Thursday, March 22, 2001

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) always welcomes retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at (718) 224-2729. Comment.

From opera to sculpture, boro has much to offer

There's no need to cross the river to Manhattan to get a good helping of arts and culture in the next few weeks. Here's a sampling of what's right here in Queens. Comment.

School Board 30 member reinstated

Nearly a year and a half after Teddy Kasapis was removed from his elected post on School Board 30 for allegedly coercing a colleague to vote with him in officer elections, State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Golia ordered him reinstated immediately. Comment.

Move over Manhattan, we have Queens Museum

Perhaps not as well known is the Queens Museum of Art at the old World's Fair grounds in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: A rowdy game in the Bronx

But I could very well have written... Comment.

Queens Jazz Trail shows off borough’s music legends

But it should. Jazz, with the exception of native-American song and dance, is the only indigenous U.S. music, and although it was born among the plantation slaves of the Old South, 20th century jazz greats chose Queens as their home more than any other single place in the United States. They came here in the 1920s, mainly because they were barred by discrimination or explicit segregation from living in other suburban communities. Comment.

Coliseum hosts two locals in tourney

Jave Meade didn’t look like a guy who’s team was just eliminated from the NCAA tournament. Instead, surrounded by reporters, the Holy Cross freshman guard from Queensbridge spoke proudly about how the Crusaders almost shocked the nation by nearly defeating powerful Kentucky. Comment.

CK girls capture 12th straight state crown

It was inevitable. Comment.

Molloy looks toward next year after loss in finals

When Wendell Gibson fouled out with 2:55 remaining in the first overtime, the Archbishop Molloy Stanners’ chances of knocking off defending champions St. Raymond’s went with him — though Jack Curran’s team sure made it interesting. Comment.

St. Francis captures state ‘B’ championship

The St. Francis Prep Terriers used team speed and the lack of size to their advantage during the second half of the Catholic High School Athletic Association ‘B’ state girls’ basketball championship Sunday, running away with a 63-49 win over Holy Angels (Buffalo). Comment.

Adams girls fall to South Shore in overtime

A battered and bruised John Adams girls’ basketball team trailed South Shore by eight points heading into the fourth quarter of the PSAL ‘B’ championship game at Madison Square Garden Sunday. Comment.

Queens’ Adeleke can’t carry Robeson to title

As he sat in the locker room lacing up his sneakers, Kenny Adeleke spoke about a lesson learned. Unfortunately for the 6-foot-8 Rochdale Village resident, it took a 75-60 loss to Brooklyn rival Grady in the PSAL Class A final Sunday at Madison Square Garden — his final high school game — for the Paul Robeson senior to learn the importance of playing hard for the full game. Comment.

Lewis blown out by Bergtraum at Garden

After struggling mightily in the first half, the Francis Lewis girls basketball team had cut Murry Bergtraum's lead to six on Teresa Rozza’s touchdown pass to freshman Jasmin Lawrence for a layup. With 3:48 left in the third quarter, the Patriots crowd had come alive and it appeared the team had finally wrestled control of the game away from the mighty Blazers. Comment.

Adelphi relying on Queens stars for success

He stood in the shadows while students, family and friends stormed the court as one by one, Kendell Craig, Tony Kellman, Dwayne Thompson, Ryan Laul and Ryan McCormick walked up the wooden ladder with scissors in hand, ready to cut down the nylon netting at SUNY-Old Westbury. Comment.

Most Queens players, coaches get boot from postseason

A week ago, 19 former Queens high school standouts and four assistant coaches saw their seasons extended into postseason play. But after a tumultuous week in both the NCAA and NIT tournaments, only three have survived. Comment.

Kendell Craig proud to be a Mama’s Boy

Some might get upset, consider it a diss. But not Kendell Craig. He is proud to be a Mama’s Boy. Comment.

Former Molloy standouts star in South Carolina

After two years at Division II Dowling College, Mapp's basketball... Comment.

Queens Knights banking on pitching

Yuki Yamada did not have the best sophomore campaign at the helm of the Queens College men’s baseball team. The club went just 17-19 last year, collapsing down the stretch and finishing in fifth place, one game out of the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference playoffs. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Those people’

The battle to open group homes in northeast Queens for disabled adults goes. Last week Community Board 7 in Flushing and Community Board 11 held hearings for three proposed homes. Once again the people who would run these homes showed incredible patience. Once again the residents who opposed the group showed incredible ignorance. Comment.

Editorial: Thank you, Solomon

Solomon Goodrich is a man who won't take no for an answer. For a quarter of a century, he has been swimming upstream, fighting against a stubborn bureaucracy to build something of value for the families living in southeast Queens. Last week Solomon announced that he plans to retire in December from his position as president of the Roy Wilkins Southern Queens Park. It will not be easy to fill his shoes. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Why come from Mexico to Queens? I had to find the answer

Gloria my beautiful wife, came home from school a few days ago and said, "Alex, my handsome husband do you know that children from Mexico are coming into the Queens school district? Isn’t that wonderful I will new be able to learn more about their culture and history. Comment.

Point of View: We all share blame for school shootings

The latest campus killings, especially the one at Santana High School in San Diego, has sent a shock wave across the nation. When and how can we stop such a violence from happening again before more young people get killed? There is no easy solution to this intricate problem. This type of senseless shooting is likely to occur more often unless parents, government and school officials take note of the seriousness of the situation. Comment.

Parents camp out at PS 251

The kindergarten through second grade magnet school has 144 spots available for children... Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: ‘60 Minutes’ cutting of 60 seconds hid truth

    As a youngster, he wanted to become, of all things, a police officer. He wanted to protect people, to keep them out of trouble. He also wanted... Comment.

To the Point: The Point comes through for boy scouts, ill children

The birds ready to fly out for Spring are chirping that it can’t be spring because they can still see snow on the horizon. Comment.

Astoria kids learn Tae Kwon Do discipline

By Dustin Brown Comment.

Bryant HS breaks ground for new ball field

Students enjoyed an early burst of spring Monday as they watched public officials and prominent athletes break ground for a new athletic field under construction at William C. Bryant High School in Long Island City. Comment.

Fake lawyer practicing in Jamaica arrested: DA

James Wong, 38, was charged with practicing as an attorney without being admitted to the bar,... Comment.

Three pedestrians hit on ‘Boulevard of Death’

Three people who were struck by a car while crossing Queens Boulevard Saturday night were in stable condition, the police said. The driver was not charged in the accident. Comment.

Parkway Hospital probed for unauthorized surgeries

A Forest Hills hospital and two of its doctors are under investigation by the state for their role in unauthorized surgery on 24 mentally ill patients from Elmhurst’s Leben Home for Adults, The New York Times reported this week. Comment.

CB5 targets issue of loitering teens

Some residents say they are too frightened to step... Comment.

Rego Park spelling wiz heading to finals

Snigdha Sur, a calm and bespectacled 11-year-old, sat quietly in her principal’s office last week in Rego Park’s PS 175 while the adults hovered in frenzied excitement around her. Snigdha had just won the New York Daily News’ 37th annual citywide spelling bee. Comment.

Ozone Park man, 30, convicted in 1994 murder

--By Jennifer Warren Comment.

Four vie to replace Ognibene in Council

The four candidates who want to succeed Thomas Ognibene (R- Middle Village) as District 30’s city council representative all have one goal in mind: to find more seats for School District 24, the most crowded in Queens. Comment.

LIC power plant dispute nearing final resolution

With a state Assembly hearing scheduled for Thursday and two lawsuits awaiting resolution, the fate of 10 power generators slated for sites in Queens and across the city is likely to be determined within the coming week. Comment.

2000 Census reveals shift in NE Queens population

The white population has dropped in Bayside while the number of Asians has nearly doubled in Flushing over the past 10 years, the 2000 Census breakdown for northeast Queens showed. Comment.

Term limits stay intact as council nixes repeal

Even though the Queens representatives on the City Council’s Government Operations Committee did everything in their power to repeal term limits, the committee killed the proposed legislation by a slim margin of 5-4 and left it virtually dead in the water. Comment.

Shulman backs Giuliani’s plan for Saturday classes

When it came to budget requests and Queens’ public school students, Borough President Claire Shulman had one important plea last week: “They must have a desk and a seat they can call their own.” Comment.

Six compete to replace Spigner in City Council

District 27 covers St. Albans, Hollis, Cambria Heights, Jamaica,... Comment.

City’s squad raids illicit watering holes

The raids performed by the Illegal Social Club Task Force can be... Comment.

Two held in bust of weapons cache

Two men matching a description circulated by the Queens Robbery Squad for a series of armed robberies in the Richmond Hill area were arrested March 13 and led police to a large cache of weaponry, police from the 102nd Precinct said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Three L.I. teens charged in Bayside street robberies

BAYSIDE — The police arrested three teens from Long Island Tuesday, charging them in at least three street robberies of teenagers who were attacked and whose money was taken from them, police said. Comment.

2 pols vow to fight Creedmoor merger

Two Queens politicians said residents will not sit idly by and watch the Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center move across the street to a permanent location on the grounds of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center. Comment.

Three nabbed for bribing undercover agents: City

Jimmy Portonova, a property manager of a St. Albans... Comment.

Forgery ring shut down, 6 arrests in Jamaica: DA

The ring sold counterfeit identifications, driver’s licenses,... Comment.

Brief marriage ends in murder

The shooting happened around 3:15 a.m. on March 14 in... Comment.

53% of boro schools fail state standards

Fewer than 50 percent of Queens schools met state standards on the 1999-2000 English and Math tests and the vast majority of middle schools in the borough failed to reach the state’s goals on the math exam, the state Education Department announced last week. Comment.

St. John’s students decry lax security

The president of St. John’s University met with several hundred students last week to explain why he had tapped former Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to head a new task force to beef up security on the campus following a shooting that left a football star paralyzed. Comment.

Salvage yard managers bribed cops: DA

The managers of four salvage yards and an employee of a towing company in northeast Queens were arrested last week and charged with bribing police officers who they believed would insulate them from criminal prosecution for illegal activities, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

No Parking signs should stay: Fire Department

The street has been at the center of a controversy over parking... Comment.

Boro population passes 2 million in Census count

The population of Queens has climbed to more than 2 million — a growth unmatched by the other four boroughs — buoyed in large measure by Asian and Hispanic immigrants who have recently arrived and have settled in the borough, the U.S. Census figures released last week show. Comment.

Queens students take healthy trip to hospital

Schneider Children’s Hospital celebrated Children and Healthcare Week 2001 by welcoming 500 second-grade students Monday to participate in a “hands-on educational” program to encourage youngsters not to be afraid of hospitals and to emphasize the importance of maintaining good health. Comment.

LIE’s West Doug Park exit is history

Can’t imagine life without a westbound Douglaston Parkway exit on the Long Island Expressway? Comment.

Asian gang members charged in killing: Cops

Four men in an Asian gang have been charged with gang assault stemming from an argument in a Flushing nightclub on Main Street earlier this month during which a man from Kentucky was fatally stabbed, the police said Tuesday. Comment.

Police say no threat at Cardozo

The school, with the help of detectives from the 111th Police... Comment.

Coach high on QC softball

The Queens College women’s softball team graduated two of its best players from last year’s squad, a club that went 27-18 and lost in the first-round of the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament, but coach Brian DeMasters is confident his team can equal or better last season’s performance. Comment.

SJU baseball drops first game in new stadium

For the first time in 22 months, the St. John’s baseball team played a home game on its Jamaica campus. After a year of having to get on buses to host games at Shea Stadium, New York Institute of Technology and C.W. Post while The Ballpark at St. John’s was being built, the Red Storm were finally home. Comment.

Lowey aims to lower airplane noise at LGA

U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-Rego Park) plans to reintroduce legislation to deal with the increased noise from what federal officials predict will be a massive surge in air traffic at LaGuardia Airport in the next five years. Comment.

Five vie to replace McCaffrey in Council

If candidates for City Councilman Walter McCaffrey’s (D-Woodside) District 26 were identified only by position statements on the most pressing issues facing Queens, voters might be hard-pressed to tell them apart. Who doesn’t support pedestrian improvements to step up safety on Queens Boulevard, or school construction to push down the district’s soaring class sizes? Comment.

Meeks says East Side Access crucial for southeast Queens

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) argued in favor of the proposed Long Island Rail Road East Side Access project before the House Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee last week. Comment.

LIJ nurses win profession’s Oscar

The hospital and its nurses received the profession’s highest honor March 14 when the American Nurses Credentialing Center awarded them the Magnet Recognition... Comment.

Crafty kids decorate, sell pillows at school

When it comes to business strategy, the kids at PS 94 in Little Neck know what they’re talking about. Comment.

Queens College returns donation for AIDS center

It began more than two years ago with a $4.5 million bequest from a wealthy, pre-eminent scientist and alumnus of Queens College. It ended last week with a $3 million refund for an AIDS research center that was never built. Comment.

Little Neck woman to cross Island for boy

Last year Hart, 42, ran the length of Long Island from Montauk Point to Floral Park in 36 hours to raise money for... Comment.

Harrison derides Asian council candidates

Several candidates for the city council seat in Flushing and the city comptroller, who is running for mayor, have criticized Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing) for derogatory comments she reportedly made last week about Asian Americans seeking political office. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer, 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.

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