Thursday, July 12, 2001

Bosco’s Corner: Mets meltdown in Flushing

I don't know what it is, what the core reason is that the New York Mets have gone from the World Series to also-rans in just one season. There are plenty of places to point the finger, but it's hard to pinpoint one specific reason. Comment.

Editorial: Gender bender

The struggle for human rights ennobled by the sacrifice of men like the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., South Africa's Nelson Mandela has come to this. The American Civil Liberties Union is bringing suit against a Jackson Heights landlord who refuses to let men wearing dresses use the ladies room in his office building. Comment.

Editorial: A better ballpark

It appears that the city and state have reached an agreement with the Mets organization on the financing of $500 million stadium that will replace the existing Shea Stadium. Although we confess to a measure of nostalgia for the stadium where the "Miracle Mets" taught us to believe, we understand that time marches on. The time has come to build a new stadium. Comment.

Jarvis hopes for better things to come

Mike Jarvis said he and his staff were shocked when point guard Omar Cook announced his decision to leave St. John’s University after just one year to declare himself eligible for the NBA Draft, a decision Cook made just a month after the Red Storm’s final game of a 14-15 season. Comment.

Queens stars light it up in Nike league

The snug environs and wood paneling that shadow the court at Hunter College are typical of what you might see in the gym of a Division III basketball program. The collection of talent that congregates on the purple-rimmed playing floor for the Nike Pro City Summer League Tuesday and Thursday nights, however, is not. Comment.

CK star finds a summer home

Cigi McCollin was about to begin the most important summer of her high school career and the soon-to-be senior guard at Christ the King was without a summer basketball team. Comment.

A hoop program just for the kids

When Artie Cox was searching for a name for his organization, the Astoria resident wanted more than just a catchy acronym to describe some of its basketball teams. He wanted the name to truly embody his plan to help kids beyond the basketball courts. Comment.

Bayside Yankees fall to L.I. Tigers

In Monday night’s big game against the Long Island Tigers, it was the little things that did in the Bayside Yankees Junior Americans. Little things like lead-off walks and errors proved to be the difference as the Tigers topped the Yankees, 10-6, at Mount St. Michael in the Bronx. Comment.

Metro Cadets salvage split with Collegiates

While Mike Cuomo hasn’t usually been the first manager in the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League to crack a smile this summer, the Metro Cadets’ skipper may have been able to force a grin after his team’s play in a weekend split with the Long Island Collegiates at St. John’s this past Saturday. Comment.

Dodgers scrape out one win over weekend

The Midville Dodgers college team won just one of four games over the weekend against the two top team in the Federation Amateur Baseball League, splitting a doubleheader with Throgs Neck Saturday and losing the first game of a twin bill with the Condors Sunday before the second game was called after the fifth inning with the teams locked in a 2-2 tie. Comment.

District 27 tournaments heating up

Several teams have already been sent home for the summer in the eight District 27 Little League tournaments, with several other teams poised to make a run at the championship, said Ed Chrzastek, one of the district administrators and the former president of the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League. Comment.

Sunnyside’s McManus, 77, aiming at top three finish

John McManus of Sunnyside is expected to do well in his age division at the sixth annual Eamonn Coghlan 5K road race on Aug. 25 at Belmont Park Race Track in Elmont. Comment.

Cross Island YMCA soccer tournament comes to close

Eight weeks of soccer fun culminated on June 24, with an Olympic-style closing ceremony. Forty-four youngsters ages 5 through 10 made up the six teams which competed through May and June on the Cross Island YMCA’s backyard field. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe crowns baseball champions

Eurotech Auto captured the DG Minor Division baseball championship in an exciting and closely contested final playoff series against Cristom Construction. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Sinatra, Bennett, Matthau — I brushed them all

Before flying to Mexico on our vacation, Gloria and I stopped off in Los Angeles for a short stay with my brother, Milt, an actor. Comment.

Periscope: Julia Harrison: She’s a tough act to follow

Let me tell you about Julia Harrison’s handshake. Way back in 1996 her hand was a cement block in the hands of a rookie reporter. It crushed, it intimidated and it impressed. But then in those days Flushing’s Democratic city councilwoman was only 76 or so. Comment.

The Queens Kings weren’t like this

I suppose it's not fair to make the comparison. But I will anyway. Comment.

Actor, playwright team up to celebrate boro diversity

Take a 59-year-old Flushing resident with a long career in stage and screen acting, put him together with a 46-year-old friend who's an experienced playwright, and what do you get? Comment.

Point of View: College Point Security takes bite out of crime

In the early 1990s, the Guardian Angels were ubiquitous in New York City, patrolling the subway and streets day and night. These young volunteers were often hailed as heroes for their fight against bullies and petty larcenies. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Inside or out, there’s much to do in Rosedale

These are busy times. Now that summer has arrived, there is not only a lot of indoor meetings and other activities, the greet outdoors beckon as well. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Plants need nutrition from the soil to thrive

It would be ideal if we could treat soil nutrition in much the same way as the federal government requires labeling of items in the supermarket, allowing us to see the minimum daily requirements of a particular nutrient and how much of it we’re getting in the food product. Comment.

Street corner entrepreneur sells watermelons

Every weekend throughout the summer you can find Alexander Kenner sitting on the same corner of Baisley Park laughing and joking with anybody who stops. Kenner, a neighborhood institution, has been selling watermelons out of the back of a U-Haul truck at Baisley Boulevard and Lakeview Road since 1992. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 45-48 216 Pl., Single Family Attached, $349,000, Bed 3, Bath 2, Halfbath 1, Basement-Full, Lot Size: 20 x100, Taxes $1,600 Comment.

Six of eight homicides in 103rd Precinct solved

Six of the eight homicides in Jamaica''s 103rd Precinct this year have already been solved, the commanding officer of its detective squad said Friday. Comment.

Zambrana quits race for boro presidency

Haydee Zambrana, who hoped to be the first Hispanic to win a boroughwide office, said Tuesday she had pulled out of the race for Queens borough president and had thrown her support behind Carol Gresser. Comment.

Mutilated murder victim found near Van Wyck

The body of a man burned beyond recognition was found last week in the bushes underneath South Conduit Avenue at 134th Street and 149th Avenue in South Ozone Park. Comment.

Oakland Ravine project postponed for months

A $160 million project to revitalize the sewer system in Bayside and to create a new waterfall park in Oakland Ravine that was originally slated to begin this month has been pushed back until later this year, civic leader Jerry Iannece said this week. Comment.

Boro officials pull out of power plant lawsuit

Several borough leaders have pulled out of a lawsuit against the New York Power Authority, saying a potential deal being brokered by Silvercup Studios and the borough president’s office would do “nothing for the community.” Comment.

District 30 faces Queensbridge concerns

The superintendent of School District 30 promised Tuesday to form teams that would address parents’ concerns that children from Queensbridge Houses perform worse than their peers in district schools. Comment.

Daily street cleanup commences in Rego Park

Doe Fund workers descended for the first time Monday on Rego Park for what is to be a daily clean-up operation brought about by state Sen. Dan Hevesi (D-Forest Hills) to transform the area’s commercial neighborhoods. Comment.

Planned traffic lights draw protest

Although the city has promised to install traffic lights at two intersections that residents of Middle Village and Glendale have long considered dangerous, community leaders are voicing concerns that the solutions will only create more problems. Comment.

Ridgewood retiree attains her black belt

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.

SE Queens sees 3 crowded council races

Democracy is alive and well in southeast Queens where more than 30 school teachers, district leaders, civic activists and legislative aides have rushed in to fill the void when the new term limit law removes the area’s three city council members Jan. 1. Comment.

Joyce Shepard sues former campaign manager

In one of the most bizarre cases of “he said, she said” in Queens politics, city council candidate and longtime community activist Joyce Shepard filed a $10 million lawsuit against her former campaign manager last week after he created an allegedly defamatory website about her. Comment.

Man pleads not guilty in St. John’s shooting

A Long Island man accused of shooting a St. John’s University football player who is now paralyzed and wounding a 19-year-old pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of attempted murder in the March dispute that spilled over onto the Jamaica campus. Comment.

No funds for clean-up of old West Side site

More than a year after alerting the community to contamination at the old West Side factory in Jamaica, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has not cleaned up the site because of a lack of funds. Comment.

Major sewer project begins in Whitestone

After the start date was delayed in December, a 14-month city project to install a network of sewers, watermains and catch basins near the Whitestone Expressway began on Monday, snarling nearby traffic. Comment.

Ex-cop enters guilty plea in Flushing nightclub case

A former New York City police officer from Jamaica Estates who had been accused of accepting bribes to protect a Flushing nightclub that allegedly operated a prostitution business frequented by Chinese patrons pleaded guilty last week to tax-evasion charges, authorities said. Comment.

Group says Hispanics undercounted in Census

The results of the 2000 census do not accurately reflect increases in certain segments of the city’s Hispanic population because the results were skewed by questions that gave respondents too much latitude in identifying their country of birth, an urban research group said. Comment.

Jamaica child in critical condition after assault

A 2-1/2-year-old boy was left in critical condition after he was allegedly assaulted Thursday by a man who lives in his South Jamaica home, police said. Comment.

After cleanup, ballfields in College Point renovated

Tony Avella, president of the College Point Sports Association, said Monday construction began this week on the 22-acre ballfields that have been closed for nearly five years after subgrade landfill was dumped there. Comment.

Jews complain concert to be held on Sabbath

Many were looking forward to a concert by the New York Philharmonic scheduled for Friday evening at Cunningham Park, but some Orthodox Jews were upset that the event would be performed on the Jewish Sabbath, observed from sundown Friday to sundown Saturday. Comment.

Debate over bi-lingual signs revived in Flushing

Second in a series Comment.

Counterfeit video ring busted in Flushing: DA

Eleven employees from three video stores in Flushing were arrested in late June and charged with reproducing thousands of counterfeit tapes of popular movies like “The Matrix” and “American Pie,” the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.

Greens to hold primary for council for first time

For the first time in the Green Party’s brief history as a bona fide party in New York, there will be a primary election in September for the city council seat in Flushing, a race between an ultrasound technician and an urban planning consultant. Comment.

Theater, events, shows abound in boro, L.I.

The 23rd annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow-Wow will be held at the Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, from Friday July 27 through Sunday, July 29 - three days of intertribal Native American Dance competitions. More than 40 Indian nations will be represented. Comment.

Haber honored for engineering achievements

There are things you would never guess about Bernard Haber, longtime chairman of northeast Queens’ Community Board 11. Comment.

Bayside building could house new medical offices

A new four-story building under construction on 42nd Avenue in Bayside could be home to medical offices, but it will also be the nighttime residence of machines using radioactive materials, according to a letter filed with the city Fire Department. Comment.

Hindu priest convicted of abusing teenage girl

A Woodhaven Hindu priest has been sentenced to three years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing a 19-year-old woman member of his religious congregation who visited the cleric’s home seeking his counsel. Comment.

Boro Israel supporters rally despite rainstorm

When official word came down shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday that an Israeli solidarity rally had been postponed because of bad weather, the sidewalk was empty except for a handful of people and a steady stream of raindrops. Comment.

JetBlue set for take-off to Washington this fall

The Kew Gardens-based low-fare airline JetBlue has announced it will start service out of Dulles International Airport in Washington this fall, with two daily flights to northern and Southern California. Comment.

City stymies Flushing congregation’s new church

There was one thing the city Buildings Department had to say to a Whitestone contractor and Staten Island architect building a Korean church on 249th Street in Little Neck this week: “Not so fast.” 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.

Queens DA to handle L.I. assault

A Nassau County Court judge was indicted last Thursday on charges of stabbing his wife in the back during an argument last year in their New Hyde Park, L.I. home, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Nolan blasts MTA plan to close token booths

Decrying an MTA proposal to close more than 122 subway booths across the city, state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) and Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer began a petition drive at Queens Plaza subway station Monday to oppose the plan. Comment.

Rosedale family torn apart by murder

A Rosedale family was in shambles Sunday after the father was murdered and his daughter, a corrections officer, was arrested for allegedly assaulting her sister, police said. Comment.

Crime in 107th Precinct drops by 18% in 2001

Crime in the 107th Precinct dropped 18 percent overall for the first six months of 2001 compared with the same time period last year, the Police Department said. Comment.

Overall crime down in 108th, 114th precincts

The 108th and 114th Police Precincts both experienced drops in overall crime in the first half of the year from comparable 2000 levels, although the 114th Precinct recorded significant jumps in rapes and felony assaults, police said. Comment.

Hardware store reopens after deadly Astoria blaze

An Astoria hardware store has reopened in a nearby warehouse after it was destroyed in a deadly Father’s Day explosion, which fire officials said was accidentally ignited by two teenagers who have not been criminally charged. Comment.

Mayor’s airport pick sues over firing in PA

The British company that Mayor Rudolph Giuliani wants to hire to manage LaGuardia and JFK, two of the airports now run by the Port Authority, has gone to court to challenge its firing as operator of the Harrisburg, Pa., airport. Comment.

Bayside neighbors upset by Bay Terrace entrance

Some residents of 212th Street in Bayside think the peaceful future of their quiet street could be short-lived after the Bay Terrace Shopping Center repositioned a nearby parking lot entrance last month to directly align it with the residential street. Comment.

Bloomberg tours downtown Jamaica

On a warm summer day when the mercury hit 90 degrees, media mogul and Republican mayoral candidate Michael Bloomberg rolled up his sleeves and spent Tuesday morning touring the downtown Jamaica business district. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man, 50, stabbed on Delaware Ave.

FLUSHING —A 50-year-old man was attacked by three people at the corner of Delaware Avenue and Murray Street early Wednesday morning, police 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.

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.

Kids’ Space: There’s plenty for kids to do this summer in boro

We always like to hear from the kids themselves - what's going on in their school or neighborhood, and what they think. We also welcome original writing, play and movie reviews, reports from schools, poetry, drawings, and photos. Comment.

AMMI shows comedic genius of writer-actor Mel Brooks

The three Tony Awards that Mel Brooks won for "The Producers," currently on Broadway, can take their place on his trophy shelf. next to his Academy Award for the screenplay of "The Producers." Following this 1968 film, Brooks quickly became one of the most successful creators of screen comedy, with a series of movies that lampooned the western ("Blazing Saddles"), the horror film ("Young Frankenstein"), the silent movie ("Silent Movie"), science-fiction ("Spaceballs") and other Hollywood genres. Comment.

P.S. 1 exhibit hard to ‘Warm Up’ to

"The line to get in to see Jackie O's duds at the Met wasn't this long," the writer thought as she stood in a very, very long line, waiting to get in to see Warm Up 2001, the fourth annual such, at P.S. 1 last Saturday. "And this on top of no elevators working at 74 Street and Broadway and the Queens trains being all messed up in general." Comment.

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