Thursday, Nov. 9, 2000

QCC Tigers on guard for upcoming basketball season

Queensborough is small. Real small. Just how small, you ask? The team's tallest players, freshmen Jeffrey Boone and Lloyd Knight, stand just 6-foot-3 and Sinnickson doesn't list one center in his 13-man roster. Comment.

College Round-up: York men’s soccer team captures CUNY title

The Cardinals garnered the conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament and were slated take on the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point Wednesday afternoon. It was the first NCAA bid in the program's history. Comment.

Dining Out: You’ll feel like dancing

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Community Calendar Listings Part II

Quality Services for the Autism Community will hold their 2000 raffle to benefit children with autism throughout New York City. Tickets: $5 each or 11 for $50. 718-7-AUTISM. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings Part I

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer classes, 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.

Red Storm falls to Rutgers in Big East, 3-2

But for the second straight year, the Big East quarterfinals instead have served up heaping tablespoons of frustration for Dave Masur's team. Last year it was the fifth-seeded Georgetown Hoyas that upset the Red Storm, 1-0, in overtime and on Sunday at Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale it was seventh-seeded Rutgers that defeated No. 2 St. John's, 3-2, in double overtime in front of 612. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR) is looking for retired persons interested in acting. To arrange for an audition, call Stan Guttman at 224-2729. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Choosing holiday trees: Freshly cut, live, plastic?

I have to admit that the sight of millions of perfectly healthy pine trees, unceremoniously cut for use during Christmas, is rather difficult for a gardener who prides himself in keeping plants healthy. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Billions for AirTrain could be better spent

Some people think that the train route being built to take people from Manhattan to Kennedy Airport will be an "economic engine" for Queens. Comment.

To The Point: Halloween brought treats to the Point

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

Neighbor to Neighbor: Rules of road crtical for SE Queens drivers

At the last 105th Precinct Council Meeting, Subway Series baseball was still on everyone's mind. Everybody wanted to get back home in a hurry to see that very important game, and they missed many of the topics covered. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Fighting good wars: Too much sacrifice?

"Soldiers - A group of men sent out to fix up the work of diplomats." Comment.

Editorial: A lynching at PS 161

Ms. Lichtman was at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 25 when she reportedly got into a conversation with the head of the parents association at PS 206. The principal said she wanted to take pictures of the children at her school. The woman suggested writing to Polaroid or Canon. Ms. Lichtman replied that "children of color don't pose well for Polaroid." This was deemed to be "insensitive" although "not malicious." Comment.

Editorial: Justice for Smith

The blaze killed Fire Lt. John Clancy. Smith was convicted of murder in the second degree and was sentenced to 17 years in prison. The trial and sentence were a horrendous miscarriage of justice. Nothing outside of naked political ambition could explain the decision of Queens District Attorney Richard Brown to try this as a murder case. The district attorney was under considerable pressure from firefighters who wanted Smith to pay for the fire that took the life of John Clancy. That is not an excuse. Comment.

Police Blotter: Woman shot, killed by boyfriend: Police

Van E. Griffin, 35, a corrections officer, of 223-08 Linden Blvd. was arrested and charged with murder in the second degree in the shooting of Felicia Cosby, 24 who lived at 155-53 Foch Blvd. Comment.

Astoria Heights meets with top cop

About 150 people packed into a tiny meeting room at the Augustana Evangelical Lutheran Church at 69-05 Ditmars Blvd. in Astoria Heights to ask new Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik about increasing police presence in the neighborhood. covered by the 114th and 115th precincts. Comment.

Wagner Seahawks take to air in route of St. John’s

But that was six years ago and a lot has changed for both programs. After Wagner's 35-3 trouncing of the Red Storm Saturday in front of 3,418 at Wagner College Stadium, St. John's head coach Bob Ricca said it felt even longer than that. Comment.

Former 104 captain cleared: Civic leader

Culbert, who was never charged in the incident and only received a minor command discipline, was replaced by Capt. Thomas Cusanelli from the Queens North Task Force in March. Comment.

Middle Village man rams police cruiser: Authorities

Joseph Fuscalido, 47, of 64-24 Palmetto St. was arrested and charged with attempted murder of a police officer, assault in the first degree, grand larceny auto, and criminal possession of stolen property, said Sgt. Elias Nikas, a police spokesman. Comment.

Meeks honored for help on Jamaica-East Side link

The dinner reception was organized by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation and attended by U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), Public Advocate Mark Green and U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater. Comment.

Astoria fair focuses on environment, energy

The fair, which was sponsored by the New York City Environmental Justice Alliance, the New York City Coalition to End Lead Poisoning, the Northern Queens Health Coalition and School District 30, among others was made possible by the Keyspan Foundation. Comment.

Crowding worries District 28 parents

More than 100 parents gathered at IS 72 on Guy Brewer Boulevard, just off the grounds of Rochdale Village, a large cooperative development. The parents were mostly from the Jamaica and Richmond Hill area and none of the parents from Forest Hills, the northern end of the district, appeared to have made the trek down to IS 72. Comment.

DOT to study Springfield Gardens intersection

Kenny Clarke's leg was broken after he was hit by a car while crossing 137th Avenue Nov. 1, said Taisha Williamson, the president of PS 37's Parent Teacher Association. Kenny spent two days in Jamaica Hospital before being released, said a Jamaica Hospital spokeswoman. Comment.

Cross edges Molloy, 2-1, for city soccer crown

It appeared the Knights were no longer invincible. They saw their 25-game league winning streak snapped by Archbishop Molloy. And three days later, the Stanners prevailed again, going onto an undefeated league slate and the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan title. Comment.

JFK air cargo warehouse questioned at CB 13 meeting

The City Economic Development Corporation brought a proposal to the board to rezone an area of undeveloped park land west of the Brookville Boulevard, Rockaway Boulevard intersection into a manufacturing zone. Comment.

Radioactive waste cleanup half done

The work is expected to be completed in January, at which time about 150 255-gallon drums of material that may have been contaminated will be removed by truck and taken to a waste disposal facility in Utah, said Luz Span-Labado, the project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Comment.

Levy wants meeting with Dist. 29 committee

At the board's meeting last Thursday at the district offices in Rosedale, School Board President Nathaniel Washington told the group of about 10 people that the chancellor requested the names and numbers of the C-37 committee in order to arrange a meeting. Comment.

Celestine Miller pleads not guilty in bid-rigging

While Miller, who was in a wheelchair due to recent back surgery, was free on a $1 million personal cognizant bond, the residents in School District 29 and elected officials were divided over the case and the role the former superintendent and longtime teacher played. Comment.

27 injured in Hollis after man loses control of car

Two children were in critical but stable condition and at least eight other victims were still in area hospitals Tuesday, but police said none of the injuries were life-threatening. The victims ranged in age from 5 and 78. Comment.

Cerebral palsy patients offered independence

When asked if she liked living on her own, Sylvia quickly blurted out "yes." As she sheepishly looked over at her mother, who was standing next to her, she rapidly changed her answer to "no" and was given a bear hug by her mother whose eyes had swelled up with tears. Comment.

New Hyde Park civic pushes leaf pickup

You wave at them to stop, but they dive into the enormous pile, pushing the leaves up into the air and back onto the lawn. There was nothing you could have done. Comment.

Prasovic leads Newcomers to OT win over Clinton

And what a goal it was as the Bosnian netted the game-winner for the Lions in a 2-1 penalty kick win over Dewitt Clinton High School in a PSAL 'A' division wild card game. Comment.

Kmart piping project set for December completion

A heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning plant is being installed which will draw water from the main supply pipe under 188th Street to supply the nearby Kmart and Cineplex theater, said officials of Federal Realty, the developer. Comment.

PS 214 students enjoy great outdoors

Early last month, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) first expressed concern over what she thought was the sluggish construction of the grounds fenced in by 31st Drive, Union Street and 140th Street. Comment.

MTA hits impasse in Bayside bus congestion

Residents of the co-op at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Bell Boulevard had been complaining about the noise and fumes from buses that they said have been stopping and idling near their co-op for years. The building is separated from the Bay Terrace Shopping Center by a truck route owned by Cord Meyer Development, which owns the mall. Comment.

LaGuardia leads nation in flight delays

The FAA said flights at LaGuardia rose by 14.9 percent over September 1999, the agency's most recent statistical period, contributing to air traffic delays that increased by 41 percent nationwide. Comment.

Little Neck woman hunts out gravestones

In her spare time, the Bronx native and licensed massage therapist takes photographs of headstones in various city cemeteries and mails them to relatives unable to visit, asking them only for reimbursement on the cost of getting and developing the pictures. Comment.

Holy Cross bounced by upstart Kellenberg

Seck, who is being courted by Division I colleges Syracuse, West Virginia and Pittsburgh, dipped and darted his way through the Knights' defense to lead the fourth-seeded Firebirds to a 13-3 win over No. 5 Holy Cross in the CHSFL 'AAA' quarterfinals. Comment.

Brooklyn man convicted of ‘98 Bayside murder

Jose Feliciano, 25, of 205 Scholes St. in Brooklyn, was found guilty of second-degree murder and first-degree robbery last Thursday, District Attorney Richard Brown said. Feliciano, to be sentenced on Nov. 27, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. Comment.

Teen election workers assaulted in Oakland Gardens

The victims, both 16, were taking part in a get-out-the-vote drive by the Merrick Park Baptist Church, when a group of young men approached them shouting ethnic slurs and started to kick and punch them, said police. One victim suffered a bruised eye and chipped teeth, while the other had bruises to his face, police said. Comment.

MTA reaches impasse in Bayside bus debate

Residents of the co-op at the corner of 23rd Avenue and Bell Boulevard had been complaining about the noise and fumes from buses that they said have been stopping and idling near their co-op for years. The building is separated from the Bay Terrace Shopping Center by a truck route owned by Cord Meyer Development, which owns the mall. Comment.

Bayside car dealer allowed to expand

After a prolonged public hearing on the variance application from Helms Bros. at 207-22 Northern Blvd., in which civic leaders Mandingo Tshaka and Joyce Shepard spoke out against the application and said Haber bought his car there, CB 11 member Steven Newman protested the accusations against Haber. Newman said the board should "send a message" against "wild accusations" with its vote. Comment.

Asian civil rights group monitors polls

In addition to conducting exit polls of Asian-American voters, the organization, the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, inspected 20 other sites throughout the city for voter discrimination, especially in Brooklyn and Queens - two Asian-American strongholds. Comment.

Gary Ackerman re-elected to Congress

Weiner captured about 68 percent of the vote, based on unofficial returns. Comment.

CK Royals eliminated by Farrell in defensive war

Farrell's star running back Jason Sullivan - injured a week earlier when the Lions beat the Royals in the regular season finale, 35-14 - played only one series. His backup, Guiseppe Aguanno, went down on the team's second possession and starting quarterback Mike Scotti also went down, separating his shoulder in the first quarter. Comment.

Weprin trounces Sica for state Assembly seat

Democratic incumbents swept every race in Queens Tuesday for the state Assembly. Comment.

Stavisky beats Jones in state senate race

Most notably, state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), endorsed by the Republican, Independent and Conservative parties, defeated his Democratic opponent, Rory Lancman, by a vote of about 64 percent to 36 percent, unofficial records show. The race marked one of Padavan's most formidable challenges in the 28 years he has served in Albany. Comment.

Padavan defeats Lancman in tough state senate race

Padavan defeated Lancman by a margin of about 64 percent to 36 percent, according to unofficial results. Comment.

Boro voters help forge Clinton win

A bright, dry, sunny day coupled with what pundits called the closest presidential election in almost 40 years brought Queens voters out of their homes and into the voting booth en masse on Tuesday. Some reports placed the turnout in the borough at more than 70 percent. Comment.

Fund-raisers

The United Presbyterian and Reformed Adult Ministries, Flushing House Senior Retirement Residence, and United Lifeline Personal Emergency Response Service invite all to their Millennium Year 2000 Gala on Thursday, Nov. 9, at Terrace on the Park, in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Hors d'oeuvres will be served at 6:30 p.m., dinner at 7:30. Special guests are Matilda Cuomo and Carol Gresser. Comment.

Questions of fate in ‘Sueno’

Calderon's classic tells the story of a Spanish king who imprisons his infant son, in fear of what the prophecies predicted the prince's future to hold. To save Spain from civil war, and to protect himself from patricide, King Basilio condemns his son to isolation and tries to avoid the rise and reign of who the prophets say will be a monster. Comment.

FSF Community Theatre does ‘Funny Girl’ right

After taking off for 10 years from community theater to allow for, as the program notes put it, "the proud production of Nelson and Michaela, ages 7 and 2" with her husband Mike, Pascuzzi, of Kew Gardens, returns to the stage with a grasp of the voice and personality of Brice that approaches what Streisand brought to the role. This mother of two can really belt out a song - especially "Don't Rain On My Parade," which she delivered with enough punch to maybe give Streisand something to worry about. Comment.

Kew Gardens from Ice Age to golf

Those who came out for the tour discovered from Lewis that Kew Gardens is one of Queens' Seven Sisters, the planned communities laid out from the 1870s through the 1950s. Richmond Hill, Forest Hills Gardens, Jackson Heights, Douglaston, Sunnyside Gardens and Fresh Meadows are the others. Comment.

The ’60s on film

Oh, the helplessness of the professionals, and the creative joy of the independent film artist, roaming the streets of New York, free, with his 16 mm camera, on the Bowery, in Harlem, in Times Square, and in Lower East Side apartments - the new American film poet, not giving a damn about Hollywood, art, critics, or anybody. Comment.

Hopes high for Queens College hoop team

The Knights have been close, very close in recent years. A streaky 1999-00 season ended at 11-18 with a three-point loss to powerhouse Adelphi in the quarterfinals. It was the third straight years the Knights NYCAC tournament hopes ended in a tough quarterfinal game on the road. Comment.

Bayside upsets August Martin, 6-0, but misses playoff bid

But the team's fate was sealed a week before, when the Commodores were sunk by the Campus Magnet Bulldogs, only no one knew it for sure. Bayside's record stood at 3-5 to end the regular season, but in the world of the Public School Athletic League power points system, mathematically the team was still alive, hanging its hopes on Springfield Gardens to upset Beach Channel. Comment.

Cook sizzles in Red Storm debut

Cook scorched the visiting team, made up of former collegiate stars, for a game-high 25 points, while dishing out eight assists and recording five steals and seven rebounds. The floor general played a team-high 34 minutes and turned the ball over only twice during the exhibition, the team's lone competitive test heading into Thursday's showdown with the Kentucky Wildcats at the Coaches vs. Cancer IKON Classic. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: High time for change at PSAL

Several recent media investigations and an ever declining state of affairs in the PSAL have brought this about, including recent efforts by Schools Chancellor Harold Levy and the Board of Education to take a close look at the organization that is in charge of public high school athletics. Comment.

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