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Thursday, April 6, 2000

Collumity Calendar Listings

Alley Pond Environmental Center, 228-06 Northern Blvd., presents APEC Explorers on Thurs., April 6 and 13,from 3:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. Admission: $42, $56. 718-2229-4000. Comment

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The all-new millennium edition of the Yankee Doodle Circus is coming to Jackson Heights at the Lexington School For The Deaf Gym, 75th Street at 30th Avenue, on Sun., April 9, at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Tickets: $10.50, $8.50, $6.50. 718-388-1890. Comment

‘Murder for the Asking’ keeps audience guessing

Think of a British murder mystery: what comes to mind? There's always a member of the police force asking a lot of questions, especially when his interviewees cannot possibly remember where they were on the day or night in question. Who can sort out the truth from the lies and the red herrings that shift suspicion from one character to another? Comment

The Wild West comes to Queens

Come one and come all! Step right up and celebrate the coming of spring, the long lazy days of summer and the end of the school year at the third annual Belmont Stakes Fair. Comment

Late-inning collapse prevents series sweep for SJU

It was supposed to be a pleasant plane ride back to Queens for the St. John's baseball team. After sweeping Pittsburgh on Saturday, the Red Storm were ahead of the Panthers in Sunday's series finale, 9-3, after 6 1/2 innings and appeared to be en route to their first Big East series sweep of the young season. Comment

College Round-up: Bird helps UConn women to NCAA crown

She has won titles at just about every level of basketball. From CYO to high school, Sue Bird knows what it feels like to be at the top. The former Christ the King star added another trophy to her mantle as the Syosset native and the University of Connecticut Huskies defeated archrival Tennessee, 71-52, in the NCAA championship game at the First Union Center in Philadelphia Sunday night. Comment

Five new teams, new division in girls soccer

Five new teams and a new division are the difference from 1999 in PSAL girls' soccer. Cardozo, Arts & Business, Campus Magnet, Franklin K. Lane and Jamaica all completed a non-league schedule last year and are all beginning their first official season. Comment

Prep’s Begy named CHSHA’s Most Valuable Defenseman

Mike Begy's high school hockey career did not end the way he would have liked. The St. Francis Prep captain and his Terriers were swept in a best-of-three series semifinal series by Queens rival Molloy. Comment

Douglaston’s Golia finishes 9th in nation

Being an honorable mention All-American would please most people, but for Michael Golia it's a step down. Comment

Coaches say Brooklyn/Queens up for grabs

Holy Cross' Kurt Schaffner said what everyone else in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan seems to be thinking. Comment

Prep, Mary Louis to duel for borough supremacy

The 2000 Catholic High School Athletic Association varsity softball season was supposed to start on a high note, with the two best Queens teams from last year, St. Francis Prep and The Mary Louis Academy, opening the league slate against one another Tuesday. Comment

Blaze consumes 100 acres of Alley Pond Park marsh

Smoke blackened the sky and could be seen for miles Saturday afternoon as fire engines screamed through Douglaston and Bayside, bringing 220 firefighters to battle a brush fire in the Alley Pond Park marsh that came dangerously close to homes and businesses before being extinguished. Comment

Cook trying to lure Miles to St. John’s

Omar Cook is known for his assists on the court, but last week the senior at Christ the King was doing his best off the court to help St. John's land recruit Darius Miles. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: SJU likely to lose Miles to pro game

Christ the King point guard and St. John's signee Omar Cook has been trying to get East St. Louis basketball phenom Darius Miles to honor his commitment to the Red Storm. But his pleas are apparently falling on deaf ears. Comment

Queens U.S. Rep joins NCAA fray

St. John's University sophomore Erick Barkley's well-documented battles with the NCAA have drawn interest from outside the basketball world. Comment

The Civic Scene: Accurate census count of utmost importance

The U.S. Census 2000 is underway and there is a massive publicity campaign aimed at convincing all families in the United States to complete the form. Comment

To The Point: Youth programs benefit from pancake breakfast

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Spring has finally arrived. The daffodils tossed off their green coats and are proudly waving their yellow bodies. I saw my first spring robin and he went immediately to swim in our immaculate bird bath but he kept chasing out all the other birds. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Children learn lesson from demise of squirrel

As promised, spring has arrived in all its glory. It is accompanied by the showers that will splash the faces of buds and make them get up and dress in their brightest and best. We are grateful! Comment

Berger’s Burg: Tax advice from Gerard the Accountant

The owner of a local saloon was so sure that his bartender was the strongest man around that he offered the patrons a standing $1,000 bet. Comment

Editorial: Beware of easy answers

In the wake of the controversy surrounding the death of Patrick Dorismond, Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) has introduced legislation that would require the police and courts to destroy all arrest records when the person arrested is not formally charged. Comment

Editorial: Road rage

Every once in a while, even in New York, a crime is so horrific that it leaves an indelible mark on the psyche of an entire borough. The 1992 Christmas Night murder of Pamela Mascaro was such a crime. Comment

Crime declines overall in 111th Precinct

Crime in the Bayside-based 111th Precinct fell 16 percent in the first three months of 2000, including a nearly 50 percent decline in burglaries, from year-earlier levels, police said. Comment

Whitestone biz tops boros’ leading firms

Kinray Inc. of Whitestone was recognized Tuesday as the top company among the 50 largest privately held firms in the outer boroughs at the sixth annual "Bridges to Success Awards," which honors leading businesses in Queens, Brooklyn, Staten Island and the Bronx. Comment

Holy Cross High School mourns chemistry prof

"Doc" was like a grandfather figure to his students." That's how Bradley Tramunti, a member of the Holy Cross High School class of 2000, remembers his chemistry teacher. Comment

Queens woman turns brain tumor into cause

Joyce Owens worked tirelessly to build up her small public relations firm that was known for providing pro bono services to Queens community organizations. But in 1993, Owens' life radically changed when she was diagnosed with a brain tumor. Comment

Brooklyn cops, 104th officer face off

Three Brooklyn police officers were suspended without pay last week after threatening a 104th Precinct officer who had arrested one of their colleagues on a drunk-driving charge in Ridgewood, police said. Comment

102 Precinct sees burglaries fall in 2000

A dramatic reduction in burglaries marked the first three months of 2000 in the 102nd Precinct, police statistics showed. Comment

112th

Crime was down in every major category in the 112th Precinct so far this year except for felony assaults, which rose, and murders and rapes, which remained the same, the latest crime statistics showed. Comment

City Council rezones Kew Forest Lane

The City Council last week voted unanimously to approve a rezoning of the Kew Forest Lane neighborhood in Forest Hills, barring the future construction of anything other than a single-family home. Comment

Murders up in 103rd, steady in 113th

Murders surged by more than 60 percent to five in the 103rd Precinct in the opening quarter of the year and held steady at five homicides in the 113th Precinct compared to the year-earlier period, police statistics showed. Comment

Scarborough joins race for boro prez

State Assemblyman Bill Scarborough (D-St. Albans) said he plans to run for borough president in 2001 when term limits force Claire Shulman to step down. Comment

Vallone seeks end to banks charging two ATM fees

Tracy Shelton inserted her HSBC electronic bank card into an automated teller machine near City Hall owned by Fleet Bank. Comment

Queens Village motel plan approved despite outcries

Although the Queens Village community, local politicians and Community Board 13 had opposed construction of a motel on Jamaica Avenue, the city Board of Standards and Appeals granted a zoning variance last week to its developers. Comment

New 105th chief gets baptism by fire

The 105th Precinct Community Council bade farewell to one leader and welcomed back a native son as their new chief last Wednesday night at their monthly meeting. Comment

105th Pct has rise in crime rate

Although the overall crime rate rose 12.6 percent in the 105th Precinct for the first three months of the year, violent crime dropped from the same period last year, Police Department statistics showed. Comment

2 men get 85 years for Flushing payroll robbery

Two Queens men were each sentenced to more than 85 years in prison last Thursday for their roles in a 1997 payroll robbery in Flushing that resulted in the shootings of an off-duty detective and a retired police officer, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Civic needs $100K for cemetery

A Fresh Meadows community group that wants to preserve the site of a Colonial era graveyard has until May to raise $100,000 to buy the Brinckerhoff Cemetery under an agreement worked out in State Supreme Court. Comment

Eight Queens hospitals join $3.4B tobacco suit

Eight Queens hospitals are among a group of New York state hospitals which have filed a $3.4 billion suit in state Supreme Court in Nassau County against six tobacco manufacturers to recover the costs of health care for patients with tobacco-related illnesses. Comment

109th

The 109th Precinct has experienced a 300 percent spike in murders since the first of the year, but officials say with other crimes down from year-ago levels and the sheer size of the precinct, the officers are doing an impressive job safeguarding the community. Comment

Arrested man had hate literature: Police

Police arrested a College Point man last Thursday after finding a loaded AK-47 rife, ammunition and SS memorabilia at his 127th Street home in the second of two bias cases that have rocked northeast Queens in the past two weeks. Comment

City Council OKs Little Neck rezoning

The City Council voted unanimously last week to rezone 74 acres in Little Neck Pines to prevent further development and preserve the character of the community that is dominated by one- and two-family homes, Councilman Mike Abel (R-Bayside) said. Comment

Vandals attack churches in Bayside, Ridgewood

Churches in Bayside and Ridgewood were targets of vandalism over the weekend as parishioners in both places began Sunday mass with the discovery that prominent statues of the Virgin Mary had been knocked over and in one case broken to pieces, police said. Comment

Bayside traffic plan draws fire

President visits Forest Hills senior citizens

President Clinton stopped by Queens for two hours last week and his visit marked the first time in years that the 12 lanes of Queens Boulevard in downtown Forest Hills were absolutely traffic free. Comment

Queens pols slam city

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