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Saturday, March 29, 2008

State Federation notebook: Christ the King girls win ‘A’ state title

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- It wasn't a typical year for the Christ the King girls' basketball team. The Royals lost their eight-year, 108-game league winning streak and their 23-year CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens championship run, too. Comment

Friday, March 28, 2008

Council has votes to block congestion pricing: Avella

Avella, Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis), Queens Chamber of Commerce President Albert Pennisi and Queens Civic Congress President Cory Bearak held a press conference at the foot of the Queensborough Bridge early Friday morning and denounced Mayor Michael Bloomberg's efforts to pass a congestion pricing plan, which would charge drivers $8 to enter Manhattan below 60th Street during business hours. Comment

Civic looks to move St. Savior’s to safety

Robert Holden, the civic's president, said the group was trying to make a deal with the owner that would give them between 30 and 40 days to remove the building from its current locale. Middle Village's All Faiths Cemetery had recently announced that it would provide space for the relocated church if the civic paid for the structure's transfer. Comment

Senior moments: Pena overcomes illness to propel CK to Federation ‘A’ finals

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Jael Pena was suffering from a sinus infection and the cold temperature inside the Glens Falls Civic Center didn't exactly help. The Christ the King girls' basketball team came out almost as cold, but as soon as the third quarter hit, Pena knew that a loss meant her Royals career would be over. Comment

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Ridgewood tax biz owner tried to steal refunds: DA

Tommasina Paolino, of 70-06 69th Place in Glendale, was charged Friday before Queens Criminal Court Judge Gene Lopez with grand larceny, identity theft, offering a false instrument for filing, falsifying […] Comment

Budget cuts threaten Redfern Center

The center, open Mondays through Fridays from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the school year and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer, hosts summer youth programs, cultural and educational activities and is […] Comment

Con Edison hikes rates by 4.7%

The utility had proposed a $1.2 billion rate hike last year that would increase bills by as much as 36 percent, making it the largest rate hike in the company's history. But the PSC approved a more […] Comment

Jax Heights’ Polk Theatre razed

The Polk Theatre, located at the corner of 93rd Street and 37th Avenue, had become an adult theater before closing in 2006. The building was demolished sometime in February. Property owner Henry Zheng […] Comment

Boro Hindus welcome spring

The neighborhood held its annual Phagwah parade and festival, which began on Liberty Avenue and 134th Street and ended at Smoky Oval Park. The event, where Hindus traditionally ring in spring by throwing […] Comment

Noguchi Museum starts $8M stabilization project

The second phase of the project, estimated at $8.2 million, kicked off Tuesday. During this phase, the museum's garden wall will be stabilized, new windows will be installed and the entry pavilion […] Comment

Hell Gate to be upgraded

The upgrading of the Kosciuszko Bridge, which connects Maspeth to Greenpoint, Brooklyn, was put on hold earlier this year after the state's Historic Preservation Office expressed concern that the […] Comment

Delis to retire in May from CB 1 post

Delis, hired as district manager in 1977, said he would leave his post on May 1 and take time off before venturing back into community service."I love community service and I was happy to be part of the […] Comment

Four to seek Gallagher’s seat

Gallagher, who would have been term limited out of office in 2009, pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors and agreed to relinquish his seat as part of a deal that will keep him out of prison following his […] Comment

Dentist slay suspect denied visitation

Judge Linda Tally said her decision was based on a thorough report by the girl's therapist, who said Michelle did not know that her mother was in jail and was emotionally frail."The court doesn't […] Comment

File tax return to get rebate check: Crowley

At a meeting of the United Spinal Association in East Elmhurst last Thursday, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said those who live off nontaxable income like Social Security or veterans' […] Comment

Astoria event to host first ‘Burger Battle’

Hosted by Dish du Jour Magazine, seven restaurants from the five boroughs will enter the fray and battle it out for the title of "Best Burger in the Boroughs." Judging these ketchup-thirsty contenders […] Comment

Astoria teens charged in brutal stabbing: DA

Jose Leal, 18, was arrested March 18 after cutting and dying his hair to avoid capture, authorities said. He admitted to stabbing the victim and was charged with attempted murder, gang assault, assault […] Comment

New 110th Pct. head takes over

Pilkington is transferring to the Forest Hills-based Queens Detective Bureau next month and seemed to be looking forward to the challenges of the new position."I'll be working for the detective bureau […] Comment

The Butler Did It: Queens shapes March Madness

McKillop, who was born in South Ozone Park, has Davidson, a tiny liberal arts college near Charlotte, N.C., in the Sweet 16 after upsetting Gonzaga and second-seeded Georgetown in the opening rounds of […] Comment

Still playing: St. John’s women’s team has nothing to lose in WNIT

The Red Storm lived to play again with a 65-59 win against Iona in the WNIT second round Monday night at Carnesecca Arena. They'll play Boston College in the third round Thursday night in Queens at […] Comment

St. John’s softball hopes to knock inexperience out of park

"You gotta learn at this level you can't get away with things that you did in high school," Kvilhaug said.That might be her credo this season. St. John's (10-15, 2-0 Big East) has six freshmen […] Comment

Arms, can hammer: Versatile Johnnies were chosen to finish first in the Big East

The Johnnies will bring a 16-4 record with them into their home-opening conference series against Seton Hall this weekend. "That's not bad," Blankmeyer said of the team's gaudy record. "We've […] Comment

Running with the Bulls: Elmhurst native begins pro career near home

Mesa, the former Newtown standout, signed a developmental contract with the New York Red Bulls of Major League Soccer last week. Finally, after years of setbacks, the Elmhurst native can call himself […] Comment

Knights want Lance: Landesberg, teammates hope for rematch with Stephenson, Lincoln in state Federation

"We want them - we want to play against Lincoln," the Holy Cross senior guard said. "They're the defending champs and they have all the buzz in the city. To finish our high-school career by beating […] Comment

Tale of the tape for potential Holy Cross opponents

Honorees and contenders

Those two are integral pieces for Bergtraum in its attempt to win a second straight state Federation Class AA title. The Blazers, the 10-time PSAL 'AA' champions, will play state public-school Rush-Henrietta in the Federation semifinals Saturday at 2 p.m. at Glens Falls Civic Center.Honorees: Queens legends Vinny Cannizzaro and Jimmy Gatto will both be inducted into the state basketball Hall of Fame this weekend. Cannizzaro was the architect of the Christ the King girls' basketball dynasty and Gatto is the 38th-year coach of the St. John's Prep boys' basketball team. Comment

College Round-Up: Hughes leads Badgers to 16

CK tries to win ‘A’

"You can never worry about what your opponent is or isn't," Mackey said. Comment

Perfect Harmony: Shin, Parascos have mended differences, Dozo could challenge for boro supremacy

But in this pair's case - Shin plays for Parascos on the Cardozo girls' soccer team - the combative relationship has had more to do with outside influences than internal ones. The past two seasons, […] Comment

Bowne girls fall in ‘A’ title game

Eagles make first trip upstate

American Studies beat Richard Green HS of Teaching in the PSAL Class B girls' basketball championship Saturday afternoon and will play either the Fieldston School or Briarcliff in the state Federation […] Comment

Title Academy: Undefeated Eagles take home first championship

For the Academy of American Studies, a school of less than 600 students tucked into a cranny of Long Island City, PSAL titles aren't just rare. They don't happen.Until now.Led by freshman point […] Comment

St. John’s raises money for hunger with walk

The 5-kilometer walk has been a Good Friday staple at St. John's over the past 25 years, typically raising more than $30,000 for area charities that feed the homeless. Last year's walk brought […] Comment

Comrie rewards winners of N-word essay contest

The councilman awarded 26 city middle-schoolers official city citations for winning the second annual Black History Month Essay Contest at City Hall on March 19. The subject for the 250-word essay was […] Comment

South Queens murders rising faster than city

Police statistics show homicides have risen in the city with 99 reported homicides in 2008 as of March 22, a 20.7 percent increase from the same time last year. Although the Bronx led the city in murders […] Comment

Easter egg hunt gets kids fit

Thousands of southeast Queens children participated in the park's seventh annual Easter Egg Hunt, running and exploring the greenspace's terrain to find their yummy prizes."It's nice for everyone […] Comment

Cultural group’s site unites Jamaica artists

"The cultural and business community has embraced new technology, but it's not always easy," she said.Emerson unveiled a special Website last Thursday that not only gives artists who are part of the […] Comment

No new parks leader coming to SE Queens

She was responding to a concern from Peter Richards, the chair of CB 13's Parks Committee, who brought up the issue at the board's meeting Monday at St. Luke's Church in Rosedale."Currently, […] Comment

City unveils plan to spruce up Jamaica

Jessica Baker, of the city's Economic Development Corporation, presented the board with the first reportfrom the Jamaica Plan Interagency Task Force on March 19.The task force, which includes representatives […] Comment

Man charged with shoplifting in Astoria

DWI driver passes out in Astoria street: Cops

Astoria teens charged with video game rob

Minivan stolen from Bayside street

Robbers drill through wall to rob bank vault

Gunman takes man’s wallet in Bayside

Astoria traffic stop yields crack arrest

Bayside job-seeker victim of check fraud

Cops seek man in two Forest Hills bank robs

Work stops at Rego Pk. site

Dan Berger, vice president of design and construction for Vornado Realty, told the board that while the three-story retail component was moving ahead and expected to be completed by this summer, the proposed […] Comment

No. 7 ‘shmutz’-less, E dirtiest: Report

The transit advocacy agency gave its No. 1 rating to the L line and attributed the high-placed rankings of the L and the No. 7 to the fact that both lines were involved in the New York City Transit Authority's […] Comment

Bell argued with driver at club

In testimony before Queens Supreme Court Justice Arthur Cooperman Tuesday, Jean Nelson recounted what happened when he went out with Bell and other friends to celebrate Bell's bachelor party at the […] Comment

Peralta wants crackdown on prostitution in Queens

State Assemblyman Jose Peralta (D-Jackson Heights) said prostitution rings on Roosevelt Avenue are damaging the psyches of the women and children in the area with obscene promotional materials.The leaders […] Comment

Group saves stray dog in Ozone Park

"The dog has been there since before Christmas," said Bobbi Giordano of Bobbi and The Strays, a non-profit that rescues strays and houses them at John F. Kennedy International Airport and the Shops at […] Comment

Study to eye development of Newtown

New York's State Department will grant $625,454 to Tarrytown-based environmental advocacy group Riverkeeper, the Newtown Creek Alliance and the Greenpoint Manufacturing and Design Center for planning […] Comment

CUNY’s LIC dorm gets tentative praise

Developer O'Connor Capital Partners is seeking a variance to build a 13-story building in a seven-story zone in order to have enough market-rate units to compensate for the estimated $8 million in […] Comment

Two killings in 27 hours hit Jamaica

Early Saturday morning, Nomar Anderson, 28, was killed outside a Caribbean restaurant at 109-25 Merrick Blvd., police said. The next morning Jamal Greene, 31, was shot outside a house on Guy R. Brewer […] Comment

Federal agent demanded sex for green card: DA

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services agent Isaac Baichu, 46, of the Bronx, is charged with receiving a bribe, receiving a reward for official misconduct, sexual misconduct, coercion and official […] Comment

Bay Terrace man ticketed for parking in his driveway

Cars parked in the driveway of Bay Terrace resident Ashley Scharg have been ticketed four times in recent months on the grounds that the cars extend too far into the sidewalk. Now Scharg is fighting the […] Comment

Traffic plan deadline nears as debates rage

If congestion pricing, which would charge cars $8 to enter Manhattan below 60th Street from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, is not approved by both the city and state legislatures by March 31, the city […] Comment

Astoria gay activist angry at Polish prez’s speech

"We are hoping that we can resolve this without litigation," said Brendan Fay, who emigrated from Ireland in 1984 and is best known in Queens for helping found the All-Inclusive St. Patrick's Parade […] Comment

Writer’s block never an issue for author in Whitestone

A retired elementary school teacher, Lodico has self-published five books in the last year, and she has already got more planned."I just sent another one in yesterday, Lodico said in an interview. "Then […] Comment

Penn offers wireless to LIRR commuters

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority announced last week that it has added wireless access to Penn Station in an effort to provide a little extra for its Long Island Rail Road and subway riders along […] Comment

Marshall to consider Jam. Estates  temple plan

At a land use hearing last Thursday, after listening to the attorney for the congregation describe the building his clients want and the worries of residents whose houses are near the proposed temple […] Comment

Skyview Parc sales office bolsters condo purchases

Condominium sales for the first phase of the mixed-use project began in February, and Muss said in the first four weeks, the company has sold nearly one-third of the units in the first of six residential […] Comment

City school budget cuts irk teachers, Queens pols

The city Education Department saw its budget trimmed by 1.7 percent in February and is facing further cuts, which Schools Chancellor Joel Klein defended last week before the City Council Education Committee.Klein […] Comment

Queens’ growth second among boros

The figures, which were released last Thursday, show Queens with 2,270,338 people as of July 1, 2007, an increase of 5,677 from the 2,264,661 estimated in 2006. The borough's growth rate was 0.25 […] Comment

New Yorkers favor Paterson

More than a third of the 1,528 registered state voters polled between March 16 and March 18 said Paterson would restore trust in state government following revelations that former Gov. Eliot Spitzer was […] Comment

Traffic plan would add bus routes for Queens

In addition, transit officials say bus rapid transit (BRT) - the express bus service using such innovations as censors that keep traffic lights green until buses pass intersections - is scheduled to start […] Comment

Not enough money, time for transit upgrades: MTA

The MTA had pledged to spend $30 million on an array of service upgrades, with improvements on 11 lines citywide including G, R and W subway lines, more frequent weekend trains on the No. 7 as well as […] Comment

Bayside math ace wins state prize

If you said 49, good job.Kevin Peng, an MS 74 student from Bayside, can answer a question like that in less than two seconds, and he did just that to finish first at the statewide Mathcounts competition.Speed […] Comment

New look for old Marretta’s

After construction wraps in a couple months, the building at 41-06 Bell Blvd. will include a second floor of offices and a renovated first floor open to any kind of retail business.The new owners are […] Comment

New Yorkers need e-alerts for sex offenders: Lancman

State Assemblyman Rory Lancman (D-Fresh Meadows) and state Sens. Jeff Klein (D-Bronx) and John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights) called on the state last week to adopt a measure that would give concerned parents […] Comment

Flushing man takes $1M in lotto win

The New York Lottery announced last week that Hashmatullah Karimzada, a 55-year-old Flushing resident, won $1 million playing the lottery's Big Bucks instant win scratch-off game. Karimzada, who emigrated […] Comment

Flushing Hosp. uses honey to treat wound

The doctors recently began treating Albrecht's wound with a honey-based bandage called MediHoney. Infused with honeys from New Zealand and Australia, the bandages utilize honey's natural antimicrobial […] Comment

First exhibition showcased at Queens Crossing gallery

A hulking commercial and office complex hanging over Municipal Lot 1 in downtown Flushing, Queens Crossing is expected to open in its entirety sometime in April. Several aspects of the building, though, […] Comment

Cardozo junior gets chance at int’l Chemistry Olympiad

And if he succeeds, he'll have the chance to compete against the top student chemists in the world at the 2008 International Chemistry Olympiad in Budapest this summer.John Jason Psonis, a 16-year-old […] Comment

City can’t afford new leader for southeast Queens parks

Ironically, 10 of the applications were disqualified because they came from people who lived outside of the city - a charge that was leveled against Martino Fisher, according to CB 13 Chairman Richard […] Comment

Rosedale woman claims sex harassment in suit

Cynthia Spence-Green, a Rosedale woman who has worked in group homes for Queens Centers for Progress since 1989, said her supervisor, Daniel Obaseki, "made unwelcome sexual innuendos and remarks toward […] Comment

Fundraisers

Howard Beach gym caters to kids

Business Calendar

The Reel Queens: Hollywood success seems a safe bet for LIC native

In the new film "21," Lapira plays one of five MIT students who, in the 1990s, trained to become card-counting experts and milked Las Vegas casinos for millions of dollars before they were caught. The […] Comment

Boro arts council declares networking event a success

The Play’s The Thing: More risk-taking might boost Queens theaters

Why should that be?Queens has an estimated population of some 2.2 million. But even if most of those people never attend a theater event, that still leaves at least tens of thousands who do. It can't […] Comment

‘Legs talk’ in Jamaica man’s sassy new book

Told through a series of black-and-white photographs of a woman's legs, "Legs Talk" is the story of a woman and her affair with a legophile. The story has a beginning, a middle and a surprise ending, […] Comment

Travels in the invisible China: Queensborough photo show documents the Middle Kingdom of the 1970s and today

Thankfully, Leonard Kahan, an artist and experienced teacher who has taught at Queens College and Brooklyn College, strives to educate us in new ways with his latest art exhibit, "Yesterday's China," […] Comment

Southeast Queens Community Calendar

Northeast Queens Community Calendar

Collision at Jamaica station snarls LIRR commute

An eastbound Hempstead train was switching tracks as it approached the platform around 10 a.m. when its two rear cars collided with two unoccupied rear cars of a Huntington-bound train that was stopped at a platform on another track, an LIRR spokesman said. The Hempstead train slightly derailed and the 19 riders inside the two rear cars were shaken up, but no one was hurt, according the police. Comment

Western Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Volunteer tour guides needed for “The Castle” at Fort Totten

City’s tourism agency highlights Queens Museum of Art in March

QStage: Queens Theater Calendar

Cell phone donations extended

Citizenship day at Queens Library

Southeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Attorney general sponsors vigil for victims of crime in New York

Forums on No. 7 train planned

Quick action gives life back to friend

Francis Lewis student saves aunt

Developer gives funds to Gennaro

Paterson faces budget crunch

MTA builds train lines to nowhere

Don’t cut meals to boro seniors

A Real Neighbor

‘The True Genius of this Nation’

Northeast Queens Arts & Entertainment Calendar

Cloud Hangs over Willets Point

The Chinese connection

Neighbor to Neighbor: Watch for telltale signs of kids’ gang activity

Politcal Action: Lancman speaks out on Albany power shift

"Spitzer was going to be the 'Great Reformer.' The fact that he was undone by an ethical scandal is particularly disappointing," Lancman said. "His demise has caused a lot of people to lose faith […] Comment

The Civic Scene: Fresh Meadows leery of new Bukharian shul

At the public hearing held a couple of weeks earlier the applicant explained that it needed the larger-than-permitted building on this corner R-1 zoned lot because they wanted a special upstairs room […] Comment

Dishing with Dee: Candidates lining up for races in Queens

For me it was deja vu all over again. The Queens Chamber is a great organization to belong to. In fact, it has been in continuous operation for more than 90 years. They must be doing something right! […] Comment

South Queens Speaks: Centreville says work on streets needed now

"Unacceptable," was the cry of many at last week's Ozone Park Civic Association meeting as Assistant Commissioner Naraynan Venugopalan from the Department of Design and Construction explained the […] Comment

Berger’s Burg: The shocking tale of the promiscuous tsetse fly

Yes, I know I am a little premature since April Fools' Day is still a few days away, but impetuous me wants to be the first one in Queens to begin the April Fool-ery. April Fool gems - A love note […] Comment

Neighbor rescues Woodside woman

"If anybody takes anything away from this, I just hope that maybe people will [be] aware of their neighbors," said Kim Russo. "Today you don't know your neighbors anymore. Nobody keeps an eye on people."Russo, […] Comment

Willets Pt. biz calls city offer a sham

The owners of Bono Sawdust Supply and Crown Container said the city, which is hoping to get approval from the City Council in the near future for a more than $3 billion redevelopment of Willets Point, […] Comment

Monday, March 24, 2008

When it’s time to ‘Demobilize’

Indian art of the diaspora

A matter of time & place

‘The spaces in between’

Surviving Kafka’s world

Go out and forage with an expert

Parking pad backlash: Homemade spots take up premium space for cars

As Brooklyn’s population rises, the number of parking spots continues to drop. This is, in part, because local residents – whether they are legally entitled to one or not – have increasingly […] Comment

Hi-rise greed

Rush to replenish area food pantry

With one area food pantry low on supplies, a local organization is stepping up to the plate. The Bay Ridge Community Council (BRCC), through its Acts of Kindness Committee, has launched a packaged food […] Comment

Here’s your chance to be a big wheel in 2008

Astroland opens early for an unforgettable year of Coney Island merriment and fun

Andrew Rose Gregory runs on the power of love

Valentine’s Day is now a more than a month past, but a new album by Brooklyn-based singer songwriter Andrew Rose Gregory will keep the L-word on the minds of Brooklynites. Gregory’s new album, […] Comment

Mira Stroika makes music from the depths of a Jewish soul

At the height of Mira Stroika’s cabaret performance, as her melodic voice rings over the audience at Don Pedro’s in Williamsburg like a series of church bell intonations, she takes a brief dramatic […] Comment

Magnetic Field’s grand finale produces irresistible pull

After five years of bands rocking out on its stage, Brooklyn Heights standout Magnetic Field will be closing its doors on Atlantic Avenue, but not without a week-long blowout. From March 24 to 31, venue […] Comment

Brooklyn Exposure for the Charlie D Jazz Quartet

Dangerous curves & sharp objects

‘Benguele’ and ‘Breu’ from Brazil

World music from Mamady Kouyate’s Mandingo Ambassadors

Bklyn music fest

Michelle Amador sextet

Reggae Sundays

No amp, no strings, no axe, but you could be a rock star

As anybody who grew up in the 1980s knows, the most popular instrument was not the drums, synthesizer, or even the electric guitar, but rather the air guitar. Unencumbered by the limitation of actually […] Comment

Fantastic four jam for firefighters’ families

Your local bands will take the stage at Williamsburg’s Luna Lounge on March 26 to benefit the Bravest Scholarship Fund, whose mission is to help children of deceased firefighters pay for college. […] Comment

There’s never enough instruments for the ‘Neverbeens’

When The Neverbeens play Pete’s Candy Store, the five-piece, multi-instrumental band will have to squeeze onto the venue’s small, intimate stage, especially as they pass off the guitar to play […] Comment

Cookbook helps you develop a ‘Taste’ for delicious cooking

The new face of kosher cooking shines smilingly out of a recent community cookbook, a winner in a nationwide competition devoted to such volumes. The cookbook produced by the Yeshivah of Flatbush snagged […] Comment

Hang out with your friends at new The Dram Shop

Chalk up another successful enterprise for Wade Hagenbart. Wade introduced us to Sweet Melissa’s more than a decade ago. Then, about 9-10 years ago, he opened Angry Wade’s (222 Smith Street, […] Comment

Mmm...Come on and dig into Restaurant week in Brooklyn

Meaty mac, scallop terrine wrapped in smoked salmon, ginger Chilean sea bass, and juicy barbeque ribs. Hungry yet? All these delectable dishes and more could be yours if you run to the phone and make […] Comment

UniverSoul Circus returns!

BK Fashion struts its stuff

Underground fashion gets a literal twist when the Brooklyn Fashion Foundation brings its BK Fashion Week{end} show to a garage at Williamsburg’s Northside Piers. From March 21 to 23, the neighborhood […] Comment

How indie music saved a ‘Perfect’ writer

Growing up in Grand Rapids, Mich., John Sellers was a music nerd. He made obsessive lists of the songs, artists and albums he liked, gleaned as much information about his favorite bands such as Joy Division […] Comment

Q&A with great authors

Polish Easter in BK

Friday’s all right for fun with the family

Sunday Family Theater

Mo’ Mo(ve)ment here

Hey, ‘It’s Hell in Here’

Conni’s Restaurant satisfies the hankering for theater

When entering Conni’s Restaurant, an avant garde theater production currently in residence at the Bushwick Starr, there are certain expectations that an audience member should have that are, say, […] Comment

‘Who-ville’ never looked better

Literary partying

Astoria gay activist to meet with Polish gov’t over president’s use of wedding video

"The Polish consul-general in New York City has agreed to meet with us [Tuesday] evening," Brendan Fay said Monday. "The consul-general has been very cordial all along." Comment

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