Friday, May 18, 2001

Thursday, May 17, 2001

College Round-up: Ex-Molloy star named NEC Pitcher of the Year

St. Francis College junior hurler Jason Fardella capped a tremendous season on the mound by being named Northeast Conference Pitcher of the Year, the league announced last Thursday. Comment.

‘Rhoda’ celebrates being 60 with fans at library

The beloved actress Valerie Harper, co-star of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and star of its spin-off, "Rhoda," was at the Flushing Library last Wednesday to promote her new book "Today I Am A Ma'am." Comment.

Queens gymnasts compete in state tourney

Several gymnasts from Nina’s Gymnastics Center in Maspeth competed at the Level 8 New York State Championships hosted by Gymnastics Sports Academy in Buffalo on May 5-6. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Statewide Merchandising upsets NY Party Plaza

Statewide 6, NY Party Plaza 3. Statewide upset previously unbeaten NY Party Plaza behind the hat trick of Andrew Kuhnle and two goals of Larry appell. Danny Ngo scored his first goal of the season by hustling and playing two-way hockey. Goalie Greg Siroky of Statewide had a shutout into the third period. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: David Weprin Rockies top undefeated Port team

Strong pitching, solid fielding and timely hitting led the David Weprin Rockies Glen Oaks Majors girls softball team to a 13-4 victory over previously undefeated Port Washington No. 1, on April 23 in Port Washington. Divya Akula’s three-run blast put the game out of reach in the fourth. Akula was also on the receiving end of catcher Marisa Bearak’s strong rally-killing throw, nailing a Port runner attempting to steal third in the second inning. Bearak added a run scored and knocked in a run, reaching base three times. Comment.

Quiet Conlisk key for Fordham Rams

Jason Conlisk isn’t the guy barking at his teammates from the top step of the dugout. He’s not the back-slapping, high-fiving presence in the clubhouse some other players are. He doesn’t have the demonstrative demeanor more vocal players possess. Comment.

Martin’s Plair blanks Jamaica for 10-0 voctory

August Martin baseball coach Paul Herman gave some simple but sound advice to sophomore pitcher Brandon Plair before the Falcons’ first-place showdown at Jamaica last Thursday. Comment.

Newtown locks up division crown with 3-0 win over Bryant

Newtown girls’ soccer coach Rob Kunkel had a slew of questions coming into the season. Comment.

St. Francis trounces McClancy, 13-1

The St. Francis Prep Terriers have had to deal with a lot of erratic play this season, something head coach Brother Robert Kent seems content to deal with as the regular season draws to a close. Comment.

DG Baseball Majors in tight division race

The Dwarf Giraffe Athletic League’s Major Baseball Division is locked in a tight race, as the competition has been tough and the games close over the first three weeks of play. Pizza Chef has jumped out to the early lead, but only 2 1/2 games separate the first and last place teams. With a lot of baseball yet to play, the division lead will likely change hands several times before the end of the season. Comment.

Western Queens sparkles with array of culture this weekend

The area of Long Island City, Astoria, and Sunnyside has long been viewed as an industrial section simply passed through on the way to the Queensborough Bridge. Comment.

Editorial: Xenophobia at CB 7

The misguided, ill-informed and apparently xenophobic decision of Community Board 7 to oppose the opening of a spa on 41st Street in Flushing calls into question the ability of the board to deal fairly with the changing face of one of the most dynamic communities in all of New York City. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: I’ll never forget when Frank eased my pain

I picked up a three-year old newspaper I am saving forever and reread the terse beginning: “Frank Sinatra, 82, died May 14, 1998 in Los Angeles.” Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Bellhop Johnny now answers different calls

At the risk of dating myself (which I often do), I have begun to wonder how many other people remember ads that featured a bellhop named Johnny. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens can eliminate graffiti as Yonkers did

The city of Yonkers in Westchester County has a law against graffiti — and has enforced it to the extent that graffiti no longer is a municipal blight there. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Mother’s Day: Perfect time to think of roses

You got the idea, the list is almost endless, with new varieties... Comment.

Love letters lure Chilean beautician to Queens

It was a stack of onion-paper love letters that brought her to this country. In the late ‘60s in Valparaiso, Chile, Elcira Cabello — the owner of Elcira Hairstylists on Woodhaven Boulevard — had started life anew as a single divorcee with only a career in mind. Comment.

Editorial: Vision for Jamaica

We are impressed by the “Vision for Jamaica Center” presented last week by Carlisle Towery, the head of nonprofit Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, and Congressman Gregory Meeks. Like Mr. Towery and Mr. Meeks, we recognize that Jamaica has been an urban underachiever. Comment.

Point of View: Annual paper chase for college begins

Every year this time, college-bound students and their parents are anxiously waiting for the SAT scores to come in the mail. Why? The scores could directly affect the students’ future. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 220-38 73 Ave., Coop Garden Apt., $88,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction-Brick Comment.

LIJ adjusts to immigrant patients’ cultural needs

Since Queens is a mecca for immigrants from around the globe, it is a given that there are vast numbers of people living in the borough who have different ethnic heritages and cultural beliefs. Comment.

Young artists portray realities of warfare

Even though they have never experienced the duty or tragedy of war, the youth of Little Neck and Douglaston know a thing or two about what it means to fight for your country. Comment.

Group wants to curb immigration into Queens

While many tout Queens’ diversity as one of its greatest strengths, a small political movement wants to pin many of the borough’s most pressing problems, such as overcrowded schools and the tight housing market, on the steady stream of immigrants into the county. Comment.

Beep candidates face off at Bellerose public forum

In a political forum sponsored by the TimesLedger newspapers and several northeast Queens civic associations, five of the seven candidates for Queens borough president and the four candidates for the District 23 City Council seat faced off at the Bellerose Jewish Center Tuesday night. Comment.

Shulman questions Queens census count

Borough President Claire Shulman cast serious doubt on the legitimacy of census figures for Queens Monday after voicing opposition to key aspects of a proposal to bring the Olympic Games to the borough and other parts of the city in 2012. Comment.

Cerebral Palsy of Queens opens greenhouse doors

Queens residents with cerebral palsy now have an excellent way to work with their hands and build their self-esteem by growing flowers and vegetables at a greenhouse adjacent to the United Cerebral Palsy of Queens building in Jamaica. Comment.

High school construction begins in South Jamaica

The New York City School Construction Authority and the Board of Education broke ground on a new 897-seat Law Enforcement High School in South Jamaica Tuesday. Comment.

CB 8 approves school at Queens College

Community Board 8 unanimously approved plans for a combination elementary and middle school to be built on Queens College’s campus last week, but did so with mindful reservations about crowded conditions in the already school-saturated area. Comment.

Part of Greenpoint Ave. Bridge closes

A 70-day reconstruction project has closed one side of the Greenpoint Avenue Bridge over the Long Island Expressway, but part of the span will remain open to traffic throughout the period, the state Department of Transportation said. Comment.

North Shore opens home-style birth center

Gone are the drips, the dials, the cold metallic beds. North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills followed a national trend toward home birthing last Thursday when it announced the opening of its New Life Center on the Forest Hills campus. Comment.

Hasidic leader killed in Cambria Hts. crash

A world-famous Michigan rabbi was killed early Sunday in a car crash while on his way to LaGuardia Airport after a visit to the Laurelton grave site of the spiritual leader of the Lubavitch movement, police said. Comment.

Queens moms aim to tighten gun laws

In 1998, nearly 17,000 crimes committed in New York state involved the use of a gun. That same year, 927 people were murdered statewide – more than half with a gun. Comment.

Kew Forest mock trial team places second in state

When the newly launched Kew Forest mock trial team prepared for their maiden case four years ago, watching “Law & Order” simply would not do. Yearning for authenticity, the students went to the Queens County Courthouse to see first hand the law in action. Comment.

Trial in ’87 cop slay opens in Kew Gardens

Nearly 14 years ago, when Police Officer George Scheu was shot outside his home in Flushing, the muzzle of the gun was so close to his face that it left an indelible pattern of gunpowder below his left eyebrow that remained on his face until he died in a hospital three days later. Comment.

IS 25 probes alleged sexual misconduct

Administrators at a Flushing intermediate school have been conducting an investigation over the last several months on charges that several students engaged in sexually inappropriate behavior in the classroom, a Board of Ed spokeswoman confirmed last week. Comment.

Port Authority moves to cut noise at LGA

The 150,000 Queens residents who live close enough to LaGuardia Airport to endure noise from takeoffs and landings may experience a bit of unaccustomed weekend serenity this summer and in early autumn. Comment.

MTA to hear from activists on subway changes

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority was scheduled to convene next week to discuss proposals by Queens and Brooklyn transit activists strongly opposed to MTA plans to slash 13 stops from the G subway line. Comment.

Beep eyes 58 possible lots for school construction

In a bid to attack the overcrowding strangling Queens classrooms Borough President Claire Shulman has been monitoring nearly 60 sites throughout the borough where it might be possible to either add space to existing schools or build new ones. Comment.

DOT faces local anger on Queens Blvd. meters

City Transportation Commissioner Iris Weinshall and Borough President Claire Shulman met with 30 western Queens community board leaders and elected officials last week to soothe tensions following the early stages of metered parking along Queens Boulevard. Comment.

Fire chief collapses at Ridgewood blaze

A battalion chief of the New York City Fire Department collapsed Sunday afternoon at the scene of a two-alarm fire on Metropolitan Avenue in Ridgewood, a blaze that took more than 100 firefighters an hour to bring under control, fire officials said Monday. Comment.

Activist rouses Queens Indo-Guyanese voters

Vishnu Mahadeo, one of the newest members of Community Board 9, in 1999 undertook a small but significant project. Before the winter holidays, he collected funds from shop owners along Liberty Avenue. Within days he had several blocks of Richmond Hill’s downtown illuminated with seasonal lights. Comment.

Beep says city needs its own liquor regulator

Borough President Claire Shulman with the aid of two Queens state lawmakers is pushing for an independent city alcohol regulatory agency that would have the power to swiftly close down chronically lawless bars and clubs in Queens. Comment.

Jamaica man charged in April livery slaying

Police arrested a second suspect Monday in the April 21 killing of a livery cabbie in Jamaica who became the first driver to die on the job in the city in just under a year. Comment.

Masseur cleared of sex-assault charges

A male massage therapist who worked at Flowers Physical Therapy in Springfield Gardens was acquitted last week of charges he sexually assaulted a female patient last year. Comment.

5 charged with arson in ’98 Doug fire

Five people were arrested Friday and charged with arson for allegedly using a homemade explosive created with Internet instructions to set a Douglaston home on fire in 1998 because one of the residents was gay, court documents revealed. Comment.

1 charged in slay of man found in 40th Rd. park

A Flushing man was arrested Tuesday in connection with the death of a man who was found shot Sunday morning in a playground on 40th Road near the Bland Houses, lying in a corner next to a honey-comb fence with newspapers strewn all around him. Comment.

Crowley seeks $500,000 for clean-up of ball fields

A week after three men were charged with illegally dumping debris in a College Point sports complex, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) said he will seek $500,000 in federal funding to push along the restoration of the ballfields abandoned nearly four years. Comment.

Mayoral candidates outline plans for city

Three Democratic mayoral candidates and one representative of the fourth candidate stopped by Temple Sholom in Floral Park to win the support of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club and the Jefferson Democratic Club Thursday night. Comment.

Dining Out: Newly renovated Boulevard Grill keeps same good taste

210-22 Northern Blvd., Bayside Comment.

City grants permit for Flushing spa

In December, a Chinese-American restaurateur named Tsu Yue Wang went before Community Board 7 to apply for permission to operate a health spa in Flushing. His request was overwhelmingly disapproved by a vote of 34-to-3. Comment.

Jamaica Hospital opens new maternity center

Jamaica Hospital opened 14 new labor, delivery and recovery suites just in time for Mother’s Day Friday as the final phase of the hospital’s $14 million redevelopment project. Comment.

Jamaica police honor 7 officers killed on duty

The memories of seven men who have died while serving the 103rd Precinct were honored last week when current and retired officers dedicated the Wall of Heroes at the Jamaica station house. Comments (1).

Townsunited website connects neighbors

Curious about what is going on in your neighborhood, what is new with your city, state and federal government representatives or what to do about illegal conversions? Comment.

Vallone raises nearly $3.5 million in mayoral race

City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) had raised nearly $3.5 million in his bid for mayor as of Jan. 1, according to figures disclosed by the Campaign Finance Board, with nearly 10 percent of his contributions coming from the real estate community. Comment.

Civics meet to tackle air quality in Maspeth

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) held a news conference with civic leaders at one of Maspeth’s busiest intersections last week to draw attention to problems caused by air pollution and to push for a federal study of air quality in western Queens. Comment.

Carol Gresser raises $420K in Beep race

From educators to real estate developers, Douglaston resident Carol Gresser has a wide variety of interests backing her Democratic political campaign to succeed longtime Borough President Claire Shulman this year. Comment.

7 Queens health clinics slated to be closed

The city Health and Hospitals Corporation two weeks ago sought state approval to close 27 of New York City’s health clinics by June 18, including seven in Queens, the state Department of Health announced. Comment.

Students challenge cops in basketball fund-raiser

Officers from the 113th Precinct squared off against teenagers from two Queens high schools in two friendly but highly competitive basketball games Friday night to raise college scholarship money for students in the area. Comment.

Flushing set for new bridge constuction

A $140 million project to build a replacement bridge over the Flushing River on the Whitestone Expressway will begin next April and will require the state to seize three parcels of property from asphalt businesses near the waterway, state officials said Monday. Comment.

Hunter’s Pt. man gets life in slay of sons

Hunter’s Point resident Ronald Short was sentenced to life in prison last week for the 1999 murders of his two children in the basement of a Manhattan apartment building after he had argued with his wife, who pleaded with the judge to have mercy on him. Comment.

2000 US Open produced nearly $420M for NYC

The 2000 US Open generated nearly $420 million in direct revenue for the tristate area, more than any other annual sports or entertainment event in the United States, results of an economic survey showed Monday. Comment.

Bayside kindergartner competes in international golf tournament

Six-year-old Kevin Reilly, a kindergarten student at PS 203 in Bayside, will be traveling to Quincy, Ill. June 18-20 to compete in the Pepsi Little People’s Golf Championship. Comment.

Manton backs Hevesi for mayor

Queens Democratic Party boss Tom Manton has dealt a blow to his longtime ally, friend and neighbor, City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), by throwing his endorsement behind City Comptroller Alan Hevesi of Forest Hills, published reports said. Comment.

Memorial Day honors LIC’s own

In a white envelope protecting the torn brown paper of some 30 newspaper clippings, lifelong Astoria resident Nancy DiMeglio has maintained a personal archive of wartime tragedy. Comment.

DA seeks life sentence in Bayside jeweler slay

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said he would seek a prison term of life without parole for an Elmhurst man accused of the August 2000 killing of a longtime Bayside jeweler at his Horace Harding Expressway shop. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Underweiser tops Fader in battle of firms

Underweiser Law 6, Fader Law 1. In the battle of the law sponsors, Fader’s offense stalled again, but the defense kept the opposition in single digits for the first time. Arthur Panoyan showed continued improvement and should have a breakout game very soon. Eric Marinconz had his second three-hit game and scored his team’s only run. Fader’s manager still has high hopes for his kids and believes they will be a contender by season’s end. 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.

Police Blotter: Elderly woman struck, killed by truck near Flushing Hospital

FLUSHING — A 77-year-old woman crossing at an intersection near New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens with her son was fatally struck Tuesday night by a truck that was making a lefthand turn onto Main Street, police said. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions for the comedy "Room Service" will be held on Thurs., 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.

Remembering loved ones lost to us now and forever

In honor of upcoming Memorial Day, teacher Gloria Berger (wife of TimesLedger columnist Alex Berger) discovered two poems which embody the spirit of remembering lost loved ones. Comment.

Art Frenzy Schedule

Thursday, May 17 Comment.

Baysider, 37, who quit smoking says anyone can

Joe Weaver of Byside quit smoking. Comment.

SJU season ends after sweep by Rutgers

Heading into its final Big East series of the season, the St. John’s baseball team controlled its own destiny. If the Red Storm could take two of three from Rutgers, they could clinch one of four berths to this weekend’s Big East Tournament. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Time has come for a ‘B’ league

Year in and year out the Catholic High School Athletic Association turns some of the best softball teams and players in the entire city out of the Queens varsity softball league. And, at the same time, produces some of the most lopsided games in the five boroughs. Comment.

Cardozo tops Lewis, 6-4, to take first place

Brigette Burke could hardly contain her emotions following Cardozo’s 6-4 win at Francis Lewis Friday. The Judges’ third baseman had just alertly tagged out Betty Pinedo, who briefly stepped off third following a triple, to end the game and put Cardozo in the driver’s seat to clinch the Queens III crown. Comment.

Queens softball drops two at NCAA NE Regionals

The Queens College softball team’s season came to an unceremonious end last weekend in North Andover, Mass. when it lost both of its game in the NCAA Division II Northeast Regional Tournament and failed to advance to the national championship tournament for the second time in three seasons. Comment.

Mary Louis survives brief scare

Things got a little dicey for the Mary Louis Hilltoppers Monday afternoon in their first-round playoff game against the visiting Bishop Loughlin Lions at Sy Spieler Field in Fresh Meadows. Then they got to bat. Comment.

DAC Cascarino’s Mets hook DAC Pier 25A Marlins

DAC Cascarino’s Mets 7, DAC Pier 25A Marlins 5. The Mets jumped ahead early, 7-2, with pitcher Matt DiGirolomo striking out nine and giving up two runs. Comment.

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