Thursday, Nov. 1, 2001

Martin holds off surging Magnet for fourth win

Clinging to a 28-20 lead in the waning moments of the fourth quarter against neighborhood rival Campus Magnet Saturday, August Martin football coach Mike Greene made the call of the game, as the Falcons successfully executed a fake punt on fourth-and-5 from their own 43. Comment.

Playoff picture getting clearer for local teams

The playoffs picture for Queens’ high school football programs is becoming clearer as the season enters its final weekend, as teams in both the Catholic High School Football League and the Public School Athletic League jockey for postseason position. Comment.

TLC’s ‘I Hate Hamlet’ is something to love

“I Hate Hamlet,” Theatre a la Carte’s fall production at the Community Church of Douglaston, is an imaginative play which resurrects the ghost of the late, great actor, John Barrymore, flamboyantly played by John Ferry. Comment.

Nittoli nets hat trick as Holy Cross advances

He scored the game-winning goal in wins over Archbishop Molloy and St. Francis Prep in the final week of the regular season, but Tamer Mohamed was not a factor in the Knights’ quarterfinal clash with Regis Sunday at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. An injured right foot forced Holy Cross’ talented junior midfielder to instead sit stoically on the Knights bench. Comment.

Mary Louis tops Fontbonne for B/Q soccer title

It became a reality for Katie Sanchez when she woke up Monday morning and almost immediately the butterflies began to dance around in her stomach. Sure she knew that she and her Mary Louis teammates were going to play rival Fontbonne Academy in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan soccer championship at the Metropolitan Oval, but it was always a few days away. Tomorrow became today and the freshman was nervous. Comment.

Tiznow edges Sakhee in Breeders’ Cup Classic

There was an unmistakable European flare to the 2001 Breeders’ Cup at Belmont Park Saturday, as European-based horses had a three-race winning streak heading into the $4 million Breeders’ Cup Classic, the finale of eight Grade I championship races. Comment.

Point of View: Sept. 11 has brought the nation together

The Sept. 11 carnage has made the United States the most unified country with people from every corner on the globe. Despite differences in color of skin and religious beliefs, they are all proud of being American. A great majority of them back the U.S. military action against Afghanistan’s Taliban regime that harbors terrorist leader Osama bin Laden and his followers. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Beacon programs fill gaps in city schools

Ryan Junior High School’s after-school and Saturday Beacon Program is up and running. Comment.

To The Point: Point has no shortage of love, hope, volunteers

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

The Plant Doctor: Let’s dispel the myths about tree planting, care

Contrary to popular belief, the best time to plant most species of trees is the fall — not the spring. That, my fellow gardeners, is but one of the many misconceptions that we will dismiss in this column. Comment.

Editorial: Birth of a democracy

The other shoe will drop next Tuesday in the experiment in democracy that began with the passing of term limits. The political landscape in Queens and in all of New York City is about to change dramatically. Comment.

Qreview:‘K-PAX’ has rough landing

There actually are two “K-PAX”s — a sci-fi drama and a psychological mystery. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: November has more than its share of dark dates

Although November, the 11th month, has only 30 days, it is replete with historic dates which have changed the world. Comment.

Kew Gardens deli feels impact of terrorist attack

Customers used to come for his famous grilled chicken sandwich. Now they can’t wait to get their hands on his cardboard boxes. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 30-42 210 St., Single Family, Detached, $525,000, Bed 3, Bath, 1, Halfbath 1, Construction: Brick, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 40 x 112, Taxes: $2, 106 Comment.

Astoria man, 35, admits to raping 15-year-old girl

An Astoria man pleaded guilty Tuesday to repeatedly raping a 15-year-old Massachusetts girl whom he had held hostage in his apartment for two days in August, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Bayside school honors Sept. 11 rescuers

The gray concrete of the PS 31 playground in Bayside came alive with red, white and blue Monday when hundreds of American flag-waving schoolchildren thanked Bayside's police officers and firefighters for their work in the World Trade Center disaster. Comment.

Fireman remembered in Woodside funeral

For a man who kept largely to himself and spoke only when he had something to say, firefighter Matthew Garvey was able to convey volumes with the sudden flash of a gesture. Comment.

DA investigates Woodside biz for scaffold collapse

A Woodside company that oversaw a Manhattan construction project where five workers were killed in a scaffolding collapse last week is being targeted by investigators for possible negligence, published reports said. Comment.

Ozone Park students honor A.L. champs

It seemed a bit out of place in the heart of Queens, but a 15-foot, 75-pound inflatable baseball honoring the New York Yankees’ trip to the World Series found its way last Thursday to the school yard of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in Ozone Park. Comment.

St. Albans care facility gets charitable donation

Arlene Eysaman, president of the New York State Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, toured the St. Albans Primary and Extended Care Center Monday and presented a charitable donation to the facility. Comment.

Hollis, Flushing hopefuls debate at breakfast meet

As the hectic 2001 election season moved into the final stretch, the Brotherhood and Sisterhood of Temple Sholom held a political breakfast to familiarize its members with candidates running for seats held by Councilman Sheldon Leffler (D-Hollis) and Councilwoman Julia Harrison (D-Flushing). Comment.

Jameson’s Bar & Grill: Combining two dining ambiences

157 Tulip Ave., Floral Park Comment.

Jamaica man arrested in LIC prostitution ring

Six men suspected of operating a multimillion-dollar prostitution enterprise in Long Island City were indicted last week following an unprecedented six-month investigation that targeted street walking in Queens Plaza, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Marshall confident in final days of beep race

With less than a week before the election for Queens borough president, Democratic nominee City Councilwoman Helen Marshall (D-East Elmhurst) seemed confident but cautious as she moved along in her campaign for the borough’s top post. Comment.

Maspeth man charged after terror probe

A Maspeth man questioned by investigators three days after the destruction of the World Trade Center has been charged with trying to evade immigration laws by entering into a false marriage, the U.S. attorney’s office in Brooklyn said. Comment.

3 candidates face off at Flushing NAACP

In one of the last debates before the Nov. 6 election, three candidates for Julia Harrison’s (D-Flushing) city council seat tackled the thorny issue of segregation raised by the Flushing NAACP about the concentration of Asian-American businesses in downtown Flushing. Comment.

School Dist. 26 tops city in latest exams

Two high-performing northeast Queens school districts have maintained their dominance of citywide test scores, according to Board of Ed figures released last week, with Bayside’s School District 26 and Flushing’s District 25 placing among the top three in the city. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Battle against terrorism harkens to World War II

The recent attacks on America and the current war against the terrorists bring vividly to mind the war years of the 1940s. Comment.

Ridgewood center celebrates grand opening

Although New Land Community Center in Ridgewood first opened in March, founders waited until they had something to celebrate before officially announcing their presence in the diverse immigrant neighborhood. Comment.

N, R subway lines resume normal service

N and R subway trains, used by thousands of straphangers in northwestern Queens, have returned to normal service for the first time since the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack and months earlier than transit officials first predicted. Comment.

Costumed kids flock to farm museum festival

On a crisp autumn afternoon without a cloud in the sky, thousands descended on the Queens County Farm Museum for its annual Children’s Fall Festival. Comment.

Hindu chariot burned in Bowne St. arson

A sacred chariot belonging to a Flushing Hindu temple was burned to a crisp early last week in an arson fire that is under investigation as a bias incident, officials said Tuesday. Comment.

Favorite Gennaro plays underdog in Povman run

Although James Gennaro is the overwhelming favorite to replace term-limited City Councilman Morton Povman (D-Forest Hills), he is running his campaign as if the race was too close to call. Comment.

Eagan runs uphill race in battle vs. Gioia

In a city council race where the Democratic Party has all but declared victory, an enthusiastic third-party underdog is striving to show that the finish line has yet to be crossed. Comment.

Greater Jamaica insists AirTrain will help area

The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation gave an update to its members last week on several projects planned for development around the future AirTrain station and on how the Sept. 11 disaster affected the transportation industry. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Omar’s folly: Cook waived by Nuggets

Just when you think it can’t get much worse, it does. Comment.

Green gains support of SE Queens’ Rev. Flake

Mark Green, the Democratic nominee for mayor, gained the support Sunday of former U.S. Rep. Rev. Floyd Flake, leader of the Allen A.M.E. congregation in southeast Queens. Comment.

Sept. 11 hero remembered by hundreds at memorial

Jonathan Ielpi was sworn in as a New York City firefighter in 1995, just like his father before him and his brother after him, on one of the greatest days in his life. Since he was a child, all Ielpi had ever wanted to do was to follow in his father Lee’s footsteps and work in the Rescue Co. 2 in Brooklyn. Comment.

Spigner honored at end of tenure in council

City Councilman Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans), who is being forced out of office this year by term limits after 27 years in the Council, was honored by the Jamaica Chamber of Commerce for his service to the southeast Queens community at the organization’s 82nd anniversary dinner last Thursday. Comment.

Cardozo clinches second place with 4-0 win

For the Cardozo boys soccer team, it was the most dangerous of games. While the Judges were playing for playoff positioning, their opponents from Francis Lewis, having already been mathematically eliminated from playoff contention, had little to play for and even less to lose. Comment.

Absent Green draws jeers at civic meet

Debating before an audience that shrank dramatically following the departure of Republican mayoral candidate Mike Bloomberg, three contenders for City Councilman Tom Ognibene’s (R-Middle Village) seat sounded off last week at a forum sponsored by the Juniper Park Civic Association. Comment.

Little Neck volunteer killed in L.I. car accident

A Long Island brother and sister who attended one of Little Neck’s largest Korean churches were killed Monday afternoon in a car crash on Long Island. Comment.

Saffran, Avella debate issues

With only a week of campaigning left until the Nov. 6 election, little blood was spilled Tuesday night as the two candidates hoping to succeed northeast Queens City Councilman Mike Abel (R-Bayside) squared off at a Bayside candidates’ night. Comment.

Agnello gets nine years on racketeering charges

Carmine Agnello, the estranged son-in-law of jailed Gambino family mob boss John Gotti, was sentenced to nine years for racketeering, extortion and arson Friday in his scrap metal business in Willets Point in Flushing. Comment.

Bloomberg campaign courts Queens voters

In his efforts to make a strong Election Day showing in Queens, Republican mayoral candidate Michael Bloomberg has spent a significant amount of time in the borough since his Sept. 25 primary win over Herman Badillo. Comment.

Beep candidates clash over Board of Ed

When the Queens borough president candidates met face-to-face Sunday, City Councilwoman Helen Marshall (D-East Elmhurst) and City Councilman Alfonso Stabile (R-Ozone Park) disagreed on how each perceived their role with the Board of Education. Comment.

Empty Caldor building may host many retailers

Businesses will soon come to the empty Caldor building on Roosevelt Avenue in downtown Flushing, but the property will most likely be split up into several businesses, a leasing agent for the property said. Comment.

Andrews, Jennings spar in race to succeed White

Liberal Party candidate Anthony Andrews and Democratic nominee Allan Jennings continued to spar into the final stretch of the race for City Councilman Thomas White’s (D-Jamaica) seat. Comment.

Most Queens students flunk state exams

The majority of Queens students failed the latest round of reading and math tests, according to Board of Ed scores for students in grades 3 through 8 released last week. Comment.

Decline in airline industry hits Kew Gardens in purse

As an apartment manager for his family’s 14-year-old Metropolitan Avenue real estate business, Jerry Gaeta normally spends his days filling out lease agreements for the droves of aviation workers who call Kew Gardens home. Comment.

Weekend earthquake shakes up western Queens

A minor earthquake rattled nerves but did little physical damage when it struck western Queens early Saturday morning, registering 2.6 on the Richter scale. Comment.

Poppenhusen honors neighborhood leaders

More than 100 members of the College Point community honored the area’s leaders at a fund-raising banquet at the Poppenhusen Institute Oct. 20. Comment.

Whitestone teen wins free ride to medical school

Nicholas Pantaleo always knew he wanted to be a doctor. Comment.

School Board 26 seeks parent’s ideas on plan

School Board 26 in Bayside has been considering a proposal to shift elementary school students in several Fresh Meadows schools to a nearby middle school to improve the quality of instruction in that corner of the district and relieve some of its overcrowding. Comment.

Boro Sikhs launch effort to educate neighbors, city

In response to a wave of attacks against Sikhs across the city and country, a group of young Richmond Hill Sikhs, armed with thousands of brochures, has organized a massive information campaign to educate the public about their religion. Comment.

3 join Comrie on ballot for Spigner seat

The races to replace City Council members Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans) and Juanita Watkins (D-Laurelton) remained crowded heading into the general election Nov. 6, when the victors of the Democratic primary will be joined by Republicans and several third-party candidates. Comment.

As election nears, Stabile emerges from invisibility

City Councilman Alfonso Stabile (R-Ozone Park) had run a nearly invisible campaign for the borough presidency until recently, but the Republican contender has begun making political noise of late and thinks he has a good shot at the post. Comment.

An agitated Gray feels left out of mayor’s race

Conservative Party mayoral candidate Terrance Gray of Douglaston has demanded to be included in debates among mayoral contenders while suggesting that Democrat Mark Green and Republican Michael Bloomberg were “one and the same.” Comment.

Hopefuls for Astoria seat debate legacy

Debating before a small crowd at Ricardo’s catering hall Monday night, three candidates vying to succeed City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) offered conflicting accounts of how the neighborhood is faring and what must be done to improve it. Comment.

City’s bid for Olympics is off and running

New York Olympic organizers have leapt past the first hurdle in their effort to host the Games in 2012, winning a spot on the United States Olympic Committee’s short list of cities contending to be the American finalist in the international competition. Comment.

Man slain outside Laurelton home

A Hollis man was arrested Sunday and charged with murdering a Laurelton man Oct. 23 outside his home after he encountered three men who had tied up a woman with duct tape, a Police Department spokesman said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man beaten, robbed in Jamaica Estates

JAMAICA ESTATES — A 30-year-old man was beaten as he was robbed at about 10:20 p.m. last Oct. 24, at 89-12 181st St., police said. Comment.

Dems blast state for skimping on city schools

A day after parents and education advocates rallied last week for increased funding of city public schools outside a Manhattan courthouse, a state Democratic task force blasted the Legislature for “playing politics” with school financing. 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 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. Comment.

The AMMI in Astoria celebrates early works on celluloid

Pictures of our world moving on a screen are so commonplace that it is hard for us in the 21st century to even begin to understand how exciting, even magical, this was to people of the late 19th century and early 20th. Comment.

Halloween party in park was more fun than scary

The backyard of the Passerelle building at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park was the scene this weekend of the city’s 17th annual Halloween Party/Fall Festival. A few dozen kids and their grown-ups gathered in the cold, bright sunshine of the first afternoon of daylight savings time and checked out the diversions. Comment.

I still hear the echoes of broken glass

I was born on Nov. 12, three days after the anniversary of "Kristallnacht,” the “night of broken glass” and the beginning of the horror of the 20th century for the Jewish people and other innocents. Comment.

Qguide reviewer tells of adventures at Film Festival

For such a big shot, Peter Travers seems like a nice guy. The top critic for Rolling Stone magazine, and a sometime CNN contributor, is kind enough to stand up for people trying to maneuver by him in his aisle seat at the New York Film Festival. Also, he refrains from smoking and yelling at the screen during the movie and does not appear to be concealing a video camera for bootlegging. A stand-up guy. Comment.

Kids at Hall of Science tug at future across Internet

As pile drivers began pounding the first of several new supports into the ground outside the New York Hall of Science for a new addition on Tuesday morning, Queens and Manhattan public school students prepared to do battle in a virtual tug of war in celebration of the ground-breaking event. Comment.

Prep girls soccer team advances to LI championship

Filippa Petruccelli didn’t score a goal, in fact she hit the post on the potential game-winning penalty kick during the shootout. But that didn’t make her any less of an inspiration in St. Francis Prep’s thrilling 2-1 win over Sacred Heart in the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Girls Athletic Association semifinals at Kennedy Memorial Park in Hempstead Friday. Comment.

College Round-up: SJU football drops fifth straight to LaSalle, 28-12

It started out promisingly enough, as freshman Jamie Longo, the fourth quarterback used by the St. John’s football team, marched the Red Storm down field and scored an eight-yard touchdown to put his team ahead 6-0 less than two minutes into the game. Comment.

Red Storm drops first game to Ohio State

His team had just blown a 2-0 lead to lose its first game of the year, 3-2, in double overtime to Ohio State in the second round of the SJU Nike Classic at Adelphi’s Stiles Field Sunday, and Red Storm soccer coach Dave Masur was the definition of calm. Comment.

Boys’ Club of NY to host annual Hall of Fame Dinner

The Boys’ Club Of New York recently announced details of its 26th Annual All Sports Hall of Fame Dinner. Comment.

Queens runners getting set for marathons this weekend

The New York City Marathon is slated to be held Sunday, Nov. 4, but three runners from the College Point Road Runners Track Club will not be staying home for the race. Instead, they will travel overseas to compete in a marathon in Greece. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Transcreen dances past Gary Mann Productions

Transcreen 6, Gary Mann Productions 5. Dwarf Giraffe’s fall roller hockey season started with a terrific competitive game. Transcreen danced away with a win after Matthew Novak scored the winning goal with 29 seconds remaining in the game. Gary Mann productions took an early 3-1 lead in the first period with goals by Guy Seminerio, David Cho and Joe Monte. Transcreen tied the game 4-4 in the second period when Danny O’Neill (two goals), Anthony Binanti and Matt Lupoli found the back of the net. Kenny McCrorie and Tim Caffrey also scored Comment.

Snows’ Novice girls defeat St. Anastasia, 13-4

Divya Johnson was the star of the game for Snows, scoring nine points on excellent... Comment.

Bayside bests Beach Channel, 22-8

It was anything but a pretty win. The Bayside offense sputtered all day long and the team’s vaunted defense couldn’t seem to stop a simple quarterback sneak, but the Commodores still found a way to win. Comment.

Holy Cross falls to Mount, 20-6, out of AAA playoffs

The game plan was simple for the Holy Cross Knights Sunday; Stop running back Dennis Void and they had a chance to beat the Mount St. Michael Mountaineers. Comment.

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