Swingline stapled it shut ... the firm would shutter its Long Island City plant by the
year 2000 ... crime was down again in Queens, as city Councilman Thomas Ognibene called
for a teen curfew in the five boroughs ... a developer announced preliminary plans to open a hotel on the
long-abandoned site of a former Sterns store in Astoria ...
Queens cops went full-blast with a fireworks crackdown ... Astoria Pool opened for the
summer season, and Congressman Floyd Flake declared he had no intention to give up
politics to minister at his Jamaica church ... voters in Glen Oaks heaped praises on Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani during a mayoral visit to the North Shore Towers ... and schools
Chancellor Rudy Crew started a flap when he shot down community favorite Claire McIntee in
her bid for Superintendent of School Board 26 ...
Aliens invade Flushing Meadows? ... nah, it was just the Men In Black posing on a Tribune
front page ... Rudy Crew did an about-face and approved Claire McIntee for Board 26, as
ousted Board 28 president Lynn Gross vowed to fight Crews decision to remove her ...
the escape of a violent inmate from Rikers Island set off a renewed round of protests
about the penal colony from residents on the Astoria side of the bridge ... School Board
24 vice president Frank Borzellieri announced his decision to challenge incumbent Tom
Ognibene for Ognibenes City Council seat ... and Queens cops showed off some new
wheels the departments new cars appeared first in Queens ... fearing what
would happen to the property after it was parceled-off by the state, community activists
fought to have a voice in plans for Creedmoor ... the surviving members of the Grateful
Dead played for crowds in Forest Hills ... police closed in on the multi-millionaire owner
of City Gas, arresting him in the contract murder of a Jackson Heights cabby ... and
Criminal Court Justice Joseph Grasso raised tempers when he set two accused murderers free
on bail ...
City Council members urged Forest Hills residents to back the construction of a new
school at the long embattled site of a former lumber yard ... FBI agents and Queens cops
went looking for a trio of violent bank robbers who struck the borough ... Queens
politicos filed petitions with the Board of Elections in July, hoping to secure a spot in
the September primaries ... and Queens District Attorney Richard Brown was sworn in as
president of the New York State District Attorneys Association ... Tribune
newshound Jeremy Olshan previewed the new USTA Center in Flushing Meadows ... a longtime
US Open fan told Olshan she had no love for seating arrangements at the new center ... and
we recalled the crash of TWA Flight 800 one year ago, and the 230 lives lost over the
waters of Long Island ... a Tribune feature continued to probe the cause of the
crash, safety measures that were taken, and asked the question: "Are We Safer?"
Woolworths was closing for good ... the closing of the nickel and dime stores
touched a soft spot in the hearts of Queensites ... four deaf mute Mexican immigrants
walked into the 115th Precinct in Jackson Heights on a July morning, exposing a slave ring
that stretched from Mexico across the U.S. ... and a deadly wind blew through a Queens
construction site, injuring two workers and killing two others who were working on a
scaffold ... former Queens College prez Allen Sessoms began to position himself for the
job of CUNY Chancellor ... The Albany legislature finally agreed on a budget in late July
... debates, filibusters and stall tactics on both sides of the political
"fence" stalled the budget approval for 120 days making it the latest it
had ever been... and Tribune production manager Lianne Conklin tied the knot in
July ... now Mrs. Walter Procanyn, Lianne was a storybook bride ...