Thursday, March 14, 2002

Naclerio to receive honor at NABC convention

Not even Ron Naclerio believes it, but his name is now linked with basketball coaching legend John Wooden. Comment.

St. Peter’s edges St. Francis Prep is Game 1, 5-3

In a game dominated by power-play goals, the chances the St. Francis Prep hockey team didn’t convert with the man advantage were the difference in a 5-3 loss to red-hot St. Peter’s in the opening game of the best-of-three CHSHL ‘B’ championship series Tuesday at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Comment.

St. Peter’s edges St. Francis Prep in Game 1, 5-3

In a game dominated by power-play goals, the chances the St. Francis Prep hockey team didn’t convert with the man advantage were the difference in a 5-3 loss to red-hot St. Peter’s in the opening game of the best-of-three CHSHL ‘B’ championship series Tuesday at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Comment.

St. John’s Prep girls fall short to St. Edmund Prep in semis

Diane Buono knew it was over. As soon as her three-point attempt was in the basket, Buono raised her arms in triumph and thought to herself, “that’s it, we won.” Comment.

Queens filmmaker seeks to redefine identity of African Americans through positive imagery

What we know as the American film industry got its start in Queens, at the Kaufman Studios 100 years ago. Since then, the movie business has gradually developed its major location in Hollywood. That name is now synonymous with multi-billion dollar profits and celebrities. Comment.

MV Dodgers teams preparing for upcoming season

Workouts and tryouts will begin this weekend for the Midville Dodgers Freshmen team, ages 13 and 14 (no player can turn 15 before Aug. 1). It is expected that if the mild weather continues the team will workout outdoors at Juniper Valley Park. Interested players should call Manager Bill Schindler (718) 446-6454 and leave their name, phone number and date of birth. Comment.

OLS Novice girls shine in championship thriller

The Our Lady of the Snows fifth-grade girls’ basketball team saved its best game of the year for the final game of the year. The girls played their hearts out in a beautifully played and tremendously exciting game. The championship game of the annual Corpus Christi post season basketball tournament was all of that and more as the OLS team was edged by St. Joan of Arc of Jackson Heights in the games’ final seconds, 33-31. Comment.

Editorial: Who is a minority?

Without trying, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) has caused an identity crisis within the city’s Black and Hispanic Caucus. As reported last week, Weprin, who is Jewish, said he was asked by two members of the minority caucus to join their group because they had learned that his mother was Cuban. Comment.

Editorial: Is justice dead?

In the days since an Appeals Court overturned the verdicts against Thomas Bruder, Thomas Wiese and Charles Schwarz, the former police officers convicted in the vicious attack on Abner Louima, some Queens residents appear certain that the judicial sky is falling. The decision of the court, they say, is proof that African Americans cannot get justice in New York City. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Not just the Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

They’re victor and victim, a star and a clod; But mostly they’re IRISH. In love with their God. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Judge people by their character, not their color

In the Feb. 7 issue of this newspaper, reporter Adam Kramer wrote a very interesting article entitled “Black history needed in all other months.” I agree. Comment.

Jamaican music rules in Jamaica store

From the colorful posters and flyers that highlight new album releases, to the boxes of records and CDs that are stacked atop each other, and from the workers busily engaging themselves with chores at the warehouse and retail outlet of VP Records on Jamaica Avenue, it is pretty obvious that a thriving business is still growing. Comment.

Our History: L.I. ‘Farmer Poet’ voyages with Mark Twain

The recent television special highlighting the life of author Mark Twain brought to mind his meeting with the self-styled “Farmer Poet” of Long Island, Bloodgood Haviland Cutter. The two were fated to meet on an ocean voyage. Cutter was to boast of this for the rest of his life. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Boro’s many worthy groups seek funding at hearings

I spent most of Feb. 21 at the public hearing conducted by Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. I must congratulate our borough president for sitting through almost all of the testimony. Her knowledge of the requests which the many groups brought to her attention shows her qualifications for the position to which we elected her last November. There were 161 listed speakers. I stayed through speaker 95 and Helen was sitting and listening when I left about 5:30 p.m. Comment.

To The Point: Edison students complete Sept. 11 memorial quilt

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

Monahan &Fitzgerald marks 15th anniversary

After 15 years of working to make their namesake Bayside restaurant a success, partners John Monahan and Jim Fitzgerald have learned to live a little, Fitzgerald said recently. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 220-28 64 Ave., Condo, $275,000, Bed 3, Bath 2, Construction: Brick, Taxes: $1,400 Comment.

Cops arrest teacher on sex charges

A teacher at a Ridgewood elementary school was arrested at the district offices of School Board 24 Friday on charges he sexually abused a student and harassed two others, including referring to one of them as “his wife,” police said. Comments (1).

Pataki sets date to replace Rhodd-Cummings

Gov. George Pataki has set April 16 as a special election date to fill the state Assembly seat in District 31 in southeast Queens left vacant since the death of Pauline Rhodd-Cummings earlier this year. Comment.

Flushing Town Hall wants Huang’s RKO Theater

Flushing Town Hall is looking to purchase the rundown RKO Keith’s Theater at the foot of Main Street from Douglaston developer Tommy Huang, the cultural center’s executive director said. Comment.

Great Neck treats Hughes to parade worthy of gold

It was a spectacle unlike any other to besiege the town of Great Neck, a crazy burst of fanfare and adulation that electrified an ordinarily quiet street with the glow of Sarah Hughes’ Olympic gold. Comment.

Sikh temple burns, 8 hurt as leaders vow to rebuild

A mysterious fire destroyed the 118th Street temple that served as the cultural and religious epicenter of the Richmond Hill Sikh community early Friday morning, leaving a 37-year old visitor from India in critical condition and injuring seven others. Comment.

Sikhs pray around smoldering temple ruins

The sound of firefighters shooting water onto the smoldering wood frame of the Sikh Cultural Society could not drown out the voices of hundreds of Sikhs who gathered in the street to pray Friday night in the shadow of their temple. Comment.

I thought it was the last moment: Temple survivor

The fire that decimated the Sikh Cultural Society and critically injured a 37-year-old visitor from India could have been far more devastating were it not for the quick action of a 60-year-old man who was awakened by the sound of a smoke alarm, survivors of the blaze said. Comment.

Liu foresees Flushing as ‘destination of choice’

By Alexander Dworkowitz Comment.

Laurelton school uses store to teach, build self-esteem

The students in the Lifeskills program at the Martin de Porres school in Springfield Gardens are setting up shop — literally. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: It’s time to give Jarvis, SJU respect

I never knew Donald Emanuel was a comedian. The 6-foot-8 senior forward on the St. John’s men’s basketball team provided the media perhaps the most reason to smile at the school’s “Selection Sunday” event this past weekend. Comment.

Rosedale teen volunteer piles up contest awards

Ask Rosedale resident Rebecca Mader about the slew of contests she’s won in the past two months, and the 15-year-old just giggles and shrugs. Comment.

New commander takes charge of 109th Pct.

The 109th Precinct has a new boss, and he’s just as surprised to find out as everybody else. Comment.

Queens ‘Nightline’ edition tackles civil rights issues

When Ted Koppel was prepping his audience for Friday night’s live broadcast of a “Nightline” town meeting in the Queens Boulevard Elks Lodge, he told people to freely express their emotions during a potentially divisive discussion of homeland security. Comment.

Sikh Coalition campaigns for Ozone Park traffic cop

A national coalition of more than 50 Sikh organizations has launched a campaign to challenge the NYPD’s no-turban rule, demanding that fired Ozone Park traffic cop Amric Singh Rathour be given his job back. Comment.

Stress disorder common after Sept. 11 attack

Monday marked the sixth month anniversary of the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. And just like people can recall where they were at the exact moment of the Kennedy assassination, people know what they were doing and where they were at 8:46 a.m. when the first of the two commercial jets struck the Twin Towers. Comment.

Boro’s Catholic officers meet in Queens Village

The New York City Police Department’s Holy Name Society for Queens and Brooklyn held its communion breakfast Sunday at Antun’s after attending the 9 a.m. mass at Our Lady of Lords Church at 93rd Street and Springfield Avenue in Queens Village. The organization is a fraternal order of Catholic police officers. Comment.

State senate pays tribute to boro cop

A Queens Village resident who died while saving the lives of others on Sept. 11 was honored Monday for her bravery by the state Senate. Comment.

Queens Women’s Center fights eviction in court

The battle of Building #401 took another twist this week with the Queens Women’s Center winning an additional month’s stay in its longtime Fort Totten headquarters after the city’s so-called final Feb. 28 eviction deadline came and went. Comment.

Feds look at ‘97 incident for clues to Flight 587 crash

Federal investigators searching for the cause of the American Airlines Flight 587 crash at Belle Harbor in November have found what they term an “indication of damage” to the tail of another Airbus A300 jetliner that faltered on takeoff in Florida. Comment.

Fishing in Flushing Bay not a good idea: Expert

Queens residents should not fish in the Flushing Bay, a representative from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance warned at a Monday meeting. Comment.

Business loans help keep jobs in southeast Queens

Six below-market-rate loans, totaling over $1 million, were approved by the Greater Jamaica Local Development Company to help area businesses create and retain 144 jobs in southeast Queens. Comment.

Greek Orthodox leader makes visit to Astoria

The spiritual leader of world’s 300 million Orthodox Christians was greeted with a jubilant reception Friday for his visit to St. Demetrios Cathedral in Astoria, where the neighborhood’s strong ties to Greece appeared to convince him he stood in the true Athens of America. Comment.

Houdini statue reappears in New Hyde Park home

After a succession of disappearing acts from a Glendale cemetery, the decades-old bust of legendary magician Harry Houdini rematerialized Friday at a New Hyde Park home in a surprising turn that rivaled the dynamism of its model. Comment.

Councilman denies attempt to kick rival off Board 11

Newly elected City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) has supposedly been exploring ways to get a former Democratic campaign rival thrown off Community Board 11 in Bayside, political sources said. Comment.

Two Flushing residents charged in insurance fraud ring: DA

Thirty men and women, ranging from a school teacher to a man with suspected mob ties, were arraigned Tuesday for an insurance fraud ring that involved stolen vehicles worth $1.6 million, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced. Comment.

Jamaica Con Ed closing up this weekend

After repeated attempts, Con Ed is finally closing the doors of its last Queens customer service center at 92-15 Union Hall St. in Jamaica this weekend. Comment.

Jamaica boy scouts take southeast Queens by storm

Boy Scouting is alive and well in southeast Queens, according to Unit 419, a Jamaica-based Boy Scout troop that just celebrated 36 years of scouting. Comment.

Kelly visits 103rd Pct. council meeting

Focusing on eight key issues, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told the 103rd Precinct Community Council Tuesday night that although crime is down in the precinct and the borough, there is still a ways to go. Comment.

Glen Oaks Kmart to close due to bankruptcy trouble

The ax has fallen for the third time the Glen Oaks Shopping Mall. Kmart announced Friday it plans to shutter its Glen Oaks branch along with 283 stores nationwide. Comment.

It’s just another day for Hollis Hills centenarian

Irving Lasner sat in his chair with his head gently resting in his right hand as he contemplated the past 100 years. Comment.

Cops: No special treatment for Grasso after burglaries

The quiet, normally tranquil neighborhoods of northeast Queens often attract residents who hold high-ranking positions in city life. Comment.

Bayside precinct commends 9/11 rescuers with plaque

Northeast Queens is far from Ground Zero, but Monday’s six- month anniversary of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack still unleashed strong emotions in this corner of the city. Comment.

113th Precinct remembers those lost in Sept. 11 attack

The 113th Police Precinct, along with other precincts across the city, held a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m. Monday to commemorate commemoration of the six-month anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks. Comment.

Boro psyche slowly heals 6 months after attack

On Sept. 11 no buildings fell in Queens, but the psychological, emotional and monetary tremors resounded throughout the borough that day and during the last six months since the worst terrorist attack on American soil took place. Comment.

Jewish group pays tribute to Sept. 11 rescue worker

On the morning of Sept. 11, and the days that followed, all that paramedic Patrick Bahnken could hear was the high-pitched beeping sound coming from firefighters’ oxygen tanks once they ran out of air. Comment.

Avella opens up new shop on Bell Blvd. in Bayside

From his new perch above Bell Boulevard, City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) doesn’t have to walk too far if he wants to keep a close eye on his constituents. Comment.

Rabbi confused by community outrage

The rabbi of a Bayside synagogue which wants to reconstruct its 26th Avenue house of worship said this week he has been puzzled by community opposition to the construction. Comment.

Subway repainting worries merchants

The repainting of the elevated subway line by the Ditmars Boulevard stop in Astoria is not slated to begin for another two years, but merchants are already nervous about the effect the lengthy construction process may have on the vibrant shopping district. Comment.

School District 28 parents meet with pols

Impending budget cuts were the issue of the day when parents from PS 206 met with elected officials at the Rego Park school’s second annual legislative breakfast Friday. Comment.

Stadium project produces St. John’s parking crunch

Student Vincent Guadagno said he circles the parking lots at St. John’s University for an hour on many mornings, hoping for an open space. His friend and fellow student, Patrick Devlin, doesn’t bother searching for scarce openings: he parks off-campus instead. Comment.

Native Spanish speakers get new language lessons

Spanish teacher Marguerita Argueso bears a strong resemblance to Anne Robinson, former host of television’s “The Weakest Link,” as she stands behind a wooden podium in a black pantsuit and gold-rimmed glasses firing questions at her students. Comment.

JFK security guards took hostages at Staples: Cops

A botched robbery that led to a night-long hostage standoff at a Long Island Staples store last week was allegedly carried out by a pair of JFK Airport security guards who are also believed to have pulled a similar heist at the LaGuardia Community College Bookstore last year, police said. Comment.

QCC plays host to first kosher food vending cart

If you find yourself hankering for a good old kosher classic, there is now only one place to go for speedy service. Last week Bayside’s Queensborough Community College became the official home of the world’s first patented kosher... Comment.

Violence in Israel troubles Queens’ Jewish residents

As the violence escalates between the Israelis and the Palestinians and there seems to be no peace accord in site, concern for the state of Israel has become the hot button topic for the Queens’ Jewish population and Jews all over the globe. Comment.

Court rules hearings must come before booth closure

An appeals court has barred the New York City Transit Authority from shutting down or curtailing operating hours of subway station token booths without first holding public hearings. Comment.

Flushing drug dealer gets 25 years for 1996 killing

Henry Vega, Flushing’s notorious drug dealer, last week was given the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for the 1996 murder of a Middle Village man after several members of the victim’s family rebuked the killer. Comment.

Board 7 okays expansion for Whitestone homeowner

Monday night’s Community Board 7 meeting turned into a heated debate about illegal conversions when a Whitestone couple asked for approval of a variance to allow them to expand their home. Comment.

Bloomberg teaches water conservation in school visit

After teaching a class of Middle Village second graders about the state’s reservoir system, Mayor Michael Bloomberg warned that the city may enter a drought emergency in as little as two weeks if the Catskills do not get any rain. Comment.

Police Blotter: One arrested, another sought in Rego Park robbery, shooting

REGO PARK — A Corona man was arrested early Wednesday morning after allegedly robbing two people and later pointing a gun at a police officer, who then fired shots but failed to hit him, police said. Comment.

Friends & Co.: Live out your fantasy at Friends & Co.

154-17 Roosevelt Ave. Comment.

Dining Out: Live out your fantasy at Friends & Co.

154-17 Roosevelt Ave. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

Garden Jewish Center of Flushing, 24-40 Parsons Blvd. Mondays, 7:15 p.m. 445-1317. Comment.

Southeast and Western Queens Community Calendar Listings

Painting and clay workshops for those 5 and up. Mondays, Tuesdays. Alliance of Queens Artists, 99-10 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills. 520-9842. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Oratorio Society of Queens, under the direction of David Close, invites singers to join in its 75th anniversary celebration. Mondays, 7:45 p.m. North Presbyterian Church, Flushing. No choral experience necessary. 460-0726. Comment.

“Leisure”-ly reception

By The TimesLedger Comment.

Queens gets boot in first round of NCAA

A season ago, the Knights earned their first-ever NCAA tournament bid and was seeded sixth in the six-team Northeast Regional, hosted by top-seeded... Comment.

SJU’s Big East showing enough for NCAA invite

The St. John’s Red Storm needed at least one win at the Big East Tournament last week to shore up their hopes of making the NCAA Tournament. They got that win against Seton Hall in the first round, but it wasn’t easy. Comment.

Wisconsin on tap for Storm in first round

St. John’s University men’s basketball coach Mike Jarvis sat next to his wife Connie on a leather couch, surrounded by his assistants and players, all of whom were cued in on the big screen television in front of them, all eyes glued to the tube as they awaited their fate Sunday night. Comment.

Once upon a time fiery St. John’s Redmen almost captured NCAA crown

It was late autumn 1951. A student sportswriter named Mario Cuomo for the St. John’s University newspaper The Torch was clearly worried about the prospects for a winning basketball season only weeks away. Comment.

Adams advances to third straight ‘B’ championship

They have been to the PSAL ‘B’ championship game for two straight years, but stamping their ticket for a third straight trip was in serious doubt for the John Adams girls basketball team Sunday at St. John’s University’s Alumni Hall. Comment.

Christ the King, Molloy ousted from hoop playoffs in quarters

With a chance to gain some momentum heading into halftime last Thursday, Christ the King forward Brian Williams snatched up a teammate’s pass and spun in anticipation of an open look at the basket, only to find the hulking 7-foot-2 frame of Rice center Shagari Alleyne clogging his path. Comment.

Prep comes up just short in bid to unseat CK

It could not have been written any better for St. Francis Prep senior Dawn Gorynski. Comment.

Lewis girls earn trip to Garden without Rozza

Teresa Rozza is not one to hide her emotions, so when the starting point guard on the Francis Lewis girls basketball limped onto the court at St. John’s University’s Alumni Hall Saturday with tears streaming down her face, her teammates knew something was wrong. Comment.

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