Thursday, May 30, 2002

Adams cruises to 11-0 win, advances to quarters

The John Adams baseball team showed no mercy Friday to Telecommunication in the second round of the PSAL ‘A’ playoffs. The fifth-seeded Spartans cruised to an 11-0 win in front of a vociferous home crowd, without a mercy rule in effect to halt the game after the score differential reached double digits. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Bayside 12s lose in semifinals in Kent, N.Y.

A team of 12-year-old Little Leaguers from Bayside played this past Memorial Day Weekend in a USSSA Tournament held May 24 through 27 in Kent, N.Y., sponsored by Diamond Pros. Bayside reached the semifinals before losing a 1-0 heartbreaker to the Carmel Cubs on Sunday. The team, managed by Doug Rowen, finished the weekend 3-2 as the No. 2 seed in the tournament. Comment.

Cardozo lacrosse makes it to PSAL finals

From the first moment they learned there would be an inaugural PSAL lacrosse championship game, Cardozo wanted nothing more than to be on the field at Midwood High School on May 29. Comment.

McClancy stuns Christ the King, reaches intersectionals

The Monsignor McClancy varsity baseball team upset the Christ the King Royals Sunday at Molloy College, 6-4, to advance to the Catholic High School Athletic Association citywide playoffs. The Crusaders finished in fifth place in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan, just behind the Royals, who finished fourth. Comment.

College Round-up: Lewis picks up conference Rookie of the Year honors

Fresh Meadows native Jonathan Lewis capped a brilliant freshman season at Stony Brook by being named the America East Rookie of the Year, the league announced last Thursday. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: A title fight more like a sideshow

The man once called “the Baddest Man on the Planet” will step back into the ring June 8 in Memphis, Tenn. to take yet another shot at the most coveted prize in all of sports, the world heavyweight championship. But is this a fight or a sideshow carnival act? If I and those willing to plunk down $54.95 to see the bout on Pay-Per-View are lucky, it will be a little of both. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Clearview Paint picks up four more wins

Clearview Paint Yankees vs. Cornucopia Masons Marlins. The Yankees squeaked by the Marlins, 8-7, behind the outstanding hitting and defense by the entire team and excellent pitching by Brandon Sheiner and John Siano. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe Baseball: Pizza Chef scores 7-1 victory over Dr. Shapiro, Allergist

Pizza Chef extended its winning streak with a 7-1 victory over Dr. Shapiro, Allergist. Every player in the Pizza Chef line-up contributed to the win. Tommy Schreiber led off the second inning with a walk, followed by a single by Anthony Gismundi. Andrew Kovach then cleared the bases with a double. A walk to Sean Fitzgerald, followed by a single by Mike Vlachos led to another run, while Nick DeFalco drove in both Adam and Eric Breidbart with a double. Tommy Schreiber pitched three shutout innings, while Jeremy Franco had six strikeouts in his three inn Comment.

Hilltoppers toppled by Holy Trinity, 5-1, in state semis

Stefanie Gozdziewski tried to hide it from her teammates, but like the rest of the Mary Louis softball team, she was nervous. Comment.

Astoria’s American Museum of the Moving Image’s June schedule

1 p.m. “Mad Max,” Australia, 1979, 88 mins. Directed by George Miller. With Mel Gibson. Presented by John Kirk of MGM/UA. Comment.

Costly errors sink Commodores’ title hopes

Poor defensive execution will lose you a game any day of the week. When it occurs in the one-and-done format of the PSAL softball playoffs, there is no tomorrow to atone for the previous day’s mistakes. Comment.

RGMVM LL: Teams join to play in annual Moser Tournament

The young RGMVM Grey team joined together to play in the Moser Tournament over the Memorial Day weekend. The RGMVM Grey’s really came together as a team in a very short period of time. Everyone should be extremely proud of this group. Comment.

Cross to honor victim of terror attacks

Holy Cross High School will honor one of its own on Saturday, June 8, when the Flushing school holds the first annual Ryan Fitzgerald 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. Comment.

Wagner ousts Townsend Harris, 2-0

It was almost like a reoccurring bad dream for Kathryn Dubowski, a junior striker on the Townsend Harris girls’ soccer team. Ahead of her, the ball and yards of open space without a defender in front of her. Comment.

Editorial: Restaurant should be a plus for Bayside

In 1993, in response to the killing of an off-duty police officer on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, the State Liquor Authority adopted rules that would restrict the opening of an establishment with a liquor license within 500 feet of an existing establishment serving alcohol. Comment.

Editorial: Will MoMA put LIC on the map?

If someone had told us two years ago that the Museum of Modern Art would be relocating to western Queens, even temporarily, we probably would have thought that he or she was as crazy as some of the artists whose works adorn the walls of MoMA. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: HS graduation = college tuition tribulation

June is just around the corner and I can hardly wait. It is a month of many events and I could write about every one of them if I had a year and six months. It is the month of marriages; “June Fest,” the Brazilian celebration capped by a mock wedding; American Rivers; the Taiwanese Dragon Boat Festival; and Adopt-A-Cat Month. Comment.

Point of View: ‘Privacy of your own home’ has new meaning

Do you get unsolicited calls or mail asking you to sell your house or to apply for a credit card or to switch phone companies or to make a donation? I am positive some of you do. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Apathetic disposition to war is unacceptable

Every once in a while, when I hear or read a progress report about our war efforts, it bothers me that our population seems very unconcerned and unprepared to deal with emergency situations. War certainly is a lot different than it was in the 1940s. Technology has moved almost faster than the speed of light; however, it cannot fix everything — we discovered that, in ways we will never forget, on Sept. 11. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Residents: St. John’s disruptions must stop

For the past few weeks there has been a steady stream of letters, articles and editorials about the unhappiness of the residents who live in the vicinity of St. John’s University. These complaints concern the behavior of some students late at night. At almost every Community Board 8 meeting a homeowner or two complains about the noise made by students during evening hours. Comment.

Pasta Store has customers far outside Queens

Neil Russo’s pasta and mozzarella shop in Ozone Park may as well have a sign on the door warning customers its fare could be destructive. Comment.

ArtFrenzy 2002 comes to the Rockaways

ArtFrenzy, which showcases the passionate creations of Queens artists, will take place the weekend of June 8 and 9 at the Rockaway Artists’ Alliance headquarters at Fort Tilden, in sTudio 6 and 7. Though the names of the artists and titles of their works weren’t up alongside the works that had already been installed last weekend, artist and RAA member Geoff Rawling graciously explained what was going on. Comment.

Possible Shea renovation debated by Mets faithful

In the first home game since published reports revealed that an internal Parks Department memo called Shea Stadium a “rapidly deteriorating” facility, 37,699 fans showed up to watch the Mets defeat the Florida Marlins 5-4 in 10 innings Friday night. Comment.

Ex-Jamaica Estates couple wants kidnap charge eased

The couple accused of kidnapping a baby boy from Jamaica Estates more than 20 years ago has filed motions to reduce the charges against them to custodial interference, one of their defense lawyers said Friday. Comment.

Belmont Park fundraiser brings joy to LIJ patients

Enthusiasts of the ponies say there is no such thing as a sure thing, but putting money down on the 13th annual Richard Mark Smith Fund’s “Day at the Races” is guaranteed to bring many returns. Comment.

Judge says Wendy’s jury did not exclude Hispanics

A Queens judge has rejected a defense motion that the jury system that led to the indictment of Wendy’s massacre suspect John Taylor was fundamentally biased. Comment.

Queens gay pride parade boasts international flair

The borough’s annual gay pride parade is never anything short of an international celebration, drawing a multinational guest list of marchers and spectators alike to the streets of Jackson Heights. Comment.

Authors help PS 33 kids launch 10th read-a-thon

Educators have always urged parents to participate in their child’s education and one way parents can help is by reading to their children. Every year PS 33 in Queens Village prods its parents to take an active role with its annual Evelyn Stein Read-A-Thon. Comment.

Attendance approaches normal at PS 65

PS 65 children kept home by parents who feared the Ozone Park school was making them sick began returning to classes last week after city officials announced the building had tested negative for cancer-causing contaminants, Board of Education officials said. Comment.

Historical society marks Beechhurst with plaques

The Queens Historical Society announced May 18 the 12 winners of its Queensmark designation for historic homes in Beechhurst and Robinwood. Comment.

Ridgewood-Glendale march takes on added significance

The Ridgewood-Glendale Memorial Day Parade Monday was more solemn than in years past as marchers remembered the victims of the World Trade Center attack and the war on terror. Comment.

Richmond Hill street name honors ‘soul of Samaritan’

Impressed by an article in the Long Island Press about an eccentric Episcopalian minister who helped Queens youths fight drug addiction, Sylvia Simowitz decided she was going to meet the man and help him with his mission. Comment.

Marshall honors veterans, reservists at Borough Hall

Speaking into the silence of Borough Hall’s Veterans Memorial Garden, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall said this year’s Memorial Day holiday was a time to remember the dead as well as the living. Comment.

Deaf Maspeth teen earns karate black belt

Kimberly Esparza can throw a mean punch. Comment.

Ex-boro teacher lured teens to pose nude: DA

A former Queens public school teacher who writes a newsletter for Resurrection-Ascencion Roman Catholic Church in Rego Park was arrested Friday for allegedly luring teenage boys into his Elmhurst home to pose in nude photographs and perform sexual acts, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

MoMA, African museum prepare to put roots in LIC

They are temporary visitors to a bustling artistic landscape, prominent settlers putting down retractable roots before they retreat back to their home turf in a few years. Comment.

Ozone Park balloon man sues city for wrecking lot

An Ozone Park balloon proprietor who watched police in search of body parts destroy his newly renovated property with a payloader filed suit against the city last week for violating his civil rights. Comment.

Bowlers sign lease, hope to save Ozone Pk. lanes

Americana Lanes, which closed Saturday, may reopen before Labor Day if two Ozone Park bowlers have their way. Comment.

Padavan selects three ‘Women of Distinction’

Three Queens women have been selected as 2002 New York State “Women of Distinction” for the mark each has made on the borough and all of the work they have done for their communities. Comment.

State delays ruling on Astoria power plant

The state has indefinitely postponed its anticipated approval of the New York Power Authority’s controversial expansion of the Poletti power plant in northern Astoria, leaving more time for the agency to consider the concerns of local environment groups, NYPA officials said. Comment.

Howard Beach faithful rally to support priests

The Rev. James Reynolds thought allegations of sexual abuse by priests nationwide might cause members of his Howard Beach church to lose faith in its leaders. Comment.

Boro teacher arrested in Playboy rap

A South Ozone Park social studies teacher was arrested last Thursday for showing his sixth-grade students Playboy magazine and making lewd comments, police said. Comment.

Boro readers lash out against library cuts

Readers showed up at the Flushing branch of the Queens Public Library Friday to tell Public Advocate Betsy Gotbaum about their aversion to the mayor’s proposed library budget cuts. Comment.

Crowds jam Northern Blvd. at Little Neck-Doug parade

It was a hero’s march in Little Neck and Douglaston Monday as the 75th annual Memorial Day Parade advanced along Northern Boulevard to the cheers of thousands who lined the sidewalks for one of the nation’s largest Memorial Day events. Comment.

Queens Democrats help nominate McCall for gov

Queens Democrats threw their support behind H. Carl McCall last week in his bid for the governorship of New York state and turned their back on the borough’s native son, Andrew Cuomo, in the race to unseat Republican Gov. George Pataki in the Nov. 5 election. Comment.

Flushing eye doc charged with defrauding patient

A Flushing doctor was arrested last week on charges of health care fraud for allegedly performing eye surgery on a Queens mentally ill patient who did not need the procedure, federal prosecutors said. Comment.

Boro Falun Gong members sue 2 Chinese newspapers

A contingent of 27 Queens practitioners of the Chinese sect known as the Falun Gong have filed a lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Jamaica against two Chinese newspapers, alleging that the papers slandered their group. Comment.

Forest Hills paradegoers show renewed patriotism

Mayor Michael Bloomberg led marchers in the Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade Sunday in remembrance of the country’s war veterans and victims of the World Trade Center attack. Comment.

Sun shines on Floral Park Memorial parade

On a beautiful Monday morning Floral Park Village residents came out in droves to remember the war veterans who died fighting for their country. Comment.

Flushing family mourns student found dead in river

Brendan McNelis always made sure to call his mother. Comment.

Queens mom battles for missing persons reform

Slowly but surely, Arnita Fowler is finding her way. She’s just been finding it by herself. Comment.

105th Pct. works to help community grasp diversity

The 105th Precinct and the 105th Precinct Community Council brought together community members in an effort to bridge the gap among the many different ethnic, cultural and religious groups within the boundaries of the precinct. Comment.

Allen church to broadcast sermons on BET network

Starting next week, the Greater Allen Cathedral’s Wednesday morning sermons are going national. Comment.

Little Neck, Doug students remember Sept. 11 victims

Douglaston is not the part of Queens closest to Lower Manhattan, but last week Ground Zero filled nearly every corner of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade group’s annual Arts & Essay contest awards ceremony. Comment.

Circus helps Queens youth through community service

When the Big Apple Circus comes to town, its entourage includes more than just a bunch of acrobats and animals. Comment.

Female bus drivers attacked in two boro incidents

Two female city bus drivers were attacked in separate assaults in Queens last week, the latest in a long series of incidents that have transit union officials seeking more protection for their members and stiffer penalties for attackers. Comment.

Nine Queens residents charged with insurance fraud

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the smashing of a $500,000 car insurance fraud scheme last week in which nine of the 12 people arrested were from Queens. Comments (1).

Boro household income dropped in 90s: Census

Queens has long been known as America’s most ethnically diverse place, but new U.S. Census figures confirm it: 46 percent of the borough’s people are foreign born, including multitudes that arrived in the past decade. Comment.

Teens get 11, 17 years in deliveryman slay

Two southeast Queens teenagers who pleaded guilty to their roles in the fatal beating of a Chinese food deliveryman were sentenced to jail terms ranging from 11 to 17 years in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Wednesday as the victim’s widow wailed and begged for harsher punishment. Comment.

Long Island City man killed on hiking trip

A 76-year-old Long Island City hiker was struck by a rock and killed last week as he was helping others cross a boulder field on their weekly outing to the trails about 50 miles north of New York City, state police said Comment.

College Point remembers its war veterans

College Point residents came out in droves to support their community’s Memorial Day Parade Sunday and its “United We Stand” theme. Comment.

Police Blotter: Three arrested in connection with Flushing, CP car thefts

FLUSHING — Three men were arrested on charges of attempting to steal cars in Flushing and College Point within a 24-hour period, police said. Comment.

$150M plan to put pond back in Alley Pond Park

As construction clogs the roads around Little Neck and Douglaston, creating chaos in an otherwise quiet corner of Queens, it is sometimes hard to remember the work also will be putting the pond back in Alley Pond Park. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit. Weekdays, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Pomonok Neighborhood Center, Inc., 67-09 Kissena Blvd., Flushing. Comment.

Southeast and Western Queens Community Calendar

Housing work group helps those with disabilities apply for New York City Housing Authority. First Wednesday of month, 11 a.m. Queens Independent Living Center, 140-40 Queens Blvd., Jamaica. 658-2524. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Barbershop Harmony Society Queens chapter seeks men who enjoy singing. Rehearsals Wed., 8 p.m. 74-15 175th St. 468-8416. Comment.

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