Thursday, Sept. 6, 2001

Bayside hoping for smooth sailing in 2001

The Bayside Commodores finished just three points out of the playoffs last year, despite a sub-.500 record of 3-5 posted against some of the best teams in the city. Coach Joe Capuana is hoping the rough seas of a season ago will translate into smooth sailing for the Commodores this year. Comment.

Flushing candidate’s dad becomes issue at debate

Democratic candidate John Liu fielded attacks last week from his political opponents that his father’s conviction of bank fraud earlier this year would impair his ability to be ethical if he won City Councilwoman Julia Harrison’s (D-Flushing) seat in November. Comment.

Queens trio trying to keep pace with big boys

It’s the same old story for the three Queens teams competing in the Catholic High School Football League this year as Holy Cross, Christ the King and St. Francis Prep will all be hoping to hold their own against the league’s top teams, Monsignor Farrell, St. Anthony’s and Chaminade. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: PSAL rules take fun out of football

There are budding problems for public high school football teams, problems that I think can seriously affect the quality of games and may possibly lead to several schools folding existing programs. Comment.

Queens by sea

Coasting along the turbulent waters of the East River late last month, a crew of seafaring novices caught a brief but memorable glimpse of what navigating between the boroughs was like 100 years ago. Comment.

Key personnel losses can’t keep August Martin down

The August Martin football team lost 23 seniors, including quarterback Lyle Williams, wide receiver Jerome Arrington and the entire offensive and defensive line from last year’s team that went 6-4 and lost to Lincoln in the first round of the PSAL playoffs. So the strength of this year’s squad is? Comment.

Slain player’s jersey to be retired by CK Royals

The memory of Tommy Johnson lives on. Comment.

Fmr. NFL star Harmon coaching at Holy Cross

Former National Football League star and Bayside High School alum Ronnie Harmon has joined the coaching staff at Holy Cross High School, said Knights head coach Tom Pugh. Comment.

U.S. Open Notebook: Queens mother, daughter high above the action

Sitting high atop the 23,219-seat Arthur Ashe Stadium in the last row at the National Tennis Center Monday afternoon were Doris Alleyne-Hall and daughter Donna. While their ticket stubs read Section 331, Row Z, the South Ozone Park residents couldn’t be happier to be present to watch Patrick Rafter and Pete Sampras do battle in one of the most anticipated matches of the 2001 U.S. Open. Comment.

College Round-up: Red Storm soccer upsets Indiana, moves up to No. 3

A year after defeating two nationally ranked teams to open the season, the St. John’s men’s soccer team has done it again. The Red Storm defeated No. 4-ranked Indiana, 2-1 in Bloomington, Ind. Friday night and then shut out Butler University, 3-0, Saturday in the Adidas/IU Credit Union Classic at Indiana University. Comment.

St. Francis girls soccer aiming at division title

The St. Francis Prep girls’ soccer team fell just one goal shy of advancing to the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Girls Athletic Association final last year. Comment.

Petruccelli battles back from back injury to captain BU soccer

Teresa Petruccelli doesn’t move like she used to, conceded her father Giulio, as he watched his eldest daughter practice with her Boston University teammates Friday at the Bayside Fields, just off the Clearview Expressway and 26th Avenue. Comment.

Lady Hornets roll over summer foes

The 14-year-old Lady Hornets girls’ basketball team comprised of Queens and Brooklyn Basketball standouts compiled an impressive summer record of 25-3, competing in the Queens Beacon Championship and the New York City Nike/Liberty Tournament. Comment.

RGMVM softball wins District 27 championship

Congratulations go out to the Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Senior Division girls softball team, which won the 2001 New York District 27 championship. Led by Jaime Bellettini and Vicky Gardner, the team defeated defending champs Ozone-Howard in two straight games 15-7 and 11-4. Comment.

Editorial: On Primary Day, Let your voice be heard

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, New York City voters, especially registered Democrats, will have a chance to dramatically change the power structure of this city. In the past, we have not hesitated to suggest that voters go fishing on Primary Day. Not this year. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Grandparents Day honors boro’s babysitters

"Help! Mom is having a bad day. Come over now! - A 911 call from grandchild to grandmother. Comment.

Costumed couple to perform concert of Civil War songs

Two prominent vocalists dressed in period costumes will perform songs of the Civil War on Sunday, Sept. 9, in Flushing’s Weeping Beech Park, complementing a nearby exhibit on the role of Queens African-Americans in the war. Comment.

New Americans gain voice in Queens politics

When community activist Morshed Alam shocked political observers by grabbing more than 41 percent of the vote in his 1988 attempt to unseat state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose), he did so without support from the Queens County Democratic Organization. Comment.

Real Estate Rap: Review your credit data before seeking mortgage

Many homebuyers are worried about how their credit report will affect their ability to buy a home. Comment.

Point of View: Taiwanese visitor discovers Queens’ secrets

To most American families with children, the summer vacation season of 2001 is history. Many of them probably had visited such popular places as Disney World, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon, Miami Beach and Mount Rushmore, which are synonymous with vacation destination. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Summer heat tested SE Queens residents

The ebb and flow of summer activities will remain in memory for a long time to come. Some were fun, some were tragic, and some were in between. The weather, of course, played an important part. Comment.

To The Point: Summer days shorter as school year begins

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Tennis, Serena Williams and Danny Almonte, the pitching ace who is being questioned about his age for possibly being 14 and not 12, were the talk of the town. Comment.

Simon’s Hardware thrives in changing Astoria

During the past 74 years, the neighborhood of Astoria has changed dramatically, but Simon’s Hardware has remained largely the same. Richard Smith started working there in 1949, when the store’s founder, Sadie Simon, was still running the shop. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Supplied by The North Shore Multiple Listing Service Comment.

Boro tops city average in cost of boys’ uniforms

As school opened, the cost of the cheapest school uniforms for boys in Queens stores surveyed by the city Consumer Affairs Department exceeded the city average by a few dollars, but girls' uniforms kept pace. Comment.

Jamaica teen shot dead in his apartment complex

An 18-year-old man was shot to death in the stairwell of an apartment building on Hillside Avenue in the middle of the day Friday, police said. Comment.

Kin in DWI case found near LIE

Victor Herrera, whose pregnant wife, son and sister-in-law were killed in Brooklyn by a police officer accused of drunk driving last month, was hospitalized Sunday morning after allegedly contemplating a leap off a footbridge over the Long Island Expressway, authorities said. Comment.

Richmond Hill gets election practice run

“Congratulations, you have now cast your vote,” an energetic Vishnu Mahadeo told Brenda Rambaran as they stood on the corner of Liberty Avenue and 133rd Street last Saturday evening. Comment.

Boro candidates rev up for Primary Day

Queens residents will go to the polls next week and dramatically change the borough’s political landscape. To be decided will be the borough president, all 14 city council seats from Queens and the mayor’s race. Comment.

Avella stands his ground at civic’s council debate

Civic activist Tony Avella, a Democrat, defended himself and his bid for City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) seat Tuesday night against criticism about the College Point Sports Association’s financial activities while he was president in 1997. Comment.

Candidates squabble in Astoria

Last week’s debate for Speaker Peter Vallone’s (D-Astoria) city council seat rapidly degenerated into a spectacle not unlike the mud-slinging on daytime talk shows as two of the contenders exchanged verbal blows that left little time for discussion of the issues. Comment.

Queens hopefuls rev up for crowded primaries

Western Queens residents will go to the polls next week and dramatically change the borough’s political landscape. To be decided will be the borough president, all 14 city council seats from Queens and the mayor’s race. Comment.

Marshall expects AirTrain to boost Jamaica biz

City Councilwoman Helen Marshall (D-East Elmhurst), a Democratic candidate for Queens borough president, said Friday she believes the AirTrain will spur commercial development of Jamaica Avenue. Comment.

Five Dems target issues in McCaffrey-seat debate

Allegations of campaign impropriety clouded an otherwise gentlemanly debate among the five Democratic candidates for City Councilman Walter McCaffrey’s (D-Woodside) seat last week. Comment.

Queens leaders protest MTA’s new F train plan

Community leaders from the Queens Civic Congress and other groups gathered at a Jamaica subway station last Thursday to protest the MTA’s plans to reroute the F train in Queens, cut back on the G train service and add a new local train on the Queens Boulevard line. Comment.

Boro candidates set for changes after Primary Day

Queens residents will go to the polls next week and dramatically change the borough’s political landscape. To be decided will be the borough president, all 14 city council seats from Queens and the mayor’s race. Comment.

Queens D.A. welcomes new recruits to ranks

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced the appointment of 18 new assistant district attorneys who are recent graduates from 10 Northeastern law schools, last week. Comment.

New Queens Hospital set to open next month

When Queens Hospital Center officially opens its new facility next month, borough residents will be treated to the first new public hospital in New York City’s recent memory. Comment.

New chief sought for School Bd.

A resolution to rescind a 1999 vote not to renew the contract of Superintendent Joseph Quinn failed to win support last week at School Board 24, whose members contend the search for a new district leader is being unnecessarily stalled. Comment.

Douglaston’s Carillo back in Queens for Open

But for the former touring pro and award-winning broadcast journalist from Douglaston, there is nothing quite like the two weeks of the U.S. Open. Comment.

Shooting wounds student’s autumn plans

Queens Village teenager and honors student Cherae Hendy had her summer all mapped out and was looking forward to her family’s vacation in Ocean City, Md., but a random act of violence changed her plans. Comment.

Firefighter rescues woman from Woodhaven blaze

An unconscious woman was rescued Monday by a firefighter who crawled down a hallway filled with paper, clothes and old bills inside her burning Woodhaven apartment to reach her on the floor of the kitchen. Comment.

Boro Guyanese keep in touch with homeland

They may be more than 2,500 miles from their homeland, but the 50 people who attended a backyard political meeting off Liberty Avenue in Richmond Hill Saturday had politics in Guyana on their minds. Comment.

ARROW fights for greenery in W. Queens

On a stretch of land wedged between an industrial fence and 45th Road in Long Island City, piles of garbage and weeds several feet tall mask the labor of love that had transformed the plot only two months ago. Comment.

Independence Party has rebirth in Queens

In what has emerged as a historic year for the Independence Party in Queens, a longstanding conflict between two of its factions threatens to curb its potential to garner votes. Comment.

MidQueens-Fresh Meadows to hold activities registration

The MidQueens-Fresh Meadows Youth Alliance is holding registration for its fall and winter activities for boys and girls. Registration will take place on Fridays, Sept. 7 and 14, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturdays, Sept. 8 and 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at PS 188 (entrance on Kingsbury Ave., one block north of Union Turnpike and one block east of Bell Boulevard). Comment.

Gang members convicted in assault at Laundromat

Two Queens gang members were convicted Aug. 30 of attacking a teenager with ice picks and a knife in a Jamaica Laundromat last April, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Immigrants transform Liberty Avenue strip

Customers began piling into Sybil’s West Indian Bakery and Restaurant on Liberty Avenue shortly before noon Saturday. At 10 p.m. people seeking spicy chicken roti or tender curried goat still had to squeeze their way into the shop to place their orders. Comment.

LIJ eases financial pain of prenatal medical care

Dhandai Persaud and Yelena Gorgov were so impressed with the care they received during childbirth at the Prenatal Care Assistance Program at Long Island Jewish Medical Center in Floral Park that they signed on as employees. Comment.

Chen irate Dems back Liu in Flushing race

A Democratic candidate running to succeed City Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing) who charged front-runner John Liu with ethics violations last week said she was angry the Democratic Party had endorsed him in the race earlier this year. Comment.

Bayside man seeks help with bee infestation

Angelo Cancassi has spent the last few weeks of summer staring intently out the window of his Windsor Park apartment, but the elderly Bayside resident has not been enjoying the sunshine. Comment.

Seven candidates face off in Harrison-seat debate

At a recent candidates forum in downtown Flushing, the gaggle of political hopefuls seeking to replace City Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing) had quite similar positions on education, affordable housing and the environment. Comment.

For Marshall, beep job makes perfect sense

City Councilwoman Helen Marshall (D-East Elmhurst) had not planned to run for Queens borough president, but when the job became available because of term limits, it was the logical step for the longtime borough politician. Comment.

Bank helps kids get ready for school

The family trip to the store at the start of the school year is a familiar ritual to most students, who mix the scents of fresh paper, new markers and sharpened pencils as they dump just-purchased school supplies into backpacks for the first trip to class. Comment.

Boro shops cited by city for box cutter sales

Three Queens stores have been cited as repeated violators of the law against selling box cutters to minors, the city Department of Consumer Affairs reported following inspections by undercover teenagers. Comment.

26th Ave. to get new synagogue

Joining the rising number of houses of worship under construction or proposed in residential areas in northeast Queens, a Bayside synagogue has filed plans with the city to build a three-story, 9,000-square-foot facility at 213th Street and 26th Avenue. Comment.

Five people sentenced in ’98 Douglaston arson

Four of the six people who pleaded guilty to setting a Douglaston home on fire in 1998 with an explosive they fashioned from an Internet recipe were sentenced for the crime last week and some were ordered to pay restitution to the victims. Comment.

New rabbi set to inspire Floral Park temple

Some people are destined to follow in their fathers’ footsteps. The path they take might not be the most direct route, but in the end they arrive at their destination. Comment.

Gianaris law promotes cleaner power plants

Days after Gov. George Pataki signed state Assemblyman Michael Gianaris’ (D-Astoria) bill that encourages power producers to clean up old plants, the New York Power Authority announced it is appealing a court ruling on new turbines for Queens and environs. Comment.

Gresser troubled over SE Queens schools

If Carol Gresser is elected borough president in November, her priorities for southeast Queens would include improving area schools, eliminating toxic sites and condemning unused buildings. Comment.

Gresser relies on reputation in bid for beep

Former Board of Education President Carol Gresser does not have experience as an elected official, but in her quest for the borough presidency the Douglaston Democrat has citywide name recognition, which could help her win the post. Comment.

Police Blotter: Flushing man charged with shooting 2 others

BRONX — A Flushing man was arrested and charged in the Aug. 30 shooting of two men in the Bronx, police said. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Oratorio Society Of Queens, under the artistic direction of David Close, invites singers to join the group for weekly rehearsals beginning Monday, Sept. 10, at 8 p.m. in the North Presbyterian Church, 154th Street and 26th Avenue, Flushing. No choral experience is necessary. Prospective members must be able to carry a tune and undergo a simple listening audition. Newcomers are requested to arrive at 7:45 p.m. December program will include portions of Handel's "Messiah" and other appropriate holiday music. 460-0726. (There will b Comment.

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