erected a cell phone tower on top of a building that was next door to the Cambria Center for the Gifted Child."I […] Comment

Transit buff pleads guilty in train case

McCollum, who some believe may have a disorder that causes him to obsess about trains and buses, has served more than 10 years in prison during four different stints for burglary and forgery, among other […] Comment

Bell Blvd. eateries coming and going

The latest addition to the boulevard's many pizzerias, homegrown pizza chain Cascarino's is poised to open its newest location at 39-17 Bell Blvd. in late April or early May."It's a good area […] Comment

St. Pius X says school’s debt too big to overcome

After the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn told the parochial school and eight others in Queens last month that they would be shuttered because of declining enrollment and rising debt, the vicar for […] Comment

Laurelton drug plant plans worry neighbors

Eon Labs, a Lake Success, N.Y.-based drug manufacturer with a plant on North Conduit Avenue in Laurelton, has applied for a state permit to raise the limit on its emissions of volatile organic compounds, […] Comment

Long Island man charged in Jamaica trunk slaying

The man, Steven Schiovone, 35, of 104 Harvest Lane in Levittown, had impregnated the woman, the estranged wife of his half-brother, and wanted to keep her condition a secret, police sources said in news […] Comment

Jamaica health workers to leave boro post

The announcement, issued last week, did not come as a surprise to union members and borough elected officials opposed to the switch since 125 workers in the state Health Department had been scheduled […] Comment

Surgeon takes QHC center to new level in cancer fight

Since it opened three years ago, the high-tech cancer center at Queens Hospital Center is not only the first of its kind in Queens, but the first in the city to operate in a public hospital, making it […] Comment

Pair accused in church scam suspected of opening eatery

The new restaurant, Lenore's in Baldwin, L.I., claims to cater to churches, legal assistant Anthony Moragne of the Queens firm Mays and Associates said. It allegedly is being run by Anna Lenore Kilpatrick […] Comment

Jamaica home burns down, family escapes uninjured

The two-story house at 108-28 154th St. where James Clark, 49, lived was destroyed by the flames, but he and his family were able to escape without injuries, according to family members who lived on the […] Comment

Jamaica con artist guilty of stealing bail money

After a two-week trial, it took a jury composed of seven women and five men two hours of deliberations to find Sisco guilty on all charges on Feb. 23.Queens Supreme Court Justice Roberta L. Dunlop presided […] Comment

Police crack down on graffiti in Astoria

Speaking at Borough Hall, Sgt. Dwayne Palmer of Queens Patrol Borough North's graffiti task force said the Police Department was taking a zero-tolerance approach to the crime he said is far more than […] Comments (1)

Gioia study finds faults in food stamp program

Investigators conducting the third in an ongoing series of City Council studies on the 1964 federal program designed to combat hunger said they were turned away from a city-run Northern Boulevard food […] Comment

Chains eye Wal-Mart’s empty site

Ever since word began to circulate in December that Wal-Mart was considering a 132,000-square-foot store off Queens Boulevard, the discount retailer faced intense opposition from labor and civic leaders […] Comment

Maspeth teen admits killing: DA

The defense attorney for Michael Desiderio, 18, of 54-43 66th St. said he convinced prosecutors to lessen the charges to manslaughter from murder by presenting blood tests that showed the defendant was […] Comment

Richmond Hill man beaten dead on street

Shortly after family members found Jagat Balram, a bus mechanic, motionless in front of their Jamaica Avenue residence, police arrested 18-year-old Antonio Roque, who lives just a few blocks from Bagram's […] Comment

Conn. co-ed’s death in Maspeth sends convict back to prison

Howard Beach artist weaves physics into paintings

The answer that was two answers at the same time, and yet not really either one. Well, Howard Beach artist John V. Gioia's "weave-painting" technique is as intriguing and as mysteriously dual as that […] Comment

Masseur arrested in L.I. sex assault

Thomas LoCascio, 57, of 176 Verbena Ave. in Floral Park was massaging a 50-year-old woman at the Estee Lauder Spa, located at 2110 Northern Blvd. in Manhasset on Feb. 11, when the alleged incident occurred, […] Comment

Fresh Mdws. man bows out with $8K on ‘Millionaire’

Well, that and $8,000."I will never again sit at home and yell at the screen, 'You should've known that,'" said the Fresh Meadows contestant, whose spot on ABC's syndicated version of […] Comment

Friends, family mourn loss of SJU Samaritan

Men sought to control sobbing women even while straining to hold back their own tears at the funeral of the Fresh Meadows 20-year-old who was killed Feb. 20 in a freak accident along the Long Island Expressway […] Comment

Stray dogs caught in Kew Garden Hills

A pack mentality could be to blame for the strays' unruly behavior while roaming elementary grounds and apartment complexes in the community since mid-January, officials suggested.The dogs first began appearing near PS 165, barking and frightening teachers and students, according to Councilman Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows), who sent out a release headlined, "Dangerous Dogs Terrorize Queens..." prior to their capture. They were also spotted around the neighborhood's Electchester Cooperatives and the Pomonok Houses, Gennaro said. Though the councilman reported that two school staffers and one child were attacked, none were seriously injured.ACC officials have since claimed the councilman may have exaggerated his initial description of the dogs."It's unfortunate that there Comment

Flushing advocates fight for illegal aliens’ licenses

Members of YKASEC, the Young Korean American Service and Education Center, were joined by state Assemblyman Jimmy Meng (D-Flushing) and the New York Immigration Coalition Feb. 23 in calling for reform […] Comment

Rego Park animal shelter sees grim future once again

The Queens Community Animal Shelter's dog training and bordering business -- its main sources of revenue -- is dropping, leaving less and less staff and money power needed to support the dozens of […] Comment

FDNY grabs 3 from fire on 118th St.

Driven onto the roof by flames and smoke that rapidly spread from the first floor of the three-story brick residence at 94-24 118th St. operated by a Catholic social services agency, the mother held onto […] Comment

EDC narrows bidders for Flushing muni lot to three

It has been more than a year since the agency released its request for proposals, which invited developers last February to submit plans for the five-acre lot in the middle of downtown Flushing.The city […] Comment

Miller touts boro for Games in State of City speech

Miller, a likely Democratic challenger in this year's race for the mayoralty, dedicated a significant portion of his State of the City address last Thursday to stumping for a Queens site, saying it […] Comment

Bloomberg assures IOC on West Side stadium

"We need a stadium and we have been made assurances that the stadium will be there," Nawal El Moutawakel, chairwoman of the 13-member evaluation commission, said during a news conference in Manhattan. […] Comment

Council group hears testimony on truck traffic

Most of those who spoke at a public hearing Tuesday presided over by Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing), chairman of the Council's Transportation Committee, said they agreed with the spirit of the proposal.But […] Comment

Council approves resolution on subway train crew count

St. Joseph’s clinic won’t be relocated

Due to a decrease in patients, St. Vincent Catholic Medical Centers announced last week that it was not worth moving St. Joseph's ambulatory clinic to a local facility because its limited client base […] Comment

Airport area schools to be soundproofed by MTA

MTA head says stadium flap masks agency’s money woes

Kalikow said the time he spends trying to get the highest price possible for the valuable MTA-owned West Side rail yards could better be spent on the agency's capital program.By that, he meant getting […] Comment

JetBlue launches Kennedy to Calif. flights this spring

"Burbank has been waiting for nonstop service to New York for 75 years," said JetBlue founder and Chairman David Neeleman. "You can't get any closer to Hollywood than the convenient Bob Hope Airport." […] Comment

Boro law class helps abused immigrant women

"It's really an area that's desperately needed," said Alizabeth Newman, director of the Immigrant Initiatives program at the City University of New York School of Law in Flushing.Without proper […] Comment

S. Jamaica duo charged in Connecticut jewel heist

Stamp honoring black opera star unveiled in St. Albans

On Friday the U.S. postmaster general traveled to southern Queens for the first time ever to honor the late star with a new stamp."She was one of music's greatest voices," postal head John Potter […] Comment

Port Authority to step up Queens airports’ security

The agency said it would spend $80 million on a system to detect and deter anyone trying to get inside outer fences and barriers at the airports and $14 million for closed circuit cameras at security […] Comment

94 million passengers visit city’s 3 airports in 2004

"We're back," said Anthony Coscia, chairman of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, referring to the steady recovery that has occurred after the dramatic dropoff in flying immediately following […] Comment

State agency clears Smith of berating a gay staffer

Douglaston Mattone home sparks neighborly strife

The two neighbors on Regatta Place in Douglaston are feuding over Mattone's construction of a two-story, 7,900-square-foot house on a lot that wraps partly around Soni's home, while the city Department […] Comment

Queens College to get $1M from Gates sales

But few know that proceeds from the T-shirts, hats, maps, posters, key chains and magnets sold in Central Park did turn a profit for the artists, who in turn allowed Queens College to use that money for […] Comment

First trial begins in murder of Woodside deliveryman

Opening arguments were pre-empted by a news conference held by City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) on the steps of the courthouse with family members of 18-year-old Huang Chen, of Woodside, who was […] Comment

City to pay for Astoria street flood

"I looked into it and it would appear that the (city) Department of Environmental Protection was responsible," Bloomberg said. "A sleeve many, many years ago was installed in a way that when we looked […] Comment

109th hunts for two men in Flushing rape, robbery

Two sketches were released of suspects, between 20 and 25 years old, both described as Hispanic men between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9 and weighing from 150 to 170 pounds, police said. One has a hood on in […] Comment

The three stray dogs that “terrorized” Kew Garden Hills for a month were captured last week by animal control officials who suggested the canines’ bark may be bigger than their bite.

Muni Lot 1 home to dozens of junked autos

It lives in squalor.Still packed in the stale snow banks of a month-old storm, it has no shelter from the elements because its windows have all been smashed out.Snow has collected on its seats and no […] Comment

Flushing Christian group wants benefits from lot sale

Instead, a group of ministers and active Christians that formed a group to take a stand on the Municipal Lot's development said Friday the city owes the Flushing community space, half of the money […] Comment

Weprin bills seek change in Buildings Dept. system

Padavan meets with opponents of Bayside rezoning

Last week, four influential Baysiders met with state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) to discuss their opposition to the Department of City Planning's proposal to downzone 350 blocks, holding developers […] Comment

LIRR’s Port Washington line: No cuts

Bayside FDNY looks to buy parking lot

Many years ago, Rhea Slade, the owner of the parking lot, made a handshake deal with Engine 306 at 40-18 214th Place that for a small fee, firefighters could park their private cars in his parking lot […] Comment

Bay Terrace sex offender moves to LIC

The 21-year-old registered sex offender moved out of the Seville building in the Towers at Water's Edge co-op at 18-15 215th St. in October, according to building residents. The man is considered […] Comment

Cop shoots girlfriend then turns gun on himself: Police

Police found Finbarr Mahon, a 13-year veteran of the force, and his girlfriend, Aurelia Morales, 51, a fourth-grade teacher at an East Harlem mini-school, dead on their bedroom floor Monday shortly after […] Comment



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