Thursday, Nov. 29, 2001

St. Greg’s fourth-grade boys win championship

St. Gregory the Great fourth-grade boys soccer team won the diocesan championship on Sunday, Nov. 18, with a 3-1 win over St. Frances de Sales. Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: With top teams gone, race wide open in Queens ‘B’

The bullies have moved off the block. Or, in the case of the PSAL Boys Basketball ‘B’ league, they have moved uptown to the ‘A’ division. Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: Francis Lewis girls hoping for trip back to finals

Mike Eisenberg returned to coaching the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team last year after a highly publicized three-year hiatus in grand fashion, leading the Patriots to a 24-4 record and a return to the PSAL ‘A’ final at Madison Square Garden, where Lewis fell to undefeated Murry Bergtraum, 72-36. Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: Van Buren facing uphill battle in new division

For Van Buren boys’ basketball coach Perry Dortch, the luxury is over. Gone are the easy days of running a team with Josh Puello at the point. With Puello at Sage Community College and Darryl France, another leader on a VeeBees team that went 20-5 and lost to DeWitt Clinton in the playoffs, at CCNY, Dortch’s job just got a lot tougher. Comment.

Everything from old cars to a trout tie pictured at QTP

The art deco Queens Theater in the Park at the foot of the skeletons of the abandoned “flying saucer” buildings in Flushing Meadows Corona Park is now the setting of an intriguing exhibit, “Real Life Pictures.” Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: Newtown lightens bench, strengthens ranks

If Pat Torney was asked a couple of weeks ago how he thinks his team will fare this season, the Newtown boys’ basketball coach’s answer would have been drastically different that his response this past week. Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: Adams, Cleveland lead ‘B’ hopefuls

A springtime trip to Madison Square Garden is becoming an annual excursion for the John Adams girls’ basketball team. After winning the PSAL ‘B’ title in 2000, the Spartans returned to the hardwood at 33rd Street and 8th Avenue last year, but lost to South Shore in overtime. Comment.

College Round-up: Ivey leading Longhorns

After a year of starting at point guard, Royal Ivey is thriving at his natural two-guard position for the University of Texas in the early season. Comment.

Red Storm takes two at Alaska Shootout

The St. John’s Red Storm left to take part in the annual Great Alaska Shootout as a team without a distinctive identity. With just a single game under their belt, the Red Storm players had yet to jell and seemed in need of something to pull them together. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: O’Connor gets back 

For nearly half a century, Vince O’Connor has been patrolling the sidelines as head coach of the St. Francis Prep varsity football team - usually on the winning side. Comment.

St. Francis Prep fall in CHSFL finals, 28-14

The St. Francis Prep Terriers entered the CHSFL ‘AAA’ championship game at Hofstra University hungry for a title. Their opponents, the St. Anthony’s Friars, were downright starving for redemption. Comment.

New play asks: What if you could live forever?

It has been a common tenet in most religious thought that some, if not all scientific discoveries are better left undiscovered. Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: Queens ‘B’ girls division wide open

With a team that goes 14 players deep, Bayside head coach Steve Piorkowski will have a unique substitution pattern. The scorers table will be a crowded place when Piorkowski wants to make a change, as a full group of five, similar to a hockey line change, will replace the five players on the court. Comment.

Point of View: Too easy for immigrants to come here as students

As a nation with more institutes of higher learning than any other country, the United States has accepted young people from every part of the world seeking to advance their studies. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Team One Hundred honors three City Council members

Once upon a time, when I was a student in P.S. 156 my music teacher, Mrs. Valiant, decided to put me in the school’s chorus. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civic groups heap praise on dedicated volunteers

The April 2001 Bayside Hills Civic Association Beacon has praised the years of volunteer work of Vice President Diane Cohen. Bayside Hills President Jerry lannece heaped praise on Cohen for the terrific job she has done. I know her as the manager of Community Board 8 and treasurer of The Friends of Cunningham Park. Comment.

Editorial: A new test looms for spirit of New York

When the World Trade Center came crashing to the ground on Sept. 11, the people of New York responded with a generosity the likes of which had not been seen in modern times. Virtually every organization involved in the recovery effort, including the Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management and FEMA, received so much donated material that they ran out of space at the Convention Center. Blood banks that had been near record lows had more blood than they needed. Comment.

Editorial: Walking the walk

The debate between the Right-to-Life crowd and the Pro-Choicers has often been irrational. One of the most unfair and oft-repeated accusations is that the people who oppose abortion do nothing to help women with unwanted pregnancies after they give birth. In College Point, the members of Bridge to Life are demonstrating that they not only talk the talk about helping mothers, they are walking the walk. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: December is my favorite month — with 11 others

Whenever I write about December, I immediately think of the cold nights. Comment.

Forest Hills confectioner creates magic out of chocolate

With a baker’s cap flopping off his head and his hands clutching a chocolate-filled decorating bag, Peter Aigner certainly looks the part of candy maker as he makes Christmas truffles in the back room of Krause’s Candy Kitchen in Forest Hills. Comment.

Incas: Incas in Kew Gardens offers dishes from many lands

220-20 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens Comment.

Community Clanedar 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.

Qreview: Chaucer was just what the audience needed

What a lot of fun! Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

The Parkside Players hold auditions for its winter production "Second Bananas" at 8 p.m. Dec. 6, 7, and 10 at the Grace Lutheran Church, 71st Road and Union Turnpike in Forest Hills. Performances are in February and March. 718-465-3844. Comment.

Flushing doc gives treatment with books

As a physician’s assistant at Flushing Hospital Medical Center’s Emergency Department, Tolya Thomson is trained to quickly spot a patient’s trauma and treat it. Comment.

City DEP faces concerns on Jamaica water project

The commissioner of the city Department of Environmental Protection assured Jamaica residents Tuesday that his office is listening to their concerns about a proposal to add more groundwater to the Queens drinking water supply. Comment.

Heroes join Laurelton kids for Thanksgiving

The kindergarten class at Middleton’s Day Care center in Laurelton got a special treat last week when their heroes — New York City firefighters and police officers — joined in their Thanksgiving feast. Comment.

Austin St. in Richmond Hill? No way, says study

Development of Liberty Avenue into an ethnic specialty retail strip catering to Indo-Caribbeans presents the commercial corridor with its greatest chance of success, a study released Wednesday by the community development group Agenda 21 said. Comment.

Ned Arnold, 94, led boro Chamber of Commerce

-By Dustin Brown Comment.

High court orders study of two LIC generators

The state’s highest court has let stand a July decision forcing the New York Power Authority to conduct an environmental review of two small generators in Long Island City and eight others around the city. Comment.

Boro teens charged in L.I. attack

Seven teenage gang members from Queens Village were arrested this week after allegedly leading a violent assault on a Long Island teen Monday afternoon in Elmont, Nassau County police said. Comment.

Women’s center to get boot from fort

After four years and a lot of hard work to renovate its headquarters at Bayside’s Fort Totten, the Queens Women’s Center was given an eviction notice by the city Fire Department, Women’s Center Director Ann Jawin said last week. Comment.

S. Jamaica man convicted in rape of 9-year-old

A South Jamaica man was convicted last week of raping a 9-year-old girl whom he lured into his home in 1999, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

HS Basketball Preview: Bayside, Cardozo lead pack in Queens II-A

It may have only been one early season game in November, but a 10-point win over Queens powerhouse Bryant may speak volumes of how well the Bayside boys’ basketball team will do this season. Comment.

Cross Island/LIE project pushes ahead after delay

Engineers working on the Cross Island Parkway/Long Island Expressway interchange project said they have kept up an aggressive schedule since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks interrupted the northeast Queens road construction. Comment.

Engine Co. 306 welcomes LI cub scouts

Engine Co. 306 and Ladder Co. 152 in Bayside got a special Thanksgiving feast brought to their doorstep last week, courtesy of an enthusiastic group of young deliverymen. Comment.

DNA reveals firefighter burial mixup in Jamaica

The remains of a Long Island City firefighter who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center were mistakenly misidentified as those of a colleague from Rochdale Village, officials from the medical examiner’s office told the New York Times this week. Comment.

Jury finds Havner guilty of first-degree murder

A Brooklyn woman was convicted last week of murdering her half-brother’s fiancée during a robbery of the victim’s Jamaica home two years ago, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Man stabbed to death in wife’s Hollis home

A 49-year-old man was stabbed to death in the Hollis home of his estranged wife on Thanksgiving Day, but the man arrested in connection with the stabbing will not be charged with murder for now, officials said. Comment.

Gala raises $225,000 for Jamaica Hospital

The Jamaica Hospital Medical Center raised $225,000 for its Psychiatry Department at a fund-raising gala attended by more than 700 guests earlier this month. The hospital held its 110th Anniversary Rainbow Ball —— a black tie affair... Comment.

JetBlue lures shoppers to city with special fares

JetBlue Airways, the low-fare carrier based in Kew Gardens, is offering a special “Shop-in-New York-for-the-Holidays” fare sale. Comment.

Residents seek to ban Klein Farm development

When the Klein Farm closed up shop at the end of its summer season Nov. 20, residents of Queens could have been witnessing the end of an era. The owners of the last family-owned working farm in the city has been sold to developers. Comment.

111th Precinct children’s holiday parade cancelled

Every year the 111th Precinct Community Council hosts a Children’s Holiday Parade in which a crowd of exciting children makes its way up Bell Boulevard and greets Santa Claus before catching a free movie at the Bayside Movie Theater. Comment.

Snows Novice girls pick up sixth win, 14-7

The Our Lady of the Snows’ fifth-grade ‘A’ girls basketball team improved to six wins against only one loss with a 14-7 defeat of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament at PS 186 last Saturday. The girls had struggled in the first quarter, as an inspired OLBS defense held them down. OLS bounced back core four baskets in the second quarter to take an 8-3 lead into halftime. Comment.

Baysider gets 17 years for killing wife in 2000

A Bayside man who stabbed his estranged wife to death in the driveway of their 217th Street home last fall as their teenage son watched was sentenced to 17 years in jail for the crime on Sept. 10, the Queens district attorney’s office said this week. Comment.

Jamaica ashram helps boro’s Indo-Guyanese

When Swami Vidyananda visited the United States in the 1980s to give some lectures on Hinduism to the many members of New York’s Indo-Guyanese community who had recently immigrated to America, he noticed something troubling. Comment.

Rising basketball star, 16, memorialized in Astoria

Whether he was relentlessly perfecting his performance on the basketball court or acing his exams with minimal effort, Nigel Polite stood out among his friends as the guy everyone expected to move beyond the Astoria Houses and turn himself into a success. Comment.

Seniors wrap holiday gifts for kids affected by AIDS

Seniors who are normally on the receiving end of services did some giving of their own Monday morning at the Selfhelp Austin Street Senior Center in Forest Hills, wrapping more than 700 holiday gifts for 290 children affected by HIV/AIDS. Comment.

‘Bell Blvd. Streetscape’ design unveiled at meet

In the face of an uncertain economic future the Bayside Business Association moved forward with plans to renovate Bell Boulevard this week by presenting early designs for the street’s new look to area civic leaders. Comment.

Boro shoppers show caution on Black Friday

Shoppers flocked to stores throughout Queens on Black Friday, which ushered in the start of the critical holiday shopping season. But many said they were spending less in a souring economy, tilted further downward since the Sept. 11 attacks on the World Trade Center. Comment.

DA charges 2 in illegal dumping

A Whitestone resident and a Brooklyn man were indicted last week for allegedly dumping 211,000 cubic yards of construction debris at a site intended for Little League fields in College Point, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

College Pt. remembers native son, firefighter

New Yorkers know the Canyon of Heroes as the corridor in Lower Manhattan that victorious soldiers and sports teams have marched down time and time again. Comment.

Queens explorer tells all in guide to borough

It should come as no surprise that Steve Reichstein’s recently published book is called “Discovering Queens!” For nine years, Reichstein was Queens’ own Henry Hudson, each weekend uncovering for himself new neighborhoods, restaurants and parks in New York’s largest borough. Comment.

Queens Marine vets survey changes in boot camp

More than 50 Marine veterans from Queens have done the unthinkable ... they voluntarily went back to boot camp. Comment.

Queens shoppers get new map to stores

With an uncertain economy spelling an uncertain future for borough retailers, leaders of the Queens County Overall Economic Development Corporation are relying on an old-fashioned way to lure customers into local stores. Comment.

State grant to underwrite Grand Ave. beautification

Residents of Maspeth like to consider themselves part of a small town, a mindset that is evident to visiting motorists and pedestrians as soon as they encounter the large “Welcome to Maspeth” sign at the intersection of Grand Avenue and 69th Street. Comment.

Boro residents to vote on LIE sound barriers

Step right up, eastern Queens residents — the state Department of Transportation is looking to you to make the decision on building sound barriers along the Long Island Expressway between the Nassau border and Springfield Boulevard. Comment.

Maspeth man robs  Mets: DA

A former New York Mets employee from Maspeth was arrested earlier this month for allegedly embezzling nearly $15,000 by pocketing cash receipts he collected from Shea Stadium ticket booths, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Katherine Tennyson, aide to Archie Spigner, 63

Katherine Lee Tennyson was remembered Monday by St. Albans politicians and hundreds of southeast Queens residents whose lives she touched as a legislative aide to City Councilman Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans), as a dancer, as a friend, and as a family member. Comment.

Pols unveil traffic plan for Creedmoor

A solution has been found to alleviate the increased flow of traffic expected around the new Glen Oaks school campus on the Creedmoor property, which has worried many community residents. Comment.

V train to boost service for boro riders: Pataki

Trains of the new V subway line will start rolling next month, increasing service by 20 percent and bringing conditions that Gov. George Pataki said would be “dramatically better for Queens commuters.” Comment.

Steinway sage brings unity to merchants

When Julie Wager’s father was deciding whether or not to buy the Genius Specialty Shop on Steinway Street in 1934, he planted himself in front of the door and trained his eyes on the customers. Comment.

Boro libraries get $500K for children’s programs

As libraries across the borough suffer from the citywide budget cutbacks since Sept. 11, new children’s programs are being added at many branches, thanks to a $500,000 grant from the Charles B. Wang Foundation. Comment.

Ozone Park landlord murders tenant: Police

A longstanding dispute turned deadly Saturday morning when a landlord allegedly hacked his tenant to death before trying to kill himself by drinking a bottle of Drano, police said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Queens Village man charged in stabbing of 23-year-old

QUEENS VILLAGE — William Jordan, 23, of 104-45 205 Place in Queens Village was found dead in front of a home at 210-18 113th Ave. early Saturday morning, police said. Comment.

Dining Out: Incas in Kew Gardens offers dishes from many lands

220-20 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens Comment.

AMMI offers celluloid from ‘Alice’ to ‘Crouching Tiger’

This is the December screening and discussion schedule for the American Musdeum of the Moving Image in Astoria. Comment.

Qreview: ‘Harry Potter’ - Nice, but could be better

After only two weeks, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone” has already brought in nearly $200 million — an astounding haul, especially considering it isn’t all that magical. Likable, but not lovable. Comment.

Eastern, Western thought merge at QMA

The metaphysical merges with the corporeal. The finite is contrasted with the continuous. All things are shown to have equal effects. Comment.

Flushing man charged with defrauding aliens

A former immigration inspector from Flushing has been arrested on charges of defrauding aliens seeking entry into the United States from China out of more than $575,000, the U.S. Department of Justice announced last week. Comment.

SJU soccer advances with 1-0 win

It is no longer a question of if Shalrie Joseph will be moved to forward to score the winning goal for the St. John’s men’s soccer team, but when. Comment.

Dolphins capture DAC Junior League crown

The Dolphins beat the Jets, 25-20, to take the DAC Junior League Flag Football Championship. The Dolphins, led by coach Sal Mancuso, held the Jets in the last minutes of the game as they were driving for the winning touchdown. Frankie Mancuso scored three touchdowns and Mark Sheppard ran for one touchdown. Jared Katz and John Stefandl played excellent at the quarterback spot. Great runs for Mike Pisciotta, Chris Marks and Chris Weiss, great offense and defense by both Danny Weisman and Peter Conti helped the cause. Comment.

DG Roller Hockey: Corona Park grilled by Gary Mann Productions

Gary Mann Productions 4, Corona Park Pork Store 2. In a defensive battle between Gary Mann Productions and Corona Park Pork Store, Gary Mann scored first on a goal by Ken McCrorrie assisted by William Simonetti. Corona Park’s Sal Pinto went solo to tie it 1-1, but Adam Akpinar answered back to put Gary Mann on top 2-1 at the end of first period. Comment.

LIAM swimming team earns victory over Sacred Heart

The LIAM boys swim team defeated Sacred Heart in a hard-fought battle at Bayside High School on Friday, Nov. 16. It was the first meet of the season and both teams put on a strong showing. LIAM is a compilation of four parishes: Our Lady of Lourdes, Incarnation, American Martyrs and Holy Family. Comment.

Qspective: Healing the spirit is important, too

The number of people horrifically killed in the Sept. 11 attacks can be quantified. So can the numbers left unemployed, and the amount of property damage. Comment.

St. Anastasia Rookie boys win division crown

The St. Anastasia Rookie sixth- and seventh-grade boys and girls soccer team emerged as the Catholic Youth Organization East Division champions. The team completed regular-season play with a record of 8-0, giving up only three goals during the season. Comment.

St. Andrew’s sixth-graders defeat St. Gregory’s

In a traditional battle of wills between St. Andrew’s and St. Gregory’s sixth-grade basketball teams, a classic defensive struggle began to unfold on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the St. Gregory’s gym. Comment.

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