Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2000

Queens Theatre in the Park offers pair of off-beat shows

The Virginia Stage Company presents at QTP Yasmina Reza's Tony Award-winning comedy "ART." Comment.

Great ones come to L.I. dinner theater (it seems)

Renee Taylor, the TV mother of "The Nanny," offers up "An Evening with Golda Meir" on several dates in January. She starts her national tour at the dinner theater, and captures the humor, pathos, and drama of the school teacher who entered the world stage as one of Israel's most memorable prime ministers. Comment.

Kids’ orchestra tackles classics at Town Hall

The pieces were short and stirring, beginning with Antonio Vivaldi's "Winter," one of his four violin concertos that make up The Four Seasons. The first movement, allegro non molto, a musical description of icy winds and freezing snows, had a certain suspenseful quality to it, almost like a benevolent version of the theme to the movie "Psycho." Comment.

Oratorio Society of Queens offers Handel’s ‘Messiah’

The Society was established in 1927 as the Flushing Oratorio Society, and in 1985 it was incorporated and the name was changed in order to, as its publicity states, "reflect the growing participation of voices beyond the borders of Flushing." Comment.

Acting Out: STAGES uses theater to help children manage anger

But for children with learning or behavior problems, theater work can possibly make the difference between frustration and better self-esteem. Comment.

St. John’s advances with 1-0 win over JMU

It was the second straight year the Red Storm took to the road for a first-round game and for a second consecutive time, St. John's (14-4-2) upset the host school by a 1-0 score. Comment.

Queens opens with two wins at Dominican Classic

"I'm happy we're 2-0 and we have some time now to get together and hopefully build from this," Peponakis said. "It's a good start, especially without two of our better players." Comment.

College Round-up: Cardozo’s Woodward tallies double-double in debut

The 6-foot-3 sophomore who ran the point for the Judges, switched to the two-guard position and teamed up with Zach Marbury from Brooklyn to tear up the Stags. Woodward had 14 of 19 points in the first half. He shot 8-for-15 in 33 minutes. The duo combined to score 40 points for the Rams. Comment.

SJU women clobber St. Francis in opener

It's not that Darcel Estep's team played flawless basketball. Far from it. But as the second-year head coach was the first to admit after the game, it was a great confidence builder for many of her unproven players. Comment.

Former Bayside star McMillan suspended by NCAA

But instead the 6-foot-8, 250-pound forward's collegiate career will start with a three-game suspension by the NCAA for receiving tuition assistance for prep school. Comment.

Cook sets school record in blowout win

Cook's 17th assist came with 3:34 remaining in the second half, a length-of-the-court pass to a streaking Willie Shaw, who laid it in for the basket. The former record was held by Cambria Heights native and fellow Catholic High School League alum Mark Jackson, who tallied 16 assists Feb. 3, 1986 against Providence. Comment.

Hartman shines for Stony Brook in loss to SJU

The Jackson Heights native, in his fifth-year on the Seawolves' men's basketball team, was anxious to begin his final season of collegiate basketball. He wanted to prove himself after what he considered a disappointing junior year and wanted to do so in front of friends and family in his first game at Alumni Hall. Comment.

Bayside sails to ‘B’ soccer crown

The Commodores finished the season with an unblemished 19-0 record to win their first city crown since capturing the 'A' title in 1986. Comment.

St. Francis falls to Iona in ‘AA’ title game

St. Francis had ample chances in the game which pitted the two remaining teams in the 'AA' playoffs. The Terriers had the ball at their own 20-yard line with 4:57 remaining in the game, but on the second play of the drive, quarterback Brian Forman's shovel pass was knocked free from running back Eric Maiorino and intercepted by a diving Frank Meade at the 23-yard line. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: What a way to make an impression

Stony Brook head coach Nick Macarchuk compared Cook to a few other New York City greats, Kenny Anderson and Stephon Marbury, adding that the St. John's star had an edge over them in at least some aspects, which brought a smile to Cook's face and a humble sound bite. Comment.

To The Point: Family, friends, charity meaning of holidays

The 109 Precinct Community Council will hold its holiday celebration party at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13, at the Reception House, 167-17 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Deadline for reservations is Dec. 1. Tax deductible donation is $25 per person , sent to: The 109 Precinct Holiday Party, 37-05 Union Street, Flushing, NY 11354. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Man, beast show grit as rodeo comes to town

When The Black Cowboys participated in the Laurelton Street Fair earlier this year, one of them, Howie) told me they would appear in a rodeo at the National Guard Armory in Jamaica in November. I marked the dates on my calendar: Nov. 10 and 11. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Be thankful that Franklin didn’t get his way

Yes, dear readers, Thanksgiving, the Harvest Holiday, is upon us once again. It is the time for families and friends to gather, eat, and give thanks for their blessings. "What blessings?" you cry. Well, for one, be thankful that you are not a turkey. Be thankful that the Indians brought over turkey for dinner and not groundhogs, and, especially, be thankful that there is a lot of Pepto-Bismol around. Comment.

Editorial: You too have been ‘Disenfranchised’

We have news for the people of Queens. You have been "disenfranchised" for decades by a powerful political machine that is hell-bent on denying you the right to participate in the democratic process in any meaningful way. Comment.

Laurelton recording studio plays many tunes

The "boys" are Derrick Deberry, 42, and Warren Lowther, 41, both Laurelton natives who were childhood friends. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 224-24 Union Turnpike, Coo Hi-Rise, $161,900, Bed 2, Bath 2, M/Mnt. $749 Comment.

Police Blotter: Fresh Meadows complex target of several burglaries

In some instances locks were jimmied, in others there was no signs of forced entry, Steve Stadmeyer, Fresh Meadows Development property manager said. Stadmeyer said there have been 10 to 12 burglaries in the past 30 days. Comment.

Traffic dangers worry Middle Village

The meeting at Our Lady of Hope School was organized by Juniper Valley Civic Association President Robert Holden in response to two separate traffic accidents that occurred Nov. 7. The first one took the life of a Ridgewood mother and injured her 4-year-old daughter. The second one injured two thirteen-year-old girls. Comment.

Juniper Pk. revamp has detractors

Under a new $2 million plan sponsored by City Councilman Thomas Ognibene (R-Middle Village), the city Parks Department will build drinking fountains, an ondeck circle for baseball players, more trees and bushes, and an underground irrigation system for the park. Comment.

Ozone Park project may finish ahead of schedule

The project, started in September, involves the reconstruction of 99th Street from 97th Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard and 100th Street from Atlantic Avenue to Rockaway Boulevard. The total cost is projected to be over $3.2 million. Comment.

Infighting dominates at Totten

Past meetings of the RAB have been dominated by internal bickering and arguments with David Brouwer, the Corps' project manager, over how the testing and possible cleanup of mercury and other toxins at the fort was to progress. Several members have resigned in the past year, citing the slow movement toward removing toxins from the fort. Comment.

Public Service Commission draws fire

Many in attendance contended the PSC had abused the neighborhood and its residents by failing to force the other power companies, including the New York Power Authority and Keyspan, to repower their plants in a move that would clean up existing, less environmentally cleaner generators. Comment.

Police seek Queens fugitive in Astoria rape

Frederick Monroe, 35, was identified from samples of DNA taken at the scene of the crimes, a New York City detective told a news conference Nov. 15. Comment.

Drug test negative for prison bus driver

The accident injured 42 men, said John Mohan, a spokesman for the Department of Corrections. Comment.

Playground renamed for Joe DeVoy

The park at the corner of Union Turnpike and 71st Avenue was renamed in the memory of a man who spent more than 35 years dedicating himself to improve the quality of life for all Forest Hills residents. Comment.

SE Queens residents want community centers

During a meeting of the Varied Internship Program last Thursday night, the program's founder, James Blake, said he was going to launch a campaign to bring community centers to Cambria Heights, Laurelton, Springfield Gardens and Rosedale. Comment.

Contamination not found in Jamaica homes: State

Results from tests conducted in two homes near the former dry-cleaning chemical storage site at 107-10 108th St. revealed only non-toxic levels of perchloroethylene, or PERC, said Claire Pospisil, a Department of Health spokeswoman. Comment.

Jamaica group helps families with loans

But Cathy Mickens, the director of the Neighborhood Housing Services Jamaica office, said her organization with the help of banks and insurance companies have worked to improve the neighborhood and empower homeowners. Comment.

Borough Board approves Jamaica parking lot sale

At the monthly Borough Board meeting, eight council members Comment.

Expect LIE traffic delays to continue into 2003

By Adam Kramer - The Long Island Expressway is the lifeline for thousands of Queens residents who work in the city and the escape route for Manhattanites who try to run from the urban summer heat by heading out to the island's beaches. Comment.

Laurelton painter creates images of Haiti

"My paintings come from my mind, from my imagination," said Denis, a 45-year-old artist living in Laurelton. "Just like water comes from the source, my paintings come from my personal inspiration, it comes deep from my heart." Comment.

Queens Village slated for new school building

But help is on the way. Comment.

Grandma dies in fire on 231 St.

Simone Deverson, 71, was taken to Franklin General Hospital in where she was pronounced dead, Sgt. Billy Stiles said. Five residents of the home were also taken to Franklin General for minor injuries, he said. Comment.

Parker health facility to add 20,000 sq. ft.

The institute, on the grounds of the Long Island Jewish Hospital at 271-11 76th St. in New Hyde Park received a zoning variance from Community Board 13 to add 20,000 square feet of space in the patio of the existing building. Comment.

Bookkeeper pleads guilty in Electchester fraud

Skolnick, who is also a resident of the complex, was charged with grand larceny, criminal possession of forged instruments, falsifying business records and scheme to defraud, according to officials of the Queens district attorney's office. Comment.

Boro Board addresses delays at LaGuardia

"Average delays at LaGuardia in September for many afternoon flights exceeded 48 minutes," said Hugh Weinberg, counsel for Shulman. And some flights at LaGuardia experienced average ground delay time that surpassed the scheduled time in the air. Comment.

Queens College AIDS doc raises $0

Dr. Luc Montagnier, the co-discover of the virus that causes AIDS, was courted almost three years ago by Queens College to conduct research in a free-standing structure that was to be built on the Flushing campus with funds from private donors as well as a matching contribution from the state. Comment.

Flushing kin back gang bill

The Center for the Community Interest maintains Jin Rong Lee, 46, may have been killed in the lobby of his Flushing apartment building on 147th Street near 35th Avenue as part of a gang initiation rite, although police have not established that link. Comment.

Carrozza hosts child-support collection forum

The small group of people who met at Fort Totten in Bayside Saturday morning had different stories to tell but one goal in mind: overcoming the difficulties of collecting child support. Comment.

Whitestone owner asks for canopy

"I'm not here to have enemies, I'm here to do business," Brusic said as he took a moment to peek up from the hood of a truck he was repairing. "It cost so much money to have an attorney, to go back and forth like this for no apparent reason at all." Comment.

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Task force wants to improve Bayside post offices

Joyce Shepard of Bay Terrace, a community activist and City Council candidate, said she has become so frustrated by long lines at the Bay Terrace postal station in recent weeks that she decided to take action. Comment.

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Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer classes, recreational swimming, game room time, and other activities for children ages 8-18 every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) is looking for retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at 224-2729. Comment.

Kids’ Space: From ‘Charlotte’s Web’ to ‘High Five,’ kids have plenty to do

This is KIDS' SPACE, a guide to things for children to do and see. Comment.

Douglaston LIE project angers residents

The work to reshape the interchange between the Long Island Expressway and the Cross Island Parkway and to replace several overpasses in the area was in the preliminary stages this week. Comment.

Queens’ priest shortage worries catholic church

"I think the rules have to change a little bit," she said with an uncomfortable laugh. "I think celibacy needs to be looked into and also female priests. Maybe I'm outspoken, but that's the way I feel about it." Comment.

House of Jacks shuts doors after 45 years

"This is a feat that very few people have ever accomplished," says 73-year-old Sheren "Chick" Banschick, who is closing his store, named for his father, at 70-11 Parsons Blvd. on Dec. 31. Comment.

Judge extends deadline in Wendy’s death penalty

Originally, DA Richard A. Brown had until Nov. 24 to decide whether to seek the death penalty. But State Supreme Court Administrative Judge Steven W. Fisher granted the extension after both the defense and prosecution agreed it would give the district attorney more time to examine whether there were any mitigating factors to preclude capital punishment. Comment.

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