Thursday, Feb. 21, 2002

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Douglaston Community Theater needs two women and two men, age 50+; one man and one woman, 20-30 years old for “Over The River and Through the Woods,” a comedy by Joe DiPietro. March 4, 5, 8 p.m.; March 9, 10 a.m. Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Avenue, Douglaston. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: One big mess at 

I know I am probably not going to make any friends by writing this, but I think the recent proposal to form or restructure existing high schools around sports, thus making a school geared strictly for athletes, is a bad idea headed for disaster. Comment.

CK Royals finish season with perfect 12-0 log

The Catholic High School Athletic Association girls’ varsity ‘A’ basketball league regular season came to a close this week, with the Christ the King Royals once again coming away with first place and an unblemished 12-0 league record. Comment.

SuperLeague getting rave reviews

After one season in the so-called SuperLeague, the 10-team, two-division ‘A’ league of the Catholic High School Athletic Association, several Queens coaches gave a big “thumbs up” to the experiment that formed what is regarded as the best high school basketball league in the country. Comment.

Bryant-Grady highlights second round games

After first-round games last week, the PSAL playoffs take a week off because of Winter Recess. The TimesLedger decided to take a closer look at second round boys’ games. Comment.

Five Queens teams still in hunt for girls ‘A’ crown

The PSAL girls’ ‘A’ playoffs are into their second round and among the 16 teams still remaining, all five from Queens are still alive. Here is a preview of second-round games, beginning Monday. Comment.

St. John’s Prep eying first place finish

With two games left on their regular season dance card, the St. John’s Prep Red Storm are one win away from accomplishing a startling turnaround from a year ago by going from worst to first. Comment.

Cammarata, Holy Cross blank Xavier

As he skated from his crease after two scoreless periods, Holy Cross goaltender Matt Cammarata couldn’t help but think he’d been through this before. Comment.

College Round-up: York women ousted in quarterfinals by College of Staten Island

It was a game the York women’s basketball team probably shouldn’t have been in. The sixth-seeded Cardinals, fielding a team of seven freshmen, were still in its CUNYAC quarterfinal game against two-time defending champs College of Staten Island late in the second half. Comment.

If you rebuild it, they will come

They came with beach chairs, folding chairs and chaise lounges. By 9 a.m. Sunday, they had happily traded away their assorted furniture, abandoned in heaps outside Gate E at Shea Stadium, for a different kind of seat: one with a bird’s-eye view of the refurbished New York Mets. Comment.

Queens men score 61-57 victory over Bridgeport

If Queens College men’s basketball coach Kyrk Peponakis had his way, every night would be Senior Night. Every night would be filled with the pregame pomp and circumstance and every night his seniors, Will Hooks, Phil Lyons and Jurell Bonaparte, would play with the emotion of knowing they could be playing their final game at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment.

Lady Knights fall to struggling Purple Knights

It was like a giant snowball rolling downhill or a wave continuing to swell. The Queens College women’s basketball team saw itself losing control of its New York Collegiate Athletic Conference game against Bridgeport Monday, but could do nothing to stop it. Comment.

St. John’s Red Storm rolls over Boston College, 71-62

The St. John’s Red Storm inched one step closer to its ultimate goal of an NCAA Tournament berth Monday night, defeating the Boston College Eagles, 71-62, before 12,316 at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Our Lady of the Snows: Sixth-graders fall short vs. St. Fidelis

The Our Lady of the Snows sixth-grade boys basketball team has always had the reputation of being a fast, aggressive, hard-pressing team. This past Saturday the team proved that and more. They now will be known as young men with unbelievable heart, determination and a committment to teamwork. Comment.

St. Andrew Avellino: Sixth-graders defeat St. Kevin’s, 47-28

The St. Andrew’s Bantams advanced to the second round of the playoffs following an impressive 47-28 victory over St. Kevin’s at the St. Gregory’s Gym on Sunday, Feb. 18. Comment.

St. Robert Bellarmine: Sixth-graders upend St. Greg’s,  32-25

Trailing 19-10 at halftime, the St. Robert’s sixth-grade Bantam basketball team used an aggressive full-court press to rally in the second half for a thrilling 32-25 victory over St. Gregory at Our Lady of Lourdes in the first round of the CYO ‘A’ Division playoffs. Comment.

Editorial: Snip, snip here, Snip, snip there …

For eight years, Mayor Giuliani trimmed the budgets for city agencies and for eight years he called on city government to do more with less. Last week faced with a budget shortfall that could reach as much as $5 billion, Mayor Bloomberg slashed the budget at most city agencies by 20 percent. He, too, asked city government to do more with less. Nice sentiment, but with that much less to spend, expect the city to do less. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: With thanks and apologies to a lost friend

The incidents in this column happened many years ago. They are not indicative of our current military, which has been very successful promoting integration and racial tolerance. Comment.

Point of View: Life is precious — don’t throw it away

Recently, the media played up two suicide stories, one in Texas and the other in Massachusetts. Why do people take their own lives? There are perhaps scores of factors causing people to commit this tragic act. Comment.

Special days slated for Shea

Monday 1 - Opening Day/Magnetic Schedule presented by Kahn's (F) Comment.

The Civic Scene: Las Vegas — city of conspicuous consumption

After a recent weekend visit to Las Vegas, I have concluded that one either loves it or hates it. We hadn’t been there for 30 years so we decided to take advantage of a good deal offered by AAA. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: A warning to youngsters about dangers of gangs

The oft-asked question, “It’s 10 p.m. Do you know where your children are,” is still pertinent. These days it’s equally important to ask, “Do you know who your children are?” Comment.

To The Point: WTC rescue dogs honored by Westminster Kennel Club

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment.

Gourmet pasta draws aficionados to Astoria

It took Gustavo Umpierrez some time to find the Astoria pasta shop known as Pasta Mat. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 210-50 41 St. Ave, $89,000, Coop, Bed 2, Bath 1 Comment.

Relocation of St. Mary’s program delayed

Attempts by St. Mary’s Hospital for Children to shift some of its programs from its Bayside campus to other sites have been delayed by landlord troubles, a hospital administrator told the community last week. Comment.

Queens students protest possible cuts to tuition

Joe Vella, a 20-year-old student at Queensborough Community College, is facing cuts in the state budget that could imperil his education. Comment.

Townsend Glass captures memories with figurines

Finding your way to the Long Island City home of Townsend Glass is a minor adventure that requires a solid stomach and a car with decent shocks. Comment.

Weprin advocates ending SOV ban into Manhattan

As a suggestion for fixing some of the city’s economic woes, Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) called for an end to Manhattan’s single occupancy vehicle ban, which was implemented after the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Comment.

Editorial: Looking up in SE Queens

Congratulations to the administrators, teachers and, most of all, to the students at The William Haberle School, PS 195, in Rosedale and PS 96 in Ozone Park for being among the 24 schools to win the 2002 Pathfinder Award from the Business Council of New York State. Comment.

Cops shut down Gotti kin’s auto shops in raid: Police

With helicopters buzzing above their heads, police Friday raided and shut down 18 Willets Point businesses, three of which are owned by imprisoned Carmine Agnello, former son-in-law of Gambino mob boss John Gotti, authorities said. Comment.

Willets Point plant seeks to treat more solid waste

In a plan that has angered some Flushing residents, Tully Environmental, which operates a 1.7-acre waste transfer station in Willets Point, is seeking to increase the amount of solid waste it processes. Comment.

Boro public universities show jump in enrollment

Public education in the borough seems to have become more attractive to high school students with both of Queens’ four-year public universities witnessing a jump in enrollment. Comment.

Padavan gets $350,000 for 4 Queens nonprofits

At a time when most Queens nonprofits are struggling and government funding has been drying up, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) has secured $350,000 for four of the borough’s community groups to share. Comment.

Activists renew efforts in fight against power plants

More than a year has passed since community activists, politicians and a movie studio began their legal battle against the New York Power Authority’s decision to rapidly install 10 natural-gas turbines around the city to stave off what state officials then described as a looming power crisis. Comment.

Runner tells PS 139 kids of Olympic experience

Some 70 years after his father attended PS 139, former Olympic long-distance runner Richard Buerkle inspired students at the Rego Park school with tales of his road to the Olympics during a celebration last Thursday morning. Comment.

Little Neck, Doug schools celebrate diversity

A pair of northeast Queens schools went international last week — and they did it in a delicious way. Comment.

PS 99 students learn history through opera

Students at PS 99 in Kew Gardens put on an extravagant production of the children’s opera “Brundibar” last Thursday, profoundly aware that while they performed the work by choice, children in Nazi concentration camps were compelled to do so. Comment.

Suspect faces 3,000 years in borough arson attempt

A Bronx man allegedly tried to set fire to a crowded Queens Village restaurant filled with 120 customers early Sunday morning by pouring gasoline in front of the door and in nearby garbage cans after being asked to leave the premises, authorities said. Comment.

Women’s Center invites public in face of eviction

Less than a week before the borough’s only full-service women’s center was scheduled to be ousted from its Fort Totten headquarters, the group has invited the community to a weekend open house. Comment.

Redistricting proposal adds 2 new boro Assembly seats

Redistricting proposed by the state Legislature could create a new state assembly district in downtown Flushing and another one in Jackson Heights while eliminating a state senate post in Queens. Comment.

Redistricting proposal adds 2 new boro assembly seats

Redistricting proposed by the state Legislature could create a new state assembly district in downtown Flushing and another one in Jackson Heights while eliminating a state senate post in Queens. Comment.

School boards have mixed reaction to election delay

Gloria Morgenstern was not especially upset to learn late in January that the state Legislature had voted to postpone school board elections for a year. Comment.

Seniors renew wedding vows for 50th anniversaries

Being your own person, doing your own things and spending time — but not every hour — together are the keys to a long an healthy marriage. Comment.

Jamaica student leaders visit Rockwell exhibit

Although District 28 student leaders studied Norman Rockwell’s paintings at the Guggenheim Museum last Thursday, the diverse group could very well have been Rockwell’s subject matter if the artist were alive today. Comment.

Gioia offers open mind at business breakfast

Speaking at a business breakfast in Long Island City last Thursday morning, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) did not claim to have all the answers to the problems facing his constituents in western Queens. Comment.

Parent eyes integrity of playground

Tiffany Elliott always keeps a close eye on her children when they climb around the upper playground of Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. Comment.

Parent eyes integrity of playground

Tiffany Elliott always keeps a close eye on her children when they climb around the upper playground of Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village. Comment.

Kew Gardens man dies in fire saving his family

A 68-year-old man was killed Monday after helping his wife and daughter escape from a fire at their Kew Gardens Hills home, authorities and neighbors said. Comment.

Kew Gardens Hill man dies in fire saving his family

A 68-year-old man was killed Monday after helping his wife and daughter escape from a fire at their Kew Gardens Hills home, authorities and neighbors said. Comment.

Kew Gardens Hills man dies in fire saving his family

A 68-year-old man was killed Monday after helping his wife and daughter escape from a fire at their Kew Gardens Hills home, authorities and neighbors said. Comment.

Developer Huang set to purchase Klein Farm

A developer notorious for damaging a landmarked Flushing theater may soon complete the purchase of the historic Klein Farm, New York City’s last family-owned working farm, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) said. Comment.

Hospital program offers HOPE to grieving children

Many of the people directly affected by the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center have looked for and found different ways to grieve and communicate their sense of loss. Comment.

Little Neck-Doug group celebrating anniversary

The Little Neck-Douglaston Lions Club was scheduled to celebrate its 50th anniversary next week with a dinner dance honoring several community leaders, including longtime club member Dr. Herman Belkin. Comment.

Little Neck park to honor firemen

When Edward Byrne looks around 248th Street’s Louis Pasteur Park, he does not see the relatively new concrete or the loud, happy middle-school students dashing around the playgrounds. Comment.

Longtime APEC volunteer, Jim MacDonald, dies at 89

Longtime Douglaston volunteer and Flushing resident Jim MacDonald, who had a soft spot for animals and donated his bookkeeping skills to the Alley Pond Environmental Center for nearly 20 years, died Friday. He was 89. Comment.

Flushing couple bilked cutomers in moving scam: DA

Three owners of an unlicensed Richmond Hill moving company that operated under five different names were arrested last week and charged with stealing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year from customers by holding their furniture hostage, authorities said. Comment.

Abel looks for work after being ousted by term limits

Although former northeast Queens City Councilman Mike Abel (R-Bayside) has been unemployed in the seven weeks since his 10-year term in office ended, he said he has been surveying the job market but has not found anything yet. Comment.

St. Albans exhibit recalls history of black vets

E.G. McConnell looked at a photograph of the 761st “Black Panther” tank battalion on display in St. Albans Saturday and pointed to a young man wearing a hat turned to the side. Comment.

S. Ozone Park man arrested for biting girlfriend: DA

A South Ozone Park man was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges of viciously biting his girlfriend on her face and ears during a brutal domestic dispute, police said. Comment.

Queensboro Bridge toll may ease budget crunch

Imposing a toll on the Queensboro Bridge could mean less traffic and improved roadways for Queens residents, but it also could mean crowded subway and buses as well as increased pollution. Comment.

Budget cuts squeeze out boro school construction

One of the worst nightmares of the Queens educational community came true last week when Mayor Michael Bloomberg unveiled a city budget that slashed 20 percent of the Board of Ed’s capital funds, meaning fewer schools will be built in the borough with the most overcrowded classrooms. Comment.

Cuts might shutter branches of Queens library

The busiest public library system in the United States will have to close its doors to most weekend visitors if Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s budget passes. Comment.

Bloomberg’s budget cuts to be felt across boro

Queens residents need to brace themselves for the hit they will take as most city agencies and programs come under the knife in Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s attempt to alleviate the city’s budget deficit. Comment.

Bloomberg’s proposed ban on recycling angers boro

“I don’t think it’s right,” said Alex Diakonikolas, a 42-year-old... Comment.

Gioia offers open door at business breakfast

Speaking at a business breakfast in Long Island City last Thursday morning, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) did not claim to have all the answers to the problems facing his constituents in western Queens. Comment.

Borough’s senior citizens to feel pinch of budget gap

Queens has the largest senior citizen population of the five boroughs and Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed $26 million cut to some of Queens’ vital elderly programs will have major repercussions. Comment.

College Pt. man guilty of slaying

A College Point man last week was convicted of murdering an 84-year-old woman who he believed had helped evict his family from their apartment, authorities said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Without any weapon, man holds up bank

HOLLIS HILLS — A man in his mid 30s passed a note to a teller demanding cash at at the Roslyn Savings Bank at 224-04 Union Turnpike at about 1:15 p.m. last Friday, police said. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Garden Jewish Center of Flushing, 24-40 Parsons Blvd. Mondays, 7:15 p.m. 445-1317. Comment.

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