Thursday, Jan. 11, 2001

Cardozo blows big lead in loss to Magnet

The uncharacteristic meltdown happened in the fourth quarter with Cardozo up 17 points and 7:50 to go in the game. But the team that had dominated the entire game suddenly fell apart. A 2-2-1 trapping zone half-court press that the Judges had made minced meat out of earlier on suddenly looked like Florida's full-court pressure or Nolan Richardson's 40 Minutes of Hell. Comment.

Holy Cross runs away with win over St. Francis Prep

The Knights' first-half run keyed the team's first league win of the season in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan opener for both teams Friday night in Fresh Meadows. Comments (1).

To The Point: Make best resolution: Take care of yourself

Marlene and Kim Christiansen had a wonderful holiday party at the Ranch House and everyone had a gala time. Kyle and his soccer team, the Eliminators, battled for first place. Sister Marisa was inducted in the honor society. Of course Marisa, Katrina and Kyle have become expert horseback riders and just love the horses. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Civil rights, equality, peace were King’s goals

A man had a dream and the dream was sublime. Comment.

Editorial: Unfinished business

The mayor and the governor would like to place control of public education in the state's largest cities firmly in the hands of the mayors. As we have repeated often, under the current system there is no accountability. The mayor controls only two votes on the board. He appoints two members and each borough president appoints one member. It is a recipe for disaster. Comment.

Learning to revv up right in Richmond Hill

But not in this case. Comment.

Levy promises Queens accelerated school plan

About 350 parents attended an open forum with Levy and many of the Board of Education's superintendents and administrators Tuesday night at Thomas Edison High School in Jamaica. It was the second such meeting Levy had held in Queens since becoming chancellor 11 months ago. Comment.

Queens bus operators threaten to go on strike

Negotiators for two unions and the bus lines met on Jan. 4 with no progress toward a settlement and extended the contract on a 24-hour basis. Another negotiating session was scheduled for Thursday. The workers have already authorized a strike if and when their negotiators deem it necessary. Comment.

Dr. King to be honored at LaGuardia College

The 3 1/2-hour presentation in the Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Ave. is sponsored by the borough president's office and the African-American Heritage Planning Committee, said Andrew Jackson, director of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center in Corona. Jackson has worked for the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center for 20 years. Comment.

Three Queens pols penalized after failed coup

Assemblyman Anthony Seminerio (D-Richmond Hill), Assemblywoman Barbara Clark (D-Queens Village) and Assemblywoman Nettie Mayersohn (D-Fresh Meadows) all suffered the consequences of standing with the 17 other Assembly members, who followed Bragman's lead in his unsuccessful bid to oust Silver in May. Comment.

Police Blotter: Brooklyn woman charged in five Queens robberies

The robberies were committed throughout a large swath of the borough, stretching from south Queens into the western part of the county, said Officer Chris Cottingham, a police spokesman. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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.

Nice girl from Douglaston tells not-all-nice love tales

Of course, Jennifer Macaluso's friends and family in Douglaston know her as simply the nice girl next door. Comment.

JFK Radisson Hotel to become mini battlefield

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the Radisson's ballroom will be transformed into a panorama of small-scale battlefields with thousands of the military miniatures on display at the Wintertime New York Toy Soldier Show, the first show of the new year. Comment.

The play’s the thing

Carole Lehrman sits on a small stool before a crowded floor of energetic fourth-graders, wielding a thick marker in front of an easel pad nearly the size of any of her students. Comment.

111th Precinct welcomes new commanding officer

"I was looking for a different challenge," Fitzgerald said of his decision to take over command of a precinct after years in several narcotics squads around the city, including Queens Patrol Borough South. "I was looking for a different way to go. The precincts are the backbone of the Police Department." Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

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

LIC factories give way to aspiring artists’ lofts

If Brooklyn is the mouth and the twin forks of the East End of the island are the fluke of Whitman's imaginary 120-mile-long king of the mammals, then surely Long Island City would be the eye, with a fixed gaze across the East River at Manhattan. Comment.

McClancy shows little in loss to St. Ray’s

But on Tuesday afternoon at Iceland in New Hyde Park, Mike Brenneis' team looked like a shadow of itself in a 5-2 loss to last-place St. Raymond's in a game much more lopsided than the final score indicated. Comment.

Sheepshead Bay dominant in 67-53 win over Lewis

Lewis, however, left the floor having looked sluggish, slow and defeated, as the Patriots fell, 67-53, Saturday afternoon in the PSAL Winter Classic. Comment.

Christ the King putting No. 2 ranking on line

Such an accomplishment might call for celebration, but the Royals and head coach Bob Mackey have no such luxury. Comment.

Cook, Brown faceoff for first time

"As long as we're both in school, this is the way it's always going to be," Brown said after UConn's thrilling 82-80 win over St. John's at Gampel Pavilion. "It was really fun." Comment.

Heartbreak in Storrs; SJU falls in OT

The players in the locker room were upbeat, as opposed to downtrodden and sullen like they were after bad losses to Fordham, Ohio State and Hofstra. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Will Jarvis fill Pitino’s Celtic shoes?

Remember, of course, these tidbits are only speculation and nothing more. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Better enforcement of city codes needed

This has been a concern of the civic associations of New York City for decades. It seems that whenever a civic association or the umbrella group of the civics, the Queens Civic Congress, or the predecessors held a meeting about enforcement of the zoning laws or about the Buildings Department, the meetings always have been crowded with concerned homeowners and tenants. It seems to me that at every civic meeting concerning buildings and zoning people are unhappy and complaining. Comment.

Clearview to get new study: City

Weinshall, who was appointed head of the DOT in September, visited the accident site late last month with Community Board 11 Chairman Bernard Haber and said the agency would revisit the area in nine months to perform a follow-up traffic study. The DOT made some changes to the site, which includes a pedestrian overpass, following the Aug. 17 death of Christopher Scott, 11. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: 2000: A very good year, 2001: Maybe even better!

When we met at first, there was an immediate understanding that our association would have to be brief, as it is with every year. It brought our area a wonderfully mild winter (at least, up until the last two days of the year!), and a spring and summer with precipitation plentiful enough to prevent water shortages. It also gave us the added advantage of keeping the summer from being overwhelmingly hot, and the autumn leaves were especially colorful. Comment.

Editorial: Renewal in Queens

If the proposals made by the City Planning Commission are approved, this underdeveloped and underappreciated area of Queens could become a major business district comparable to downtown Manhattan or downtown Brooklyn. According to Commission Chairman Joe Rose, "Long Island City will accommodate the city's expanding economy by providing development opportunities that are in short supply elsewhere in the city." Comment.

CB 2 approves cable TV expansion

Although some of the 150 or so people who attended the monthly meeting at the Sunnyside Senior Community Center at 43-31 39th St. expressed concern, many supported the board's decision to give the go-ahead to RCN, an Internet and multimedia connection company in competition with Time Warner. RCN is based in Long Island City. Comment.

B’klyn man charged in murders

Troy Brown, 40, of 339 Essex St., was arrested in a hallway of Queens College Friday night at 8 p.m. after police from the 114th Precinct in Astoria used DNA testing to match blood from a hand wound bandage, said Detective Madelyne Galindo, a police spokeswoman. Comment.

300 protest in LIC over generators

A lawsuit is also planned by Silvercup Studios at 42-25 21st St. because the two temporary generators slated to be built near the Long Island City studio may interfere with television production. Silvercup officials have said they may have to reconsider their plans to expand their facility to six acres along the East River. Comment.

City declares police shooting suicide

For the second time in the city's history, Chief Medical Examiner Charles Hirsh has decided that a death was a "suicide by cop," said Ellen Borakove, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office. The same determination was made in the death of a man in 1996, Borakove said. Comment.

Billboard opponents display anger at hearing

The City Council Land Use Committee heard arguments against what one Queens community board district manager called "visual noise" at a hearing on billboards at City Hall Tuesday morning. Comment.

St. Albans boxer has second shot at life

The 32-year-old St. Albans native and former Golden Gloves finalist served the time for an armed robbery that a State Supreme Court judge in Kew Gardens has found was committed by his older brother, Harold Harris. Comment.

Overall crime drops 12% in 102nd Precinct: Police

Murders dropped 41.5 percent to seven in 2000 in the precinct from 12 the previous year, Comment.

Flushing man sentenced to 92 years

The man, Henry Vega, 34, of Flushing, was arrested in January 1999 for peddling drugs to undercover officers posing as the owners of a Flushing nightclub. On four separate visits, Vega sold the officers more than one pound of cocaine, which has a street value of $100,000, the Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said. Comment.

Man arrested in string of robberies in Queens

Darryl Gray, 42, of 55 LaSalle St. in Manhattan, was arrested a day after two women were robbed less than an hour apart, one in Forest Hills and the other in Flushing, said Detective Carolyn Chew, a police spokeswoman. Comment.

DOT starts pedestrian safety plan

Chief James Tuller, borough commander of Queens North, told the meeting police coverage of the stretch of road had not changed in recent weeks following the death of a 14-year-old girl but was simply more noticeable now. Comment.

Coroner IDs woman, 41, found in Springfield Park

Worthy was found by police bound and gagged inside a plastic bag at about 1 p.m. in Springfield Park just off Springfield Boulevard, said Cadet John Buthorn, a police spokesman. Comment.

Mayor: Wendy’s killings could have been avoided

The mayor unveiled Operation Discover, a new program that would double the number of officers assigned to apprehend people who flee after they are implicated in crimes. Comment.

Crime rate rises in 113th Precinct

Last week the Police Department released statistics comparing incidents of the seven major crime categories in 2000 and 1999. The categories are murder, rape, robbery, felony assaults, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. Comment.

City Planning Commission OKs JFK cargo warehouse

Commission spokeswoman Jennifer Chait said that while three of the 13 members were absent, all those present approved the plan. She said the issue will next go before the City Council, where its ultimate fate will be decided. Comment.

Queens judge denies bail for star rapper

Jones, 32, who was in court to face charges of allegedly running a red light in July 1999 at 228th Street and Linden Boulevard in Cambria Heights and possession of drugs, was denied bail by State Supreme Court Justice Joseph Grosso, who deemed the rapper a flight risk. Comment.

St. Albans fighter wins second chance at life

The 32-year-old St. Albans native and former Golden Gloves finalist served the time for an armed robbery that a State Supreme Court judge in Kew Gardens has found was committed by his older brother, Harold Harris. Comment.

Hillside hospital finds schizophrenia differences

To try and better understand the causes and treat people who suffer from the functional disability associated with schizophrenia, researchers at the Center for Neuropsychiatric Outcome and Rehabilitation Research in Glen Oaks have released some preliminary findings from an 18-month-long study. Comment.

PS 173 needs more class space: Parents

The special education students are in District 75 - a district that operates citywide to serve the city's learning disabled student population. Comment.

Crime drops 17 percent in 107th Pct.

The 107th Precinct covers Fresh Meadows, Jamaica Estates, parts of Flushing and Hollis Hills. Comment.

Mother slain in Briarwood

Maureen Diaz, 37, was allegedly murdered Jan. 4 by her common-law husband during a dispute inside the room at the Jets Motor Inn at 139-06 Queens Blvd., said Officer Chris Cottingham, a police spokesman. Comment.

Asian-American voters cry foul at polls

The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund, a 23-year-old non-profit, civil rights organization, said it received numerous complaints from Chinese- and Korean-American voters who said they encountered obstacles throughout Election Day. Comment.

Flushing man gets 92 years

The man, Henry Vega, 34, of Flushing, was arrested in January 1999 for peddling drugs to undercover officers posing as the owners of a Flushing nightclub. On four separate visits, Vega sold the officers more than one pound of cocaine, which has a street value of $100,000, the Queens district attorney, Richard A. Brown, said. Comment.

CB 7 approves canopy for Whitestone station

The meeting, which drew nearly 100 residents from Flushing, Whitestone, Bay Terrace and College Point, was the first to be held in the new year. The board covered much ground, but at times got bogged down by some audience members who repeatedly called out and interrupted the meeting. Comment.

Lou Theiss remembered at St. Anastasia’s Church

Theiss, 75, died Dec. 29 at an assisted-living facility for victims of Alzheimer's disease in Bremerton, Wash. Comment.

Totten co-chair asked not to run again

Coast Guard Restoration Advisory Board member Larry Ordine accused RAB Community Co-Chair Richard Jannaccio of promoting animosity during his tenure and repeatedly insulting people within the group. Jannaccio did not respond to the charges during last week's meetings. Comment.

Queens Knights finish off C.W. Post, 71-58

"I'm so proud of how we played all game," Peponakis said. "The guys realized what they had to do and they did it. I just love the fact we competed and played hard." Comment.

Queens lackluster in win over DIII Rutgers-Newark

The Lady Knights blew out the Scarlet Raiders, 65-41, but it wasn't mission accomplished for Ingenito's squad. Comment.

College Round-up: Queensbridge’s Chatfield lighting it up with New Mexico

"I told him we're going to be playing somewhere at midnight next year and your name will be mentioned and someone out there will say, 'That's what happened to Eric Chatfield,'" the former St. John's head coach said. Comment.

Mayor continues attack on Port Authority

Giuliani held news conferences almost daily for a week after the Dec. 30 snowstorm to assail the Port Authority, Comment.

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