Thursday, March 15, 2001

Queens becomes a stage as players look to spring

March and April will be busy months for Queens Community theater groups, as they present plays and musicals for their spring season. Comment.

Pedestrian bridge named for dead boy

The vote to name the pedestrian overpass... Comment.

Queens falls in first round of NCAAs

But last Thursday at SUNY-Old Westbury, Peponakis was a different man in the... Comment.

Red Storm’s season ends early after loss to Hall

Omar Cook stared straight ahead with a pained look on his face before burying his head inside his jersey. At least for a few minutes Anthony Glover also found reality too tough to face, opting instead to hide his head inside his hands. Their season had just ended, swiftly and suddenly. And it came a couple weeks earlier than they expected. Comment.

Hope springs eternal for Red Storm softball team

After her team finished in fifth place in the Big East conference last year, missing out on the four-team conference tournament on the final day of regular season play, St. John’s softball coach Melody Cope figured that with a majority of her team returning, the Red Storm would be ranked relatively high in the preseason coaches poll. Comment.

Snows 5th grade volleyball takes 2-of-3 from St. Greg’s

The first game was quickly played, with Erica DellaJacono... Comment.

Queens laureate owes neuroses, success to mother

Is Hal Sirowitz a momma's boy? Comment.

Queen of Peace PeeWees roll on, top St. Kevin’s

Queen of Peace PeeWee basketball team defeated St. Kevin’s, 29-14, on Sunday to advance to the area finals. Queen of Peace again came out aggressively and jumped out to 8-0 lead and never looked back. Queen of Peace held a 13-4 halftime lead thanks to a defense that was swarming forcing St. Kevin’s to have difficulty getting open shots. Comment.

St. Andrew’s fifth-grade boys easily handle Queen of Peace

St. Andrew’s charged to a 27-11 halftime lead as their superior ball movement and rebounding proved too much for the Queen of... Comment.

St. Andrew’s tops Angelus, but falls to Hope

Jessica McEntee led the St. Andrew’s charge, as she attacked and... Comment.

Aviation shot down by Banneker in ‘B’ semifinals

On a three-pointer by Pete Caris, the sixth-seeded Flyers had a five-point lead with 1:04 left in the first... Comment.

Droesch-less CK edges Prep, 52-45

Regardless, there was... Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Queens has a season 

The team finished 17-11 in a conference that also houses the Adelphi Panthers, the No. 1 Division II... Comment.

Molloy tops Cross to reach finals

A smile adorned Jack Curran’s face as he stood in the doorway of his team’s locker room at Fordham University. His Molloy Stanners had just defeated the Holy Cross Knights, 68-59, in the CHSAA semifinals, earning a spot against St. Raymond’s in the title game, and the coach seemed more than pleased. Comment.

Christ the King hockey ends season with 8-2 loss to Kellenberg

That’s because the Royals, a team full of roller... Comment.

Cathedral cruises to  

There’s an old sports adage that says “It’s hard to beat a good team three times.” Cathedral Prep proved that adage true Friday, beating Regis — winners of the teams’ two previous games this season — 69-52 to capture the CHSAA ‘C’ championship Friday night at Iona College and ending Regis’ 17-game winning streak. Comment.

Eisenberg, Lewis head back to the Garden

While everyone else at Francis Lewis High School seemed to be speaking about how the girls’ basketball team would return to the PSAL Class A championship at Madison Square Garden, Eisenberg wouldn’t even let his... Comment.

Whitestone Diner wins Minor Division title

The Minor Division crown was decided in an exciting three-game series between regular season champion Cosmo Plumbing and Heating and second-seeded Whitestone Diner. In the first game of the series, Whitestone Diner overcame a 12-point... Comment.

Queens players help LI Edge to NYS hockey crown

Matt McCloskey, of College Point, scored two goals, including the game winner in sudden death overtime, to power the Long Island Edge to victory in the championship match of the New York State Pee Wee Division Ice Hockey Tournament last weekend in upstate Cortland. Comment.

Agbai, Meade to play at Coliseum in tourney

And for Boston College sophomore Uka Agbai and Holy Cross freshman Jave Meade, their teams’ trips to... Comment.

St. Ray’s tops Molloy in 2 OTs to claim CHSAA crown

When Wendell Gibson fouled out with 2:55 remaining in the first overtime, the Archbishop Molloy Stanners' chances of knocking off defending champions St. Raymond's went with him - though Jack Curran's team sure made it interesting. Comment.

Editorial: What can we learn from Santana H.S.?

Across the country, educators and law enforcement officials are asking the same question: How can we stop the next high school massacre? In the wake of the shooting at Santana High School in San Diego, the nation is involved in a healthy debate. The New York City public school system is no exception. Comment.

Editorial: The rights of gangs

A bill introduced in the City Council that is designed to curb gang violence raises serious issues that need to be resolved. The bill, which now appears dead in the water, would give the police the right to question and roust suspected gang members found loitering on city streets. Civil libertarians fear the bill would give police too much power. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Memories, reunions made from this

Queens has become the melting pot for people emigrating from such far-away places as South America and the Mid-East, Africa, and closer places such as Manhattan (me) and the Bronx. I recently received a letter from a transplanted Bronx-to-Queens resident, Joe Ricevuto of Jackson Heights. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Let’s not revert back to days of ‘Bully Boys’

For many years, some residents and business people in our communities have tried to work with the police to try... Comment.

Periscope: McLaughlin on fence in race for Abel seat

Well, it’s drama compared to most of the council races in Queens where the results are preordained — thanks to the wise leaders of the Queens County Democratic Party, who are kind enough to choose our... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Don’t park illegally at schools: 107th Pct.

Captain Patrick Heaney of the 107th Precinct has sent a letter to Community Board 8 members saying that “anyone illegally parked by a school will be issued a summons, without warning.” The letter states that the 107th Precinct has “received numerous complaints about double parking around schools at arrival and dismissal times." Comment.

To The Point: College Point goes out for ‘Friends of Karen’

The birds ready to fly out for spring are still chirping that it can’t be spring yet because they can still see snow on the horizon. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 209-21 26 Ave., $209,000, Condo, Bed 1, Bath 1, Taxes: $1,800 Comment.

Sunnyside woman hit by bus dies

The accident happened around 3 p.m. Friday at 42nd Street and 47th Avenue,... Comment.

Roy Wilkins Park prez to retire after 25 years

“He’s been dynamic for the whole 25 years,” said Lois Phillips, the group’s... Comment.

Students squeeze into Richmond Hill High

In the spring of 2004, the High School for Architecture and Urban... Comment.

Pataki offers immigrants help at Flushing YMCA

Pataki initiated the program to ease confusion over Congress’s December... Comment.

Council subcommittees okay 3 primary schools

Both the Council’s Subcommittee on Landmarks, Public... Comment.

Jamaica man killed in his home: Cops

An employee of the Wendy’s restaurant at 138-41 Jamaica Ave. was murdered in the basement of his home Friday evening, less than 12 hours before a man fatally shot himself in the parking lot of the same restaurant following an attempt to rob a nearby check-cashing store, police said. Comment.

Police bust 8 in ice pick robbery ring

At 8 p.m. Saturday, the group... Comment.

Queens Borough Board OKs $359M for schools

Alexandra Rosa, the borough president’s... Comment.

‘The New 22’ protest term limits at City Hall

The battle to repeal the term limits law heated up last Thursday in front of City Hall as “The New 22” led by Queens city council candidates Joyce Shepard, Norbert Chwat and Saundra Pope protested the move to undo the outcome of two voter referendums. Comment.

Parents of disabled seek more funding

Council members, a group of parents, professionals and... Comment.

Astoria student wins NY Times scholarship

But she didn’t speak any English. Comment.

Thousands celebrate Hindu festival in boro

The event took place in the heavily... Comment.

Bayside’s QCC honors Helen Marshall, Shulman

“It’s a good time to be a woman these days in America,” she said. Comment.

Brothers Scordo landscape gardens in Queens

Richard and Michael Scordo turned an after- school and summer job into a... Comment.

City extends cross times for Queens Boulevard

“With this additional walk time for the pedestrians, the large... Comment.

Homeless woman killed by R train

As a homeless woman who slept nightly in the city’s subway tunnels, April Smith often went unnoticed by passersby. But last week on March 7 just after 11 p.m. at the Continental Avenue subway station in Forest Hills, people began to wonder who she was. Comment.

Youth program opens in Fresh Meadows

Fresh Meadows parents need look no further than Ryan Junior High School 216 on 175th Street.... Comment.

Crime increases in the 109th Pct.

Overall crime in the 109th Precinct has risen by nearly 7 percent since the beginning of the year, with the number of grand larcenies and burglaries increasing by more than 30 percent from the same period last year, the police said. Comment.

CB 7 approves Linden Hill group home

On a remote, deadend street in Linden Hill sits a shabby half-brick, half-frame two-story house. It is one of four homes, built in the 1970s, on 145th Street, a few paces away from 29th Avenue. But unlike the other three houses, the shabby one is to be refurbished by August and become a residence for six developmentally disabled people. Comment.

Children’s psych center keeps Glen Oaks home

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) said... Comment.

Father posts bail in ‘80 kidnapping case

Matthew Propp, 22, sat next to his biological father, Anthony Russini, 41, in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens Monday while the man whom he always knew to be his father posted $25,000 bail and was released from police custody. Comment.

City to replace main near sunken Briarwood homes

Geoffrey Ryan, the spokesman, said... Comment.

Four more men charged in Molotov hits

Simeon Seecharan, 18, of 123-07 116th Ave.; Crishna Singh, 18, of 104-21 128th St.; Isaac Mann, 18, of... Comment.

Planning Pays Off show teaches ABCs of finance

Looking for the elusive stock that will draw the big bucks on Wall Street? Comment.

Picking Democratic candidates is Miller’s calling

For the last 40 years, Honey Miller has been a fixture on the borough’s political scene. Whether it was as a district leader, leader of a political club or as a member of the borough president’s staff, this grand dame of northeast Queens politics has been a loyal and proud Democrat fighting for and representing her party. Comment.

Boro pols join lawsuit to adjust Census results

Three Queens elected officials and the Bronx borough president have joined a lawsuit filed in January by the city of Los Angeles that seeks to force the secretary of commerce to incorporate statistical sampling into the 2000 Census. Comment.

JetBlue to fly from JFK to Seattle and Denver

JetBlue, which flies new A320 Airbus jets equipped with... Comment.

Queens Borough Board OKs JFK cargo facility

A $155 million plan to construct two air cargo facilities on Kennedy airport will be automatically approved by the Queens Borough Board March 22 because there were not enough city council members present at the last borough board... Comment.

Son missing for 20 years discovers second family

Amid the courtroom battles over a high-profile kidnapping case that spans two decades, a 22-year-old man is stuck in the crossfire — emotionally tied to the defendants who raised him as their own son and related by blood to a family supporting the prosecution. Comment.

Police Blotter: Woman found dead in Fresh Meadows

FRESH MEADOWS — A woman in her mid-20s was found shot to death in the parking lot of the Hilltop Village Co-op at 204th Street and Frances Lewis Boulevard at 3:16 p.m. Tuesday, police and the president of the co-op board said. Comment.

Little Neck native celebrates 100th birthday

“There were no houses on this side,” she said, gesturing toward the long rows of modern homes on Van Zandt Avenue, where she lives. “There were... 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.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The Outrageous Fortune Company, 42-24 Douglaston Parkway, Douglaston holds auditions for "Three Days of Rain" by Richard Greenberg on Fri., March 16 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sun., March 18 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. 718-428-2500. Comment.

It was Greek to everyone at Central Public Library

Greek culture seemed anything but dead March 4 when the dance group, "Guardians of Hellenism," offered a free performance at the Central Library on Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica. Comment.

Bayside prostitution ring closed: DA

A Bayside prostitution ring run by what authorities described as a repeat offender was shut down last week and $370,000 and hundreds of diamonds and imitation jewels believed to be its profits were seized Tuesday, the Queens District Attorney’s office said. Comment.

Black Spectrum prescribes good theater

The Black Spectrum Theatre hosts the Sisters of Color Theatre/Film Festival through March 26. Comment.

Flushing Town Hall brings Brazil to Queens

Music lovers were treated to Flushing Town Hall's "World of Brazil" show last Friday evening. The program showcased the talents of Nego Gato and his troupe of musicians and dancers, who played to a full house. Comment.

Bayside’s OLBS celebrates golden anniversary

The mood jumped from reverent to festive Sunday at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament Church in Bayside as parishioners joined to commemorate the 50-year anniversary of the parish school. Comment.

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