Thursday, Jan. 10, 2002

Czech refugee recalls his escape

The young Czech journalist and his new bride had slogged through mud all night in a steady rain, eluding Communist border police as the couple approached what they fervently hoped was a weak spot in the Iron Curtain. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: At long last relief with Jets victory

I collapsed into a heap on the floor of my living room, exhausted, drained and completely spent. John Hall’s 53-yard field goal attempt was true, splitting the uprights at the Oakland Coliseum and simultaneously extending the New York Jets’ season for at least one more week. Comment.

Dramatic win for St. Francis hockey team

Dan McCloskey didn’t even have to look, he just knew. When the senior forward on the St. Francis Prep hockey team won the puck behind the Christ the King net, he was convinced he’d find James Bertorelli in the slot. Comment.

Gorynski scores 1,000th point as St. Francis falls to Bergtraum

There was little to celebrate for the St. Francis Prep girls’ basketball team Sunday, as the team was trounced by defending public league champ Murry Bergtraum, 65-43, but there was a silver lining. Comment.

Holy Cross bounces back to beat Moore Catholic

The Holy Cross Knights bounced back from a tough league loss to Molloy Friday night to defeat Moore Catholic, 60-43, Sunday in the Staten Island City challenge at the College of Staten Island. Comment.

Christ the King expels star basketball player

The Christ the King boys’ varsity basketball team sustained a severe blow last week with the dismissal of standout senior guard Craig “Peedy” Nelson from the team as well as the school, said Principal Michael Lynch. Comment.

Garden bounces PSAL ‘B’ finals, but keeps ‘A’s

Citing a scheduling conflict at Madison Square Garden, the PSAL announced Monday only the boys’ and girls’ ‘A’ championships will be played at the World’s Most Famous Arena on March 16. Comment.

Magnet tops Bryant at Queens Winter Classic

After showing their teeth in a handful of close losses, the Campus Magnet Bulldogs finally took a bite out of the competition as the varsity basketball team upset the William Bryant Owls, 68-63, in the PSAL Queens’ Winter Classic at Elmcor Sunday afternoon. Comment.

Cleveland struggles but holds off Bowne, 51-41

Grover Cleveland girls’ varsity basketball head coach Jack Ciano took home a win and probably a few more gray hairs from the PSAL Queens Winter Classic Sunday afternoon at Elmcor as his Indians shook off a lackluster start to defeat the John Bowne Lady Wildcats, 51-41. Comment.

St. John’s tops West Virginia, 72-53

What a difference a few days makes. Comment.

Diverse themes shed ‘Winter Light’

The Rockaway Artists’ Alliance is now showing the exhibit, Winter Light, at its sTudio 6 [sic] gallery at Fort Tilden Park at the western edge of the Rockaway peninsula. The artworks, by RAA members, are prints, paintings, sculptures and photographs, arranged around the white painted room, most depicting scenes of winter. Comment.

Lyons suffers concussion as QC women fall to Adelphi

Trailing 33-24 at the half, Jerry Ingenito followed his Queens College women’s basketball team into a classroom just off the court at Adelphi’s Woodruff Hall in Garden City, L.I. Sunday. Comment.

College Round-up: Former Queens stars Ivey, Gadson battle it out in collegiate ranks

They’ve gone head-to-head on Queens playgrounds, and Saturday Royal Ivey and Cheyne Gadson met again but with the stage slightly larger. Comment.

Garden a special place for Queens’ own

You know you’re in a special place when the public address announcer welcomes everyone to “Madison Square Garden, the World’s Most Famous Arena.” Comment.

Editorial: Education, Priority No. 1

History was made last week. The hopes and dreams of the people of Queens are now represented in city government by an entirely new slate of elected officials, including the first African American woman to hold the position of borough president and first Asian American to serve on the City Council. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Think the Blizzard of ‘96 was bad? Wait

People still talk about the Blizzard of 1996 in New York. You remember that blizzard — slippery roads, rail lines, subways, and buses stalled; unending mountains of snow to shovel; and no place to park your car. Yes, folks, that was a bad one, but I remember a few other blizzards that I will remember forever. Comment.

Mark Twain comes to town

For their first production of 2002, The Gingerbread Players of St. Luke’s present guest artist William Lawrence as Mark Twain. Lawrence brings to life America’s favorite author, humorist and storyteller, as he performs excerpts from Twain’s novels and autobiography. Performances are Saturday evening, Jan. 19 at 7:30 p.m., with a Sunday matinee Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. The suggested contribution is $10, with groups of 6 or more at $8. Comment.

Point of View: Big Apple: Dream city for many vacationers

“New York is the most famous city in the world,” said former Mayor Rudy Giuliani at his farewell address on Dec. 27. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Some boro civic heads elected to City Council

An astute observer of the results of the elections for the City Council might draw the conclusion that it pays to be a president of a civic association in Queens because so many of them have won seats. Of course, an election is not based on one position but...... Comment.

To The Point: Make 2002 resolution to read to your children

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. All your senses were tested during the holidays with the lights and the horns, and I am sure you came out glaring and holding your ears, but I hope that your celebration was worthy. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 212-26 16 Ave., Coop Garden Apt., $167,500, Bed 2, Bath 1 Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Meetings held Wednesdays and Fridays. 718-347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 718-224-2729. Comment.

Audit of school construction budget underway in LIC

The city Board of Education came up with a plan to close the school construction budget gap last month, but the amended proposal has not halted an audit to find out exactly how the $2.3 billion shortfall happened. Comment.

Bourbon Street: A taste of old New Orleans in Bayside

40-12 Bell Blvd. Bayside Comment.

Shulman grabs board seat at Queens County Savings

Queens County Savings Bank announced the appointment of Claire Shulman to its board of directors Jan. 2, just a day after she stepped down as Queens borough president. Comment.

Gifford Miller gets nod as new Council speaker

City Councilman A. Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) was set to assume the post of council speaker Wednesday after gaining the support of Queens Democratic Party boss Thomas Manton and receiving a host of other political endorsements. Comment.

Astoria Theater shuttered after 8 decades

When the Astoria Theater opened in the early 1920s, its vaudeville performances were nearing the end of an era as movie pressure threatened to kill the circuit of live performers. Comment.

Cambria Heights group teaches history of quilting

Stitches from the Heart, Inc., a southeast Queens non-profit organization that teaches men, women and young people the benefits of quilting, held a tea party and fund-raising event in Cambria Heights Sunday. Comment.

Two more boro schools join ranks of city’s worst

Two Queens schools were among a dozen throughout the city this week that had the dubious distinction of joining the ranks of the state Education Department’s SURR list of the worst schools, while one borough school was taken off. Comment.

Weprin joins dad, brother in tradition of boro politics

David Weprin (D-Hollis) finally joined the family business when he was sworn in as a member of the New York City Council by U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.). Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: That cute family pet requires commitment

This column recently suggested that great care should be given in selecting appropriate gifts — especially for children, This is a very special problem when a pet is to be gifted. Comment.

Brief bus strike hampers Monday morning commute

Although a wildcat bus strike forced borough commuters to scramble for transit alternatives Monday morning, by noon the same day drivers had returned to the job still lacking the contract that has eluded them for more than a year. Comment.

Firemen rescue 2 from Woodside blaze

Firefighters rescued a man and woman from the fourth floor of a burning Woodside apartment building late Tuesday afternoon by carrying them on their backs down what remained of a partially collapsed stairwell, fire officials said. Comment.

City agrees to put traffic light on Willets Point Blvd.

Residents living off Willets Point Boulevard in Whitestone are set to receive a new traffic signal by May, a spokeswoman for the Department of Transportation said. Comment.

Mother of 2 gets 35 years for 1999 Jamaica murder

A Brooklyn woman convicted last year of murdering her half-brother’s fiancée was sentenced last week to 35 years to life in prison after apologizing to the court and the victim’s family. Comment.

Koslowitz leaves Council, becomes deputy beep

Although forced out of her city council seat by term limits, Karen Koslowitz has not abandoned the people of Queens. Comment.

Joseph Liu sentenced to month in jail

Joseph Liu, the father of Flushing’s new councilman, was sentenced to a month in jail and six months of home detention Tuesday for misapplying $1 million in funds from the Great Eastern Bank in Flushing that he helped to establish. Comment.

Boro President Marshall takes reins from Shulman

The Queens Democratic Party showed up in full force last week to welcome Helen Marshall, the first black elected to a countywide office in Queens, to the borough presidency. Comment.

Housing plan faces opposition

A hotly contested proposal to build homes and condominiums on an empty Middle Village lot came under further scrutiny this week as a land use committee refused to endorse the project. Comment.

Kew Gds. fireman’s body found at Twin Tower site

For the second time in just over a month, family, friends and firefighters gathered at a small Kew Gardens church to celebrate the life of Firefighter Christopher Pickford, who was killed trying to rescue people from the World Trade Center Sept. 11. Comment.

Bayside woman dances for victims of Sept. 11

Kathy Rollo of Bayside answered Mayor Rudolph Giuliani's appeal to help World Trade Center attack victims by doing what she loves best - dancing. Her 107-night Terpsichorean marathon raised $7,000. Comment.

Queens Knights score big win over Concordia

Kyrk Peponakis gave a little reminder to the Queens College men’s basketball team, but Gary DeBerry didn’t need to hear it. The sophomore guard remembered all too well the feeling last year after the Knights lost a pair of games to Concordia. Comment.

Teen gets 16 years in Chinese restaurant owner slay

The sentencing of a teenager involved in the September 2000 robbery and murder of a Chinese restaurant owner drew emotional speeches Tuesday from the victim’s widow, the defendant and his mother in a Kew Gardens courtroom. Comment.

Murders up 157 percent in 105th Precinct for 2001

In 2001, murders in the 105th Precinct nearly tripled from the previous year even though the overall crime rate dropped by 7.2 percent from the previous year, Police Department statistics showed. Comment.

Accused drug traffickers hire undercover cops: DA

Queens cocaine users were denied a white Christmas this year, District Attorney Richard Brown said last week as he announced a $25 million seizure. Comment.

Fake designer goods worth millions seized in borough

Police from the 102nd Precinct responding to a routine burglary call at a Richmond Hill warehouse put an end to one of the largest counterfeit trademark operations in city history when they stumbled across more than $6 million in counterfeit designer goods, prosecutors said Friday. Comment.

Cops, pols try to soothe Asian merchants’ nerves

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) and an aide to state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) met with police and victims of recent thefts in downtown Flushing Monday to help foster relations between the NYPD and the local Asian community. Comment.

Teen charged with murder after Murray Hill stabbing

A 16-year-old Flushing resident was arrested and charged with murder in the early Sunday morning stabbing of a Babylon man at a 153rd Street residence in the Murray Hill section of Flushing, police said. Comment.

Gallagher assumes council seat at crowded ceremony

Although City Councilman Dennis Gallagher (R-Middle Village) won his new title during the November election, he wears it like a man who is tromping along familiar ground. Comment.

Astoria strays survive on kindness of strangers

The front porch of Gloria Morrison’s 38th Street home in Astoria is lined with bowls of cat food and adorned with stickers announcing her as a friend to the animals. Comments (2).

On Day 1, Gennaro keeps campaign vows

Wasting no time in showing he planned to uphold campaign pledges made to constituents, James Gennaro (D-Jamaica Estates) spent his first day in office following through on five promises that formed the centerpiece of his run for City Council. Comment.

Forest Hills robber lifts credit cards from lockers

Toning those abs? Fulfilling a New Year’s resolution to work off some extra pounds? If you’re working out at a Forest Hills gym, you have a little more to worry about than pulling a muscle. Comment.

109th pct.: Rapes up 37.5%, crime drops 3.7%

Although the number of rapes reported in the 109th Precinct jumped by 37.5 percent in 2001, overall crime dropped in the precinct by nearly 3.7 percent, police statistics showed. Comment.

Robberies, car thefts on the rise in 111th Precinct

Crime in northeast Queens’ 111th Police Precinct was relatively quiet in 2001 except for a perennial thorn in the precinct’s side: car thefts. Comment.

City DOT shuts down Doug street

For years residents of Douglaston’s 248th Street have watched drivers crash as they failed to negotiate the sharp turn between the Long Island Expressway service road and their quiet residential street. The dismayed onlookers wondered why the street was open at all. Comment.

Forest Hills toasts Katz on new City Council job

Nearly 1,000 people, including more than a dozen key figures in Queens politics, packed the Forest Hills Jewish Center Sunday to witness the official inauguration of City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills). Comment.

Amid war news, Queens Afghans strain for unity

Ten days after terrorists destroyed the World Trade Center by flying two hijacked planes into its towers, Flushing residents saw an unusual sight on Union Street. Comment.

Bloomberg puts kibosh on new Mets stadium

Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s stadium dreams the stop sign Monday when he said budget constraints meant the projects would not be given priority this year. Comment.

Cancer rates not elevated at Jamaica toxic site: State

The state Department of Health revealed Monday the much-anticipated results of a Jamaica cancer study, which concluded the cancer rate in the neighborhood surrounding a toxic site is not unusually high. Comment.

Sanitation Dept. considers reducing garbage pickups

Two Department of Sanitation plans recently made public are causing a figurative stink and may lead to a literal one as well. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man with mob ties found shot to death in Howard Beach: Cops

A man with ties to organized crime who once ran one of the largest stolen auto parts shops in the city was shot to death last week in Howard Beach, authorities said. Comment.

Dining Out: A taste of old New Orleans in Bayside

40-12 Bell Blvd. Bayside Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer, recreational swimming, game room time, and other activities for children 8-18 Saturdays from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880. Comment.

Synagogue awaits OK for new Bayside construction

A Bayside synagogue is now awaiting the decision of the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals in its last-ditch effort to build a new, three-story home. Comment.

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