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Thursday, May 24, 2001

Townsend Harris qualifies three relay teams for city championships

It was mission accomplished for the Townsend Harris girls track team last Thursday at St. John’s University. Sure, the Hawks didn’t win the Queens championships, but that wasn’t their goal. Instead, the young Harris squad was pleased to qualify many of its runners for the city championships, also to be held at St. John’s on June 2. Comment

St. John’s Athletic Director to leave post

Ed Manetta, the associate vice president and athletic director at St. John’s University, officially announced his resignation Friday, ending his six-year association with the school. Comment

Gerry’s Angels crowned DG girls basketball Champs

Sparked by the spectacular shooting of Katie Brent, averaging nearly 25 points in each playoff game despite being triple teamed, Gerry's Angels ended a thrilling DG girls basketball season by beating Laura's Ladies in both games of the playoff finals. Comment

Mitchell Linden Colts coast to three more victories

On Sunday, May 20th, the Mitchell Linden Colts defeated the Whitestone Eagles, 9- 7. The star for the Colts was Rodney Munoz. Munoz made numerous defensive gems and had a key double to lead the Colts. Jeremy Franco picked up his sixth win. Key hits by Bobby Preston, Max Meltzer and Sean Fitzgerald were big. Brian Portilla took two for the team and scored a big run to help the Colts improve to 7 -3. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: New league a perfect fix for CHSAA

The Catholic High School Athletic Association is on its way to consolidating its marquee sport, boys’ basketball, into one powerhouse ‘A’ division featuring the 10 best teams in the five boroughs. Comment

Molloy bounces back from first two losses

The Archbishop Molloy varsity baseball team upped its league record to 14-2 Monday, winning a rain-shortened game over the Monsignor McClancy Crusaders, 6-1, at Stanner Field. Comment

Our History:We owe Memorial Day to Civil War women

But its origins go back to the post-Civil War period, initiated by the Grand Army of the Republic. Women, both North and South, had been... Comment

Red Storm women finish fourth at ECAC track meet

Led by Nicola Coffey and Michelle Hickman, the St. John's women's track and field team finished fourth at the ECAC Outdoor Track and Field championships at Princeton University last weekend. The Red Storm finished behind Big East rivals Georgetown, Seton Hall and Pittsburgh. Comment

Auburndale Alliance wins Waldbaums semifinals

The NHP team had two highly-skilled forwards who made defender Catherine Galiano’s defensive maneuvers especially difficult. Susan O’Connell's persistence and drive resulted in a run down the middle, midway through the first half, to score a beautifully placed goal from outside the 18-yard line. Comment

Major Homes defeats Iannece 2001, 21-20

Major Homes 21, Iannece 2001 10. Leading the way for Major Homes was Chris Wong, hitting a home run and a double. Joey Rizzo also supplied three solid hits and displayed outstanding defense. For Iannece 2001, Kevin O’Connor had two doubles and Anthony Scifo had a home run. Comment

Mets top Cards, 11-7, in DAC ation

DePhillips Sports Mets 11, Neil Vallins DDS Cardinals 7, The Mets edged the Cardinals, 11-7, behind Jon Blader’s pitching and the hitting of Andrew Pagnozzi, Joe Passerella and Brandon Kopcienski. Anthony Ronzino made some great plays in the field for the Cardinals, while Chris Lynch and Sean Redican pitched well and Keith Fernandez and Evan Lash played great defense. Comment

14th Avenue Auto topples Golden Autobody

14th Avenue Auto defeated a tough Golden Autobody team behind the pitching of Jose Barcena and Mike Berndt. 14th Avenue opened the scoring in the first on a single by David Burgermeister and a line drive home run by Mike Berndt. Kevin Otis drove in three on a solid double in the third followed by RBI singles from Andrew Lehr and Kevin Fuchs. For Golden, Danny Munoz pitched well over the final three innings, Daniel Kim played excellent defense in left field and Aaron Weiner played solidly behind the plate. Comment

Editorial: New theme H.S. a plus for Queens

Last Tuesday the School Construction Authority broke ground for the 897-seat Law Enforcement High School in South Jamaica. The next day, at the 113th Precinct in Jamaica, a solemn ceremony honored seven police officers that gave their lives to protect the people of southeast Queens. Comment

Berger’s Burg: This time, let’s remember the forgotten vets

With a little luck, there might be a footnote about the Korean, or “Forgotten,” War. Comment

Film by boro writer targets middle-age romance

If you're old enough to have a driver's license, you know about dating. Comment


The February 2001 newsletter of the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association (Jim Gallagher,. president) informed the membership that a new senior center is now available at the Ryan Junior High School after hours Beacon Program. There are free Adult Computer classes on Saturday and a Senior Social Center open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. James Ambrose and Jim Janel are in charge. For more information call 445-6983. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: They truly were heroes, and can’t be forgotten

On Wednesday, May 9, about 1,500 people gathered at 168-02 P.O. Edward R. Byrne Avenue in Jamaica (the location of the... Comment

Buyers flock to Laurelton for herbal remedy

The green liquid smells like summer in the park and tastes like grass. People are coming from all over Queens and Long Island to get their hands on this herbal remedy at a health food store in Laurelton. Comment

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 209-10 41 Ave., $90,000, Coop., Hi-Rise, Bed 1, Bath 1 Comment

Siegal drops council bid, endorsed for judgeship

In an unexpected move, Bernice Siegal dropped out of the race to succeed City Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) and accepted the Queens Democratic Party’s endorsement for a judgeship in the Civil Court of the City of New York. Comment

HS teacher had sex with student, 15: DA

A high school teacher from Douglaston surrendered to authorities last Thursday on charges that he had had a sexual relationship five years ago with a girl, who was a student in his sophomore English class, at Martin Van Buren High School. Comment

HS teacher had sex with student, 15: DA

A high school teacher from Douglaston surrendered to authorities last Thursday on charges that he had had a sexual relationship five years ago with a girl, who was a student in his sophomore English class, at Martin Van Buren High School. Comment

Phoney club led to arrest in ’87 slay of off-duty cop

On May 5, 1999, Henry Vega was supposed to travel to a construction site somewhere in Queens and carry out a contract killing for a mobster, an undercover police officer testified at Vega’s trial on charges of killing an off-duty officer in Flushing. Comment

Wendy’s site owners plan gift for Flushing Library

The owner of the former Wendy’s restaurant on Main Street was expected to make an $18,000 donation to the Flushing Library Thursday, honoring the five workers who were murdered at the restaurant last spring by funding an after-school program for one year. Comment

LIC turbines to go on line before court date: NYPA

The New York Power Authority cleared another legal hurdle to the construction of two Long Island City gas turbines last week, meaning the generators will likely begin running before a Brooklyn appellate court determines their fate after a June 29 hearing. Comment

Lefferts Playground construction begins

After years of letter writing and lobbying, the Locust Grove Civic Association broke ground last Thursday on the new Lefferts Playground with elected officials in South Ozone Park. Comment

Queens students frown on public schools: Poll

Some 31 percent of Queens high school students surveyed said teachers expect too much of them— the highest such percentage of any borough, a new survey found. Comment

York summit urges blacks to buy homes

With less than 50 percent of black Americans owning their own homes, the Congressional Black Caucus kicked off a housing summit in Jamaica Saturday to encourage southeast Queens residents to buy a stake in their community. Comment

Paralyzed cop honored at Bishop Molloy service

Detective Stephen McDonald, the retired police officer who was shot and paralyzed by a young gunman in Manhattan in 1987, talked about dealing with personal tragedy and forgiveness in an address at the Bishop Molloy Passionist Retreat House last week. Comment

St. John’s touts 1,100 graduates in Jamaica

As flashbulbs popped and people cheered Sunday, Henry and Fannie Barr of Jamaica patiently waited for the start of the St. John’s University commencement ceremony while keeping an eye out for their granddaughter, graduate Denetra Thompson. Comment

Beep candidates meet amid flurry of dropouts

Although the borough president candidates’ forum held by the United Community Civic Association in Astoria last Thursday offered little opportunity for political debate, it provided 50 or so attendees with ample example of the frenzied pace at which borough politics are run. Comment

Koslowitz withdraws from race for boro prez

Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) has withdrawn her name from the race for borough president, a decision she said was made in the spirit of party unity. Comment

Ackerman, McLaughlin pick John Liu for council

Amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Flushing, state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) and U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) Friday jointly endorsed City Council candidate John Liu as a dozen or so well-wishers cheered them on. Comment

Polish community seeks voice in city politics

Jackson Heights resident Magdalena Schultheis immigrated to the United States 12 years ago from Poland without knowing a word of English. Comment

Little Neck teen to be honored at parade

James McBride has a schedule that would make anybody tired, but when he’s asked, all the 16-year-old will do is shake his head and smile. Comment

Little Neck-Douglaston group to hold open house

Ever wonder what it is like to pull someone out of a car wreck? Or how to use a defibrillator. Comments (1)

Little Neck-Doug parade set for Monday

Like a pair of first-time parents nervous about how to care for their infant, the new organizers of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day parade said they were ready and waiting this week to kick off Monday’s annual march. Comment

Maspeth enjoys soccer at Metropolitan

Michael Giampapa does not know the rich history of the Metropolitan Oval, one of the most celebrated soccer facilities in the country. Comment

FAA may extend ban on new flights at LGA

Aviation, environmental and government experts, politicians and Queens activists spent Monday discussing LaGuardia Airport in a meeting at which Federal Aviation Administrator Jane Garvey suggested she may well prolong LaGuardia’s flight embargo past its Sept. 15 expiration. Comment

Maspeth starts Memorial Day early

Although forced indoors by stormy weather, Maspeth residents got a head start on this year’s Memorial Day celebration with a candlelight ceremony Monday night at the American Legion Hall, providing a solemn moment of remembrance before residents take to the streets in two parades this weekend. Comment

Laurelton set for Memorial Day parades

Nearly a thousand southeast Queens residents are expected to attend two Memorial Day parades in southeast Queens Monday — one in Laurelton and the other in Rosedale. Comment

Vets plans Forest Hills memorial parade

In 1951, Louis Near of Ozone Park was 22 when he left home to join the 424th Field Artillery in Kumhwa, Korea, north of the 30th Parallel. His nickname was “Souvenir.” Comment

Soccer league official charged with sex abuse

An official from a Forest Hills-based soccer league has been charged with sodomizing two 11-year-old boys in his Elmont, L.I. home, the Nassau County district attorney said this week. Comment

Green Party candidate enters Flushing race

In the midst of a reunion he helped to organize at the historic Bullard family home in Flushing, civic activist Paul Graziano threw his hat into the city council race as a Green Party candidate to succeed longtime Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing). Comment

Boro Democrats choose their candidates

The Queens Democratic machine has picked its candidates and the big winners were mayoral candidate Alan Hevesi, the city comptroller from Forest Hills, and borough president contender Helen Marshall, the East Elmhurst councilwoman and the first black to be endorsed by the party for a boroughwide post in Queens. Comment

Guyanese first lady seeks city’s support

The first lady of Guyana, Uma Jagdeo, stood before hundreds of school children at Richmond Hill’s PS 161 last week and with a fairy-tale cadence in her voice told the tale of her husband, Guyana’s recently re-elected president, Bharrat Jagdeo. Comment

Borough drivers jump the most lights: Study

A study conducted by Comptroller Alan Hevesi’s office found city motorists run more than a million red lights on average each day and Queens had the highest violation rate of the five boroughs. Comment

McCall, Jamaica group honor Shulman at meet

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation welcomed state Comptroller H. Carl McCall and paid tribute to Borough President Claire Shulman at its annual meeting in Jamaica last Thursday. Comment

Repairs to force detours late night on E, F lines

Overnight riders of the E and F trains will encounter some detours week nights through June 8 because of repairs and maintenance work on tracks, the Transit Authority said. Comment

Students sample aviation jobs at JFK fair

Thousands of Queens public school students got a taste of what a job at an international airport would be like during the Port Authority’s two-day career fair at JFK last week. Comment

Ferrer talks education with PS 251 parents

Last March 200 parents, grandparents, aunts and uncles spent three days and nights outside PS 251 in Springfield Gardens to get their 4- and 5-year-olds into the magnet school for students in kindergarten through third grade. Comment

Crowley slams Bush on rising gasoline costs

U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) called on President Bush last week to offer New Yorkers an immediate reprieve for skyrocketing energy costs, which are forcing many Queens drivers to shell out some $2 per gallon at the pumps. Comment

Jamaica residents wary of waste transfer station

Borough President Claire Shulman and Community Board 12 leaders are concerned about a waste transfer station located in a residential area on Douglas Street in Jamaica which has applied for a permit to handle more of the county’s garbage. Comment

Dem Club panel mulls problems at city schools

Two schools superintendents, a school board president and the teachers’ union treasurer called for improved teacher training, higher standards, and more money for teachers in a discussion at the Saul Weprin Democratic Club last week. Comment

Flushing Man bilks women of $130K: DA

It began on the pages of the personal section of the World Journal, a Chinese-language newspaper circulated widely in Queens. Over a 1 1/2-year period, through such ads, seven women were promised opulent homes, abundant wealth and, in most cases, marriage. Comment

North Queens scores highest on ELA exam

Two northeast Queens school districts ranked among the top three in the city on this year’s fourth-grade English Language Arts exam with the most students performing at grade level, the state Department of Education announced last week. Comment

Crime down nearly 20 percent in 113th Precinct

Inspector William Morris, the commanding officer of the 113th Precinct, reported at the community council meeting Monday that crime in the precinct was down 26 percent last week and down 19 percent so far this year. Comment

Top 3 beep candidates butt heads in debate

The three of the four Democrats still contending for the borough presidency faced off in their first public debate Monday night after two others had bowed out of the race at a forum sponsored by the Queens Civic Congress. Comment

CB 12 OKs tougher zoning measure on strip clubs

Members of Community Board 12 approved last week a measure that would make it harder for strip clubs and other adult entertainment businesses to operate. Comment

CB 7 votes down plan to build school in Flushing

In a nearly hour-long discussion, the role of a community board as purely advisory was brought into sharp focus Monday night when members of Community Board 7 were asked to approve a site for the construction of a school on Franklin Avenue in Flushing. Comment

Homeless man gets 42 years to life for ’98 murder

A Queens homeless man was sentenced last week to 42 years to life in jail for killing and robbing a Chinese food restaurant owner in 1998 when he was delivering food in Hollis, the Queens district attorney’s office said. Comment

Aeronautics college grads get degrees

The more than 200 students who took part in commencement exercises at the College of Aeronautics in Flushing Saturday were told to dream until their dreams seemed impossible to achieve, a message delivered by an alumnus from 1969 who went on to become president of a large engineering firm in California. Comment

Bayside club honors Bell Boulevard officer

The sound of good-natured laughter accompanied bright smiles last week as the Bayside Kiwanis club recognized longtime Bell Boulevard Police Officer Cosmo Camilliti with an award named in memory of prominent community activist Lou Theiss. Comment

Ploice Blotter: Forest Hills-Woodhaven bank robber targeted in manhunt by FBI, NYPD

FOREST HILLS — The FBI and New York City police are searching for a bank robber they described as armed and dangerous who has repeatedly struck in the Forest Hills-Woodhaven area, the FBI said. Comment

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer,, recreational swimming, game room time, and other activities for children ages 8-18 every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880. Comment

Parkside’s ‘Last of the Red Hot Lovers’ is hot

The Parkside Players are celebrating their 20th anniversary with a well-done presentation of Neil Simon's "Last of the Red Hot Lovers" at the Grace Lutheran Church in Forest Hills. Performances continue through May 28. Comment

Kids’ sense-impairments pose no problem for circus

Many "children of all ages" dream of running away and joining the circus, but kids with hearing or vision impairments are happy just to be able to enjoy one. Comment

‘Art Frenzy’ offered much to see and do

"Where's all the frenzy?" the writer wondered as she entered little Court Square Park last Sunday. Comment

Lewis girls fall in city tennis finals

Aretha Franklin sang about it and Monday at the National Tennis Center, the Francis Lewis girls tennis team earned it. While they lost 3-2 to Brooklyn Tech in the PSAL championship match, the Patriots got some R-E-S-P-E-C-T and proved they belong mentioned in the same breath as elite city teams Cardozo, Midwood and Stuyvesant. Comment

St. Francis softball waits for shot at elusive title

The St. Francis Prep girls’ varsity softball team has waited more than two years to get back to the Catholic High School Athletic Association championship, originally slated for Tuesday afternoon. But inclement weather postponed the much-anticipated game, forcing the Terriers to wait a little bit longer. Comment

Adams leads Queens field in race for title

While inclement weather may throw a curve ball into the plans, the PSAL baseball playoffs were scheduled to start Wednesday. And on Monday, the league delivered the first pitch of sorts for the postseason, announcing the seeds for the 32-team field. Comment

Cardozo garners No. 3 seed in citywide softball playoffs

Cardozo is the top seeded Queens team in the PSAL softball playoffs, which was scheduled to start Tuesday. The Judges, champions of Queens III, are seeded No. 3 behind Staten Island's Tottenville and defending city champs Port Richmond and were slated to face an outbracket winner at Cardozo. Comment

Cardozo’s Hardy shines at Queens championships

Many of the races at the girls Queens PSAL championships last Thursday were punctuated by blanket finishes, runners tumbling over the finish line in droves, harriers jostling for position as they crossed the tape. There was a conspicuous gap in the competition, however, in both decisive heats of the 400 and 800 meters, as the one and two-lap Queens champion cruised home in convincing fashion. Comment

Bayside bests Newtown to capture Kiwanis Cup

If the Kiwanis Cup is any gauge on how the Bayside girls soccer team will perform in the upcoming PSAL playoffs, then the Commodores are peaking at the right time. Joe Corrado's club defeated Newtown, 2-0 to win the eighth-annual round-robin tournament at Forest Hills Saturday. Comment

Tuesday, May 22, 2001


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