Local Kid Grows Up
Elise Gornisch stands out.
“That program gave me so much discipline and determination. It made me feel a lot better.” She played varsity volleyball and was on the swim team. She also attended PS 131.
Elise will be a junior at the University of Buffalo with a double major in English and Business.
After college she plans to pursue her masters in English and wants to model in order to pay for school.
“I like getting the attention,” Elise says about the modeling. Photographers tell her that she has a good chance of doing runway modeling and she imagines doing gigs for Gucci and Guess. “The day I see myself in Vogue is the day I know I’ve made it.”
Elise’s next modeling gig involves standing tall and pretty and being a bodyguard for the British boy band BB Mak.
Elise admits it’s not easy. “You look at models and they just look so thin.” She admires Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford because they have more normal and voluptuous bodies.
Gornisch said she still shoots pool at Millenium on Francis Lewis Boulevard, shops at the Queens Center Mall, and goes to the Frozen Cup in Bellerose.
Elise is half French and gets to visit her family in France twice a year because her Parisian mother is a flight attendant. She’s fluent in French and handled part of this interview in her native tongue.
Her man, “has to be tall and funny. I have a weird sense of humor.” He also has to be able to carry on a conversation.
When asked if she would consider going out with a short reporter, Elise let out an emasculating laugh. Then she said kindly, “I’d have to meet him first.”
Sadly but maturely, she recognized, “this is my last summer to be a kid.”
Ever get in the car, late at night, and have the cold feeling of dread that someone was watching you?
Now, they may be watching from overhead if youre driving in Queens.
The Dept. of Transportations website reveals that anyone and everyone can be watching you as you ride down the LIE thanks to the Advanced Traveler Information System (ATIS). Click on Queens from the www.nyctmc.org site and you can choose to watch cars go by in streaming video or still shots from ten cameras installed at "key traffic points around Queens."
Get live, streaming action from cameras at the
So while you drive, smile; youre on candid DOT camera!
Ackerman Goes Punk
Following the death of punk rock legend Joey Ramone last month, rockin Congressman Gary Ackerman declared "Joey Ramone Day" in honor of the Queens-born lead singer of the Ramones.
"Joey Ramone created a musical and cultural revolution by rebelling against mainstream music and pioneering punk rock," said Ackerman. "Ramones leather jacket image and fast three chord songs influenced the lives of millions of fans while providing the musical formula for countless bands that followed in his footsteps."
Ackerman issued the Congressional proclamation and an American flag flew over the White House on what would have been the singers 50th birthday.
The Congressmans favorite Ramone tune? According to spokesperson Jordan Goldes, "its tough but it would have to be Rock and Roll Radio, a punk rock ode to the days of classic AM radio."
Ackerman insiders whispered that the Congressman was really a John Denver fan.
Law and Order Brought To QCC
To the crowds casually gathering and dispersing around the campus of Queensborough Community College (QCC) last week, presence of the T.V. cast and crew of "Law and Order" was just another gig.
"Theyve filmed here several times recently," said a QCC representative. "We have a unique setting."
Apparently, the location crew found the Oakland Building, which is an art gallery, suitable to use as a dog breeders house. They erected cages outside the building and dog actors went inside the cages.
They choose the Holocaust Resource Center for a high school yearbook archives room.
Word has it that along with Jerry Orbach and Jesse Martin, there were many extras and a production crew of about a hundred.
A corrections officer has taken a novel approach to keeping former Rikers Island prison inmates out: an invitation back to the island prison.
A humorous flier invites them to an "Island Vacation," featuring a free boat ride, free meals, recreation and top-notch security.
A Hollis barber who has the flier posted on the mirror of his shop said that the flier is intended to remind former inmates about their prison time, in case they are thinking of running afoul of the law again.
And Then There Were None
Police officials were beaming with pride last month, shouting from the rooftops about the "excellent" last class of rookies that graduated from the Police Academy.
NYPD Commish Bernard Kerik told the class, their families and friends, and the media, how proud he was of the class diversity and of the level of training the rookies received.
Well, it appears that the grads listened to Kerik and they understood the merits of their training.
Sources tell QConfidential that "about" 25 percent of the grads reported to their assigned commands after the ceremony. In fact, they went back to the commands for several days, then handed in their resignations to accept spots on the Nassau County police department.
The sources said the NYPD brass is furious that the department trained and polished the cops for the Nassau PD.
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