Thursday, July 5, 2001

Parsley adds spice to Empire Challenge

Victor Parsley always wanted to be Superman, to come in and save the day on the football field. That dream appeared to be on the back burner as he and his New York City teammates in the defensive backfield were torched on a regular basis by the team’s speedy offensive players in a week of practices to prepare for Saturday’s Empire Challenge. Comment.

Holy Cross tandem finish careers at charity game

Two mainstays of the Holy Cross football program capped off stellar careers donning the green and white Saturday night at Hofstra University to participate in the Empire Challenge. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Naysayers were right after all

The tone had changed dramatically concerning St. John’s point guard Omar Cook’s decision to enter the NBA draft in the weeks leading up to the June 27 event held at the Theater at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

College Round-up: St. John’s to open season agaginst Gonzaga

The St. John’s men’s basketball team will face a familiar opponent to start the 2001-02 season as the Red Storm will take on the Gonzaga Bulldogs in the first round of the Great Alaska Shootout on Thanksgiving night. Tip-off is slated for 11 p.m. and will be televised live on ESPN. Comment.

Bayside travel team finishes .500 in Chicago

It was a trip they had planned for a year, but it would be an experience that would last a lifetime as the Bayside Little League 11-year-old travel team went 3-3, playing six games in four days to complete a successful run in the USSSA-CABA Illinois State Tournament in Chicago last week. Comment.

Bayside Yankees battle back to beat Nort Shore

Joe Kessler could only shake his head. The Bayside Yankees Junior Americans’ head coach was befuddled after his team’s come-from-behind 6-2 win over the North Shore Royals Friday in a Federation Amateur Baseball League game at St. Anthony’s High School in Huntington, L.I. Comment.

St. Greg’s tops St. Margaret’s for CYO title, 8-7

Paul Cianciaruso’s two-out single in the bottom of the seventh scored Kevin Hegarty from third, snapping a 7-7 tie and giving St. Gregory’s of Bellerose an 8-7 win over St. Margaret’s of Middle Village in the Queens Diocesan championship in the 14-year old Intermediate Division Saturday at Monsignor McClancy High School. Comment.

Midville Dodgers lose four straight after 7-0 start

The Midville Dodgers college team was 7-0 in the Interstate Collegiate Baseball League heading into Saturday’s doubleheader showdown with the defending champion Westchester Indians. Comment.

Defending champ signs up to make run at Coghlan 5K repeat

Defending champ Paul Mwangi became one of the first runners to enter into the sixth annual Eamonn Coghlan 5K road race, named after the world renowned miler. The 5K Race, held in conjunction with the seventh annual New York Irish Festival, is set for Saturday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. at Belmont Park in Elmont. Comment.

Yankees top D-Rays in DAC Pony League action

DAC Pony League Comment.

Tennis classic to benefit Jamaica youth program

Some of the top ranked men’s singles players in the East are expected to compete in the sixth annual Greater Urban Pro Tennis Classic. The tournament begins Sunday July 15 and runs for a week at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

St. Greg’s PeeWee girls win CYO crown

The PeeWee Girls softball team from St. Gregory’s capped off an undefeated season with a stirring come-from-behind victory over Our Lady of Hope to capture the CYO Diocesan Championship on Saturday, June 23. Comment.

Editorial: C. P. Crime Busters

Ten years ago it was easy to think of College Point as the land that time forgot. Isolated on a peninsula just a stone's throw from Rikers Island and LaGuardia Airport, College Point was not on the road to anywhere. But even then, College Point was not the land that crime forgot. Comment.

Editorial: Drive out pimps

We hope that the people who claim that prostitution is a “victimless crime” are paying attention. On June 20, police charged a man from Jamaica with promoting prostitution and endangering the welfare of a 16-year-old runaway. In plain language, they said the man is suspected of being a sleazy pimp who made his money by getting a young, frightened girl to sell her body to Johns cruising the streets near Queens Plaza. Comment.

Point ofView: Immigrants a vital part of New York’s history

Ours is the freest multicultural society. This is why people all over the world crave an opportunity to come to New York City and other parts of the country to fulfill their dreams. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Be a volunteer: It’s good practice for you and us

People are not always easy to understand, but we must keep trying. Comment.

The Civic Scene: New group forms to fight for our parks

After two organizing meetings, a coalition of civic, athletic, and conservancy groups in Queens has met in the Overlook in Forest Park and selected volunteers to lead the fledgling organization. Comment.

QTP becomes a center for worldwide Latino culture

Starting July 25, Queens Theatre in the Park offers a tapas array of Latino music, dance, theater and film from Central and South America, the Caribbean, Spain, and the United States. Comment.

Spigner secures $30M for SE Queens roadwork

Millions of dollars in major improvements to sewers, water mains, highways and other renovations are slated for the southeast Queens communities represented by City Council Deputy Majority Leader Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans) . Comment.

St. John’s chess match draws 10 top players

It may not have taken chess players at an international masters invitational tournament at St. John’s University hours to make a move like some chess mavens, but 10 to 15 minutes was not uncommon, and one player even took a 17-minute nap. Comment.

80,000 Queens students head for summer school

More than half of the nearly 80,000 Queens elementary, middle and high school students who were set to do the summer school shuffle this week need to pass their July and August classes to be promoted, a Board of Education spokeswoman said. Comment.

Vallone forges coalition with Terence Park

Terence Park, one of eight Democrats running for City Council in Flushing, was endorsed last Thursday by Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), who said Park’s experience in city governance best qualifies him to represent one of the most diverse council districts in the city. Comment.

Retirees offer poolside perspective on politics

On a scorching hot Saturday, hot enough to melt the tar on the street, hundreds of Queens residents headed to the Seymour Perlmutter Community Center in Little Neck to escape the heat under an umbrella or in the pool. Comment.

Lawsuit poses challenge to city human rights code

The question of who should use the third floor women’s bathroom at a Jackson Heights office building has ignited a legal battle that the American Civil Liberties Union hopes will lead to clearer protections for transgendered individuals from discrimination. Comment.

WWII vet remembers combat days on Iwo Jima

Manny Goldberg is a World War II veteran who crawled through the hills and caves of Iwo Jima hunting for the enemy, but he did not use guns or grenades and he was often able to lead his “prisoners” to a better way of life. Comment.

Mets, city, state iron out plans for new stadium

The Mets, the city and the state are finalizing the details of a contract to build a $500 million stadium with a retractable dome in the parking lot of the existing one, a project that could be completed by opening day in 2004, according to a published report. Comment.

Municipal Credit Union celebrates its 85th year

City workers might think that banks are their only option for keeping their money. But they have something other workers do not — the Municipal Credit Union. Comment.

Councilwoman Marshall joins borough prez race

City Councilwoman Helen Marshall (D-East Elmhurst) kicked off her campaign for borough president with a fund-raiser at Antun’s in Queens Village last Thursday evening. Comment.

Brooklyn court to decide fate of 10 power plants

Two lawsuits over generators operated by the New York Power Authority converged in Brooklyn Appellate Court Friday, putting the longstanding question over the future of the 10 generators in the hands of a four-judge panel. Comment.

City Council OKs new Queens College school

Citing a severe shortage of classroom space in Queens’ public schools, members of the City Council voted unanimously to approve the construction of a new school on the Queens College campus despite residents’ fears that local streets cannot accommodate the additional traffic. Comment.

Hispanics contribute to diversity of Jamaica

Jamaica has become much more diverse in the last decade as thousands of immigrants from the Caribbean, Latin American and Asian have moved to the area and reduced the number of blacks to less than half the residents, the 2000 Census showed. Comment.

Jamaica parking changes aimed to benefit shoppers

The modernization of a two-lot, 550-space parking facility is nearing completion in Jamaica Center, said Carlisle Towery, president of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation. Comment.

JFK gets first new hotel in 15 years with Marriott

Courtyard by Marriott opened the first newly build JFK airport hotel in more than 15 years with a jubilant celebration June 26. Comment.

Ridgewood retiree earns black belt in three years

Brown belt Tatorka Taskova fixed her eyes on the small plank held by her instructor, Joseph Froman, at S.Y. Kim’s Tae Kwon Do school on Horace Harding Boulevard in Bayside last month. Seated at a judge’s table was the school’s owner, Master Sin Yung Kim. Comment.

Council committee gives approval to LIC rezoning

After the City Council’s Land Use Committee voted to approve a modified proposal to rezone Long Island City last Thursday, Councilman Walter McCaffrey (D-Woodside) vowed to protect local manufacturers from being pushed by office tenants. Comment.

LIE-Cross Island Pkwy work clogs NE Queens

Amid a bevy of traffic signs, crossing guards and construction equipment there’s a sign at the intersection of Marathon Parkway and the Long Island Expressway drivers seem to be missing: the one banning left turns onto the expressway service road. Comment.

Family forced to watch sex attack on teen: Cops

A teenage girl was sodomized at gunpoint in front of her mother and a toddler near John F. Kennedy International Airport in Laurelton last week, police said. Comment.

Lund Fire Products requests variance from city

A Bayside company dogged by a contentious relationship with its mostly residential neighbors and a history of violating its variance made its case before the city Board of Standards and Appeals last week as to why it should be allowed to extend its office hours. Comment.

CB 11 OKs Little Neck Pkwy traffic restrictions

Some Little Neck residents living near the Long Island Rail Road stop are so sick of fighting commuters for on-street parking spots they are pushing to get traffic restrictions in the area altered, and Monday night Community Board 11 gave the changes a green light. Comment.

Group seeks cut in immigration

John Brock does not want to be called a racist. Comment.

Flushing conman admits fleecing 7 Queens women

A Flushing man pleaded guilty last week to bilking seven Queens women out of more than $130,000 through ads he took out in a Chinese-language newspaper that promised marriage and an affluent lifestyle, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

111th Precinct, civic leaders hold annual meeting

One of the Bell Boulevard bars where a Haitian man was beaten by a group of whites in February has turned itself around, 111th Precinct Capt. Kevin Fitzgerald said this week, but the police do not plan to lighten up their enforcement effort. Comment.

Man charged in 8 assaults on Flushing Asian women

A Flushing man who was on parole after serving five years in a federal prison was arrested last week in connection with a string of sexual assaults and robberies of Asian-American women in Flushing over a four-month period, authorities said. Comment.

Stolen auto parts ring busted by Queens DA

Eight men from Queens and one from Long Island were arrested last week on charges of selling parts stolen from towed cars, authorities said. Comment.

Woman, 42, indicted in boro welfare fraud

A former Queens resident was indicted last month for receiving fraudulent welfare benefits and rent subsidies while she was working for the city Human Resources Administration — the same agency that issued her welfare checks. Comment.

4 Chinese master chefs star at Sheraton festival

In Queens, home to New York’s largest Chinese community and renowned for its Chinese food, how does a restaurateur come up with even more original tastes and cuisines to tempt sophisticated diners? Comment.

Jury deadlocks in trial of accused bribe-taker

The misdemeanor trial of a former city Department of Buildings employee accused of accepting gifts in exchange for providing favors to a Queens building consultant ended last week in a mistrial after the jury was unable to reach a verdict after deliberating for three days. Comment.

10 borough teens receive annual award

Ten youths from throughout Queens were chosen to be honored in the 2001 Hometown Heroes awards to recognize outstanding youths. Comment.

NE Queens residents worry about iPark complex

Northeast Queens communities are concerned that if iPark fills the old Lockheed Martin complex just over the Queens border in Nassau County with businesses, they could be overrun by traffic. Comment.

Crime down in 103rd, 113th precincts

In almost all of the seven classifications of major crime in the two precincts covering Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans and Rochdale Village, reported incidents were less frequent in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year, police said. Comment.

Crime falls 10.5% in 104th Precinct

Overall crime in the 104th Precinct dropped by 10.5 percent in the first half of the year from comparable 2000 levels, although the area saw marked increases in both felony assaults and grand larceny, police said. Comment.

Crime down by 14 percent throughout 105th Precinct

The overall crime rate dropped nearly 14 percent in the 105th Precinct in the first half of the year, with four of the seven major crime categories showing a decline from incidents in 2000, Police Department statistics showed. Comment.

Auto thefts drop in 109th Precinct

The number of reported auto thefts in the 109th Precinct declined sharply during the first half of the year, falling by more than 25 percent, compared with the same period last year, the police said. Comment.

111th Pct. sees 15% crime drop

Crime in northeast Queens’ 111th Police Precinct declined by slightly more than 15 percent in the first six months of 2001, Capt. Kevin Fitzgerald said, although there has been an increase of about 12 percent in robberies so far this year in the Bayside-based precinct. Comment.

Hillcrest shoe store run down by truck

A truck slammed into a Hillcrest shoe store early on the morning of June 27, injuring the driver and causing about $100,000 worth of damage to the building. Comment.

Aviation High Annex graduates its first class

The new Aviation High School Annex at Kennedy Airport graduated 24 students June 27, the first to complete a specialized program supported by the Port Authority and the airline industry. Comment.

Bellerose girl scouts get their badges

The four-member Girl Scout Troop 4216 became the first troop in the country to earn two chemical merit badges developed in conjunction with the Girl Scouts of the USA by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: I was a male ‘hausfrau’ — and loved it!

Cooking, forever.... Housework, never! Comment.

On America’s birthday, we all share in the gifts

Some people wave the American flag, but waive what it stands for. Comment.

Three Queens residents busted in housing scam

Three Queens residents, including a Board of Education-employed school custodian, were arrested last week on charges they stole more than $58,000 in housing benefits from the city, officials said. Comment.

City blood bank short on deposits

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Sunday only 2 percent of New York City residents donate blood and warned the Food and Drug Administration’s recent recommendation to place more restrictions on donations will exacerbate the current shortage. Comment.

Glendale veterans covet Brooklyn doughboy statue

The bronze doughboy in Brooklyn’s Heisser Triangle stands before a backdrop of Myrtle Avenue’s corner groceries and doughnut shops, a busy thoroughfare where shoppers and residents conduct their business in the shadow of an immortalized American vet. Comment.

Police Blotter: LIC dentist gets six years in sexual assault of patient

LONG ISLAND CITY — A Long Island City dentist was sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting a female patient while he was treating her, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA 138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, presents YouthBuild, a job-training program for young adults between the ages of 17-21. Students receive extensive training in different building trades and work on their GED diploma. Job placement is available to all students. 718-961-6880 Ext. 142. Comment.

Cook slides to 2nd round

Omar Cook believed he would be a first-round pick. His friends and family were also confident, so much so that they rented a penthouse suite at the New York Hilton ready to celebrate. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Douglaston Community Theatre is holding Auditions for "NUTS" at the Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Ave. off Douglaston Parkway. 718-225-7117. Comment.

Fruit, fun, frolic abound at Strawberry Festival

Once again the sun shone at the Queens County Farm Museum on Sunday for the annual Strawberry Festival. There were fresh strawberries, strawberry shortcake, strawberry jams and jellies, and funnel cakes. Comment.

Baysider is true Renaissance man

Describing himself as "very active," William Zinn, composer, violinist and author, took to music at age 13 when he started playing the violin. Comment.

Wednesday, July 4, 2001

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