Thursday, Jan. 3, 2002

SJU Red Storm routs Quinnipiac, 97-60

With the Big East season just around the corner and fresh off a win against the nationally-ranked Demon Deacons of Wake Forest, the St. John’s men’s basketball team got some easy work in Saturday afternoon, soundly drubbing the Quinnipiac Braves, 97-60, before a sellout crowd of 6,008 at Alumni Hall. Comment.

TimesLedger CHSAA Coach of the Year: Andy Kostell

While we struggled with many of the All-Queens selections in both the CHSAA and the PSAL, picking Andy Kostell as CHSAA Soccer Coach of the Year was a no-brainer. Comment.

2001 TimesLedger All-Queens CHSAA Soccer Teams

Danny Torres    Sr.    GK     St. Francis Prep Comment.

TimesLedger PSAL Player of the Year: Han Soo Jun

Han Soo Jun didn’t surprise anyone this year. Everyone in the city knew the Flushing senior midfielder was one of the best soccer players around, yet the Korean-born speedster had his way with opponents anyway. Comment.

TimesLedger PSAL Coach of the Year: Louis Llull

Louis Llull is not the 2001 TimesLedger PSAL Soccer Coach of the Year because he has the best strategy on corner kicks or has the perfectly executed offside trap. If that were the only criteria, then three or four others in the borough would have been awarded the honor. Comment.

2001 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL Soccer Teams

Tallin Lamonaca    Sr.    GK Bayside Comment.

Holy Cross hockey bounces back

Will the real Holy Cross hockey team please stand up. Comment.

Mary Louis tops Fontbonne Hall

The Mary Louis Academy Hilltoppers won their second game of the season Saturday night, defeating Fontbonne Hall, 55-31 to advance to the semifinals of the St. Francis College Girls Tournament. Comment.

Queens hip-hop king: Simmons’ new book describes life on the streets of Hollis

literature over the last hundred years. Russell Simmons’s new book, “Life and Def,” not only redefines the American dream to suit his life and story, but he takes us on a journey, an... Comment.

Robeson holds of St. Francis Prep

After falling behind by 20 after one quarter, the St. Francis Prep boys’ varsity basketball team made a valiant comeback against the Robeson Eagles in the semifinals of the 40th annual Monsignor King Tournament, only to fall 69-64 Saturday. Comment.

Some Highs, some lows for Queens sports in 2001

For the Queens College men’s basketball team, the 2000-01 season proved to be a historic one as the Knights earned their first-ever bid to the Division II NCAA tournament last March. Comment.

Metro Interior Contracting tops VFW Post # 4784

Metro Interior Contracting defeated VFW Post #4784 by 10 points, as Joseph Shade, a new addition to Metro Interior, continued to be a strong presence inside. Logan Frankel and Aris Santis contributed most of Metro's points with Mike Gallagher and Steven Foley adding to the win with their hustle. Metro Interior's record is now 3-5. Comment.

Erin’s Isle skates past Jesse Halpern to capture cup

Minor Division Championship Comment.

OLS Novice girls advance with 18-11 win

Playing without center Tina Khiani, the rest of the Our Lady of the Snows Novice girls basketball team stepped up and played beautifully to defeat St. Matthias of Ridgewood, 18-11, in the St. Mary Winfield Christmas Tournament. Comment.

Editorial: Well done, Claire

For New York City, Jan. 1, 2002, marked the end of an era as the Giuliani administration passed on the torch to Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his new team at City Hall. But with all of the well-deserved attention focused on the departing mayor, the city has overlooked the passing of another era. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Janus unlocks doors to welcome new year

January is the first calendar month to greet the new year. It was named by the ancient Romans for Janus, their god of beginnings. Janus was also the god of gates, locks, and doorways. Comment.

Point of View: Scam artists take advantage of boro recession

The United States has been in recession since March, ending a 10-year economic boom, recent government data show. Recession means people lose their jobs, and consumers lose their confidence in the economy. The lingering bearish stock market reflects the problem. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Attend school concerts, support your local arts

This is the season when peace on earth is supposed to abound and we are encouraged to be generous with each other, at least in spirit. Unfortunately, things do not always go the way we would like them to go. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Edison HS graduate U.S. Navy commander

In an age when the bashing of the New York City public schools and their teachers is a common occurrence, it is great to find a story about the accomplishment of one of our high school graduates. Comment.

To The Point: College Point welcomes new challenges in 2002

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. The holidays have passed, but we want to wish you a wonderful new year as well as your family and friends. Comment.

Astoria center presents Three Kings festival

The Three Kings who greeted Jesus after his birth will be on hand to pass gifts along to borough children at a re-enactment of their Biblical visit this weekend. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Plants, first on food chain, have to ‘eat,’ too

Most gardeners are aware that a good grade fertilizer can do wonders for their lawns. The traditional combination, often designated with a trio of numbers such as 10-10-10 or 25-10-10, reads like a “one –a –day” vitamin pill for plants. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

North Shore Multiple Listing Service Comment.

Find best health club by searching web site

Many Americans wonder how people manage to stay motivated enough to maintain a regular workout routine. While there is not one magical remedy, a number of people have discovered that finding the right health or sports club is a big part of the solution. Comment.

Women’s center staves off Totten eviction

After hiring a lawyer to negotiate with the city, the Queens Women’s Center has gotten a brief postponement of its eviction from Bayside’s Fort Totten, said Ann Jawin, founder of the women’s center. Comment.

Bayside woman answered call in World War II

In World War II recruiting posters across America asked volunteers to become “The Woman Behind the Man Behind the Gun.” Bella Abramowitz Fisher of Bayside was among the thousands who responded to the appeal. Comment.

Giuliani strikes tentative deal for new Mets ballpark

Working feverishly in his final innings as mayor to cement one of his most beloved projects, Rudolph Giuliani said Friday he had struck a tentative deal to build new stadiums for the Mets and Yankees. Comment.

Shulman took charge after scandal shook borough

Claire Shulman’s 1986 appointment as Queens borough president was anything but a triumph. Comment.

Queens Village GOP club taps Philip Sica for prez

Philip Sica, a Bellerose Manor resident, was elected as the new president of the Queens Village Republican Club at the club’s December meeting. Comment.

Borough Sikhs fight NYPD dress code

Amric Singh Rathour sat in class at the NYPD’s training academy in June hoping to fill the pages of a thin, black spiral notebook with specifics on issuing parking and moving violations. Comment.

Spigner recalls good times as term ends

After more than 26 years as a city councilman, Deputy Majority Leader Archie Spigner (D-St. Albans) said “goodbye” to Community Board 12 members and other southeast Queens organizations in December, but promised not to be a stranger in the neighborhood. Comment.

Peruvian airline boosts growth of JFK’s Terminal 4

More than six months after its grand-opening, JFK Airport’s new Terminal 4 continued to celebrate new developments last month as a Peruvian airline chose Queens’ newest terminal as its New York base of operations and began service to the Dominican Republic. Comment.

Greek wood carver shapes his art in Astoria

The Astoria Boulevard woodshop run by Konstaninos Pilarinos provides a humble home for a sacred trade. Comment.

Vallone exits Council with sense of pride

A lot of things have changed in New York City since City Council Speaker Peter Vallone (D-Astoria) first stepped into office in January 1974. Comment.

Joe Biondi, longtime ambulance prez, dies at 53

Joseph Biondi loved Wednesday nights. Comment.

Disaster aid buoys biz hit by 9/11

When air traffic came to a halt nationwide following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, the immediate financial blow to airports soon rippled across the economy of Queens and the nation. Comment.

Police bust boyfriend of Laurelton murder victim

One day after a 28-year-old woman was stabbed to death at her home in Laurelton, police arrested her live-in boyfriend last Thursday and charged him with the murder, authorities said. Comment.

Mets boost Bravest spirits, adopt firehouse in Maspeth

On Sept. 16, a crowd of thousands gathered around the Maspeth firehouse of Haz Mat 1 and Squad 288 in a tribute to the 19 men both companies lost at the World Trade Center. Comment.

TimesLedger CHSAA Player of the Year: T.J. O’Leary

It became clear when Archbishop Molloy defeated St. John the Baptist to win the CHSAA state soccer crown that a member of the Stanners would be named TimesLedger CHSAA Queens Player of the Year. But as is so often the case with championship teams, there were several players deserving of the honor. Comment.

New greenstreet brightens space in front of MetLife

Less than two months after MetLife moved into its new home on Queens Plaza, the neighborhood has already begun to blossom thanks to three newly planted traffic islands directly outside the company’s front door. Comment.

Borough murders dip below century mark

For the first time in more than three decades there were fewer than 100 murders in 2001 in the borough, the Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

No money for parking at AirTrain

As the day approaches when the AirTrain opens in Jamaica and plans to transform Sutphin Boulevard into a corporate center begin to take shape, the parking problem in downtown Jamaica remains unsolved. Comment.

Pataki urges Americans to keep flying to Queens

Queens’ economy, which has been bruised by the decline in air travel and the loss of nearly 4,000 aviation-related jobs in Queens, got a boost last week when Gov. George Pataki announced the creation of the “Keep America Flying” campaign. Comment.

‘Buddha’ Jennings makes debut with Stony Brook

With sweat still dripping from his brow almost 20 minutes after Stony Brook’s 60-52 loss to Binghamton in both team’s America East conference opener Saturday, Larry Jennings summed up his first collegiate game in nearly a year and a half in three words. Comment.

Povman looks back on 31 years

The longest running and perhaps most successful detour in borough history came to an end Dec. 31, when Councilman Morton Povman’s 31-year reign as District 24 councilman was halted by term limits. Comment.

76th Queens Boulevard accident victim dies of injuries

The 63-year-old Jamaica Estates woman struck by a van on Queens Boulevard Dec. 19 died last week in Jamaica Hospital, becoming the 76th person killed on the dangerous roadway since 1993. Comment.

DA prosecutor busted in 109th prostitute case

A prosecutor from the Queens district attorney’s office who had worked on prostitution cases was arrested Friday for patronizing a prostitute, police said. Comment.

Wife dies, man kills self: Cops

By Dustin Brown Comment.

Glen Oaks corps’ home ahead of schedule

The Glen Oaks Ambulance Corps had scheduled the groundbreaking for the construction project to rebuild its fire-ravaged headquarters, but a strange turn of events canceled the Dec. 30 ceremony. Comment.

Claire Shulman looks back on 4 fruitful terms

Claire Shulman spent one of her final days in office as Queens borough president last month showing off her staff’s latest creation: a little book the longtime Queens leader calls “the bible.” Comment.

Reconstruction expected to close Jamaica bridge

At the end of the month, the Guy R. Brewer bridge over the Belt Parkway in South Jamaica will be closed for a yearlong reconstruction project. Comment.

Councilman honors boro airline on trip to Guyana

In a move to show support for both a new business and a traditionally underrepresented ethnic group in his district, Councilman Allan Jennings (D-Jamaica) flew to Guyana last Thursday on Universal Airlines for a five-day tour of the South American nation. Comment.

In song, dance southeast Queens celebrates Kwanzaa

Through dancing, poetry and shopping, hundreds came to celebrate Kwanzaa Saturday at August Martin HS in South Jamaica. Comment.

Northeast Queens man recalls his homelessness

Frederick Robert Bedell Jr. is a man who works 60 hours a week, keeps up with his charitable activities and can quote Kipling at the drop of a hat. Comment.

Weiner asks feds to watch jet emissions near airports

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) has called on a federal agency to monitor jetliner emissions in an area around John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia airports. Comment.

LIJ nurses give dying mom gift of son’s visit

Patricia Farrell, Laqueta Robbins and the nurses on Long Island Jewish Medical Center’s eighth floor were not sure they could find Adelaida Figueroa’s only son, U.S. Navy Airman Fabian Arias, let alone get him back to Queens to visit his terminally ill mother for Christmas. Comment.

State prepares for next onset of West Nile

When it comes to the West Nile virus, the state Health Department’s work is never done. Comment.

Liu sworn in for Council as first Asian-American

New York’s two senators and a wealth of Queens political leaders came to the Flushing Library Thursday evening to attend the installation of John Liu as Flushing’s new city council member. Comment.

Farm Museum director merges work, life

Sitting and talking to Amy Fischetti, executive director of the Queens County Farm Museum, one thing becomes apparent — separating the person from the job is nearly impossible. Comment.

LIC factory slightly damaged in 2 small fires

Businesses in a Long Island City factory building have continued operating after sustaining minimal damage in two fires that struck within a week of one another late last month. Comment.

Community says goodbye to dedicated mail carrier

For more than 30 years Salvatore Leone delivered mail to homes, apartments and businesses around Bayside with a smile, and when his patrons learned the longtime mail carrier was going to retire, they were dismayed. Comment.

Queens hospitals plan against bioterrorism

As a result of the attacks on the United States on Sept. 11 and the subsequent anthrax scare, both hospitals in Flushing have developed plans for dealing with possible bioterrorism. Comment.

Vito Caputo tree lighting is a Flushing tradition

Vito Caputo and his Christmas tree have developed a reputation. Comment.

NE Queens retail sales stronger than expected

On Friday, Macy’s in downtown Flushing was a wreck. Comment.

City meets with neighbors of new Creedmoor campus

In an effort to alleviate community concerns and fears over the construction of the Glen Oaks School Campus, City Councilman-elect David Weprin (D-Hollis) organized a meeting between the School Construction Authority and community leaders last month. Comment.

Police Blotter: Driver killed in 2-car accident

KEW GARDENS HILLS — At 4:40 p.m. Friday, a 1990 Toyota attempting to make a left turn at Main Street and 78th Road collided with a 1998 GMC traveling south-bound on Main Street, said police Comment.

Woodside woman 7th victim of Herald Square crash

A Woodside woman died Friday morning from injuries she sustained when a van careened out of control in Herald Square and crashed into a Queens bus the previous afternoon, making her the seventh fatality in the city’s deadliest pedestrian accident in a decade. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Oratorio Society Of Queens, under the artistic direction of David Close, invites singers to join in the 75th anniversary celebration of our group. Weekly rehearsals will begin Monday, Jan., 7 at 7:45 pm in the North Presbyterian Church, 154th Street and 26th Avenue in Flushing. No choral experience is necessary. Prospective members must be able to carry a tune and have a simple listening audition. Newcomers are requested to arrive at 7:30. Our spring program will include highlights from great choral masterpieces. For information call 718-460-0726. Comment.

From Kansas to Douglaston, with love

It’s a bit more than 1,400 miles between McPherson, Kansas and Douglaston, but the distance seemed like nothing last week when seven volunteers from the tiny Midwestern town paid a visit to the Alley Pond Environmental Center’s Winterfest activities. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Bentt scores knockout in movie role

Anyone who knows me at all was well aware that I would be one of the first to stand in line to watch the new film “Ali”, starring Will Smith as the boxer dubbed “The Greatest”. And it’s not that I’m just a big boxing fan, which I surely am, but for a host of other reasons as well. Comment.

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