Thursday, May 3, 2001

Match Mom up with her kind of dining

There are, of course, all kinds of Moms - and all kinds of restaurants to fete them on their day. Comment.

Your mother deserves more than a card

As you can imagine, some sort of tribute to mothers has been going on since ancient times. Comment.

Notre Dame scores sweep over St. John’s

It was the hit the St. John’s baseball team had waited 2 1/2 games for. After just five hits in Saturday’s doubleheader sweep at the hands of Notre Dame and trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fifth in the series finale Sunday, Chris Fallon blasted J.P. Gagne’s 1-1 pitch down the right field line. Comment.

Molloy remains perfect with win over CK

The Archbishop Molloy Stanners defeated the Christ the King Royals Monday afternoon, 5-1, keeping the team perfect in league play this season with a 5-0 record. Comment.

Ridgewood church to celebrate birthday

Although the New Apostolic Church has sat quietly at 60-33 Madison St. in Ridgewood for only 69 years, its youthful facade hides a century of local worship which the congregation will celebrate Saturday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Comment.

Tolentino’s blast leads Newtown to victory

He is known as “Smooth” for his slick defensive work at second base. But Edwin Tolentino’s nickname could also apply to his swing as the Newtown junior jacked a solo home run in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead the Pioneers to a 6-3 win over Queens A-II rivals Long Island City Monday at Newtown. Comment.

Four-run seventh carries Bayside over Van Buren

Bayside (11-5, 6-2) held a 2-0 lead until the sixth inning when... Comment.

St. Mary’s, community clash over hospital plans

But Bayside civic leader Frank... Comment.

Jamaica 5K Run/3K Walk slated to go off May 19

The popular event will begin at 8:30 a.m. at the... Comment.

Bush policy on Taiwan questioned in Flushing

Despite President George Bush’s vow last week to defend Taiwan if China waged war against the island, some Chinese-Americans in Flushing are hesitant to believe he will keep his word in offering full military support to the Taiwanese. Comment.

Svoboda wins share of Big East golf crown

With yet another stellar performance last weekend at the Metacomet Country Club in East Providence, R.I., Andrew Svoboda placed himself in the St. John’s golf record books as the first Red Storm golfer to win a share of the Big East title since P.J. Cowan in 1987. The sophomore carded a five-over par 215 to lead St. John’s to a second place finish behind nationally ranked Virginia Tech. Comment.

Bayside Little League: North Shore Baptist battles Biordi Construction

North Shore Baptist Church vs. Biordi Construction. Powerhouse pitching and hitting from Parker Moore, Jordan Colflesh and Adam Heuer were key elements in placing North Shore Baptist Church over the top. Also getting the two key hits for... Comment.

DAC BAseball: Continental Shipping scores wins over Mets, Warriors

Continental Shipping Cardinals 5, Cascarino’s Mets 2. Pitchers Sebastian Grazziani and Chris Carton combined for 11 strikeouts, with Grazziani driving in a run in the fifth for the winners. Shortstop Justin Black, first basemen Tommy... Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe baseball season off to exciting start

After a competitive exhibition season, the Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League’s regular season got off to an exciting start with a full slate of games throughout all five baseball divisions. In what promises to be a great season, the first week of action saw a number of close games that weren’t decided until the late innings. Comment.

Parents explore schools at Magnet Fair

More than 300 parents explored educational opportunities for their children at School District 30’s annual Magnet School Fair Monday and Tuesday nights at IS 204 in Long Island City. Comment.

Mite Division begins instructional season

Mattone Groups Mite Division began its season coached by referee and former DG player William Rodriguez. The Mites receive instruction in skating and hockey fundamentals. The young players love the game and get a workout twice weekly.... Comment.

Glen Oaks Little League: Rockies romp in opener at Glen Oaks Oval

No-hit pitching by Alexis Namit and Nicole Epstein led the David Weprin Rockies Glen Oaks Major girls softball team to an opening game, 16-6 victory at the Glen Oaks Oval, April 19. Namit also contributed two hits and scored two runs and Epstein scored a run against Port Washington No. 2. Catcher and clean-up hitter Marisa Bearak’s clutch two-out opposite field double drove in the first David Weprin Rockies run on the season. Bearak came home on Tara McCullagh’s two-run triple, also driving in Lorey Giblin to even the scored at 3-3. Comment.

Editorial: Welcome PS 499

Despite concerns about traffic, Community Board 8 has done the right thing in giving its seal of approval to the creation of a permanent elementary and intermediate school on the campus of Queens College. Given the overcrowded condition of nearly every public school in Queens, one might expect that everyone who cares about the education of our children would be happy. Sadly, that is not the case. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: I waited all year for this — the beginning of May

Oh! Ring the bells, Oh! Ring the bells! We bid you all, “Good Morning.” Comment.

Point of View: Survey or no survey, U.S. is No. 1 choice

But to many people throughout the world, the U.S. is actually their first choice. They consider it a Utopia. They... Comment.

Springfield Gardens school gets new computer lab

The Ralph Bunche School in Springfield Gardens — PS 132 — was abuzz with excitement as parents, teachers and students waited for the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the schools new ScanTEK 2001 computer lab. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Our city parks need everyone’s support

It isn’t every day that one witnesses a birth. Comment.

The Civic Scene: School problems persist, but things getting better

While cleaning out one of my file cabinets recently, I came across a folder with yellow newspaper articles dating back to 1987 and 1988. I found discussions of some of the same problems being discussed today. It is sad that similar problems still exist today. Although we do have a different ethnic population with slightly different causes for the problems, they still exist. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Use natural warriors to fight garden pests

The scourge of every gardener is the yearly battle of the gardener against plant pests and pathogens. Comments (1).

Glendale dress shop caters to traditional tastes

Although the Planet Fashions clothing shop in Glendale was officially closed one day last week for inventory, that didn’t stop owners Mila and Joe Gagliano from opening the front door when passersby peered curiously through the glass. Comment.

Elmhurst border irks residents

He received the expected response: Elmhurst is located in... Comment.

Crowley’s cousin, 23, runs for City Council

Queens Democratic Party boss Tom Manton clasped the hand of 23-year-old Elizabeth Crowley and raised her arm high in the air. Her other hand was clutched by her first cousin, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights), and the two men proclaimed her the face of the next generation of Democrats. Comment.

Residents nix DOT’s plan for Queens Blvd.

Residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park voiced their unabashed rejection of a plan to narrow Queens Boulevard service lanes by converting two lanes to metered parking at a Community Board 6 meeting last week. Comment.

Pol recruits scientists to save Jamaica Bay

The Jamaica Bay Wetlands, a salt marsh at the southern base of Queens and longtime home for Canadian geese, snowy egrets and warblers, was to receive some much-needed attention from environmental experts this week. Comment.

Forest Hills native buys trip into space

Tito and two Russian cosmonauts lifted off from Korolyov, Russia Saturday in a Soyuz rocket headed for the... Comment.

City Planning hopes to boost business in LIC

Under the proposal, stores, offices and residences would be added to... Comment.

JFK sculpture of Jesus receives quick cover-up

Deborah Masters of Brooklyn is one of three artists to design a mural... Comment.

Anti-gun violence event scheduled for May 13

The Queens chapter of the Million Mom March Foundation has been planning a day in the park with a kick this year as they prepare to mark Mother’s Day... Comment.

Big developers shy away from downtown Flushing

First in a series Comment.

City Planning looks to boost LIC business

Under the proposal, stores, offices and residences would be added to... Comment.

SB 29 reopens search for school superintendent

If test scores drop in School District 29, Schools Chancellor Harold Levy told a private session last week he would reassess his position on naming District Administrator Michael Johnson the district’s superintendent, school board members said. Comment.

Queens homeless man convicted of murder

Donail Branch, 23, was convicted by a jury at... Comment.

Ex-convict charged in Jamaica livery cab murder

Donald Thomas, 44, of 166-01 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica, was arrested last Thursday and charged with murder in the... Comment.

Mother charged in her infant’s death

A 15-year-old South Jamaica girl was arrested and charged in connection with the February death of her newborn baby girl after the medical examiner determined Friday that the child was born alive, police said. Comment.

Queens Hospital Center puts asthma van on road

Asthma is a chronic disease which causes inflammation of the airways, sometimes... Comment.

Police arrest two teens in Woodside shoot: Cops

Police arrested a 17-year-old who allegedly shot a Woodside gas station attendant during a robbery last Thursday and an 18-year-old companion charged with firing a round of bullets at officers as he fled from the scene at Northern Boulevard and Newtown Road, a Police Department spokeswoman said. Comments (1).

Killed cop honored in S. Jamaica

Members of the 113th Precinct gathered Tuesday to remember one of their own and rededicate a plaque on the 20th anniversary of his death. Comment.

Scarborough pushes through summer jobs program

The Emergency Appropriation funding was approved by the state Assembly with the support of Assemblyman William... Comment.

Queens Tribune owners sell 8 Long Island weeklies

“We sold the Nassau Group because it does not fit into our plans,” said Jerry Finkelstein,... Comment.

Forest Hills native buys trip into space

Tito and two Russian cosmonauts lifted off from Korolyov, Russia Saturday in a Soyuz rocket headed for the... Comment.

Asians hope to win first city council seat

Ten Asian-American city council candidates from Queens introduced themselves to voters at a reception in Manhattan Tuesday and explained why they believe it is important for an Asian American to be elected to the city’s legislative body for the first time in history. Comment.

Little Neck, Douglaston hold fund-raiser for parade

Honorees Lori Rodman, of the Queens Women’s Center, and... Comment.

Queens College school draws residents’ ire

The 534-seat school, PS 499, also... Comment.

Bias attack victim’s dad speaks at NAACP meet

The father of a Bayside man who was beaten and robbed in a February bias attack on Bell Boulevard spoke out at a Flushing NAACP meeting last week, voicing frustration at the justice system that allowed his son’s alleged attackers to go free on $5,000 bail. Comment.

Church tackles domestic abuse head-on

Rev. Pamela Hill, a formerly battered and beaten wife, stood tall and triumphantly before several hundred congregants at a packed New Greater Bethel Ministries in Queens Village Saturday. Comment.

Accused kidnappers cleared of civil charges

Queens County Family Court Judge Guy... Comment.

Carol Gresser announces candidacy for boro prez

In what might be considered a slight to Borough President Claire Shulman, Carol Gresser officially kicked off her campaign for the Democratic nomination to succeed the term-limited borough president Monday on the steps of Shulman’s headquarters at Borough Hall. Comment.

Victim traps rape suspect with cell phone in Astoria

Samuel Cuspert, 28, of 1523 Fulton Ave. in the Bronx, has been... Comment.

35 in Willets Pt. indicted in contamination of land

After a yearlong investigation, the authorities last week arrested the owners and employees of 21 junkyards in Willets Point, charging them with violating state environmental laws by dumping thousands of gallons of hazardous materials in sewers and in nearby Flushing Bay. Comment.

Asians outpace whites in Flushing: 2000 census

The five communities that make up... Comment.

School Board 26 delays resolution on PS 94, 98

School Board 26 in Bayside voted to postpone a resolution last Thursday night that would have let Little Neck parents send their children to a less overcrowded school in Douglaston after a large turnout objected to the possibility of making the option permanent. Comment.

Annual cleanup effort refreshes Udall’s Cove

Dressed in grub gear and standing at the bend of Little Neck’s Sand Hill Road, Udall’s Cove Preservation Vice President Walter Mugdan Saturday spread his arms to the surrounding vernal marshland he and 30 others had come to clean. Comment.

One GOPer left in race for Abel’s seat

Several months before the September primary in the race for City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) seat one Republican candidate has emerged as the main party contender for the position while the five Democrats vying for the spot are standing their ground. Comment.

Ognibene’s mayoral exit shakes up council race

Ognibene, who had not declared his candidacy for the top slot in the... Comment.

Three sites in Queens named as historic homes

“The Children’s Guide to Historic Houses in New York City Parks,” by Sara Beth Hobel, profiles 19 historic houses located on park property throughout the city.... Comment.

LaGuardia flight delays unlikely to decline: FAA

The FAA report also issued a pessimistic forecast as to prospects for less crowding... Comment.

90-year-old volunteer dedicated to children

Although National Volunteer Month was in April, 144 volunteers continue to dedicate their time and effort to help patients at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside. But unlike some student volunteers earning academic credit, a 90-year-old woman has devoted many years of her life to helping the children. Comment.

Pols protest Gov’s school-fund appeal

Busloads of Queens citizens joined city residents carrying signs broadcasting their fury — “Your Budget’s Balanced on Our Children’s Backs, Your Political Career Won’t be Built on Them” — at a protest last Thursday decrying Gov. George Pataki’s appeal of a court decision to give city schools a fairer share of state funds. Comment.

Police Blotter: Shootings, stabbing mar carnival at Shea Stadium

Around 9:30 p.m. Transit officers responded to a report of gunshots fired and found a 16-year-old woman on the subway platform, who had been assaulted by five men, said Sgt. Richard Kemmler, a police spokesman. 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.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions for the Comedy Room Service will be held on Mon., May 14 and May 17 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Presbyteriam Church of Whitestone. Seeking males of all ages and women between 20-30 years of age. 718-391-8697. Comment.

Jealousy, witchcraft on display at QTP

"Seven Swans" is on view at Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park through May 13. Comment.

‘Satchmo’ to be remembered at Town Hall

Louis Armstrong liked to say he was born July 4,1900, but his baptismal certificate on file in New Orleans indicates he was born August 4,1901. Comment.

Tony Award winner in audience at PS 148

It's not very often that a Tony Award-winning actress will visit an elementary school - especially if the school is in Queens and the actress is originally from suburban Detroit. Comment.

If you’re lucky enough to have a mom, hug her

When I was a little boy I had heroes like everyone else. In the movies it was Tom Mix, Buck Jones and Flash Gordon. I know that some of the young people who read this will not remember these movie stars, but your grandparents will. Comment.

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