Thursday, Feb. 22, 2001

Bosco’s Corner: QC, York vying for NCAA too

The train ride back from Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon gave me plenty of time to ponder the state of college basketball in Queens. St. John’s abysmal performance against Duke notwithstanding, you would probably be surprised at just how good things are in the borough. Comment.

Cook struggles against Duke’s Williams

Struggling St. John’s also had a... Comment.

Duke blows away Red Storm

When freshman Omar Cook nailed a three-pointer with 8:30 remaining in the first half, the Red... Comment.

CK girls cap regular season with three more wins

The Royals, coached by Bob Mackey, were up 37-15 at halftime and coasted in the second half,... Comment.

CK claims top seed in B/Q hoops tourney

The Christ the King Royals clinched the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship last week with a 66-53 win over the Holy Cross Knights. The team followed up that performance with a 65-57 victory over Monsignor McClancy to finish the regular season 10-2. Comment.

John Updike, Norman Mailer, Susan Sontag coming to Queens

Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer and John Updike will be the featured guests at the next Queens College Evening Readings, beginning at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in the Music Building. This year's series marks.... Comment.

Vivo: Vivo in Bayside under new management, but old charm remains

And that's good. It was and is handsome space. Bi-level seating adds excitement. There's an eagle's nest on high in the rear where you can get a bird's-eye view of the entire restaurant. And you can peer out.... Comment.

Inico in a class by himself on indoor track

The Campus Magnet senior sprinter has a special affinity for the 200-meter banked oval at the 168th Street Armory, dubbed by many “the world’s fastest track.” Comment.

St. Francis Prep outskates Xavier in final league game

The Terriers played their most complete... Comment.

College Round-up: St. John’s swimmers take second at Big East championship

The St. John’s men’s swimming team had its best finish in the Big East Championships, placing second behind Pittsburgh Saturday at the Nassau County Aquatics Center in Uniondale, L.I. In recognition of that... Comment.

Will boro arts centers face ‘decency standards’?

If Mayor Rudolph Giuliani follows through with his announcement last week and sets up a commission to impose a "decency standard" for city-funded museums, how would it affect Queens institutions? Comment.

Trani’s bucket seals conference win for QC

With the Queens College men clinging to a 55-54 lead with 52 seconds left, the sophomore, known more for his gritty play and long-range shot than his quickness, deflected a ball in the passing lane and... Comment.

West edges East in DAC Freshman League All-Star game

The West All-Stars jumped out to a big lead, leading by as much as 20 points at the... Comment.

Masons #563 ‘Kats’ drop two back-to-back games

James Engravers gave the ‘Kats’ their second loss in overtime with the Engravers coming out on top, 49-42. Strong performances by Catherine Aguirre with 20 points, Randi Citron with 14, and Caitlin Fitzpatrick and Melissa Weiss, with much needed key buckets, led the team to the win. Not to be outdone, Jennifer Arcarola hit for 20 points and 9-year-old prodigy Lauren Geffen scored for a season-high of 10 points. Comment.

DiningNY.com tops Verdi’s Restaurant, 52-47

In a very physical matchup, DiningNY.com outscored Verdi's Restauran, 52-47. Down by 12 points at halftime, DiningNY.com was able to surge back in the second half behind the combined offensive play of Philip Leist, Edward Johnston and Marc... Comment.

It’s ‘wait till this year’ for Midville Dodgers Seniors

The old Brooklyn Dodgers cry of “Wait till next year,” should not be heard this season in Middle Village. The Midville Dodgers’ upcoming 2001 season is shaping up just fine for the Midville Seniors squad (ages... Comment.

Police Blotter: Whitestone boy injured by fireworks; dad arrested

The child was taken to New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens and was listed in stable condition for... Comment.

Editorial: All choked up

The battle raging on the western shores of Queens pits a powerful and oftentimes arrogant state-run authority against environmentalists who won’t hesitate to exaggerateor to exploit the locals in their war against traditional forms of power. Add to that mix Peter Vallone (D-Astoria), the city council speaker whose dream of becoming the next mayor of the City of New York is rapidly fading and Councilman Steven DiBrienza (D-Brooklyn), who is also fighting the NYPA in his home district. They were joined by executives from Silvercup Studios, where “The Sopranos” is produc Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Don’t expect us over-50s to just go away

The line was long. I was waiting for a movie-invitation hand-out at the subway station. I grabbed one and it read: “This invitation will admit you and one guest to attend a free screening of ‘Chocolat,’ a current Miramax film. There will be no admission charge. You and the guest must be 17 to 54 years of age and must not be associated with the entertainment industry or the media.” Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: California dog attack has lessons for us here

Before starting on an update of past events, for those awaiting an opportunity to have a special evening out, you may want to note on your calendar that the Federated Blocks of Laurelton plans a 29th Anniversary Dinner Dance, on March 31. The celebration will be held at Antun’s, 96-43 Springfield Blvd., Queens Village. The cost is $60 per person. For more information call: 525-1152. Comment.

Point of View: Trash transfer station bad idea for Flushing

Flushing is a fast-growing metropolis in its own right, with a large population of new immigrants and a good deal of oriental food stores, restaurants and renovated shops that have brightened its image as a booming commercial center in New York City. Comment.

Van Buren eliminated by Clinton, 49-40

But even with its bizarre sub-plots, the main story line in the... Comment.

The Civic Scene: Yet another teacher casualty of system

Last week I described the panel I recently attended at Queens Borough Hall on the “Preparation, Recruitment, Certification and Development” of teachers. I described some of the problems in some of our schools which drive out competent, dedicated teachers. I also told of positive accomplishments in our schools. Comment.

To The Point: College Point offers ways to volunteer

If you heard all the barking, all those beautiful well-groomed dogs were heading for Madison Square Garden and the 125th Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show. Comment.

Knish Nosh rewrites its history in Rego Park

“We’re sitting tight” he has repeatedly told longtime customers of the well-worn and... Comment.

Mothers, sisters right their wrongs

Watching Elizabeth Hernandez make the rounds at her office — a formidable woman with dark, shoulder-length hair walking the corridors with keys in hand, locking and unlocking doors — it is easy to evoke the image of her in her former role as women’s warden on Rikers Island. Comment.

Juniper Park Civic names Alan Hevesi man of year

When he drops by on Feb. 22, the JPCA... Comment.

Infighting leads to arrests at Woodside church mass

The police action was the latest development in a... Comment.

Thomson seeks Board of Ed presidency

Thompson, of Brooklyn, took over as head of the board in 1998 when Queens... Comment.

Borough politicians pose questions of black ‘triumphs and tragedies’

Led by City Councilwoman and borough president aspirant Helen Marshall (D-Elmhurst), the panelists... Comment.

Rosedale man killed in L.I. burglary attempt

Three male residents and one woman who was visiting were inside the home at 28 East Cedar St. in... Comment.

AirTrain loop on airport almost done

The train’s two-mile loop around the... Comment.

Boro board OK’s sale of land for JFK cargo

The City Council is set to vote on... Comment.

Roots of term limits law traced back to Corona

As an heir to the Estée Lauder cosmetic fortune, the owner of several private businesses and a philanthropist, Ronald Lauder wears many hats, but his spokeswoman says he has never been more dedicated to any pursuit than to the setting of city council term limits. Comment.

Springfield Gardens student arrested in assault on teacher

April Payne, 18, was arrested and charged with assault, while the teacher, Ronald Worch, was take to... Comment.

Goodwill Industries offers more than clothes

Anyone who’s ever been strapped for cash — or desperate for a last-minute Halloween costume — has... Comment.

Jamaica Center hopes for another landmark

The eight-story building at 90-04 161st St. in Jamaica Center was built... Comment.

Roy Wilkins stamp unveiled in Jamaica

The stamp, which features a... Comment.

Term limits brings new wave of politicians

With the entire Queens delegation to the City Council due to be swept away by term limits in November, more than 50 candidates have thrown their hats into the ring in the hopes that some of the borough’s longtime members do not succeed in repealing the law. Comment.

Queens DA charges pair with posing as attorneys

Under separate complaints, the two men — Marion Marable, 67, of South... Comment.

Waste site puts crimp in plans for Willets Pt.

The city looks at Willets Point and envisions an office building, a convention center, maybe even a stadium. The state, however, sees it as an immediate solution to its garbage debacle — a place to temporarily stash 1,000 tons of refuse each day once the city’s last remaining landfill is closed in December. Comment.

Padavan pushes bill to improve bus safety

Both state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) and... Comment.

New Wendy’s owner quiet on plans for massacre site

A Flushing businessman who introduced the city to his trendy chain of Wok and Roll fast-food restaurants in the mid-1980s said Tuesday he had purchased the shuttered Wendy’s on Main Street earlier this month but had not yet finalized plans for developing the property. Comment.

Newborn found dead in sewer

The child was found Friday in a sewer on... Comment.

Five plead guilty to conning elderly out of $14K

Four men and a woman known as Scottish travelers pleaded guilty Friday to charges of duping a handful of elderly Queens residents into letting them enter their homes, then stealing money and jewelry or convincing them to write checks for work that would never be performed. Comment.

Trapped Creedmoor crane operator rescued

Using their hands, saws and hydraulic lifts to sift through an enormous pile of debris, rescue workers staged a dramatic rescue on the Creedmoor Psychiatric Campus that saved the life of a crane operator who was buried under tons of steel and cement last week. Comment.

Elections Board confirms candidates

The city Board of Elections confirmed this week that it has records for two of the eight candidates running for City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) 19th Councilmanic District seat, a spokesman for the agency said, reversing its previous assertions to the contrary. Comment.

Little Neck students celebrate diversity with food

With spring rolls, Korean pancakes, Irish soda bread, baked ziti and an unimaginable variety of other foods at every turn, PS 94 in Little Neck transformed itself Friday morning into a culinary United Nations for the school’s annual International Food Festival. Comment.

Charges against Benitez dropped by Queens DA

In a statement issued Friday, DA Richard Brown said after an investigation conducted by... Comment.

Retarded Wendy’s killer expected to get life term

Justice Stephen Fisher of State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens... Comment.

Briarwood man foundguilty of murdering teen

Thomas Hernandez, 21, of 135-22 Coolidge Ave. in Briarwood faces a maximum sentence of 25 years... Comment.

Pataki pushes cuts in air fuel tax to lower fares

Pataki's proposal was part of amendments to the 2001-02... Comment.

Thomson praises Levy on council of biz leaders

The new Management Advisory Council,... Comment.

4K gallons of heating oil found on #7 train tracks

The incident was first reported Tuesday... Comment.

Judge issues order to halt LIC plants

Justice Joseph Golia ruled in favor of Silvercup Studios,... Comments (1).

Pols back ‘smart lights’ for boulevard pedestrians

A Green Line bus struck a 43-year-old pedestrian on Queens Boulevard at 71st Avenue at 7 p.m. Monday night, police said, the latest casualty in a string of deaths and injuries that have rocked the neighborhoods that line the borough’s main thoroughfare. Comment.

Woman filed false report on cop: Police

Detective Carolyn Chew, a... Comment.

Crowley presents findings on crowded schools

The finding comes from a report prepared at Crowley’s... Comment.

Richmond Hill drug program helps ex-cons

Watching Elizabeth Hernandez make the rounds at her office — a formidable woman with dark, shoulder-length hair walking the corridors with keys in hand, locking and unlocking doors — it is easy to evoke the image of her in her former role as women’s warden on Rikers Island. Comment.

Children remember dead friend

But in the nearly eight months since Christopher, 11, was hit... Comment.

Dining Out: Vivo in Bayside under new management, but old charm remains

And that's good. It was and is handsome space. Bi-level seating adds excitement. There's an eagle's nest on high in the rear where you can get a bird's-eye view of the entire restaurant. And you can peer out.... Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

The Flushing YMCA, 138-46 Northern Blvd., offers free computer ., recreational swimming, game room time, and other activities for children ages 8-18 every Saturday from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. 718-961-6880. Comment.

Driver rams car into Ozone Pk. man

The victim, Shankar Bharrat of 118th Street, was taken to Jamaica Hospital’s... Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Douglaston Community Theatre is casting for the Broadway Thriller Night Watch by Lucille Fletcher at the Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Ave., Douglaston on Tues., March 13 and 15 at 8 p.m. and on Sat., March 17 at 1 p.m. Performances will be May 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 18 and 19. 516-338-6234. Comment.

‘Materials for the Arts’ joins LIC culture

The city's Materials for the Arts program is relocating to Long Island City in March to expand operations and improve its services to public schools and social, health, and community service organizations. Comment.

Pols speak of black ‘triumphs and tragedies’

The Queens Historical Society tackled, "Where We Were and Where We Are in Queens and Beyond" at the Flushing Library earlier this Black History Month. Comment.

Angel sent to Thalia to herald Judgment Day

Angels-among-us genres have always been popular with audiences. There was, of course, the legendary "It's a Wonderful Life," John Travolta and Nicholas Cage played angels in two recent movies, and TV has used the idea in "Highway to Heaven" and currently, "Touched by an Angel." Comment.

Cunningham Park gets $$$ for new bathrooms

Following City Councilman Sheldon Leffler’s (D-Hollis) withdrawal of funding for the planned construction of bathrooms at McLaughlin Playground — which Community Board 8 approved in January — it now appears certain the dollars will instead go toward renovating bathrooms in Cunningham Park. Comment.

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