Thursday, Sept. 20, 2001

Professional theater comes to QCC stage

Professional productions of three musicals that stand graciously among the classics of theater history are coming this month and next to the Queensborough Community College Theater. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Sports takes back seat after attacks

Everyone has a story. As with the assassination of John F. Kennedy or the tragedy of the Challenger, everyone will always remember where they were, how they heard, what they saw when the World Trade Center was destroyed and thousands of innocent people lost their lives. Comment.

St. Francis Prep girls first to return to action in wake of attacks

For the past couple of days, Lynne Dunham has been glued to the television. Like so many others around the country, the Whitestone resident has watched countless hours of television coverage of the horrific World Trade Center terrorist attacks. Even at school, Dunham finds the crashes a constant topic of conversation. Comment.

Games throughout Queens canceled

From Division I colleges to Catholic and Public School high schools, they unilaterally agreed. This was no time to play games. Comment.

Bayside makes jump back to ‘A’ Division

By capping an undefeated season and winning the PSAL ‘B’ title last year, the Bayside boys soccer team received a blue and orange felt banner from the league in recognition of that honor, as well as one-way ticket into the A division. Comment.

PSAL ‘B’ soccer teams prepare for season despite attacks

In the wake of the unspeakable, looking ahead to a new season of PSAL soccer may seem trivial, even callous. Yet it is a small sign of life continuing in Queens, if not America. So while still recovering from last week’s shock, teams in the Queens ‘B’ division resumed preparations this week for the upcoming soccer season. Comment.

Annual Vitale 5K race to be held Sept. 30

The 21st annual Police Officer Gabriel Vitale 5K Memorial Run will be held Sunday morning Sept. 30, at 9:30 a.m. in College Point. Comment.

Bayside tops College Pt. for Rosenbluth crown

The Bayside 10-year-old all-stars finished a very successful summer by going 13-0 and winning the Rosenbluth tournament with a 13-1 win over College Point. Comment.

Bayside win Gorman crown with shutout of Forest Hills

The Bayside Little League 12-year-old All-Stars, who won the District 26 championship, captured the Gorman Tournament championship with an 8-0 shutout over Forest Hills. The victory topped off the summer season in which Bayside earned the district championship, the Gorman title and second place in the Oceanside tournament which features 20 tough teams from Long Island. The All stars combined record was 25-8 for the summer. Comment.

Bayside 8’s run ends against Elmjack in finals

It’s not how you start, but how you finish. That’s the old sports adage and it fits this year’s Bayside 8-year-old baseball travel team to a tee. The squad, coached by Dominic Scianna, Mike Karcinski and Ben Biordi, made the playoffs of the Seplowe Tournament as the fourth seed and made a remarkable run to the championship before losing to No. 1 seeded Elmjack in the final, 12-11, on August 29 and 30. Comment.

Qspective: Sept. 11 horrors reached beyond life-imitating-art

Contrary to what has been commonly expressed the past few days, the Sept. 11 terrorist disaster was not a case of life imitating art — it was a case of reality far exceeding anything the artists of the stage, screen, or printed word could have imagined. Comment.

Editorial: Week 2 at Ground Zero

It is hard to believe that a week has past since the city was rocked by the worst act of terrorism in the history of this nation. The twisted steel of what used to be the twin towers of the World Trade Center still smolders. Ground Zero looks as devastating as it did one week ago. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Twin Tower terrorist attack ignites patriotism

Let’s remember Pearl Harbor As we go to meet the foe. Let’s remember Pearl Harbor As we did the Alamo. Comment.

Point of View: Living long and healthy is basic human nature

It’s safe to say that 99 percent of people in the world, civilized or uncivilized are trying everything possible to maintain good health and to prolong their lives. It’s human nature. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Development, traffic worry neighborhoods

The summer edition of the newsletter of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association expressed concern that there will be an unwanted impact on their community if a developer buys the Klein Farm and builds nearly a dozen two-family homes on the plot. The Klein Farm on 73rd Avenue near 195th Street is the last privately owned farm in Queens. Crops are grown on the land adjacent to P.S. 26 and on land owned by the farm in Long Island. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Big chain stores playing ‘Musical Chairs’ with us

In a previous column, I wrote about the ease with which unethical people can snag private information from you, such as your Social Security number or credit card number. They are very actively looking to take your place, if only temporarily. It is sort of like Musical Chairs, only not any fun at all. Comment.

Sybil’s caters to Richmond Hill’s Guyanese

It began as an act of survival when Sybil Bernard-Kerrut was laid off from her job in 1975. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Supplied by North Shore Multiple Listing Service Comment.

Tears and Determination

Queens sent its firefighters, police officers and volunteers to the smoking ruins of the World Trade Center to join the frantic search for survivors from the borough as well as the rest of the city and far-flung parts of the globe. Comment.

Qreview: ‘Room Service’ offers needed laughs

At the intimate Whitestone Presbyterian Church on Sunday, the audience welcomed the chance to be able to laugh once again after the tragedy of last week's unbelievable events. Comment.

Fear of bias puts Steinway Arabs on edge

On the stretch of Steinway Street between Astoria Boulevard and 28th Avenue, a bustling Middle Eastern community has grown cautious in the days following the destruction of the World Trade Center by Arab terrorists. Comment.

Security checks cause backups on boro roads

Queens roads were more congested than ever following the attack on the World Trade Center because of sporadic security checks set up throughout the borough to prevent terrorist acts. Comment.

Out-of-town volunteers made at home by Mets

The Mets are lending their home to the relief effort at the World Trade Center, allowing firefighters and rescue workers from across the country to shower and shave in their locker rooms and sleep on cots near their baseball field. Comment.

Signs of stress indicate need for counseling

•Having repetitive distressing memories, thoughts Comment.

Boro Middle East expert calls for global coalition

A Queens College Middle East expert believes Tuesday’s attacks against the United States created an opportunity to mobilize a new global war against terrorism. Comment.

Twin Tower fumes choke western Queens residents

As the air in western Queens became visibly clouded with fumes from the World Trade Center disaster last week, respiratory ailments took their toll on teachers in Long Island City but failed to prompt any residents to seek treatment at borough hospitals. Comment.

Thousands gather to honor Maspeth firemen

When Capt. Denis Murphy of Squad 288 learned that neighbors were planning a vigil to honor the 19 men from his Maspeth firehouse missing in the collapse of the Twin Towers, he did not understand how deeply his men’s sacrifice resonated with the community. Comment.

Survivor recounts tale at Jamaica church vigil

In an emotional service highlighted by the tale of a woman who survived the World Trade Center attack, political leaders from southeastern Queens and hundreds more gathered at the Allen AME Cathedral in Jamaica last Thursday for a vigil honoring those who were lost. Comment.

Middle Village corps saved by its own patients

Only minutes before one of the Twin Towers toppled, four Middle Village Volunteer Ambulance Corps members planned to drive into the medical staging area underneath — a site that would soon be buried under the tumbling debris. Comment.

Muslim students saddened by disaster, bias

Students returned to the Al Iman School in Jamaica Monday for the first time since last week’s terrorist attacks. In a morning assembly at the Islamic school that runs from kindergarten through 12th grade, Principal Nassir Aliakber greeted the students warmly and assured them their religion does not condone violence in any form. Comment.

Muslims suffer twice from terrorist attack

As a police car sat outside the Imam Al-Khoei Islamic Center in Jamaica last week, Imam Kadhel Al-Sahlani told the 30 men who gathered to pray for those killed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks that Muslim Americans were victims of the atrocities in two ways. Comment.

Boro cricket star missing after Twin Tower attack

Two weeks ago Nezam Hafiz was in the cozy confines of his favorite place in the world: the cricket oval. Comment.

Primary rescheduled in city for Sept. 25

Gov. George Pataki announced last week the primary for mayor and other city offices had been rescheduled for Sept. 25 after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center derailed the Sept. 11 elections as voters were casting their ballots. Comment.

TimesLedger publisher named NYPA president

Steve Blank, publisher of the TimesLedger Newspapers, was installed as president of the New York Press Association at the Association’s annual meeting in Vermont Saturday. Comment.

Hundreds remember Firefighter Feehan

As the doomed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center burned above him last week, Queens native and longtime city firefighter William Feehan was exactly where he wanted to be, his son said Saturday at Feehan’s burial mass in Flushing. Comment.

Emotional wounds of Towers attack lingers

When dozens of victims of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack were sent to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens in Flushing, the doctors and nurses were not content to just patch up their wounds. Comment.

Twin Towers attack hits Forest Hills volunteers

Shortly before 9 a.m. on Sept. 11, members of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded to a call for assistance at the World Trade Center following the terrorist attack against the Twin Towers. Comment.

Boro flag sales boom as patriotism spreads

Ah, the power of words. Comment.

Flushing Afghanis face vandalism, harassment

While Flushing is one of the most diverse communities in the most diverse county in the nation, it is not free from hate crimes. Comment.

Boro unites in prayer at Hollis Hills center

Hundreds of Queens residents came to the Hollis Hills Jewish Center last Thursday to share stories of survival and pray for the missing two days after the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists. Comment.

JFK reopens with reduced flight activity

John F. Kennedy International Airport was operating this week with about 60 percent of its normal arrivals and departures after the nation’s airports were shut down when terrorists attacked the World Trade Center Sept. 11. Comment.

LGA slowly returns to life after terrorism

A week after Queens’ airports were shut down in the wake of the World Trade Center attack, LaGuardia Airport was running at about 60 percent capacity, a Port Authority spokesman said. Comment.

Laurelton cyber center opens to student praise

Students in Laurelton celebrated the opening of their public library’s new cyber center Monday and took a class on how to create their own web page. Comment.

Former officer bashes traffic agents’ union

Moses Green, founder of Concerned Agents of Traffic, an organization that has accused their local union of corruption, called the group’s first annual summit meeting at Roy Wilkins Park in South Jamaica Sunday. Comment.

Queens native views WTC horror firsthand

A former Little Neck woman saw the second plane moments before it struck the World Trade Center and exploded in the most devastating terrorist attack on American soil in U.S. history last week. Comment.

Boro pols fight state for city school funding

On the second day that Queens children headed back to school, black and Latino lawmakers joined forces with five mayoral candidates and the Campaign for Fiscal Equity to blast the governor for trying to block a court decision that increased state funding to the city’s public schools Comment.

Hydrangea thefts spread throughout NE Queens

The scope of hydrangea thefts has grown as residents of Little Neck, New Hyde Park, L.I., Flushing and Bayside have seen their beautiful snowball-like plants pared down to almost nothing. Comment.

Boro residents still hope to find missing loved ones

As thousands scoured hospitals and the Internet for missing family members and friends, Queens residents joined the throng at the Family Assistance Center at Pier 94 to search for the men, women and children who disappeared in the collapse of the Twin Towers. Comment.

Airline troubles begin to hurt boro’s economy

Although airlines have announced layoffs by the thousands because of the World Trade Center disaster, the plight of a Long Island City business may better illustrate the early economic impact already felt in one part of Queens. Comment.

Stories behind the tragedy: Queens’ fallen heroes

Rookie firefighter Chris Santora used to complain to his family that he had yet to see a “big fire” since joining the city Fire Department in February. Comment.

Astoria streets burst in show of patriotism

It started with a bunch of friends filling the streets of Astoria with an unabashed and sometimes delirious show of patriotism, but by nightfall last Thursday an intersection was transformed by a neighborhood united in support of their country. Comment.

Queens kept on edge by fake bomb threats

Amid all the heroism and altruism in the aftermath of the World Trade Center horrors, there were also examples of the worst in human nature. Comment.

Local leaders remember the missing at boro hall

More than 150 people attended a memorial service at Borough Hall Friday as part of a national day of remembrance for victims of last week’s terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and on a plane that crashed in southwestern Pennsylvania. Comment.

Gov. suspends roadwork on five Queens highways

Gov. George Pataki temporarily suspended at least five major roadwork projects in Queens Monday to give emergency vehicles easy and unfettered access to the site of the World Trade Center attack. Comment.

Hundreds flood Bayside in patriotic display

With little more than 24-hours notice, hundreds of people packed Bell Boulevard Saturday night in a boisterous display of patriotism and pride in Bayside’s firefighters, police officers and emergency personnel following the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. Comment.

Queens attracts homeless Manhattan biz

As companies displaced by the destruction of the World Trade Center scramble to relocate, the borough president’s office hopes an inventory of available office space in Queens will attract homeless tenants that might otherwise consider sites out-of-state. Comment.

Police Blotter: Shots fired into Cambria Heights deli

CAMBRIA HEIGHTS — A man was arrested Saturday at 10:30 p.m. shortly after he allegedly fired two shots into a deli at 217th Street and Linden Boulevard, 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

Community Singers of Queens is holding rehearsals for the fall concert at the Messiah Lutheran Church, 42-15 165th St., Flushing. Call 718-658-1021. Comment.

It really was a good time for an arts tour

Last weekend certainly wasn’t the happiest one for anyone, and perhaps the last thing to do was to take an arts tour. Comment.

‘The show has to go on’

In keeping with Mayor Giuliani’s advice that New Yorkers should try to return to as normal a life as possible after last week’s horrific terrorist attacks, most theater and arts venues in Queens are keeping to their regular schedules. Comment.

Queens libraries to mark 50th anniversary of Lucy

People around the nation and world, even those who were born long after Lucille Ball’s sitcom debuted Oct. 15, 1951 on the new invention of television, are apt to say, “I Love Lucy.” Comment.

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