Thursday, June 21, 2001

The Civic Scene: Public-school supporters call for funding changes

At a June 4 forum at John Bowne High School in Flushing, sponsored by the New York City Board of Education, Campaign for Fiscal Equity, Alliance For Quality Education and the Office of the Queens Borough President officials urged residents o to pressure the New York State government to provide a fair share of the state education budget for their schools. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Graduation - time for good wishes, bad poetry

It is June and graduations are once again in bloom. They have sprouted (or will soon sprout) in every elementary school, middle school, high school, and college across Queens and all points beyond. For the graduates, it is a relief to know that they have finally completed a phase of their grueling schooling. However, they know they must go through one last rite of passage before they can shout, "Free at last! Free at last! Thank God almighty, I'm free at last!" - sitting through those imponderable graduation ceremonies. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Street ball all but gone for good

The first column I ever wrote for this newspaper — back when cell phones were the size of bricks — focused on the apparent disappearance of street baseball from the communities of Queens. And now these many years later, I am sad to say that the sport I was brought up on is all but extinct. Comment.

Queens author writes of being a ‘Teacha’

City public school teachers, particularly those on the verge of burnout, may look longingly at private schools with the image of smaller classes and well-behaved, eager little students. Comment.

St. John’s names Wegrzyn new AD

When Ed Manetta resigned from his post to take a job in the corporate world last month, St. John’s University began a search for its next athletic director. That search began and ended on the fifth floor of Sullivan Hall on the Jamaica campus in a corner office that oversees the football field. That’s where Dave Wegrzyn will oversee the athletic department as the school’s new athletic director, St. John’s announced last Wednesday. Comment.

College-Round-up: Deuce taking Storm stars to Greece for tourney

St. John’s men’s basketball assistant coach Mike Jarvis II will lead a team of collegiate players, including Red Storm sophomores Kyle Cuffe and Willie Shaw, to Italy and Greece this week where the team will participate in the third annual Olympus Cup. Comment.

Cook’s stock on the rise for NBA draft

The question is no longer if Omar Cook will be selected in the first round of the NBA Draft on June 27, but rather where the soon-to-be former St. John’s point guard will be picked, thanks to a breakout performance at the NBA pre-draft camp in Chicago earlier this month. Comment.

Locals take part in ‘Rumble in the Bronx’

An impressive collection of AAU basketball talent was assembled this past weekend at Fordham University for the Rumble in the Bronx tournament. Among the Queens natives who “rumbled” this past weekend included former Cardozo standout Ryan Williams, Christ the King guard Mike Claxton and forward Peedy Nelson, former Newtown star Charlie Villanueva and Molloy point guard Marlon Smith. Comment.

Bayside Little Leaguer on verge of record

By Dylan Butler Comment.

Panifilo Gomez captures Quantum Feet 5K

Panifilo Gomez, of Woodhaven, made a short trip to Fresh Meadows to complete in the second annual Quantum Feet 5K race on a recent Sunday morning. Comment.

Auburndale Alliance wins Waldbaum’s Cup

For Filippa Petruccelli, the Waldbaum’s Challenge Cup final Saturday at the Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale, L.I. was more than just a championship match. It was a chance for Queens girls’ soccer to earn some respect in a tournament comprised almost exclusively of teams from soccer-rich Long Island. Comment.

The music died, but was reborn at PS 80

The writer got to the Rochdale Village Community Center just in time to hear the P.S. 80 Jazz Band regaling the roomful of older residents during the Father's Day/Birthday Celebrations last Friday. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Wasserman’s homer carries Valle over VI

Valle Tile and Marble 9, VI Pizza 4. For Valle Tile, Bryan Wasserman smashed a two-run homer and Lionel Morales hit a tape-measure triple. For VI Pizza, Charles Lampert had two solid hits and Sean Monses had a hit and an outstanding play in the field. Comment.

DAC: Superb pitching forces D-Rays, Yankees to battle to 2-2 tie

Exxon at Baybridge D-Rays 2, Estates Animal Hospital Yankees 2. The D-Rays and Yankees tied 2-2 in a game featuring a 10-strikeout performance for Ricky Honya of the Rays. Adam Greenfield, Jason Waters, John Mirabella and Poter Kim also had some big hits. The Yankees got a solid game from Anthony Abruzzo on the mound and offense from Joe Mariani, Joe Brent and Eric Fox. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Mass Electric, Corona Park and Pizza Chef capture DG Cup

Pizza Chef 6-9, Sambucci Brothers 1-3. Pizza Chef met Sambucci Brothers in the championship for the Senior Division. The first contest saw Sambucci Brothers jump out to a 1-0 lead on a goal by Marco Diasparra. Pizza Chef tied the game and after one period the score was tied a goal apiece. Both teams play strong defense, but Pizza Chef, behind the strong offense play of Marcus Britto, Stephen Whalen, Jonathan Kupferschmidt and Joe Monte, took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Sambucci Brothers start to take some chances in the third period and Pizza Che Comment.

Midville Dodgers score sweep over New York Giants

The Midville Dodgers college team maintained their first-place position in the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League by defeating the New York Giants 12-5 and 6-1 at Fordham University. Comment.

Mitchel Linden Colts win 4 to close season

The Mitchell Linden Colts defeated the Boys Club 7-3. Jeremy Franco pitched a three-hitter with 11 K’s. Max Meltzer went 2-for-3 with three RBIs. Bobby Preston smacked a two-run homer and Franco went 2-for-2 and a walk with three runs scored. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Kings top Manhasset, HBQVB to win 3

The Ridegwood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League Kings ventured into unfamiliar territory, playing a night game under lights at the excellent sports complex, Mitchell Field, in Nassau County. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston presents Frogs and Polliwogs for Ages 3-4 1/2 on Sat., June 23 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., for ages 5-7 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Admission: $10, $8. 718-229-4000. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Kids lose innocence much too early today

Shopping along Merrick Boulevard is always an interesting experience for me. The other day, I hadn’t even gone the distance of two stores when I met a lady I hadn’t seen for several weeks. After meeting each other, we began exchanging news of friends and neighbors. She asked me if I had seen our mutual friend, Viola. I assured her I had and, in fact, had told Viola how favorably impressed I was with her very sweet grandchildren. We agreed about that and wished that all children would have the sweetness and innocence that we learned, years ago, was a normal part of youth. Comment.

Jamaica Market: Magnet for diners, shoppers

Nestled between Parson Boulevard and 160th Street, across the street from what will soon be One Jamaica Center on Jamaica Avenue, is the Jamaica Market, an atrium dining and shopping facility that is both a tourist attraction and a nice place to eat lunch. Comment.

Editorial: Suckers and proud of it

There are more than a few people in Queens, and especially in College Point, who probably feel a little like suckers this week. When they heard that thieves had stolen a motorized wheelchair from a disabled Vietnam War vet, these good-hearted souls moved into high gear. Comment.

Editorial: Democracy returns to southeast Queens

Don’t tell Queens Democratic Party boss Tom Manton, but it appears that, despite his best efforts to the contrary, democracy is about to break out in Queens. Thanks to term limits, the race is on for every city council seat in Queens. For better and worse, no Council member representing this borough is returning. Comment.

Our History: Early NY showed few signs of a world center

Though Holland was considered one of the most literate countries in Europe for its time in the 17th century, the Dutch West India Company, which started the New Amsterdam settlement, paid little attention to schools in their colony. And, the settlement got little attention from the company's officers who were more interested in the Spice Islands and African trade. Comment.

To The Point: Summer brings array of celebrations, events

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 14-02 212 St, Coop Garden Apt., $109,000, Bed 1, Bath 1 Comment.

Comptroller candidates spar at Bellerose forum

The two Democratic candidates running for the post of city comptroller disagreed at a forum in Bellerose Tuesday over how the city's schools should be administered. Comment.

Boro Buildings officials indicted in bribe scheme

In September, five high-ranking officials of the city Department of Buildings were indicted by the Manhattan district attorney on charges they accepted favors ranging from tickets for sporting events to vacations from a consultant to the buildings industry. Comment.

Councilman had contact with convicted adviser for Middle Village house permit: Court papers

In 1997, the Manhattan district attorney''s office began an investigation into whether high-level city officials, including the Queens Buildings Department commissioner and the borough''s chief construction inspector, had accepted favors in exchange for relaxing enforcement of city building regulations. Comment.

Bayside HS rape victim threatened

An East Elmhurst man jailed since 1999 on charges of attempting to rape one of his fellow students in Bayside High School was expected to face new counts Thursday that he had tried to hire someone to kill his victim. Comment.

Astoria resident suffocated by fumes in garaged car

An Astoria man and a Brooklyn woman were found dead early Sunday morning in a private garage in Astoria where they suffocated after leaving their car engine running with the door closed, police said. Comment.

Parents, pols talk education at PS 206

Nearly 100 parents, teachers and elected officials gathered over sausage and eggs last Thursday morning at Rego Park’s PS 206 to bring parents into the political fold of their children’s education. Comment.

Bayside High School principal to retire after 40-year career

Bayside High School Principal Harris Sarney announced his retirement last week after 6 1/2 years as head of the artistically and musically renowned high school. Comment.

School Board 24, PTA seek harmony

Members of School Board 24 and district parents tried at a session this week to begin mending a long-term conflict which has prevented the board from holding meetings at any of its schools for the past two years. Comment.

St. John’s University expands into Manhattan

St. John’s University, founded in Brooklyn and flourishing in Queens, has come to Manhattan after 130 years in a merger with The College of Insurance at a new campus within sight of the towers of Wall Street. Comment.

Charity swimmer rounds L.I., stops in Bayside

Sunburned, sore but enthusiastic, charity swimmer Tom Gallagher was out of the water Friday evening to greet friends and passersby outside C. J. Sullivan’s American Grill in Bayside for a fund-raiser as he neared the end of his journey traveling around the perimeter of Long Island. Comment.

HS teacher pleads guilty to sex with student, 15

A high school teacher from Douglaston pleaded guilty Tuesday to third degree sodomy after having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student at Martin Van Buren High School five years ago. Comment.

Leatherneck veterans recall Korean war

Three dozen leatherneck veterans from Queens stood at attention in three ranks June 3 as a deejay played four stanzas of “The Marines Hymn.” Comment.

Bayside Little League honors boy killed last year

Christopher Scott had been in the Bayside Little League for three years by the time he was chosen as an all-star last summer, playing as a pitcher and loving every minute of it, League Commissioner Bob Reid said. Comment.

Nolan sponsors bill to help seniors afford housing

State Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, a Democratic mayoral candidate, visited a Sunnyside community center Friday to announce proposed legislation designed to allow more senior citizens to qualify for rent-control programs. Comment.

Man sentenced in ’96 Cambria Hts. shooting

A Brooklyn man was sentenced last week to 25 years to life in prison for the attempted murder of two Port Authority police officers in Cambria Heights in 1996. Comment.

Fire officials: No sprinklers in store basement

The Astoria hardware store at the center of Sunday’s fire which killed three firefighters and injured more than 50 people did not have a basement sprinkler system, Fire Commissioner Thomas Von Essen told a news conference Monday. Comment.

Flushing has smoothest roads in Queens: Study

Queens motorists have the smoothest ride in New York City because the borough has more level roadways and fewer jolts than anywhere in the city, a new survey found. Comment.

PS 115 fifth-graders smartest in quiz bowl

The 2000-2001 results from the New York State “Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl” are in and the winners are PS 115 of Floral Park. Comment.

Ferraro battles cancer, plans to leave Forest Hills

Geraldine Ferraro, the country’s first female vice presidential candidate who lives in Forest Hills Gardens, disclosed this week she has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a terminal form of blood cancer. Comment.

Firefighters mourned by New York’s bravest

The note attached to three bouquets placed before the firehouse of Rescue Company 4 in Woodside was signed “Yellow Taxi Driver 7540,” but it captured the sentiments of an entire city grieving the loss of three firemen killed Sunday in... Comment.

3 plead guilty to setting fire in rice-cake factory

Nearly 11 months after a fire destroyed a rice-cake factory in downtown Flushing, three men, including the owner of a competing business in Flushing, pleaded guilty to setting the early morning blaze, authorities said. Comment.

Promenade unveiled at World’s Fair Marina

Parks Commissioner Henry Stern and Borough President Claire Shulman, along with other city officials and curious onlookers, celebrated the completion of a 1.4-mile promenade Tuesday that hugs Flushing Bay near the World’s Fair Marina. Comment.

Political hopefuls host Father’s Day events

It was the day before Father’s Day at Jamaica’s Roy Wilkins Park. It was also a day for Democratic council candidates to court, famous rap stars to sermonize and for kids to frolic with dad. Comment.

Laurelton father donates life-saving kidney to son

It was a special Father’s Day for Amiel Whyte Sunday as he picked up his 23-year-old son Duane from the hospital after saving his life by giving him one of his kidneys. Comment.

Gresser calls on LGA to be better neighbor

Former Board of Education President Carol Gresser has called for changes at LaGuardia Airport to allow thousands of Queens residents “to sleep at night and enjoy their homes.” Comment.

2 LIC charter schools to rejoin Board of Ed

Only two years after being converted to charter schools, two Long Island City high schools have announced they will reunite with the Board of Education as part of a newly created district for high-performing schools. Comment.

Citizens arrest man, 36, on Queens Boulevard

A crowd of Rego Park pedestrians made a dramatic citizen’s arrest Sunday afternoon after a reckless driver smashed into another car and sped away — coming within inches of passers-by as he wove through streets near Queens Boulevard, police said. Comment.

Man staged wheelchair scam for $6K: Police

Police arrested a College Point man who had claimed his $6,000 motorized wheelchair was stolen as he was shoved to the ground and accused him Friday of enlisting two friends to stage the robbery so that he could get a new wheelchair. Comment.

City halts work on Flushing church’s new building

The city Buildings Department put the brakes this week on a Flushing Korean church’s plans to build a three-story house of worship with a 12-foot-high spire on a tiny, odd-shaped lot just off Northern Boulevard in Little Neck. Comment.

Three veteran firefighters killed in Astoria explosion

Three firefighters were killed and 59 people injured after a 75-year-old Astoria hardware store caught fire early Sunday afternoon, setting off a deadly explosion and sending a wall of debris down on the men battling the blaze below. Comment.

AirTrain ride to Jamaica to come in January 2003

Passengers traveling from Jamaica to John F. Kennedy International Airport may get their first AirTrain ride sooner than expected. Comment.

Residents fondly recall a family hardware store

Half of the sign for Long Island General Supply Company in Astoria still clings to the front of the building largely destroyed in an explosive fire Sunday, one of the only recognizable remnants of a store neighbors fondly recall for its extensive stock and friendly service. Comment.

Legislature plans to tighten DWI laws

Queens drivers better think twice about having that last drink before getting behind the wheel with the state is making strides to lower the blood alcohol content levels for drunk driving. Comment.

Republicans among crowd vying for Watkins’ seat

Part two of a two-part report Comment.

Group pressures Pataki on school funding reform

While school children in Queens and throughout the city were wrapping up the 2000-2001 academic year last week, a Manhattan group rallied on the steps of the State Supreme Court building to fight for equal education funding from Albany. Comment.

School District 26 tops city in math, reading tests

Nearly all Queens elementary students outperformed their citywide counterparts on math and reading, the Board of Education said last week, but since 1999 the borough’s children have seen an all-out decline on the math exam and little gain on the reading test. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: D’backs pound their way past Yanks, 11-8

The Major Boys New Hyde Park Wireless Diamondbacks squared off against the Ralph’s Ices Yankees on Monday, June 11. D-backs’ Billy Gillespie and Albert Marin, along with Kevin Cheddie, were magnificiant with their hitting. Gillespie was 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. Cheddie was 2-for-3 with a walk and scored twice and Marin was 3-for-4 and scored a run. In the field, Mohammed Hashim was excellent behind home plate. Defensively, he kept the Yanks from running wild and stealing every base in sight. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions for The Colonial Players' fall production of the original, award winning comedy, "Nobody knows I'm a Dog," by Alan D. Perkins, will be held on Monday and Wednesday June 25 and 27 from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. Performances are scheduled for weekends in October. Six characters are needed ranging in age from 17 to 60, and all parts are available. Technicians, stage hands and support crew are always needed, and are most welcome. The theater is located in the Hollis Woods Community Church on 82nd Avenue and Bell Boulvard. 718- Comment.

Kids can find theater muse at the Spectrum

Children can try their hand at stage acting at the Black Spectrum Theatre Company's Children's and Teen Summer Theatre Camps. The company is located in the Roy Wilkins Park at 177th Street and Baisley Boulevard in St. Albans. Comment.

Police Blotter: Gunman, sidekick hold up Q30 bus on Utopia Parkway

FRESH MEADOWS - A late-night bus ride turned into a trip of terror as two men boarded a Q-30 on Utopia Parkway shortly after 11 p.m. Friday, threatened the driver with a gun and robbed four women of their jewelry, police said. Comment.

Alien invasion: Gas-sucking squid, 2-headed creature in Flushing

With Mars at its closest distance to earth, something that only happens once every 10 years, now would be the perfect time for Martians to attack earth. Comment.

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