Thursday, May 10, 2001

Dwarf Giraffe Roller Hockey: Corona Park Pork Store nips Beat The Clock

Corona Park Pork Store 8, Beat The Clock 5. Corona Park Pork Store defeated Beat the Clock by a score of 8-5 to raise its record to 4-2-1. Corona Park came out on fire, controlling the play for most of the first period and jumping ahead 2-0. The game then became a tight struggle, deadlocked at 2-2, then 3-3, then 4-4, before Corona Park was able to capitalize on four third-period goals to put the game away. Both goaltenders, Steven Mare (Corona Park) and Sebastian Bodnar (Beat The Clock) displayed excellent skills in fending off a barrage of shots. Coron Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Ego takes

I have been fortunate in my life in that seldom am I required to get my lazy bones out of bed during the pre-dawn hours. Of course there have been exceptions and this past weekend was one of them. Comment.

Five-Mile Challenge a smashing success

The Alley Pond Striders’ Five-Mile Challenge, held under sunny skies on Sunday, April 28, was another smashing success. This annual event drew more than 350 runners, including 41 children, the largest turnout ever for the Children’s Fun Run. Comment.

Friends battle at Big East track meet

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Paul Mongone and Ed Hausdorf had baseball dreams as kids. Mongone, a Fresh Meadows native, tried out for the St. Francis Prep baseball team only to be turned away while Hausdorf from Bellerose turned out to be a pretty good high school catcher for Archbishop Molloy. Comment.

Queens Jazz Trail offers exciting, surprising tour

The Queens Jazz Trail, held on the first Saturday of the month through June, is one of the city's most unsung, most surprising and most satisfying experiences. Comment.

Midville Dodgers to assemble May 18, 20

The Midville Dodgers College team, ages 18-23, announced plans for their first outdoor workouts in preparation for the upcoming 2001 season. On Friday, May 18th, 5:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 20th, 2:00 p.m., the Dodgers have scheduled workouts at Juniper Valley Park, field #1 (Juniper Boulevard South at 76th Street, Middle Village). Comment.

Estevez paces Cardozo in win over Bayside

Bernie Estevez enjoys the pressure. As the leadoff batter, the Cardozo sophomore knows he is the fire starter, the guy who is instrumental in starting a rally. And against Queens A-III rival Bayside last Thursday, the Judges’ formula for success was a simple one — Cardozo scores when Estevez gets on base. Comment.

CK scores 2 in seventh to edge Cross

Kenny Gleason smacked a two-out RBI single to left field in the bottom of the seventh inning, capping a come-from-behind 4-3 win for the Christ the King Royals over the Holy Cross Knights Monday afternoon at Juniper Valley Park. Comment.

Mary Louis bounces back with 2 wins

The Mary Louis Hilltoppers bounced back from a demoralizing 1-0 defeat to rivals St. Francis Prep last Wednesday to win back-to-back games over the Christ the King Royals and establish a firm hold on second place in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Peter Pan Games edges G&G Realty, 3-2

Peter Pan Games 3, G&G Realty 2. Billy O'Donnell pitched a complete game, six-hitter, striking out 10, and contributed a two-run first inning home run. Nick Kofteris provided the game-winning hit. Harry Jung had several dazzling catches in left field and Jameson Bosco again had an excellent game behind the plate. For G&G, Joey Pascullo played well at second base and Richie Armento pitching seven solid innings. Comment.

Briarwood-Jamaica L.L.: Red Sox hold off Rangers on opening day

RANGERS VS RED SOX: The Red Sox beat back a late-inning charge by the Rangers to take a 15-14 opening-day squeaker. Ryan Sylvestri fanned four over an equal number of innings, helping his own cause with a two-run homer in the third. Armando Colon took the win in relief, getting off to a fast start with three stolen bases. Comment.

CPRR to hold annual 5K summer series

The College Point Road Runners Track Club will be conducting a series of four 5K (3.1 mile) races on Fridays June 29, July 20, Aug. 3, and Aug. 27, all starting at 7 p.m. The races will begin and end near the Unisphere at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

St. John’s softball finally plays on campus

It has been three years since Gina Calabrese has been able to leave her car in the school parking lot and walk to the playing field where she has been so dominant. Comment.

AMMI offers first retrospective of ‘Dressed to Kill’ director

A collision of perceived and objective reality. Paranoia in American politics. Teen alienation in high school. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe Baseball:Comeback victories highlight action

Led by the strong pitching of Mike Berndt and Jose Barcena, 14th Avenue Automotive came from behind to defeat previously unbeaten Pizza Chef, 16-9. Strong pitching from Keith Lippert and hits from Nick Palazzolo, Jean Garcia and Ricardo Perez gave Pizza Chef an early 3-0 lead. 14th Avenue fought back to tie on hits by Andrew Lehr, an RBI-single by Mike Berndt and a two-run single by Joe Angenbroich. In the third, 14th Avenue broke the game open with seven runs, but Pizza Chef gamely fought back in the top of the fourth with three of their own to make the Comment.

Quantum Feet to hold second benefit 5K race

The second annual Quantum Feet Benefit 5K Run/Walk and Children’s Fun Run is set For Sunday June 10, in Fresh Meadows starting 9 a.m. Comment.

Queen of Peace PeeWee team keeps on winning

With victories last Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Wildcats remained undefeated with a 7-0 record. Comment.

Arts & Business scores first win over Van Buren, 1-0

Keith Horan is not worried about wins or losses. Instead, the first-year Arts & Business girls’ soccer coach’s main concern is the steady improvement of his team, a young group of girls who are still trying to learn the sport. Comment.

Editorial: The new minority

Queens newest majority group is not new to Flushing at all. Asian Americans are now the most prominent demographic group and their numbers are increasing daily. The non-Hispanic white population is aging out. Comment.

Editorial: Tests fail students?

A quiet revolution began in Scarsdale last week. Parents, lots of them, asked their children to boycott a standardized science exam. Out of 290 students in the Scarsdale Middle School, 195 did not take the statewide test. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Mothers are always remembered — on any day

Moms make lasting memories. Comment.

Our History: Clothing is elegant gateway to the past

“There is something about a wedding-gown that is prettier than any other gown in the world.”” Comment.

The Civic Scene: Community Board 8 tackles nabe’s issues

Community Board 8 is made up of 50 volunteer community members appointed by Queens Borough President Claire Shulman with the advice of the local City Council members. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Many deserve praise for helping community

The Mader family has been well known for their works in our area and elsewhere for a long time. Comment.

SE Queens residents ask for aid

What are you going to do to help us was the cry from southeast Queens residents last Thursday as they addressed public officials at the Wayanda Civic Association’s town hall meeting. Comment.

5 accused as loansharks of immigrant businesses

Authorities last week shut down a New Jersey business that is accused of lending money at exorbitant interest rates to a hundred small businesses in Queens, many of them owned by immigrants who speak little English. Five individuals were charged, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

CB 11 denies request to extend hours at Lund

In a battle of Bayside vs. Bayside before Community Board 11 Monday night, residents went head-to-head with employees of a 215th Place business that wanted to extend its hours of operation and exercised enough clout to stop the move. Comment.

Scientists investigate Jamaica Bay erosion

When Dr. John Teal, a noted environmental consultant with a penchant for salt marshes, returned to Jamaica Bay after a 40-year absence last week, he was astonished by the view. Comment.

Queens private buses fail to meet NYC standards

City Department of Transportation inspectors have cited Queens’ private bus companies for not meeting city performance standards, issuing low marks in particular for their failure to arrive on-time or to announce stops along their routes. Comment.

Residents, St. Mary’s confront issues at meet

A meeting last week of residents and officials at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside yielded positive results as both sides strove to solve festering neighborhood problems that center on traffic brought in by the children’s facility. Comment.

DA drops bias charge in Bell Blvd. attack

Charges against a Yonkers resident accused of making racial remarks about a Hispanic man who later allegedly stabbed him at the Voodoo Lounge in Bayside March 23 were dropped last week for lack of evidence, a spokeswoman for the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

LIJ nurses first in state to get national award

The nurses at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in New Hyde Park kicked off National Nurses Week in style. They were awarded their profession’s top honor and became one of only 33 hospitals across the United States to receive the prestigious award. Comment.

Glendale park welcomes Queens Symphony move

Though their musicians may be more accustomed to the grandeur of the concert hall, the administrative staff of the Queens Symphony Orchestra has discovered the ideal office space in an unlikely location — a Glendale industrial park. Comment.

Church packs food for neighbors in need

Every Wednesday for the past seven months, residents of southeast Queens who have come upon hard times and struggle to put food on their tables have been helped by the Queensboro Temple Seventh-Day Adventist Church. Comment.

SB 29 reluctantly reopens superintendent search

The members of School Board 29 took the only action available to them when they voted April 25 to convene another C-37 superintendent search committee in hopes of finding someone to lead the embattled school district. Comment.

Pols back boro protests of JFK Concorde return

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey this week backed the protests of Queens residents over the planned return of Concorde jet service to John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.

New zoning plan for LIC shot down by CB 2 vote

Community Board 2 voted overwhelmingly last week against a series of changes to the Department of City Planning’s rezoning proposal for Long Island City . Comment.

Creedmoor site cleared for building boom

With all but one of the old buildings on the property razed, construction of three schools on 32 acres of the 350-acre Creedmoor Psychiatric Center campus by the city School Construction Authority is scheduled to start next month. Comment.

Little Neck volunteer raises $$$ for parade

Mary Breden has lived in Little Neck since 1959 but did not know just where she would fit in when she first joined the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Committee four or five years ago. Comment.

City to battle West Nile by killing skeeter larvae

The city’s mosquito control plan to contain the spread of the West Nile virus this summer skirts the often-controversial issue of pesticide spraying in the five boroughs by focusing on killing the insects before they grow to adulthood. Comment.

SB 30 member reinstated as another resigns

School Board 30 remained short one member at its meeting Tuesday night as Teddy Kasapis’ return following his reinstatement by a State Supreme Court judge was offset by the sudden resignation of fellow member David Glassberg. Comment.

Queens civic leaders blast city’s budget cuts

Gary Strong, director of the Queensborough Public Library, and representatives of some 30 other organizations and community boards pleaded with Queens members of the City Council Monday to undo Mayor Giuliani’s proposed funding cuts for next year. Comment.

3 brothers indicted in ballfield dumping

Nearly four years after the city closed a 22-acre sports complex in College Point, three brothers have been indicted on charges of illegally dumping construction debris to level the ballfields in a move that forced hundreds of children to find other Queens parks. Comment.

Little Neck’s first Duane Reade to open this week

The new Duane Reade convenience store in Little Neck was set to celebrate its grand opening Friday at the newly built shop just off the intersection of Marathon Parkway and Horace Harding Expressway. Comment.

Meeks unveils new plans for downtown Jamaica

U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) helped unveil Monday a proposal to transform Jamaica Center into a major business hub as the AirTrain terminal connects the center of southeast Queens with the rest of the world. Comment.

Pols talk issues at Bayside Jewish Ctr.

The Bayside Jewish Center was packed Sunday with members of the Queens Jewish Community Council and politicians like Gov. George Pataki, who stopped by to attend the group’s fifth-annual breakfast. Comment.

Weapons arsenal found in St. Albans

A 26-year-old Queens man was arrested and charged with illegal weapons possession Monday after police found an arsenal of more than 30 handguns, grenades, and other weapons in his St. Albans home, authorities said. Comment.

Bazaar attracts boro’s bookmongers for charity

The stairs are steep and the hallways dim and quiet. Navigating through the Forest Hills Jewish Center gives little indication of what lies just ahead. Comment.

Family sues city over Stevens school site

The owners of a Queens Boulevard property slated for a new information technology high school filed suit last week to force the city Board of Education and School Construction Authority to give up their claim to the land. Comment.

Wendy’s suspect charged as mastermind of killings

John Taylor, one of two Queens men charged in the massacre at a Wendy’s in Flushing last spring, was arraigned on additional charges Friday that reflect his alleged role as the mastermind of the robbery that left five people dead and two others wounded. Comment.

Queens gun violence victims tell their stories

Marie Epstein and Tracie Hernandez were as different as night and day until two separate violent crimes united them. Comment.

Whitestone Memorial Day parade set for May 28

Just weeks before Memorial Day, the communities of Whitestone and College Point are finalizing plans for their parades that recognize the service of military veterans who fought in wars as far back as the Civil War. Comment.

Union Tpk. businesses elect chiefs

New officers elected to the Fresh Meadows Merchants Association last week will breathe new life into the organization, it is hoped. Comment.

Ackerman tries to help boro man held in Korea

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) told the South Korean ambassador last week the Queens man charged with violating the Asian country’s National Security Law should be released if he is only charged with supporting the publication of a book. Comment.

AirTrain construction starts on Jamaica station

Construction on the Jamaica Terminal for the AirTrain has begun and key elements of the $1.9 billion transportation system from Kennedy Airport to the downtown station and Howard Beach been have been completed, the Port Authority announced last week. Comment.

Teacher touts British style for schools

Mike Persaud, a former teacher from Guyana, settled in Richmond Hill 30 years ago bringing with him his British colonial sensibilities. Now Persaud, who has struggled for more than 20 years to teach New York City students, wants to infuse city schools with a little civility. Comment.

DA drops drug charges against Hillcrest teacher

In March Hillcrest High School substitute teacher Jean Coeroli was arrested and charged with cocaine possession. In April, he was cleared of all charges when his case was dismissed from court. Now he wants his job and his reputation back. Comment.

Mitchel Linden Colts beat St. Aloysius behind Franco

In a low scoring game, the Mitchell Linden Colts defeated the St. Aloysius Raiders, 3-1. Jeremy Franco pitched a complete game three-hitter with 13 strikeouts. Kennedy Javier and Bobby Preston stole home and great defense from Steve Vaituulala and Chris Leon helped the colts go to 3-1. Comment.

Queens’ foreign tongues seek ESL classes

Students in Andy McGillicuddy’s English course study authors from all parts of the Western canon, including Chaucer, Shakespeare and O’Henry, and assorted snippets from contemporary music and film. Comment.

Candidates for Leffler’s job to debate

The TimesLedger Newspapers and six northeast Queens civic associations will sponsor a debate for the Democratic candidates for Queens borough president and candidates for City Councilman Sheldon Leffler’s (D-Hollis) seat. Comment.

Woman raped in LIC alley

The victim was walking alone at 4:35 a.m. when she was attacked and raped between 43-38 and 43-32 47th Sts. near Queens Boulevard, said Officer Louis Cruz, a... Comment.

Little Neck student named state handwriting champ

Out of all the students in New York state, PS 94’s Leon Wong is the one who has accolades in the palm of his hand. Comment.

DCT’s ‘Night Watch’ offers evening of mystery, intrigue

Douglaston Community Theater's spring presentation, "Night Watch," is an intriguing mystery. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man attacked by teens, hit by car in Flushing

FLUSHING — A man was seriously injured Saturday morning when he was attacked by two teens and then hit by a car as he tried to escape on Farrington Street and Northern Boulevard, police said. 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 men of all ages and women 20-30 years old. 718-391-8697. Comment.

Jewelry - a gift for Mom that lasts

Only one day of the year is set aside to honor the unique bond between mother and child. As on every Mother's Day, many are opting for a gift that will last for years to come. In fact, Mother's Day is the second largest jewelry-giving holiday of the year, surpassing even Valentine's Day. An instant heirloom, fine jewelry can be a welcome gift to any mother or grandmother. Fine jewelry is a lasting symbol of love and is a powerful way that sons and daughters can show appreciation for their mothers year 'round. Comment.

Townsend Harris snaps Bryant winning streak

It was one of those wild PSAL softball games at Queens College Friday between Queens I rivals Townsend Harris and Bryant, the type of game where the lead changed hands at the blink of an eye and both coaches were left scratching their heads, searching for the closest bottle of aspirin. Comment.

QC softball wins NYCAC, NCAA-bound

Brian DeMasters knew his team would need a little help to get the NCAA Tournament heading into last week. The coach of the Queens College softball team also knew his team would have to do its own work too and most likely “win out” if it was to have any chance of making it back to the dance. Comment.

Star takes QTP audience inside world of the stage

Broadway legend Donna McKechnie gave a behind-the-scenes account of her career Friday night as she debuted her cabaret act "Inside the Music" before a nearly sold-out crowd at the Queens Theater in the Park. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Diamondbacks top Pirates for third victory

The New Hyde Park Wireless Diamondbacks had their backs against the wall on Saturday, May 5, but instead of packing up the tents the D-backs dug in for their third victory of the season by the score of 3-1. Kevin Cheddie pitched a gem of a ball game for his first complete game win, striking out 14 of 20 batters faced and walking only one. In addition, he had a triple and walked. After the game, Kevin Cheddie received a roar from the crowd as well as the game ball. Comment.

MS 158 repeats as District 26 hoop champs

When the Marie Curie Middle School (MS 158) boys' basketball team won the District 26 Championship last year by completing an undefeated season it was described by its coach, Steven Iallonardo, as possibly being the best team ever at the perennial basketball powerhouse. Comment.

College Point’s Diaz tosses perfect game

College Point Little League’s Thomas Diaz, 12, of the Major Division, who is managed by Arthur Zambrotto and coached by Theresa Kenniff and Mario Halim, pitched a perfect game on Monday, April 23 against Queensboro Hill. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Eden Florist Yankees best Cascarino’s Mets, 8-3

DAC Eden Florist Yankees 8, DAC Cascarino's Mets 3. Greg Polkowski and Jared Katz Struck out 16 as the Yankees beat the Mets, 8-3. Manoli Sgouros homered and Robbie Fielder had three RBIs. Comment.

Cook declares himself eligible for draft

Omar Cook has made his decision. Comment.

College Round-up: Storm’s Coffey captures hammer throw crown

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Nicola Coffey didn’t concern herself with the clutter usually bouncing around her head. The St. John’s fifth-year senior wasn’t thinking about finding an apartment, or getting a position as a graduate assistant or finals. The only thing in Coffey’s mind was breaking the Irish national record in the hammer throw. Comment.

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