Thursday, May 31, 2001

Forest Hills falls to Gompers in quarterfinals

Forest Hills coach Marty Finkelstein knows his team's limitations. Never recognized as a great hitting team, the Rangers are forced to scratch and claw for runs any way they can. Finkelstein has a full array of tricks, including bunts, delayed steals and hit-and-runs at his disposal. Comment.

It’s anarchy at the Queens Central Library Branch

For a movement doomed to come to absolutely nothing, anarchism had a surprisingly long run in the United States. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Another down year for Queens

The PSAL baseball season came o a swift and sudden end for all the Queens schools participating in the ‘A’ league playoffs this week, without a single team advancing past the second round. Comment.

Molloy, Queens schools come up short at finals

They came into the CHSAA city championships at Mount St. Michael Saturday with high expectations. After dominating the Brooklyn/Queens championships two weeks ago — taking five of the top six spots — the Archbishop Molloy hurdlers had their sites set on city gold. Comment.

St. Francis girls track team takes fourth

St. Francis Prep girls track coach Jim May has a pre-meet routine. He likes to sit down and examine each event, penciling in where he feels the Terriers can score points. But on Saturday at the CHSAA city championships at Mount St. Michael in the Bronx, May broke with tradition. Comment.

Van Buren defends Queens track crown

As when going into battle, you can’t go into a track meet without a plan of action. Comment.

CTK tops Cross to advance to city intersectionals

The Holy Cross Knights extended their season by a day Sunday, winning a play-in against the Monsignor McClancy Crusaders, 3-2. But the team’s hopes of making it into the citywide intersectionals were dashed the following day when it lost to the Christ the King Royals for the fourth time, 7-1. Comment.

Grande Street Campus ousts Lewis, 12-2

Randy James couldn't place his finger on it. The Francis Lewis baseball coach didn’t know if it was Grand Street Campus’ lofty No. 6 seed or because his team was playing in Brooklyn against a team that was bigger and quicker than his Patriots, but James knew one thing for sure — his team was nervous. Comment.

Burlacu, Newtown eliminated by Wagner in first round, 5-2

Through 14 games this season, Laura Burlacu has carried the Newcomers girls soccer team on her shoulders. But last Thursday at Flushing Meadows Corona Park, that weight became too heavy for the native of Romania, as Susan Wagner defeated the Lions, 5-2, in a first round PSAL playoff game. Comment.

College Round-up: SJU’s Scharf falls in second round of NCAA singles

The Erik Scharf-era in St. John's tennis has come to an end. The Bronxville native, who played No. 1 singles for the Red Storm in each of his four years, fell in the second round of the NCAA singles championships to Washington sophomore Matt Hanlin, 6-3, 6-2 Friday at the University of Georgia. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: James Engravers outshine Starlight Caterers, 11-8

James Engravers 11, Starlight Caterers 8. For James Engravers, Cal Sternick was 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and a singleand was strong defensively at first base. Joseph De Santis was also 3-for-4 with a single,triple and a home run, with four RBIs on the day. Jon Cioffi played well in center field. For Starlight Caterers, Joe Loner pitched six good innings and had a triple in the fourth to drive in runner. Giancarlo Samtillo, who was 2-for-3 at the plate, played well at shortstop. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: First place Rockies extend unbeaten streak to 7

Alexis Namit and Nicole Epstein combined to one-hit New Hyde Park No. 2, as the first place David Weprin Rockies extended their record to 7-0 with a 22-1 victory last Sunday, May 20, at the Glen Oaks Oval. Every batter in the lineup scored or drove in a run as the David Weprin Rockies scored the Merrillon Girls Majors Softball League maximum six runs in first, second and fifth innings. Comment.

Boro dance troupe weaves philosophy

"They encourage each to speak their own truth." Comment.

Point of View: It is up to us to set the example for kids

Teaching is a well-respected profession, or at least it should be. But many of our young people shun the career. Instead, they prefer majors in computer science, business administration, economy, engineering, medicine and law because the remuneration is great in these fields. Comment.

Editorial: Gone, but not forgotten

When it comes to honoring its fallen heroes, the borough of Queens is second to none. Borough President Claire Shulman began a week of memorial tributes on May 22 in a solemn ceremony at Borough Hall honoring the men and women who served their country in Vietnam. She noted that there are nearly 30,000 veterans of that war living in Queens. Comment.

Editorial: Put your clothes on and go away

They didn't have to but they voted on the issue anyway. Last week the members of Community Board 12 sent a message to the sleazoids who would seek to open strip clubs and other X-rated entertainment in southeast Queens. The board is supporting the efforts of City Hall to close loopholes that have allowed some porn palaces to stay in businesses. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Summer: Reruns, mosquitoes, heat — and fun!

The wind was howling and the rain was pouring down in a most frightful manner. The streets were deserted and the Queens bakery was just about to close up shop when a little man slipped through the door. He carried an umbrella, blown inside out, and was bundled in a raincoat, rain hat, and a water-resistant scarf. He was drenched and bedraggled. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civics keep watch on quality of life

The newsletter of the Holliswood Civic Association warns members that there are no recycling collections when the collection day is a Monday and Monday is a holiday. However, regular garbage will be collected on the Tuesday after the Monday holiday. I know it is confusing, but that is the rule. If you do put out the recycling then it will remain on the curb for a week and you might receive a summons. You can call the Quality of Life Hot Line at 1-888-677-LIFE. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Kids, teachers, parents bring Broadway to 156

Look out Broadway, here they come! Comment.

Queens photographer seeks to make fragments ‘fit perfectly’

John Grillo's "day job" is teaching art to special ed students, but it's his avocation - photography - that is being featured at the Rockaway Artists Alliance's "Photographs: Near and Far" at Fort Tilden in the Gateway National Recreation Area in Rockaway. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: ‘Plantain Lily’ offers every gardener’s dream

WANTED — a plant that can be used as edging for the lawn. The plant must be a perennial, so the job doesn’t have to be repeated year after year. The plant must be a shade lover and grow in well-drained soil. Also, it should come in a variety of leaf colors and produce different colored flowers. Applicants can send a picture. Comment.

Nature’s Pantry full of healthy eats

Is your job getting you down, causing you to feel fatigued, depressed and under stress? Joe Scarapicchia, owner of Nature’s Pantry in Floral Park, has the right stuff for all of the things that ail you. Comment.

Vallone honored, opens Fleet Week on Intrepid

City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) received the Fisher Patriotism Award aboard the aircraft carrier Intrepid where he praised the historic fighting ship, not as a symbol of war, but of peace — “of what men and women would do ... to preserve our rights.” Comment.

JFK restaurant workers protest losing their jobs

As airport officials gathered to open the new Terminal 4 at JFK, several hundred union restaurant and food service workers protested outside, demanding that 67 workers get their jobs back. Comment.

Joyce Shepard harassed by mystery phone calls

City Council candidate Joyce Shepard of Bay Terrace claimed last week that at least some of a series of harassing phone calls to her campaign office and home have been coming from the Bayside headquarters of U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside). Comment.

Laurelton honors veterans at Memorial Day parade

As a high school marching band, a Boy Scout troop, a soccer league and other young people lined up at the start of the Laurelton Memorial Day Parade, World War II veteran Jacob Wade recalled the day one of his friends was killed at his side. Comment.

Child gets first glimpse of fabric of America

Teetering along the curb of Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills Sunday morning, young Waylon Lai waved a large American flag with one hand while clasping a red plastic bugle in the other. Comment.

Wheelchair fund-raiser to be held in Bellerose

Get ready old-timers who fondly remember the lazy days of summer and hanging out on street corners listening to doo-wop. The Friends of Joey Dente Jr. fund-raiser is going to take you down memory lane for the third year in a row. Comment.

Generations of boro gays to celeberate with parade

If 30 years ago someone had told Ken Nugai that thousands of gays and lesbians and their supporters would flock to the streets of Jackson Heights in a celebration of community pride, he never would have believed it. Comment.

Ackerman pushes to end cell phone use in cars

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) has joined forces with U.S. Sen. John Corzine (D-N.J.) to introduce federal legislation banning the use of cellular phones while driving. Comment.

$1.4B arrivals terminal opens at JFK airport

The new $1.4 billion Terminal 4, formerly the International Arrivals Building, opened at John F. Kennedy International Airport last Thursday, marking a major step in the airport’s $10.3 billion redevelopment. Comment.

Middle Villager arrested in auto theft ring: DA

A suspected Mafia boss from Middle Village was arrested earlier this month in connection with a multimillion-dollar car theft enterprise, police said. Comment.

Stolen Torah dampens Shavuos celebration

A Torah from a Kew Gardens Hill synagogue was stolen Sunday, police said, just as the congregation was preparing for the holiday of Shavuos, the Jewish celebration of receiving the torah at Mount Sinai. Comment.

Brooklyn man arrested in Flushing brick attack

The police arrested a 20-year-old Brooklyn man Saturday in connection with the death of a Korean-American restaurant worker, who was fatally beaten with a paving stone in the lobby of his Flushing apartment nearly eight months ago. Comment.

Met Life set to announce relocation to LIC: Beep

The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company was expected to officially announce this week its plans to move 1,000 employees into office space in Long Island City, Queens Borough President Claire Shulman told the TimesLedger last week. Comment.

Whitestone dad honors son with Belmont races

Are you looking for a sure thing at the races, an automatic winner or a long shot that is a guaranteed to pay off? Comment.

Audrey Pheffer leaves boro president race

State Assemblywoman Audrey Pheffer (D-Rockaway Beach) said she dropped out of the borough presidency race last week to preserve the unity of the Queens Democratic Party and throw her support behind Alan Hevesi’s run for mayor. Comment.

Queens GOP endorses Bloomberg for mayor

Probable Republican mayoral candidate Michael Bloomberg was endorsed by the Queens County GOP to represent the party as the mayor of New York City at the May 17 meeting of the Queens County Republican Party Executive Committee. Comment.

Flushing man from India jubilant on Memorial Day

Bakul Panjwani stood before his storefront Sunday afternoon with a bouquet of flags bursting from his hand and a warm smile on his face. Comment.

Wendy’s murder victims remembered at ceremony

In a room inside the Flushing Library last week, a Catholic priest was delivering a Josephite’s prayer typically invoked at funerals. Shakeem Smith, 7, was sitting in the audience next to his brother and mother, trying his best to listen. Comment.

Sun shines on marchers in Little Neck parade

Under stunning sunshine that vaporized worries this year’s holiday would be a washout, the largest Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day parade ever marched down Northern Boulevard Monday afternoon as thousands of spectators clapped and cheered. Comment.

Shulman nears solution for Astoria power plants

The borough is close to striking a deal with the New York Power Authority to eventually move two generators that have been installed on a coveted site in Long Island City, Borough President Claire Shulman said at a session with the TimesLedger last week. Comment.

5 gang members charged in Bayside attack: U.S.

Five men who are members of a Korean gang with ties to Flushing were charged last week with assaulting six waiters in a Bayside home, forcing one to eat dog food, then burning his tongue with a lighted cigarette, according to court papers. Comment.

Bayside Jewish Center celebrates 75 years

When Sanford Schwartz first discovered the Bayside Jewish Center in 1964, he saw an energetic place so flourishing with activity that he decided to stay. Comment.

College Point ballfields rejected as school site

In deciding on a site for a proposed elementary school in School District 25, the Board of Education dismissed a 2.4-acre piece of land leased by the city to the College Point Sports Association as well as six other potential locations. Comment.

Happiness is a warm puppy- who needs care

Q: My daughter and I brought home the most adorable puppy. He was one of a litter being given away for free at a garage sale. How can we start off right with this new pet? Comment.

Woodside breaks ground on doughboy renovations

On a pedestal in Doughboy Park stands a World War I soldier cast in bronze, his rifle butt resting on the floor in front of him, its upwardly pointed shaft obscured by the helmet dangling in his hands. Comment.

Students win medals in Memorial Day contest

In a room surrounded by the red, white and blue of America and with more than 100 people looking on Friday night at St. Anastasia’s in Douglaston, Sumin Kim, 10, had something to say about Memorial Day and the Korean War. Comment.

5 suspected gang members charged in Bayside attack: U.S.

Five men who are members of a Korean gang with ties to Flushing were charged last week with assaulting six waiters in a Bayside home, forcing one to eat dog food, then burning his tongue with a lighted cigarette, according to court papers. Comment.

JetBlue set for take-off to Long Beach, California

The Kew Gardens-based discount airline JetBlue will soon start service to Long Beach, Calif., which will become the airline’s second base of operations from which flights are planned to as many as 15 cities over the coming two years. Comment.

JFK cab fare increase not enough for drivers

“It should be higher,” said Jack Dym, who has been a cab driver for 50 years and has appeared in Time... Comment.

Higher power: Nwade to skip city finals for religion

Ndubisi Nwade knows the meaning of dedication. Comment.

Queens Village senior wins All Metro contest

For many Americans exercising and staying in shape are relatively recent obsessions, but for Robert Cardozo, fitness has been a lifelong passion that recently won him an award in All Metro’s annual senior essay contest. Comment.

Guide to historic homes adds three Queens sites

Three Queens sites have been included in a new guidebook to historic homes in the city. Comment.

Illegal immigrant moms could lose health care

The New York Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit ruled last week that illegal immigrant women are no longer eligible for prenatal health care in an action that will have a profound impact on Queens with its large population of newcomers from overseas. Comment.

State law allows moms to abandon newborns

Mayor Rudolph Giuliani and other officials are working to raise awareness of a state law passed last summer which protects people who abandon their newborn infants in safe places. Comment.

DOT installs meters along Queens Blvd.

The city Department of Transportation installed the first 117 parking meters of more than 300 planned for Queens Boulevard service lanes May 23 in Forest Hills and Rego Park, DOT officials said. Comment.

Whitestone remembers vets on Memorial Day

Whitestone’s Memorial Day Parade, the solemn marker of the unofficial start of summer, served not only as a day of remembrance but as a political scale of sorts balancing farewells for outgoing officials against the introduction of those who seek to replace them. Comment.

Queens man charged with vandalizing tombs

A man charged with robbing a woman in St. Michael’s Cemetery was later arrested for allegedly vandalizing more than 50 tombstones, which were found overturned the morning of Memorial Day, police said. Comment.

Gottlieb bows out of city council race

The Queens Democratic Party dashed the hopes of city council contender Jeff Gottlieb last week when county leader Tom Manton, tapped Barry Grodenchik, a Borough Hall aide, as the chosen candidate for the Forest Hills council seat. Comment.

Ridgewood honors its war vets

Standing on a platform before a crowd of veterans and their countless well-wishers Monday, state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) focused her comments on the spectators who fortunately have nothing to remember on Memorial Day - the children for whom war is only history. Comment.

City could own Fort Totten by fall: Beep

If all goes as planned over the next several months, the city''s long- awaited acquisition of Fort Totten in Bayside could be complete by this fall, Borough President Claire Shulman said in an interview with the TimesLedger last week. Comment.

MTA votes to slash G-line service in boro

A Metropolitan Transportation Authority committee has voted to cut the G subway line in half, reroute the F line and establish a new V train linking Queens and Manhattan in a decision supported by Queens Borough President Claire Shulman. Comment.

Man acquitted in 1987 shooting death of cop

After deliberating for nearly two days, a jury acquitted a 35-year-old convicted drug dealer who had confessed on videotape to murdering an off-duty New York City police officer in 1987, when the officer happened upon a car theft outside his home in Flushing. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man assaulted by several attackers on Northern Blvd.

FLUSHING—A man was assaulted outside a building on Northern Boulevard near 126th Street by several attackers early Sunday morning, police said. Comment.

Immerse yourself in Indian cuisine at the Tibetan Yak in Jackson Heights

72-20 Roosevelt Ave. Jackson Heights Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The Center for Preparatory Studies in Music. in the Music Building on the Queens College Campus, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. Flushing, is holding auditions for its new Music Theatre Workshop this summer for children ages 10-16. The workshop will run from July 9 through August 2, Monday-Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will also be optional field trips on Fridays. Students will have the exciting opportunity to take classes in singing, acting and dancing with NYU Graduate Students in Music Theatre. Please call to make a registration/ audi Comment.

Kids’ Space

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

Wednesday, May 30, 2001

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