Thursday, Aug. 9, 2001

Queens’ Munoz finishes 15th at Manhattan Half-Marathon

It's the same old story. Comment.

St. John’s soccer players keeping busy this summer

St. John’s sophomore midfielder Chris Wingert has certainly had a productive summer. Last year’s Big East All-Rookie selection scored the lone goal leading the F.C. Delco Black team to the U-19 title at the Snickers United States Youth National Championships last weekend in Indianapolis. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Rafer Alston’s a tough to pin down

As I write this, I am sitting at my desk in the cozy confines of the TimesLedger offices, waiting ever so patiently for the phone to ring. It has been close to a month since I first set out on doing this story and today, I hope, I will put it all behind me. Comment.

Alston leaves the playground behind him

Images of a lanky, lightning-fast point guard streak across the screen as a group of men whoop and holler at his exploits. One yells, “I have seen the light, I have seen the light” when the point guard dribbles through a defender’s legs. Comment.

Fighting for the right to stay in the NBA

Both are fiery competitors, both are fighting for their NBA lives and when they met up in an NBA summer league game in Salt Lake City late last month, the sparks flew between former Christ the King and St. John’s point guards Erick Barkley and Omar Cook. Comment.

Queens’ Del Valle fights to draw in bid for crown

Long Island City native Lou Del Valle fought to a draw with Frenchman Bruno Girard Saturday night in Marseille, France in a bout for the vacant light heavyweight championship of the world. Comment.

Hobbled Midville Collegiates come up empty in Pa.

The Midville Dodgers college team limped into the National Amateur Baseball Federation playoffs last weekend in State College, Pa. The Middle Village-based team had lost three of its starting pitchers and two middle infielders. Comment.

Glen Oaks Bulldogs improve to .500, top Jamaica Estates

The Glen Oaks Jiffy Lube Bulldogs continued their surprising summer season against Jamaica Estates this week. The team, made up of 14 11-year-olds and one 12-year-old play against predominately 12-yearold teams, but that has not deterred their enthusiasm for the game. Comment.

Flushing YMCA gymnast wins national crown

This was the first time the Bandits had not entered the competition as team in 13 years. Comment.

Qreview: ‘Apocalypse Now’

After Miramax announced it would re-release Francis Ford Coppola’s striking Vietnam film “Apocalypse Now” into theaters, fans of the film got excited. Comment.

Queens Kiwanis to host three all-star games at St. John’s

The Queens Kiwanis Sports Association will be presenting a triple-header all-star baseball extravaganza on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the St. John's University Baseball Field. Comment.

Editorial: Move theQCPC: Is Albany nuts?

The bean counters in Albany often see the world through distorted lenses. The most recent evidence of this is the decision of the State Office of Mental Health to move the Queens Children's Psychiatric Center (QCPC) in Bellerose to the Creedmoor campus. Comment.

Editorial: Church of the bigot

Perhaps the best proof that the Reverend Matt Hale and his Peoria-based Church of the Creator are a bunch of idiots is the fact that they chose Woodhaven to launch their white supremacist blitz. Residents of this racially and ethnically diverse Queens neighborhood woke up one morning last week to find fliers from the hate-filed Hale warning that “the Jewish controlled media” and children of color will be “the death of the white race.” Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Two parachutes, then a blinding flash...

In last week’s column, I described the story of a 6-year old Japanese girl in Nagasaki, Japan, during World War II. She succumbed to the effects of the atom bomb while in the hospital trying to fold 1,000 paper cranes in the hope of getting well. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: NYPD officers receive well-deserved awards

Some 6,000 children and adults attended the Patrol Borough Queens South Command’s Harmony Picnic on a very sunny, hot July 24. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Standardized tests driving teachers away

Certain education policies seem to be driving teachers out of some school systems to less stressful schools or out of the profession altogether. Comment.

To The Point: Holy Trinity wins big, many enjoy the Point

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

Recycling for art’s sake draws LIC shoppers

Shopping excursions at the Materials for the Arts supply center in Long Island City tend to resemble family trips to the wholesale warehouse clubs commonly found across suburban America. Comment.

Candidates spar to get onto ballot

Indo-Guyanese, Indian and Muslim candidates for City Council in Richmond Hill and Jamaica were sparring this week over who will be on the ballot in the diverse council district currently represented by Thomas White (D-Jamaica). Comment.

Hall of Science launches renovation of space exhibit

“10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, ignition, lift-off.” Comment.

New Queens park group seeks political support

A group of Queens park lovers is taking advantage of the election season this year by petitioning political candidates to commit to an increase in the city’s parks budget. Comment.

Local roads get smoother with time

When it comes to “smooth,” many people might think of Queens native and Milwaukee Bucks point guard, the silky smooth Rafer Alston, as he drives to the basket. But for the residents of Community Board 13 “smooth” conjures up a picture of the neighborhood’s roads. Comment.

Man charged in series of robberies in Queens

After a brief chase on the Grand Central Parkway last Thursday night, police arrested a man who was wanted in connection with the armed robberies of more than a dozen Radio Shack stores throughout the city and Long Island, including six in Queens. Comment.

$200 million Forest Hills school project near

Facing a nearly $2.8 billion gap in its school construction budget, the Board of Education has teamed up with a non-profit foundation in a plan to build a $200 million three-school campus on Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. Comment.

Crowded SE Queens races thin out after challenges

With one month left until the primaries, many candidates are struggling to remain in the race for two of southeast Queens’ city council seats. Comment.

Shark attacks husband of Queens ADA

A wedding anniversary celebration turned into a nightmare for a Queens assistant district attorney whose husband was attacked by a shark in the Bahamas Saturday. Comment.

St. John’s upgrades campus security

St. John’s University unveiled its new plan for campus safety last Thursday in the aftermath of the campus shooting in March that left a St. John’s football star paralyzed and a teenager injured. Comment.

Music of Sunnyside jazz legend lives on

Like a nameless lover encountered in an anonymous café, Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke entangles his listeners with the seductive strains of his coronet before they even know his name. Comment.

Gresser, Thakral forge alliance at Hindu festival

On the day that the world’s Hindus celebrated Rakhi, a festival where brothers honor their sisters, city council candidate J.D. Thakral and borough president candidate Carol Gresser announced they were joining forces to help and support each other in their respective Democratic races. Comment.

Crowley raises the most $$ in council race

Elizabeth Crowley, a 23-year-old Democrat who belongs to a powerful Queens political family, has raised more than three times as much as her party rivals for the city council seat held by Republican minority leader Tom Ognibene. Comment.

Flushing couple nabbed in $400K theft: Police

A Flushing woman was charged last week with siphoning off hundreds of thousands of dollars from her Manhattan investment firm employer and directing part of the money into a Queens Village pizzeria managed by her husband, authorities said. Comment.

CVS first to open store in new Auburndale mall

In just a few weeks, CVS, the nationwide pharmacy chain, will open a store in a new two-story mall on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Auburndale. Comment.

Insurance agent charged with fraud

A Woodside insurance agent was arrested last week for allegedly selling $50 million worth of false insurance policies to hundreds of customers, the district attorney said. Comment.

$2M in Hevesi funds denied by finance board

Democratic mayoral candidate Alan Hevesi was denied more than $2 million in matching funds by the city Campaign Finance Board until he answers questions about his relationship with his chief political consultant. Comment.

Forest Hills teens stole goods with credit cards: DA

Four teenagers were arrested on charges of ordering more than $50,000 worth of items over the Internet with illegally obtained credit card numbers and using their families’ apartments in Forest Hills and Brooklyn as delivery points, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Crimefighter Maple of Richmond Hill dead Maple

Jack Maple, the flamboyant Richmond Hill native credited with engineering the Giuliani administration’s crime-fighting strategies, died of colon cancer Saturday at his Manhattan apartment. He was 48. Comment.

Move into JFK terminal to double JetBlue flights

JetBlue, the low-cost airline, will take over operation of Terminal 6 at John F. Kennedy International airport under an agreement by which the Kew Gardens-based carrier expects to double its operation at the airport. Comment.

Lottery system extended at croweded LaGuardia

Federal officials have decided to extend at least until the fall of next year the slot lottery that relieved near-chaos conditions at LaGuardia Airport, where too many takeoffs and landings were causing a quarter of the nation's flight delays. Comment.

‘Nightmare’ house site still plagues Bellerose

The house that was once called “The Nightmare on Moline Street” in Bellerose no longer exists, but fears about what is going to replace it have rippled through the neighborhood. Comment.

No federal funds for Queens Blvd. improvements

Safety measures implemented over the past six months have reduced the accident rate on Queens Boulevard, leading the city to leave the roadway off its latest list of transportation projects that qualify for federal funding. Comment.

Shulman urges appeal of solicitation ruling

A spokesman for the state attorney general’s office said last week his office will appeal a federal judge’s ruling in early July that overturned a law preventing real-estate agents from soliciting homeowners in New York state — a problem that plagued Queens before the statute was enacted 12 years ago. Comment.

2 admit robbing slain Chinese deliveryman

Two of the five teenagers accused of robbing and murdering a Chinese food delivery man in Springfield Gardens last year pleaded guilty Tuesday to robbery charges in a plea bargain deal. The 14-year-old teen accused of striking the fatal blow will be tried for murder. Comment.

Challenges whittle down council contenders

The race to replace the 14 Queens city council members who cannot seek re-election because of the city’s term-limits law started with 108 hopefuls, but since the Board of Elections’ hearings on challenges began Monday that number has been pared down to 87. Comment.

College Point gets its first animal hospital

Growing up in College Point, Deirdre Ryan loved dogs, and she loved a book her mother gave her about veterinary science. She toted it to reading lab at St. Fidelis in College Point, ecstatic whenever she cracked it open. From then on, she was convinced she would become a veterinarian. Comment.

College Point man busted in church robbery: Cops

A College Point man suspected of committing at least four robberies of a church just blocks away from where he lives was arrested last Thursday morning, the police said. Comment.

7-year-old cancer patient listens to her life in song

For Nicole Tenic last Thursday was a day she will remember forever. It was the day her young life was celebrated in song. Comment.

Flushing window biz makes move to College Point

Thomas Chen, owner of Crystal Window & Door Systems in Flushing, has a small sign on the desk of his cramped, though soon-to-be-vacated office: “Put Up, or Shut Up.” Comment.

CTK basketball player begins recovery from attack

A Christ the King basketball player was upgraded to stable condition this week after he was violently attacked with a baseball bat on Juniper Valley Road in Middle Village last week, a hospital official said. Comment.

Astoria neighbors decry busy night club

An Astoria nightclub which stands on uncertain legal ground has been targeted by an angry coalition of residents who want the establishment to clean up its act. Comment.

Housekeeper charged with bilking elderly boss

A housekeeper allegedly stole more than $430,000 from her 93-year-old Forest Hills employer before trying to swindle an incapacitated retired police officer out of his co-op apartment, the Queens district attorney said last Thursday. Comment.

Potential extension of el draws protest in Astoria

A list of potential routes that would link LaGuardia Airport to the city’s subway system drew harsh protests last week from local leaders vehemently opposed to one option that would extend the elevated subway through upper Astoria. Comment.

Virgin Mary stolen from Bayside yard

For more than 40 years a small white statue of the Virgin Mary watched over the garden in front of Margaret Kuhn’s longtime Bayside home, gazing down on flowers and grass from a small three-inch high perch. Comment.

Borough’s asthma rate drops by 20%: Report

Fewer children were hospitalized from asthma last year in Queens than in 1999, city Department of Health statistics showed this week. Comment.

Old-fashioned Astoria hardware store thrives

Bob Shapiro says entering his Astoria hardware store is like walking into a “time warp,” for little has changed since it was founded nearly a century ago. Comment.

Baysider gets legal help in fight to keep his home

An elderly Bayside man fighting eviction from his apartment on 201st Street said last week he has obtained legal representation in his battle to keep the modest home he has lived in for 20 years. Comment.

Downtown Flushing gets new Best Western hotel

A Best Western hotel is expected to open on 39th Avenue in downtown Flushing sometime this month and become the second nationwide hotel chain to move into a district that has seen marked commercial development over the last five years. Comment.

Bloomberg takes tour of downtown Flushing

Flanked by members of the Chinese business community, Republican mayoral candidate Mike Bloomberg walked through the streets of downtown Flushing Saturday afternoon, stopping off at Chinese bakeries and restaurants and shaking hands with anyone who would extend theirs. Comment.

2 candidates for Harrison’s seat pulled off ballot

Two Democrats running for the city council seat in Flushing were removed from the primary ballot last week after the city’s Board of Elections ruled that they had submitted invalid petitions, a decision which both are fighting in court. Comment.

Democrats help kick Chwat out of race

Longtime Forest Hills activist Norbert Chwat has been kicked off the Democratic primary ballot in the 29th District for failing to get the proper number of legitimate signatures needed to run for City Council. Comment.

Police Blotter: East Elmhurst man, 19, charged in January rape

WOODSIDE — An East Elmhurst man was arrested and charged with a January rape after a DNA test linked him to the crime, police said. Comment.

Dining Out: Young Bin Kwan is a bit of Korea on Northern Boulevard

150-24 Northern Blvd., Flushing Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA 138-46 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, presents YouthBuild, a job-training program for young adults between the ages of 17-21. Students receive extensive training in different building trades and work on their GED diploma. Job placement is available to all students. 718-961-6880 Ext. 142. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions/Rehearsals Comment.

Eclectic array of music highlights Oyster Bay fest

Last Saturday, while Jamaica was pounding with the sounds and activity of JAMS 2001, the Planting Fields Arboretum in Oyster Bay, L.I. also hosted a music party, the Dime Music Fest. Comment.

With dragons, dumplings, drums, let the race begin!

It all started more than two millennia ago, in the Chinese state of Chu. Comment.

Finegan named Athlete of the Year by USOC

If there was any tension at all, it wasn’t noticeable. Twenty-year-old Billy Finegan sat calm, cool and collected less than two weeks away from embarking on a trip halfway around the globe to compete in one of the toughest karate tournaments in the world. Comment.

Many have signed up to slay dragons this year

The 2001 competition has the largest number of racing participants in the history of the Festival, the organizing committee of the 11th annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (HKDBF-NY) reports. Comment.

There were no cars or buses, but lots of music, food, fun

One of the pleasures of a street fair that goes on for blocks is the freedom of a pedestrian to walk up the middle of a street usually oppressed with cars and buses. Comment.

A season to forget: Cadets shake off long summer

With their roster ransacked by injuries, the Metro Cadets staggered to a 9-31 finish of their regular season Tuesday, an ailing pitching staff in tow. While their staff was depleted of many of its arms, the attrition allowed for two pitchers who would have been relegated to the back end of the rotation or long relief to step in and shine. Comment.

Woodhaven man is ‘Minority of One’

“I was a rebel even when I was five years old,” said Henry Chaim Goldberg. Comment.

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