Thursday, June 13, 2002

Berger’s Burg: Columnist down in the dumps on Dad’s Day

Each June I get deprived big-time. Why? Because Father’s Day falls on the third Sunday of the month, and my birthday on the 18th, both dates usually coinciding. This means, instead of being honored twice and on the receiving end of two separate celebrations, I callously receive one lumped kudo, do you hear me, just one. Is that fair? Comment.

Our History: Bayside cartoonist influential in pop culture

Cartoons have been a highly visible and influential part of American popular culture. From Thomas Nast’s political satirical drawings in the late l9th century to the oft-mimicked 20th century image of Charles Dana Gibson’s “Gibson Girl” and John Held’s famous flappers, social and political statements were made that influenced our culture. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Briarwood newsletter lists zoning remedies

Briarwood Civic Association President Sey Schwartz used the front page of the civic’s May newsletter to discuss illegal apartments and zoning. For years, this issue has concerned homeowners and residents throughout Queens. People buy a home in a community with a certain quality of life and don’t want pressures caused by illegal apartments, building or commercial activities. Comment.

Jamaica store promotes Rastafarian styles

Among the many shops in the Jamaica shopping district is Ras Roots, a shortened term for Rastafarian Roots. It is a niche business that seeks to cater to customers with a wide range of Rastafarian-geared products. Comment.

Upcoming Borough Business Events

June 13 — Eng Communications Seminars - “Jump-start Your Business” and “The Do’s And Don'ts of New Business,” 1120 Avenue of the Americas, 4th Floor (Bet. 43 & 44 Streets). Queens Chamber of Commerce members will be given a special price of $140 for both seminars or $80 for each - 212-626-6568. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 78-25A Springfield, Garden Apt. $125,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Construction; Brick Comment.

Arts and Entertainment Listings

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

Gasthaus: Gasthaus in Bayside offers Bavarian delights

25-73 Francis Lewis Blvd. Comment.

Queens buses poke along at dismal speeds: Survey

If the trip seems almost interminable to riders of the Q32 bus, it’s not entirely their imagination. In fact, the Jackson Heights-to-Penn Station bus is fourth worst among the city’s 25 slowest buses. Comment.

Fallen female cop’s nephew runs 109th Precinct for day

Although only 18 years old, Brian Smith of Bayside is no stranger to working in an ambulance. Comment.

Crowley, Markey unite Democratic clubs

Repairing a 16-year-old rift, U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) and state Assemblywoman Margaret Markey (D-Maspeth) have reunited the Democratic clubs that split apart when the elected officials ran against one another for office in 1986. Comment.

R2D2 they ain’t: Meet Flushing’s robots at the New York Hall of Science

Though they may not have booster jets that pop out of their sides, and some do not even have the ability to tie a shoelace, robots have come a long way since science fiction writer and playwright Karel Capek coined the word in 1920. Comment.

Brick parapet crashes to sidewalk in St. Albans

Three St. Albans business owners blamed city construction for the collapse of brick parapets on top of their stores Tuesday morning that resulted in the closing of a block of Merrick Boulevard. Comment.

Rockaway Park subway station to get renovated

The New York Transit Authority plans to renovate the Rockaway Park station on the A train line in Queens as part of nearly $146 million in improvements at 10 rundown subway stations in four boroughs. Comment.

Mets ready to host crosstown rivals at Shea

So many questions will be answered. Maybe. Comment.

Bloomberg, teachers union reach tentative agreement

Can anything go wrong for Mayor Michael Bloomberg? Comment.

Soccer-maven firefighter remembered in Flushing

“Today I join my life to you,” she read in an address to her fiance´, Sergio Villanueva, at the St. Andrew Avellino Church in Flushing. “You are my dearest... Comment.

Congressional lines bring Weiner to Fresh Meadows

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) called the redistricting plan that divides Howard Beach at Cross Bay Boulevard into two congressional districts a mistake but said it would not affect the representation of the residents in the south Queens neighborhood. Comment.

Congressional lines bring Weiner to Kew Gardens Hills

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) called the redistricting plan that divides Howard Beach at Cross Bay Boulevard into two congressional districts a mistake but said it would not affect the representation of the residents in the south Queens neighborhood. Comment.

Congressional lines bring Weiner to Bayside, Auburndale

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) called the redistricting plan that divides Howard Beach at Cross Bay Boulevard into two congressional districts a mistake but said it would not affect the representation of the residents in the south Queens neighborhood. Comment.

Fresh out of jail, LIC man starts anew to inspire kids

Howard Powell has spent most of the past 18 years behind bars. Comment.

Boro president stays silent on next Queens board rep

The question of what role Queens will play in the running of the city’s schools was left up in the air this week as Borough President Helen Marshall kept silent on school governance changes approved Tuesday by the state Legislature. Comment.

Rocker Dee Dee Ramone of Forest Hills dies at 49

Former Forest Hills punk rocker and Queens teen idol Dee Dee Ramone was found dead in his Hollywood home June 5 from an apparent drug overdose, the Los Angeles coroner’s office said. Comment.

Rocker Dee Dee Ramone of Forest Hills dies at 49 Coroner

Former Forest Hills punk rocker and Queens teen idol Dee Dee Ramone was found dead in his Hollywood home June 5 from an apparent drug overdose, the Los Angeles coroner’s office said. Comment.

State’s redistricting plan gets OK, moves boro reps

The state Legislature passed its congressional redistricting bill June 5, shifting Queens’ representatives around the borough and removing one influential member from the county altogether. Comment.

Comrie pushes SE Queens to get info on reparations

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) is spearheading an effort in southeast Queens to make descendants of African slaves aware that they can seek reparations in a lawsuit naming U.S. corporations as defendants. Comment.

State OKs historic changes for Queens public schools

In a few weeks the beleaguered Board of Education will be no more and Mayor Michael Bloomberg will at last officially control public schools in the five boroughs after the state Legislature approved the first major changes in the city school system in more than 30 years. Comment.

Flushing community upset by sewer construction

What exactly the towering cranes on the western edge of the Queens Botanical Garden are doing is a matter of debate. Comment.

Baxter helps lead Molloy to promise land

Mike Baxter’s Molloy baseball hat was blue, once. Three years after joining the varsity squad, the senior shortstop’s cap now is a strange combination of green and brown. Comment.

Fired Sikh officer files charge against NYPD

An Ozone Park Sikh traffic cop who was fired because he refused to remove his turban or trim his beard filed a charge of employment discrimination against the New York Police Department Monday. Comment.

Witnesses provide defense for suspected SJU shooter

Two defense witnesses in the trial of Christopher Prince, who is accused of shooting and paralyzing a St. John’s University football player last year, told jurors Tuesday that the defendant was at home at the time of the altercation. Comment.

Libby Pataki visits APEC to read to Queens students

She was surrounded by the gurgle of fish tanks, cooing of birds and even the shrill of a rooster, but nothing could distract Libby Pataki Tuesday morning as she enthusiastically shared her new book on arts and culture with students at the Alley Pond Environmental Center. Comment.

LIJ welcomes girl, 3, for open-heart surgery

When Karla Maria Sanchez Magana, 3, arrived in the United States last month, her fingertips, feet and lips were black, the whites of her eyes were blue and she could not walk. Comment.

Little Neck Korean church to finish work by April ’03

The Whitestone contractor for a three-story, 20,000-square-foot Korean church in Little Neck said this week he hopes the project will be done by April 2003 despite significant delays imposed by the city Buildings Department. Comment.

Jamaica man convicted of killing friend for car

A Jamaica man was convicted last week of fatally shooting a 50-year-old acquaintance while trying to steal his car two years ago. Comment.

Jamaica neighbors paint one priceless picture

A handful of Jamaica residents got some help with home repairs and beautification last weekend from about 150 volunteers from Washington Mutual as part of the National Neighbor Works Week program. Comment.

GlenPark Bulldogs raising money for Cooperstown trip

Two years ago, Joe Conway, then president of the Glen Oaks Little League, had a dream, a dream take a group of boys from the Glen Oaks, Floral Park and Bellerose communities and enter a nationwide tournament in Cooperstown N.Y. With a lot of hard work and fund raising, Conway’s dream came true. On July 29, 2000 a group of boys played their first national game against the Tuluka Titans from California. Comment.

Bowlers hope to reopen Ozone Park alley

Two Ozone Park bowling aficionados struck a deal last week that will bring strikes, spares and gutter balls back to south Queens by the end of the summer. Comment.

Two Holy Cross football stars selected for upcoming games

Holy Cross High School seniors Woody Aime and Douglas Anderwkavich, have been chosen to play in the Boomer Esaison Outback Steakhouse Bowl on Monday, July 2. These two young men were selected as two of the top 50 players in New York City and will compete against the top 50 players from Long Island. The game will be played at Hofstra University and tickets are available through Holy Cross High School at 886-7250. Comment.

Sept. 11 anxieties, stress still real 9 months later

Even though the attack on the World Trade Center occurred more than nine months ago, the anxieties, depression, and stress related to terrorism are very much alive, said mental health professionals at a St. John’s University conference. Comment.

Boro views school plan with cautious optimism

While Queens’ parents, teachers, and community school board members may not agree with legislation that is expected to give Mayor Michael Bloomberg control of the city’s public schools, they’re ready to try something new. Comment.

Seniors, disabled learn their rights at Astoria hearing

At a time when city budget cuts threaten to curtail services, a crowd of nearly 100 people voiced their concerns and learned about the programs available to them at an Astoria public forum for senior citizens and the disabled last week. Comment.

Intersection in Glendale incites fear

The intersection of Myrtle and Cooper avenues in Glendale is an awkward muddle where too many streets pass through too small a space. Comment.

Howard Beach residents say goodbye to last Don

Neighbors brought flowers and spun tales of memorable July 4th block parties as they set up impromptu memorials outside John Gotti’s Ozone Park social club and Howard Beach home Tuesday to mourn the death of the flamboyant mob boss. Comments (3).

In MoMA’s shadow, LIC artists fear future

No one doubts that the imminent opening of MoMA QNS in Long Island City will instantly heighten the neighborhood’s cachet as a venue for the arts. Comment.

Jamaica water cleanup feared problematic

With progress slowly continuing on the city’s plan to clean the contaminated groundwater at the old West Side Corp. site, southeast Queens residents are concerned about the condition of their sewer systems, which will be used to pump the dirty water out of the area. Comment.

Homeless shelter opposition builds

Plans to transform the recently closed Best Western hotel near Kennedy Airport into a homeless shelter have sparked opposition from a neighborhood coalition, the Southeast Queens Concerned Neighbors, as well as elected officials. Comment.

SD 29 spends ‘family time’ in Springfield Gardens

The student marchers wore flags around their heads and ribbons across their chests, costumes on their bodies and medals around their necks. Comment.

Officials rescue falcon from Whitestone Bridge

Thousands of travelers cross the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge every day, but few choose to stick around the busy East River crossing that connects Queens to the Bronx. Comment.

Background tests reveal no health risks at PS 65

Sensitive testing for harmful contaminants in the air at PS 65 found the Ozone Park school was safe for children, city officials told parents at a meeting Tuesday night, although some still refused to accept the results. Comment.

Boro judge allows papers to write about Falun Gong

A Queens judge denied the request for a preliminary injunction sought by Falun Gong practitioners to stop two Chinese newspapers from printing what they had contended were libelous articles about their group last Thursday. Comment.

Flight 587 reported ablaze by witnesses before crash

More than half the nearly 350 witnesses to the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 Nov. 12 said the Santo Domingo-bound plane was on fire before it crashed into Belle Harbor on the Rockaway peninsula. Comment.

Nurses in Flushing picket to pressure contract talks

Nurses from Flushing Medical Center spent their lunch hour Monday picketing outside the hospital on the eve of contract negotiations to pressure administrators to boost their salaries and hire more nurses to alleviate a staff shortage. Comment.

Gambino gets probation for Metropolis stabbing

An apologetic Nicholas Gambino was sentenced to five years probation Friday for stabbing two men outside a College Point nightclub in 2000. Comment.

Queens teaches diversity for international fellows

Eyal Milles and Sahar Natsheh live less than 40 miles from one another in Israel. Comment.

Cop Commish Ben Ward dies at hospital in Flushing

Benjamin Ward, the city’s first black police commissioner and longtime Beechhurst resident, died Monday in the hospital at the age of 75. Comments (1).

Queens cancer fund-raiser postponed until next month

Due to a last-minute scheduling conflict, the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, which was planned for this weekend at Roy Wilkins Park, is being postponed until next month. Comment.

CB7 supports apartments on College Pt. waterfront

What is better for College Point’s waterfront: manufacturing or apartments? Comment.

Student cops get lesson in fighting crime

Two Hillcrest High School students found out what it is like to fight crime in Queens last week. Comment.

Creedmoor Civic marks 75 years of activism

The Creedmoor Civic Association celebrated its 75th anniversary Saturday afternoon with a bash at the Queens Farm Museum. Comment.

New Hillside homes fuel old problems with crowds

Queens Village and Bellerose residents should notice a few more people shopping along Hillside and Jamaica Avenue in the upcoming weeks. Comment.

Crowley gets $6.4M more for soundproofing schools

A Queens congressman said an additional $6.4 million in federal funding has been made available for soundproofing of schools that sit beneath thousands of takeoffs and landings each year at LaGuardia airport. Comment.

World Cup fever grips Korean soccer fans in Flushing

The nerves and anticipation that typically mark a wedding were in the air, but no such ceremony took place at the Seoul Plaza party hall on Northern Boulevard early Monday morning. Comment.

Police Blotter: Woodside man charged with murder in stabbing

WOODSIDE — A Woodside man was arrested last Thursday in connection with the stabbing death of his neighbor, police said. Comment.

100-year-old woman looks back on a century

One of the first things you notice about Grace Harbison is her skin, which is the softly glowing kind one usually sees in photos taken of well-born ladies at the turn of the last century. Comment.

What will the little green men know of us?

Suppose you're one of those legendary Little Green Men who visit the Earth from some distant planet and want to learn something about the race of humans that inhabits this little “third rock” from the Sun. What do you look at—our science, our art, our expertly designed structures, our farms, our cities, our education system, our health care? Comment.

How can I fit my wardrobe into just one small suicase?

What can I expect from someone who thinks that getting dressed up means changing his socks. Comment.

Invest with your head; sell what isn’t working

It is still amazing to me how many retirees are still holding on to individual stocks that have gone down significantly in price and have very little future prospects. I have written about this many times before in this column because of the continuing deteriorating effects this has on a retiree’s nest egg. Comment.

Ardent fans pack bars to see World Cup

Work? What work? Comment.

Richmond Hill doc gives sight to Guyanese

When Guyana’s first lady, Varshnie Uma Jagdeo, received a handwritten letter from a worried mother who neatly printed the plea “An appeal to save my son’s sight” across the top of the paper, she knew exactly where to turn. Comment.

Dining Out: Gasthaus in Bayside offers Bavarian delights

25-73 Francis Lewis Blvd. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Molloy Stanners capture CHSAA baseball crown

The ball sailed high off the bat of Moore Catholic’s Matt McNichol and went down the right field line, tailing away toward the line. But Archbishop Molloy’s Mike Shea had plenty of time, gliding to his left and camping under the shot, which came to rest in his mitt. Comment.

Townsend Harris’ Gayer emerges as rising star at Cup

Ari Gayer sure knows how to make an instant impact. The Townsend Harris freshman made it to the Mayor’s Cup quarterfinals and played arguably the match of the tournament, losing to Xaverian’s Keith Kessler, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (8-6) in a two-and-a-half hour thriller Saturday morning at the National Tennis Center. Comment.

Prep’s Pedergnana falls in tennis finals, 6-3, 6-1

Alessandra Pedergnana knew one thing was sure when she arrived at the National Tennis Center Sunday morning; she would be playing her final high school tennis match. Comment.

Gray, Menz claim victory 

Ian Gray and Susan Menz were the men’s and women’s winners in the third annual Quantum Feet Road Runners Club 5K in Fresh Meadows last Sunday. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Ridegwood Savings defeats Walsh-LaBella, 7-0

Ridgewood Savings 7, Walsh-LaBella 0. Chris Sammarco had three hits and three RBIs and a solid game at backstop for the Bankers. John Calchi’s sac fly in the fourth plated Sal Giacomazza (double, two singles). Mike Romano tripled with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth inning (three RBIs) to provide the offence. Comment.

SE Queens group to hold first ever Summer Junior Olympic Games

Southeast Queens Olympic Committee, Inc. a non profit corporation announces its first Summer Junior Olympic Games within Southeast Queens for youths up to the 12th grade. The inaugural games will be held during the week of July 20 through July 27, Weekday events will begin at 4 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m. Weekend events will begin at noon. The opening ceremony, which includes a community parade and marching bands, will be held at Roy Wilkins Park on Saturday, July 20 at 2 p.m. The closing ceremony and awarding of medals will be held on Saturday, July 27, at 4 p.m. Comment.

Jazz greats help raise diabetes awareness

The Franklin Hospital Medical Center held its 3rd Annual Diabetes Awareness Jazz Concert/Fund-raiser June 5 at the Dever School Auditorium on Corona Avenue in Valley Stream. Comment.

St. Andrew’s sixth-graders gut out a 10-7 win over St. Mary’s

The Big Green of St. Andrew’s took on a ready St. Mary’s Winfield team on Sunday at Mauries Field. Comment.

St. John’s Prep relay teams take home CHSAA gold

The St. John’s Prep sophomore relay teams won both the 1,600-meter and 3,200-meter relay races at the CHSAA Championship Track and Field Championship Meet held Saturday, May 11, at St. Anthony’s in Huntington. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Curran gets yet another baseball title

Jack Curran lifted the CHSAA city championship trophy for the 17th time Monday afternoon. His Archbishop Molloy Stanners had just won the coveted crown with a 5-2 nod over the Moore Catholic Mavericks of Staten Island. The coach accepted the trophy from CHSAA commissioner Ray Nash as his players watched and cheered. Comment.

Flushing falls to Canarsie in soccer finals

Lourdes Minaya and the Flushing girls’ soccer team rushed onto the artificial turf field at Midwood High School in Brooklyn for an impromptu pile-on following a dramatic semifinal penalty-kick shootout victory over John Adams. Comment.

College Round-up: Former Molloy star Conlisk drafted by Expos

Former Archbishop Molloy standout Jason Conlisk, a junior shortstop at Fordham University, was drafted by the Montreal Expos in the 17th round of the Major League Baseball Draft last week. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Prava Construction rolls off 3 straight wins

Prava Construction 3, Monahan & Fitzgerald’s 0. John Aponte and Joey Pravata combined for the six-inning 3-0 shutout win over Monahan’s. The hitting star for Prava was Mike Marden, who hit a two-run homer, to provide enough offense for the victory. Monahan’s had great pitching performances from Danny Finn and Matt Correale in defeat. Comment.

DAC Baseball: Outback Steakhouse Mets top McDonald’s of Bayside, 19-12

Outback Steakhouse Mets 19. McDonald’s of Bayside 12. In the quarterfinal round of the playoffs, the Mets out-slugged the Cardinals in a roller coaster game to advance to the semifinals. Comment.

DG Baseball: Pizza Chef cooks up two wins in DG Major Division action

Pizza Chef moved to a record of 5-4-1 with an impressive 11-1 victory over Chief Board and Sport. Pizza Chef used a 13-hit attack led by Jeremy Franco (three hits, two RBIs), Nick DeFalco (two hits, two RBIs), Manny Alvarez (two hits, two runs scored) and big hits by Sean Fitzgerald, Rob Vetro, Andrew Kovach, Adam Breidbart and Tommy Schreiber. Shreiber pitched three strong innings, striking out six for his fifth win and Franco picked up his fourth save, pitching one-hit ball the rest of the way while striking out five. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Transcreen, Pizza Chef advance to final round

Transcreen 10, Rudy’s Bakery 6. Team Transcreen eliminated Rudy’s Bakery, 10-6, and entered the trophy round. Rudy’s Marcos Brito scored first with an unassisted goal four minutes into the game. Transcreen’s Willie Yumet, assisted by Sarah Cooley, and Paul Cooley, assisted by Keith Smith, answered back to take a 2-1 lead. With 1:20 left in the first period, Marcos Brito tied the score at 2-2. In the second period, Rudy’s took the lead with a goal off the stick of Ed Johnston. Transcreen answered with two goals by Matt Novak Comment.

‘George M!’ a tap dancing delight at Flushing Town Hall

“Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway” was the name of George M. Cohan’s first Broadway triumph, back in 1906. The title referred to a 45-minute train ride from Grand Central to New Rochelle. How appropriate that if you head due east from Broadway today by the No. 7 subway and take a short walk to Northern Boulevard, you’ll reach Flushing Town Hall, just in time to see “George M!,” this year’s Broadway musical presentation of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Joe’s Pizza Cyclones deliver big victory, 7-5

The Joe’s Pizza Cyclones defeated the C-Town Braves, 7-5, to even their record at 7-7. The Cyclones, managed by Mikey McGovern, have been the hottest team in the Glen Oaks International League, having won six of their last eight games after a 1-5 start. Amazingly, all five teams in the division are separated by only one game. The Tigers and Orioles are tied for the top spot with 7-6 records, while the Braves and the Indians now trail the Cyclones with 6-7 records. Comment.

What shall it be? Growth or value?

Editorial: A stunning victory

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has won the victory that eluded Koch, Dinkins and even Rudy Giuliani. Bloomberg will control the city’s public school system. A noble experiment in community-based control that went horribly wrong is about to come to an end. Comment.

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