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Thursday, July 4, 2002

Two St. John’s golfers compete at Stroke Play Championships

St. John’s junior John DeForest, of Cottekill, N.Y., tied for sixth at the Ike MGA/MetLife Stroke Play Championships hosted at the Montclair Golf Club. DeForest carded a five-over par 215 for the three-round event. DeForest is having a solid summer, with a victory earlier this month at the Ulster County Amateur Championship. Comment.

St. Greg’s, Our Lady of Hope win crowns

In two extremely well-played games at Monsignor McClancy High School, another Catholic Youth Organization baseball season came to a close. With Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship games in the Rookie and Intermediate divisions, four teams battled for league bragging rights this past Saturday. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Kelly’s Car Service picks up Junior Division championship

Kelly’s Car Service 7, C.J. Wolfhounds 4. Kelly’s Mike Karcinski pitched a complete-game victory, forcing a winner-take-all playoff game Saturday. His eight-strike out, 99-pitch effort was clearly his best performance of the year. Kelly’s got key hits from Steven Albanese, Chris Wong, Randy Bayron, Sun Ho KIM, Joey Monte, Keith Newman, Gerard Cash and Jimmy Bernard. Reny Mazorra and Frankie Davi made spectacular defensive plays to preserve Kelly’s win. For the Wolfhounds, Kevin Hyde was unstoppable at the plate with three hits.  Comment.

Fitness Consultant Devil Rays crowned DAC Major champs

The Fitness Consultant Devil Rays won the DAC Major League championship by defeating the Marlins, 9-6, in the hard-fought decisive game. Comment.

Editorial: As of right - or wrong

Residents of Little Neck were warned last week that Flushing is about to be destroyed and their peaceful community could be next. The Little Neck Pines Civic Association gathered at Middle School 67 for a meeting that featured civic leaders from Flushing, Bayside and nearby Douglaston griping about the growing number of community facilities. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Public school, private feel’

The eyes of the city’s educational establishment are on the Merrick Academy Queens Public Charter School in Queens Village. We expect that for some the good news at this school may well be bad news. The Merrick Academy is one of two charter schools approved for Queens, made possible by legislation passed in 1998. Comment.

Editorial: Arbitration Rock

Three cheers for those who recognize the importance of preserving local history. Last week a ceremony was held to dedicate what local historians believe was the so-called “Arbitration Rock” that defined the boundary between Bushwick, or modern-day Brooklyn, and Newtown, modern-day Queens. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Some go to great lengths for their just desserts

Ice cream first was advertised and sold in the United States on June 8, 1786. I simply love, adore, worship, revere and extol ice cream. Nobody likes ice cream better than I... Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Jamaica postmaster promoted from within

Movin’ on up is not always easy, but when it comes, it is all the more gratifying. In late June, friends and family of two longtime public servants celebrated the well-deserved promotions of James Burns, U.S. Postal Service, to postmaster of Jamaica Postal Service, and James Lawrence, from chief of personnel in the New York City Police Department, to police commissioner of the Nassau County Police Department. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Katz, Avella address zoning at civic meeting

A couple of weeks ago the Queens Civic Congress rehashed the issues of community facilities, zoning and quality of life in low-density residential communities at a charged meeting at the Union Plaza Nursing Home in Flushing. A very large audience attended, as many are upset after buying one- and two-family homes only to find that large community facilities are buying up houses and using the “as-of-right clause” to build and build, thus threatening residents’ quality of life. Comment.

To The Point: Residents should take active stance on graffiti

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Summer vacations are upon us but I still get a little confused with the schools and their track system. Track 1 starts and ends on one date, track 2 on another day, etc. It used to be simple. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Rid unwanted garden guests with chemicals

Proud of your gardening efforts? Neat rows of pansies, petunias, impatiens and a host of beautiful flowering annuals gracefully color your lawn...ah yes, summer has arrived. Comment.

College Pt. delicatessen owner turns to aprons

“Every time I saw an antique apron, I bought it,” she said. “I accumulated about 60 aprons.” Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 49-18 Enfield, Multi Family Detached, $699,000, Bed 8, Bed 4, Halfbath 1, Construction: Brick, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 34 x 103 Comment.

Richmond Hill man strives to overcome brain injury

Richmond Hill’s Herb Davis does not like to rely on others for help, but after a car accident 10 years ago he had little choice. Comment.

Sunnyside teacher accused of molesting two students

A veteran teacher at a Sunnyside elementary school was arrested last week for allegedly molesting two third-grade boys in his classroom at PS 199, the district attorney said. Comment.

Sikh arraigned on charges in 1996 drive-by shooting

A Sikh man who fled to Canada shortly after a 1996 drive-by shooting in Richmond Hill that occurred against a backdrop of strife within the Sikh community pleaded not guilty to murder charges in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Monday. Comment.

Solomon Goodrich says goodbye to SE Queens

As guests filed into the Roy Wilkins Family Center Saturday to the beat of two drummers, they enthusiastically greeted the new head of the southeast Queens park, William Nelson, as if he were the evening’s guest of honor. Comment.

Heat rises in Sunnyside Garden zoning battle

True to its name, Sunnyside Gardens was conceived as a community where the predominant color would be green, where plants would grow in lush abundance along streets and in courtyards. Comment.

Borough says good-bye to Board of Ed ‘warrior’

Queens educators, parents and students bid farewell to the borough’s Board of Education representative, Terri Thomson, last week as her four-year term ended and Mayor Michael Bloomberg was poised to take control of the city’s public schools. Comment.

Queens pols up-in-arms over voucher ruling

Borough politicians railed against the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last Thursday that allows parents to use government-financed vouchers for religious and private schools, calling the ruling a distraction that will take focus away from the issue of improving public education. Comment.

Weprin gets $8.2 million for repairs in NE Queens

Just days after Major Michael Bloomberg and the City Council passed the city’s fiscal budget, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) unveiled a list of community schools, parks and service organizations he has secured funds for throughout his district. Comment.

Priest pleads not guilty in Woodside abuse case

A Catholic priest from Africa accused of molesting a 12-year-old Woodside boy last month pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last week, a representative of the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

World Cup dance peaks with Brazilian samba

A sea of flags, banners, T-shirts, drums, tambourines and even wigs emblazoned with the Brazilian logo gained momentum in front of televisions spread throughout the borough early Sunday morning. Comment.

MoMA QNS opens doors to eager crowd

A former staple factory in Long Island City is now a modern art mecca for the masses. Comment.

Civics protest Olympic bid to renovate Flushing park

The United States Olympic Committee accepted one group’s invitation and rejected that of another for a tour of prospective Queens Olympic sites Sunday. Comment.

Gov. visits Astoria to get Greek 9/11 gift

For the first time in its 64-year history, the Federation of Hellenic Societies in Astoria played host to a governor last week, delivering a $180,000 check to George Pataki for the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund. Comment.

Parking official charged with erasing own fines

A Queens Village woman was arrested Friday on charges of going into the Parking Violations Operations computers to remove more than $2,000 of her own outstanding parking violations debt, the city Department of Investigation said. Comment.

Grodenchik makes bid for new Flushing seat

When he thinks back to his election loss to current Councilman James Gennaro (D-Fresh Meadows) last year, Barry Grodenchik does not speak with bitterness. Comment.

10 Queens hospitals cited for overworking residents

Ten Queens teaching hospitals broke state laws that limit the number of hours medical residents can work when the doctors-in-training sometimes exceeded more than 80 hours a week or were on duty 24 hours in a row, the state Health Department said. Comment.

Borough historians honor Elisabeth Riis

Against the backdrop of two towering beech trees Jacob Riis planted a year after his wife’s death, Richmond Hill historians rededicated the grave of Elisabeth Riis Saturday in a ceremony at Maple Grove Cemetery in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Jamaica Bay gets funds for wetlands

Scientists received nearly $600,000 in funds last week that may help them solve a mystery that has been evolving faster and faster in Jamaica Bay over recent years. Comment.

JetBlue Airways agrees to grow business at JFK

JetBlue Airways, the Kew Gardens-based low fare airline, has reached an agreement with the Port Authority under which it plans to expand its operation at John F. Kennedy International Airport’s Terminal 6. Comment.

Queens pols protest plan for JFK homeless shelter

Queens politicians gathered on the steps of City Hall Monday to protest plans to convert the 335-room Best Western Carlton House near Kennedy Airport into a homeless shelter. Comment.

Queens civics push for zoning to protect area’s character

Several Queens civic associations are organizing efforts to have the city impose new zoning regulations that would preserve the character of their neighborhoods. Comment.

Flushing pushes for zoning to protect area’s character

Several Queens civic associations are organizing efforts to have the city impose new zoning regulations that would preserve the character of their neighborhoods. Comment.

Maspeth residents angry over garage construction

Residents who live near the 69th Street offices of Maspeth Federal Savings Bank denounced the institution this week for starting construction on a new parking garage they believe will destroy the character of their neighborhood. Comment.

College Pt. fumes over zoning laws

College Point is fed up with development, fed up with the lack of parking and fed up with lawbreakers, angry residents told the College Point Civic Taxpayers Association at a boisterous meeting last Thursday. Comment.

2 cops cleared of charges they impeded investigation

An administrative judge cleared two 105th Precinct detectives of internal Police Department charges that they interfered with a Queens assistant district attorney’s investigation into a fellow 105th detective who killed a Queens Village man while driving intoxicated on April 26, 1998. Comment.

Tryout for ballboys, ballgirls set for July 11 at U.S. Open

The 2002 U.S. Open Ballboy/Ballgirl Tryouts will be held Thursday, July 11, at 4 p.m. rain or shine. Registration begins at 3 p.m. at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

Boro’s ethnic newspapers keep immigrants in touch

They line the racks at borough newsstands and obscure faces of riders on the No. 7 train, dozens of papers in languages from far-flung countries whose readers have flocked to Queens. Comment.

Burglary, auto theft units increased at 109th Pct.

In a move to step up its fight against burglaries and stolen cars, the 109th Precinct has shifted its manpower to focus on the two crimes in northeastern Queens, its captain said last week. Comment.

Flushing High School plans to become maritime center

The administration of Flushing High School is developing a plan to transform the school into a destination for city students interested in business and the maritime industry. Comment.

Borough activists decry rent increase decision

Queens housing activists have condemned the Rent Guidelines Board’s decision to allow a new round of rent increases starting in October despite what they contend are lower landlord costs. Comment.

Father, son swindled funds from non-profit home: DA

A Kew Gardens Hills man and his son have been indicted on charges of taking money from a non-profit home for the mentally ill that they ran in Far Rockaway, authorities announced last week. Comment.

Baisley Pond Park facelift should attract more visitors

It may take a few years, but Baisley Pond Park in southeast Queens has been promised a new look as a way to draw more area residents into the green space. Comment.

Man pleads guilty in rape of Bayside High Schooler

The third suspect in the rape of a 16-year-old Bayside High School student in October 1999 pleaded guilty to sexual assault and then conspiring to kidnap the victim in an effort to prevent her from testifying at the trial, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).

New Bell Blvd. restaurant given state liquor license amidflak

Bell Boulevard’s newest eatery was awarded a liquor license last week by the State Liquor Authority despite some opposition from at least one community activist. Comment.

Work nearly completed for Bay Terrace shops

Construction at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center appears to be ahead of schedule, but a spokesman for the Forest Hills developer that operates the retail area said he does not expect the work to conclude before a September deadline. Comment.

Mayor talks of bus strike, budget cuts with reporters

From the health-care demands of striking Queens bus workers to the dire need for more classroom space in the borough, Mayor Michael Bloomberg gives a simple explanation of why the city is not doing more to resolve the county’s most pressing crises: It just can’t afford to. Comment.

EDC plans school, office for lot behind Boro Hall

Plans are in the works to build a new high school and office complex behind Queens Borough Hall in an effort to alleviate some of the school crowding problem and a shortage of office space in Kew Gardens, Borough President Helen Marshall said. Comment.

8,000 youth jobs in boro rescued from budget cuts

Among the handful of human service programs that were spared from harsh cuts in this year’s city budget was the Youth Employment Program, which will enable about 8,000 Queens teenagers to get summer jobs in their neighborhoods this year. Comment.

6 boro building inspectors charged with taking bribes

Six current and former Queens inspectors for the Department of Buildings are among nearly a score of city inspectors charged with extortion in exchange for providing inspection approvals for plumbing projects, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District said. Comment.

Boro pols show support for striking bus workers

Striking workers for three of the borough’s private bus lines gained support from a growing roster of high-ranking politicians as the mayor continued to distance himself from the debacle and Queens residents faced their third week of commuting headaches. Comment.

Earlier school day slated for borough in September

Many Queens parents who thought their children would be in school later next fall, thanks to the new teachers’ contract, have been disappointed to hear that most student will actually get out of class earlier. Comment.

Fresh Meadows attorney arrested with arms cache

A Fresh Meadows lawyer and auxiliary police officer was arrested last week after police found an arsenal of guns and ammunition stashed in his house just blocks from an elementary school, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Asian beetle discovered near Queens Botanical

Two trees in Flushing that stood across the street from the Queens Botanical Garden have been destroyed after they were recently found to be infested with the larvae of the Asian Longhorned Beetle. Comment.

Plans for Aurora Pond renovation progressing

With tall reeds growing everywhere and little water in its meager depths, Douglas Manor’s Aurora Pond has not looked much like a pond in recent years. Comment.

SCA budgets wasted funds: Comptroller

The School Construction Authority’s cost overruns, which killed the planned construction of 19 borough schools, might have been adverted if the SCA had used yearly budget plans instead of a five-year plan, City Comptroller William Thompson said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Smokes, phone cards, cash stolen in Flushing break-in

FLUSHING — Burglars stole 600 cartons of cigarettes, phone cards, metro cards, and an undetermined amount of cash from a grocery store Saturday morning, police said. Comment.

La Pizzetta II: Great classic dining spot sequel

253-17 Northern Blvd., Little Neck Comment.

Ackerman blasts feds for nixing plan at JFK

An angry U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) lashed out at the U.S. Department of Transportation Tuesday for squelching a security program at Kennedy International Airport in a move he called “good ole boy cronyism.” Comment.

Dining Out: La Pizzetta II great classic dining spot  sequel

253-17 Northern Blvd., Little Neck Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

Bennett kicks off season

It’s only a day after the Summer Solstice, and Teddy Bookman leading her organization, The Friends of The Arts, has already begun to heat up the summer months with some of the most scintillating eclectic and star-studded musical artistry this side of the Milky Way. Igniting the annual Summer Festival in meteoric fashion at the historic Planting Fields Arboretum and Estate tucked snugly in the heart of Old Brookville, was the, “stylishly sophisticated and elegant current purveyor of American popular songs,” Tony Bennett. Comment.

Former Lewis teacher sues for emotional damage

A former Francis Lewis High School special education teacher is asking for $250,000 for emotional damage he says he suffered when school officials failed to prevent students from harassing him, a Board of Education spokesman said. Comment.

TimesLedger 2002 PSAL All-Queens Baseball Teams

Bernie Estevez    Jr.    SS    Cardozo Comment.

Greg Reo — TimesLedger PSAL Baseball Coach of the Year

Greg Reo’s head was spinning. Comment.

Danny Rosenbluth — TimesLedger PSAL Baseball Player of the Year

Danny Rosenbluth, all 6-foot-3 of him, looks like a senior, acts like a senior and sure pitches like a senior. The problem for Cardozo’s opponents next year is that Rosenbluth, the TimesLedger Queens PSAL Baseball Player of the Year, is only a junior. Comment.

2002 TimesLedger PSAL All-Queens Softball Teams

Lucia Oswald    Sr.    C    Francis Lewis Comment.

Judy McCleary — TimesLedger PSAL Softball Coach of the Year

Naming Francis Lewis’ Judy McCleary PSAL Queens Softball Coach of the Year didn’t exactly take long hours of painstaking deliberation. Comment.

Cape Cod nips Knights, as win streak stops at 3

It was just a tease. Comment.

Future of Bell Blvd. supermarket site a mystery

For about two weeks, a metal gate blocked the entrance to the shuttered Associated Supermarket at 42-11 Bell Blvd. as a sign sat outside promising renovations and new management. Comment.

MV Dodgers clip Cards, sweep doubleheader

The Midville Dodgers junior squad traveled to Glen Cove to take on the GC Cardinals Saturday. In the first game, McClancy right-hander Kevin Conlin took the mound in a tune up for the Dodgers West Coast trip to San Diego. The always reliable Conlin hurled four innings, recording seven strikeouts and allowed two runs, one earned, on three hits. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: Hunan Cafe Astros best Ralph’s Ices Mets for title

The Hunan Cafe Astros defeated Ralph's Ices Mets two games to one to win the Glen Oaks Little League Major Division Championship. In what was a great rivalry all year, the championship series lived up to expectations. Comment.

Youth and Tennis Inc. to hold annual Greater Urban Classic

The Greater Urban Pro Tennis Classic, hosted by Youth and Tennis Inc. will be held at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows and at Roy Wilkins and Keith Williams Parks and York College in Jamaica from July 21 through July 28. This Open Men’s Singles and Doubles Tournament offers prize money and is sanctioned by the United States Tennis Association. Comment.

You gotta have park: Queens greenery recognized in Manhattan exhibit

A 1906 view of Flushing Park featuring a horse and buggy and floor-length-gowned ladies at a 1914 Forest Park chrysanthemum festival are among the earliest in a photo collection on the parks of Queens over a century. Comment.

Beacon hosts high school basketball in the summertime

Van Buren boys’ basketball coach Perry Dortch is sitting in the stands, barely. He twists from side to side, never settling into his unfamiliar role as spectator while his team runs up and down the court. Comment.

Maddalone suffers first professional loss

Bayside heavyweight Vinny Maddalone suffered his first professional defeat Saturday night at the Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, dropping a six-round unanimous decision to grizzled veteran Al “Ice” Cole. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Maddalone can shake first defeat

I sat down with Maddalone on Monday of last week, five days... Comment.

Bayside Yanks stay hot with win over Smithtown

The Bayside Yankees shrugged over the meager early season play, while coach Joe Kessler didn’t pay much mind. Comment.

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