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Thursday, Jan. 31, 2002

Cosmo Maintenance tops Donnelly Home, 59-43

Cosmo Maintenance had its game in high gear as the team overcame Donnelly Home for Adults, 59-43. Michael Berndt had his best game of the season, scoring 26 points on a combination of silky drives to the basket and deadly outside shooting. Jose Barcena added 21 points, while Andrew Lehr rounded out the scoring for Cosmo with 12, as both players helped to sweep the glass for Cosmo. Joe Lumley’s rebounding and Brendan Corrigan’s tough defense were also big factors in the game. For Donnelly, Jim Brady scored from every angle, pumping in 28 poin Comment

The origin of Valentine’s Day

The time-honored tradition of St. Valentine’s Day is said to have begun around the year 270 A.D. This was the era of the Roman Emperor Claudius, whose insatiability to conduct never-ending wars of conquest on the rest of the world began to have its debilitating effect on the Roman people themselves, especially the young men who resented being plucked from their homes, wives and families to engage in a foreign war they didn’t really understand. Comment

Transcreen wins DG Cup over Gary Mann Productions

Transcreen 5, Gary Mann Productions 3. In the season finale, Gary Mann Productions battled Team Transcreen down to the wire with a glimpse of things to come in the playoffs. Diego Rosa put Transcreen on top 1-0 after the first period. Anthony DiFalco knocked in two goals and Matt Lupoli one goal, upping Transcreen’s lead to 4-0 after two periods. Answering the bell for Gary Mann were Kenny McCrorie, Tim Caffrey and Adam Akpinar, each scoring a goal to make it a 4-3 game midway through the third period. With the fine two-way play of Pat B Comment

Snows Intermediates score win over St. Fidelis to stay perfect

Last Saturday the Our Lady of the Snows Intermediate (Sweeney) Team defeated St. Fidelis, 41-39, to move to 9-0 on the year. Comment

Yorki Munoz named top runner by College Point Track Club

Jackson Heights resident Yorki Munoz was named Runner of the Year for 2001 by the College Point Road Runners Track Club at its annual Holiday Party. This is the highest honor a CPRRTC member can receive and the second straight year Munoz took home the distinction. Comment

Editorial: ‘Oversaturated’

It is beginning to sound like a broken record. It doesn't matter what community board or in what corner of Queens. Every time a nonprofit organization seeks to open a group home for mentally retarded adults, someone steps up to the microphone and explains that it's not that he or she has anything against the disabled, but, gosh golly, this community is oversaturated with group homes. Comment

New exhibit revisits voices of Bayside’s black history

The faces lining the walls of the Bayside Historical Society exhibit room are etched with age but most are smiling. All are black and have a story to share. Comment

Berger’s Burg: ‘Mother Gaston:’ A hero for all Americans

February is Black History Month. It is a time for me, once again, to personally reflect upon the life of a very special lady. This special lady was born in New York City in 1885 and lived all her life here. She was indeed special because she had devoted most of her 96 years to working with the black youngsters living in her mostly black community. She encouraged the children to study, reach for the stars and be proud of their black heritage. Her life story is very unique. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Laurelton citizens group worked hard to fight crime

From time to time, I have written about some of Laurelton’s history. Some of it gives me great pleasure to recall, some does not. It is history, nevertheless. Comment

The Civic Scene: New members take over reins of City Council

Fresh Meadows saw changes as two icons in the City Council were forced by term limits to give up their seats. Sheldon Leffler, who left District 23, District 24’s Morton Povman both served Fresh Meadows for three decades. Both attended numerable civic association meetings and were available to their constituents when needed. The two represented parts of Fresh Meadows covered by my West Cunningham Park Civic Association, so I have known them for decades. Comment

To The Point: Dan Harden fund-raiser draws many contributors

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

The Plant Doctor: How to keep your winter houseplants happy

Ah yes…the comfort we experience as we sit comfortably in our homes viewing the snow-covered landscape, wind, cold temperatures and other nastiness winter throws our way. And why not — you and your houseplants have been safely removed from the hazards of winter and moved into the relative comfort of your home. Comment

Richmond Hill restaurant evokes Guyana

The 400-foot wide Potaro River rumbles through Guyana’s Pakaraima Plateau before it drops 741 feet into a deep gorge, creating Kaieteur Falls, the world’s largest single drop waterfall. Comment

Where to wine, dine your Valentine

In affairs of the heart, the right setting sets the mood and makes all the difference. Needless to say, it behooves you to pick the precisely right spot when dining with your Valentine. Comment

Recent Real Estate Transactions

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Rosedale civic honors retired commander

The Rosedale Civic Association honored the former commanding officer of the 105th Precinct and officially installed eight officers to its highest leadership posts Tuesday. Comment

Sanders chairs City Council economic committee

As chairman of the City Council’s Economic Development Committee, Councilman James Sanders (D-Laurelton) has made the redevelopment of Lower Manhattan a priority but has vowed that the city’s four other boroughs will not be neglected. Comment

SB 24 moves forward with super search

The superintendent search that has dragged on for more than two years took another baby step forward at School Board 24’s meeting last Thursday, one day before members of a search committee were to begin reviewing candidates’ resumes. Comment

Musica Reginae is true Queens music

Musica Reginae Productions is dedicated to the belief that the people of Queens deserve to have first-rate classical and contemporary music available to them in their home communities and that they need not travel into Manhattan to find the best, most enriching experiences. Comment

Legislature delays election of school board members

The state Legislature approved a measure to postpone the city’s school board elections Monday with little opposition from anyone in Queens. Comment

Forest Hills soccer official charged in sex abuse of 6

An official from a Forest Hills soccer school in jail since May for allegedly sexually abusing two 11-year-old players in Nassau County was charged last Thursday with sodomizing six young footballers during overnight stays at two Queens hotels last year, authorities said. Comment

State DOT reviewing sound walls

The state Department of Transportation is still working out details for building noise walls along the Long Island Expressway in Douglaston, Little Neck and parts of Bayside, one community official said this week. Comment

Lennon, Oko grace Townsend Harris expo

Jessica Schmidt and Emily Rivlin-Nadler spent last Friday at Townsend Harris High School not in class but sitting in the hallway dressed as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, blasting music on their stereo. Comment

Editorial: The bishop’s failure

In 1980, Bishop Thomas Daily, the head of the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, had the chance to blow the whistle on a priest in Boston who admitted to sexually abusing children. Instead of reporting this admission to the police, Bishop Daily reassigned the priest to another parish, published reports say. Comment

Bush selects Mauskopf for U.S. Attorney post

President George W. Bush announced Monday the nomination of state Inspector General Roslynn R. Mauskopf as the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York, which covers Queens. Comment

Jamaica woman sentenced in teacher’s aide murder

An unrepentant Jamaica woman was sentenced last week to 17 years in jail for the 1999 murder of an 18-year-old teacher’s aide at the Van Wyck Lanes bowling alley. Comments (2)

S. Ozone Park man gets 5 years in sex abuse case

A 64-year-old South Ozone Park man who tried to buy the silence of the 9-year-old he sexually abused was sentenced Tuesday to five years in jail. Comment

Borough women discuss basics of entrepreneurship ship

When Celeste Morris began selling pot holders for pocket change as a little girl, she learned her first lesson in marketing by watching her grandmother peddle her own wares at a local stand. Comment

Teen pleads guilty to slay of Korean restauranteur

A Manhattan teenager pleaded guilty last week to murdering a Korean restaurant worker by smashing his head with a 10-pound paving stone, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Two Laurelton residents shot in fast food eatery

Two customers were injured Saturday when someone fired into a fried chicken restaurant on the Merrick Boulevard commercial strip in Laurelton, police said. Comment

Prostitution claims draw protesters to motel

On a warm Sunday afternoon only a block away from the East River shoreline, a motel with a checkered past drew shouts of protest from a community fed up with the prostitution that has plagued their streets for years. Comment

Boro Trinidadians tip caps to Calypso pioneer

Trinidadians in Richmond Hill and Ozone Park recalled with fondness the career of Lord Pretender, master of the improvisational calypso form of extempo, who died Jan. 22 in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, at age 84. Comment

BMW, ambulance collide, injuring 4 on Grand Ave.

An ambulance driving through a Grand Avenue intersection with its siren blaring collided with a car Monday morning, injuring the patient, two crew members and the driver of the car, a Fire Department official said. Comment

DOT studies dangers of Northern Boulevard

Amid a recent reports citing Northern Boulevard as one of the city’s most dangerous roads, the city Department of Transportation has began another study of the busy thoroughfare. Comment

Queens kids’ psych center not moving to Creedmoor

The community residents who opposed moving the Queens Children’s Psychiatric Center into the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center can pat themselves on the back for their success in the fight against its relocation. Comment

Queens Democratic insider Rose Perrotta dead at 81

Well-known Queens political insider Rose Perrotta, who was vice chairwoman of the Queens Line Democratic Club and a Queens Democratic committeewoman, died Jan. 22. She was 81. Comment

Ageless folk singer inspires Forest Hills schoolchildren

In the middle of reciting the tale of a little boy who slays a monster by wailing away on his ukulele and singing the giant’s name, “Ab-i-yo-yo,” Pete Seeger, 82, broke out into a jig and pranced across the stage at the Forest Hills Jewish Center Sunday evening. Comment

Parks refuse to house Women’s Center

The political tug-of-war between the city and the Queens Women’s Center got bleaker for the nonprofit this week after the city Parks Department said it would not give the group temporary space. Comment

Asian groups want more interpreters at boro court

Angela Lee had heard a lot of horror stories. Comment

Lost firefighter honored on 31st birthday

On what would have been his 31st birthday, family and friends of Firefighter Edward “Teddy” White celebrated his life in a memorial mass Friday at St. Joseph’s Church in Astoria, honoring a hero who lost his life Sept. 11. Comment

Pathmark Grizzlies remain undefeated

The Pathmark Grizzlies held on to first place as they edged the Peter Pan Games Blue Devils, 38-35. Leading for the Grizzlies with 13 points each was Kerry Chang and James Lizzul. Matthew Stein scored seven, Trone Frazier put four points up and had eight blocked shots. Vincent Vita and Rob Fielder scored two points each. The Blue Devils hung tough with 14 points scored by Justin Cugini. Frankie Davi and Allesandro Santorelli scored seven points each. Matt Kelly scored four points and Jenna Fogelman and Andrew Reyes scored two points each. Comment

Alleged killer disturbed by Sept. 11 stress: lawyer

The lawyer representing a Long Island City producer who allegedly stabbed and dismembered an Afghan filmmaker in October said his client was suffering at the time from mental illness exacerbated by stress from Sept. 11. Comment

Boro mom raises awareness of missing persons

Arnita Fowler has told the story of her son’s disappearance so often in the past two years that the southeast Queens woman said she has gotten used to the wide-eyed stares and quiet expressions of sympathy it inspires in listeners. Comment

Gioia sworn into office at crowded celebration

Standing in the same auditorium where only two decades ago he used to sit as an elementary school student, City Councilman Eric Gioia (D-Woodside) took the oath of office Saturday evening before a boisterous standing-room-only crowd of supporters. Comment

Rhodd-Cummings dead at 56

State Assemblywoman Pauline Rhodd-Cummings (D-Far Rockaway), the first woman of Caribbean descent to be elected to the Assembly, died of cancer at her Far Rockaway home Sunday. She was 56. Comment

Bayside photography shop closes after two decades

After more than 20 years on Bell Boulevard, Bayside’s Happy Hour Photo was set to close its doors this month. Comment

Hollis man get 25-to-life for killing deliveryman

A jury found an 18-year-old Hollis man guilty of killing a Chinese food deliveryman a few blocks from his home in 1999, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

St. Albans man files suit after Home Depot injury

An 81-year-old St. Albans man whose shoulder was permanently damaged after a forklift in the Home Depot in Springfield Gardens knocked him to the floor in August is suing the store for $15 million. Comment

Rudy’s stadium idea infuriates young council

City Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) this week threw a high hard one at Rudolph Giuliani, accusing the former mayor of playing games with the city’s finances in his late-inning pitch to secure stadium deals for the city’s baseball teams. Comment

JFK Democratic Club swears in its 2002 officers

Queens Democratic Party Chairman Tom Manton got his own private pep rally in Kew Gardens Hills Sunday morning when Queens Borough President Helen Marshall praised the political leader’s efforts to ensure powerful committee assignments for the borough’s freshman city council delegation. Comment

Borough residents fear potential Kmart closings

Queens residents are worried that the borough’s three Kmart stores could be in danger of closing after the giant discount retailer filed for bankruptcy protection last week. Comment

St. John’s hosts boro teens for open house on business

Dozens of Queens teenagers went to St. John’s University Friday night to discover how they can get a head-start in the business field of their choice. Comment

Conflict in Borough Hall courtroom spills onto lawn

A swarm of court officers descended upon and arrested two men Tuesday morning after a dispute in a Queens courtroom spilled onto the back lawn of Borough Hall, the brother of one of the men said. Comment

Pataki budget may deal blow to borough schools

Queens schools could be hard hit if the state Assembly and Senate pass Gov. George Pataki’s proposed budget in its current form. Comment

Flushing man gets life for execution-style killing

A Flushing man was sentenced to 22 years to life in prison last week for murdering another man who he believed stole 200 pounds of his marijuana, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

New Yorkers should use less water: Mayor

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the city Department of Environmental Protection are urging New Yorkers to conserve water as city officials declared a drought warning Monday. Comment

Ackerman, Rangel, Weiner got Enron donations

Since 1991 nearly all of the Queens congressional delegation received campaign contributions from the bankrupt energy trading company Enron and/or the embattled accounting firm of Arthur Andersen. Comment

Crowley acquires $100K for LGA air quality study

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) has obtained $100,000 in federal money for a study of air quality and noise in Queens neighborhoods surrounding LaGuardia Airport. Comment

E train subway station at Trade Center reopens

Thousands of Queens E train riders whose destination is the end of the line at the former World Trade Center can once again travel as they did before the Sept. 11 attack closed the station but with some changes. Comment

Cops bust 23 for alleged Queens Blvd. drug ring

An upscale drug ring that allegedly delivered narcotics from a Queens Boulevard apartment to the doorsteps of affluent customers around the city has been shut down with the arrest of 23 people, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment

Man who deceived FDNY, boro woman pleads guilty

The con artist who posed as a volunteer firefighter and scammed both the city and a Whitestone woman pleaded guilty to fraud last week, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Police Blotter: Commercial building sustains damage in three-alarm fire

RICHMOND HILL — A three-alarm fire broke out Sunday morning in Richmond Hill, damaging a commercial building on Jamaica Avenue that contained a laundry service. Comment

Marshall seeks solution to downtown congestion

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall is promoting the idea of constructing an underground bus terminal off Union Street in an attempt to ease traffic in downtown Flushing, Comment

Community Calendar Listings

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

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wednesdays, Fridays. 347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 224-2729. Comment

QCC theatre kicks off big PPA season

When the lights went up Sunday afternoon at Queensborough Comminity College, Buffalo Bill's Wild West Band at stage left banged out a full-throttle overture. The chorus girls and boys in western style gear came on strong and away we went into the corny, funny, musical comedy-West of Irving Berlin. Buffalo Bill turned a few ropetricks and then with fanfare introdiced Annie Oakley to the stage center arena. Comment

Theatre honors 3 local heroes

The Black Spectrum Theatre Company will host their first in a series of tributes to community heroes. The series will honor people from various fields who dedicate their lives to their communities. The first honorees are businessman Pooor Freddie, educator Jacqueline Brown and entertainer Arthur Prysock. Comment

Molloy Stanners rip CTK Royals in OT

Christ the King and Archbishop Molloy wrote another exciting chapter into the two schools’ storied CHSAA boys basketball rivalry Friday evening. Molloy forced overtime after trailing by as many as 18 points and prevailed, 75-72, in front of a spirited crowd at Christ the King’s home gym in Middle Village. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: It’s time for SJU women to rise again

When Darcel Estep was introduced as head coach of the St. John’s women’s basketball team, tears welled up in her eyes as she emotionally thanked the school for giving her the opportunity she had so longed for. Comment

Mary Louis can’t corral Bishop Kearney

A week after beating league rival Bishop Kearney in overtime to win the Monsignor King Tournament in Brooklyn, The Mary Louis Academy was back on the basketball court against the same Tigers in a key CHSAA matchup. Comment

Change for the better: Newtown coach cracks down on academics

Pat Torney made up his mind. He’d had enough. Comment

Helping Youngsters Understand Patriotism

An ongoing sense of patriotism continues to inspire our country's children. Now there's a video designed to help youngsters grasp the basic concepts of national pride and what America stands for. Comment

Bowne bounces back with 54-46 win over Cleveland

In the span of just three weeks, the John Bowne girls’ basketball team did a lot of growing up. Comment

Francis Lewis swimmers finishes season perfect

The Francis Lewis High School boys’ swimming team finished the regular season undefeated on the way to the Patriots’ third Queens title in the last five seasons. The team’s recent accomplishments are impressive, especially considering the school has no swimming pool included in its athletic facilities. Comment

Cammarata records shutout in Cross win over Xavier

For four days, Matt Cammarata had no answer for nagging flu-like symptoms. But Sunday at Abe Stark Arena, the Holy Cross freshman goaltender got something better than any over-the-counter cold-and-flu medicine — his first high school shutout. Comment

College Round-up: Estep upbeat following departure from SJU

That is essentially the attitude former St. John’s women’s basketball coach Darcel Estep is taking in the two weeks since she was fired by the university. Comment

QC Knights drop heartbreaker to New York Tech

In the final minutes of its 62-59 New York Collegiate Athletic Conference loss at New York Institute of Technology Saturday in Old Westbury, L.I., all of the tiny things that led to the Queens College men’s basketball team’s demise were magnified. Comment

Ingenito stops the bleeding, as Lady Knights hold off NYIT, 59-53

It had all the trappings of a second half meltdown. Comment

Red Storm drops third straight Big East game

The St. John’s Red Storm dropped their third consecutive conference game, losing a 63-61 overtime decision to the Seton Hall Pirates Tuesday night at the Meadowlands. Mike Jarvis’ club had dropped two straight to Connecticut and Providence entering the matchup. Comment

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