Thursday, March 28, 2002

Billy Finegan gears up for busy schedule

This year hasn’t started as planned for Little Neck native Billy Finegan. The 21-year-old Queensborough Community College student spent one recent Wednesday getting roughed up by one Curtis Stevens — the top-ranked 178-pound amateur boxer in the country — in the semifinals of the New York Golden Gloves. Comment.

Kew Gardens man center of Oscar doumentary

As Sarah Kernochan danced stood at the podium Sunday night, accepting her Oscar, she was flanked on one side by her co-producer and on her other side by a man wearing a gold loincloth and little else. His dreadlocks were tied in a pony tail at the top of his head, and he whirled, danced and played violin with joy and wonder. Comment.

Queens College baseball team drops three straight games

The Queens College men’s baseball team dropped three games this past week, including a two-game set to the College of St. Rose Saturday. Comment.

Villanova takes finale to avoid sweep by St. John’s

The St. John’s baseball team outscored Villanova 20-4 in a doubleheader sweep Saturday at The Ballpark at St. John’s, including a 22-hit barrage in a 16-2 victory in the nightcap. Comment.

St. Gregory’s Novice girls volleyball team finishes 40-0

CYO Volleyball has just completed its season in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan Congratulations to all the teams, the runners up and the moms, dads and families who endured the schedule, travel and practices. A job well done by all. Comment.

Baseball, cricket try to attract Queens youth

Pitchers and bowlers, catchers and wicket keepers, lace up your cleats! Comment.

Editorial: Heroes Day?

How shall we mark Sept. 11? Just as a generation of Americans will never forget the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, the Americans alive today, and in fact most of the world, will never forget the events that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

Editorial: Define saturated

Because a great many community activists in Queens are apparently undersaturated with the milk of human kindness, it is incumbent upon the state Legislature to define exactly what it means by the word “saturated.” Comment.

The Civic Scene: Parents play key role in city school success

Since the quality of the local schools is one of the cornerstones of any community, I guess I should weigh in again on the seemingly annual debate about the central Board of Education and the local school boards. While most of the previous mayors constantly spoke negatively about the Board of Education, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is using softer tones. Comment.

To The Point: Scouts at Troop 4-089 earn badges for project

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Along with St. Patrick's Day parades and celebrations and the start of spring, it was wonderful being invited to celebrations of the youth. This time it is the Silver Awards Ceremony of the Girl Scouts Troop 4-089 that belong to the North Queens 3 Service Unit. Eva Hrastnig-Mieras is the delegate. Comment.

Astoria potter makes magic from solid earth

Ellen Evans once had ambitions of being an archaeologist. Comment.

Silence looms for 11 boro schools near airports

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has approved $31.7 million for soundproofing 31 schools near New York City airports, including 11 schools in Queens where residents have long complained about aircraft noise. Comment.

Mayor tells city it is time to conserve water

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Tuesday that New York City and four other counties using water supplied by upstate reservoirs will be placed under a Stage 1 drought emergency effective April 1. Comment.

Judge OK’s confession by Wendy’s massacre suspect

A Queens judge ruled last week that John Taylor’s confession of his involvement in the massacre of five people at a Wendy’s restaurant in Flushing would be allowed as evidence in his trial. Comment.

Plan to clean Jamaica site faces shortfall in funding

Six years after discovering contaminated wells at the West Side Corporation factory site in Jamaica, the state Department of Environmental Conservation has decided on a plan to clean the site, but the next hurdle will be funding it, a DEC spokeswoman said. 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.

Whitestone ambulance founder dies at age 98

Grace Herold, the 98-year-old co-founder of the Whitestone Community Volunteer Ambulance Service known as “Amazing Grace,” died March 9. Comment.

Long Island City YMCA breaks ground on expansion

A steady rain could not dampen spirits at the groundbreaking last week for a major expansion of the Long Island City YMCA, where a gymnasium and teen center will be erected to meet the center’s explosive growth since opening three years ago. Comment.

Exchange announces plans to move out of LIC

After more than six months of trading sugar, coffee and other commodities out of a back-up space in Long Island City, the New York Board of Trade has announced plans to return to Manhattan within about a year. Comment.

Orion repowering project delayed by economic woes

Plans to modernize an Astoria power plant supported by environmental activists will be tabled for a year or more until the project’s financing can be secured at more favorable rates. Comment.

Padavan secures $40,000 for local ambulance corps

As the city’s police, fire and emergency services responded to the scene of the Sept. 11 World Trade Center attack, it was the volunteers who helped fill the gaps. Comment.

Boro’s Bukharian Jews enjoy open Passover fest

The sign in the window of an Asian-owned dry cleaners on 108th Street in Rego Park advertised a special service for people with dirty prayer shawls: it read “Free Cleaning Tallis For Passover.” Comment.

Finkelpearl is QMA’s new exec. director

Who: Tom Finkelpearl, a Magna Cum Laude graduate from Princeton University who holds an MFA from Hunter College and is the author of “Dialogues in Public Art,” published by MIT Press in 2000. Comment.

Boro’s U.S. reps voted against small biz: Study

All of Queens eight representatives were ranked at the bottom of the Small Business Survival Committee’s findings on how members of Congress voted on issues favorable to small business last year. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Chicken Little wants credit from Easter Bunny

The Truth About The Easter Bunny Comment.

Bayside’s QCC hosts tour by diplomats from China

Queensboro Community College took the first step to opening a cross-cultural student exchange program with a Chinese university Friday when it welcomed a delegation of Chinese diplomats and professors for a tour of the college. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Two Queens girls win VFW’s essay contest on ‘America’s Future’

It is true that young people today are faced with problems my generation never had. That is not to say there weren’t any problems - they were just different. Comment.

Civics fear students at Bowne HS

Police officers, school officials and civic leaders squared off Tuesday over whether students at Bowne High School pose a serious threat to the surrounding neighborhood after a 16-year-old was charged with bringing a loaded gun to the school. Comment.

Superintendent candidates meet community at forum

School Board 24’s protracted two-year search for a superintendent finally bore fruit Monday night when five finalists for the position appeared at a candidates’ forum at an Elmhurst intermediate school. Comment.

District 29 tries third time to choose superintendent

For the third time in two years School Board 29’s search committee recommended five people, including District Administrator Michael Johnson, for the post of superintendent to run the embattled district . Comment.

Hundreds mourn NYPD officer

For New York City police officers, it hasn’t gotten any easier. Comment.

Glendale man pleads guilty in 1999 train yard slaying

A Glendale man pleaded guilty Tuesday to manslaughter charges in connection with the shooting of a man in 1999, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Defrocked Woodside priest runs church despite crimes

A former Greek Orthodox priest who now runs his own church in Woodside was defrocked more than three decades ago after pleading guilty to sodomy charges in Pennsylvania, church officials said. Comment.

Bayside man’s body found at Ground Zero

Mohammad Salman Hamdani, 23, grew up in Bayside and spent his youth as a typical all-American kid, his family said. Comment.

Borough Jews show solidarity with Israel at rally

The quiet neighborhood of Kew Gardens Hills is a world away from the daily violence in Israel. Comment.

Dobie hoping for one more season with LIU

The curtain recently came down on Antawn Dobie's basketball career at Long Island University. But there may be an encore. Comment.

Jamaica optometrist faces sex charge after eye exam

A Long Island optometrist was arrested last week on charges he sexually abused a patient during an eye exam at the Lens Lab Express office in Jamaica. Comment.

Six Queens residents nabbed in federal child porn sweep

Six Queens residents, including a former New York City police officer from Floral Park, were among 20 metropolitan area men arrested last Thursday in a yearlong kiddie-porn investigation, authorities said. Comment.

Oakland Gdns. man nabbed in federal child porn sweep

Six Queens residents, including a former New York City police officer from Floral Park, were among 20 metropolitan area men arrested last Thursday in a yearlong kiddie-porn investigation, authorities said. Comment.

Former Floral Park cop nabbed in federal child porn sweep

Six Queens residents, including a former New York City police officer from Floral Park, were among 20 metropolitan area men arrested last Thursday in a yearlong kiddie-porn investigation, authorities said. Comment.

Security breach by EMT prompts LGA evacuation

Nearly 2,000 passengers were evacuated from the Delta and Northwest Airlines terminal at LaGuardia Airport Friday morning after two paramedics escorting an ill passenger went through security without being screened, government and airline officials said. Comment.

Budget fears dominate Liu’s first Town Hall

City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing) held his first Town Hall meeting Tuesday and told an audience of Flushing residents that he wanted to hear about their problems. The men and women had no difficulty responding. Comment.

Paralyzed cop talks to students about forgiveness

Armed with hope and honesty Detective Steven McDonald spoke last week to more than 40 students at St. Anastasia’s school in Douglaston presenting the story of his nearly-fatal 1986 shooting as a message about forgiveness. Comment.

St. Gregory’s Bantam girls crowned Diocesan champs

The St. Gregory’s Bantam girls volleyball team entered the season finale last Saturday at Archbishop Molloy High School. The natural, but friendly rivalry of the adjoining parishes of Floral Park’s Our Lady of the Snows and St. Gregory’s has its history across all sports and the two teams didn’t let their fans, families and onlookers down. In what could be described as a nail-biting, see-saw contest, St. Gregory’s, serving and bumping proved too much for a strong Snows showing. Comment.

Charles Norris rekindles marriage vows with wife

On Saturday, the Rev. Charles Norris and Ruby, his wife of 52 years, got married again. Comment.

North Shore Hospital wins illustrious nursing award

North Shore University Hospital became the second hospital in the state to win the nursing profession’s highest honor Monday just a year after Long Island Jewish Hospital in Queens captured the prestigious national award. Comment.

Indo-Guyanese police officer bridges cultural divide

When police officers experienced trouble moving a crowd of distraught Sikhs who had gathered in front of their burning 118th Street temple the morning of March 8, they knew exactly who could do the job. Comment.

Cabbie rescues child on Woodside street

The father of a toddler who was found wandering the streets of Woodside by a cab driver early last Thursday morning has been arrested on charges of assaulting his wife and abandoning his 2-year-old child, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Whitestone man faces kidnap rap

A Whitestone man has been charged with kidnapping a Houston businessmen after the Texan flew into the city on his private jet, Suffolk County authorities said. Comments (1).

9/11 heroes recount trip to Afghanistan in Bayside

Nearly 100 people turned out at a Bayside Historical Society panel discussion last week to find out just what it was like for city firefighters and police officers to travel from “Ground Zero to Ground Zero” in December. Comment.

Mayor lauds tennis center shunned by Rudy Giuliani

In her early days as borough president, Helen Marshall urged the city to scuttle the $1.6 million proposal by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani to build two new baseball stadiums. Comment.

Community Board 12 studies waste station plan

A proposed construction plan to expand a Jamaica waste transfer station would more than triple the facility’s capacity and increase on-site parking for trucks. Comment.

2 SE Queens teens guilty in separate delivery slays

The widow of a Chinese food deliveryman from St. Albans begged a State Supreme Court judge in Kew Gardens Monday to lock away for life the teenager who admitted killing her husband by repeatedly hitting him in the head with a brick. Comment.

2 SE Queens teens guilty in separate delivery slays

The widow of a Chinese food deliveryman from St. Albans begged a State Supreme Court judge in Kew Gardens Monday to lock away for life the teenager who admitted killing her husband by repeatedly hitting him in the head with a brick. Comment.

Powder or not, borough prepares for Phagwah

Police are hoping the 10,000 revelers expected to descend upon Liberty Avenue Saturday afternoon for the 13th annual Richmond Hill Phagwah Parade arrive without the colorful powder typically poured by Hindus to symbolize good luck. Comment.

Little Neck residents support priest accused of abuse

Little Neck residents stunned by allegations of child molestation against a former Douglaston priest came to his defense this week, praising Father Joseph Byrns as a good pastor who strived to keep local children out of trouble. Comment.

Marshall, Thompson lead fight against school cuts

At one point during Friday’s three-hour city council hearing on educational budget cuts, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and Queens Board of Education representative Terri Thomson shared the table and microphone, waiting for hard-hitting questions from council members. Comment.

School crowding protested at boro education hearing

With Queens taking the brunt of city budget cuts through delayed school construction, nearly 200 parents and students packed a city council hearing Friday to voice their frustrations about the state of the borough’s overcrowded classrooms. Comment.

Southern firemen award Queens comrades

Last week seven North Carolina firefighters hit the road with only one thing in mind: New York or bust. Comment.

Project in works to dress downtown Flushing in art

A plan to beautify downtown Flushing with artwork and historical signs is in the works, although the trash-filled area may soon see a decline in sanitation services, Community Board 7 District Manager Marilyn Bitterman said Monday. Comment.

Jamaica parents warned of sex incidents

It was standing room only in the auditorium of PS 223 last Thursday night as concerned parents and community members met with School Board 27 to discuss a series of incidents in which approached children on their way to school last week. Comment.

Forest Hills driver kills fireman in L.I. crash: Cops

A firefighter was killed and another was injured during a training exercise Monday night when a Forest Hills women who was impaired by both alcohol and prescription drugs rammed her car through barriers on a Greenvale, L.I. street, Nassau County police said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Police seek 20-year-old missing in 109th Pct.

FLUSHING — Police are searching for Brendan McNelis, who lives in the 109th Precinct. Comment.

Southeast, 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.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

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

Creedmoor artists ‘In the Flow’ at QMA

Throughout the ages, many artists have been viewed as being mentally ill: Monet was chastised for not using black paint; Van Gogh was so enamored of a woman that he cut of his ear and mailed it to her; Dali dabbled in lunatic landscapes; Picasso went through a period where he would only paint using blue; Toulouse-Lautrec was a pedophile and a drunk. Comment.

Sun sculpture unveiled at Hall of Science

The New York Hall of Science, continuing its rich tradition of diversity in exhibiting technology and the arts, unveiled a dramatic new sculpture at its front entrance plaza in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last Thursday. Comment.

Little Neck school hosts dedication of Sept. 11 art

Their artwork has hung in the lobby of Little Neck’s MS 67 for weeks, collages of haunting images of fear, sadness and hope experienced by so many after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Rockaway artists usurp 2002 for palindromic art display

Palindromes are verses or sentences that say the same thing forward or backward. The Rockaway Artists Alliance in Fort Tilden, Building 6, has hung a new exhibit, “Palindrome 2002,” which features art that utilizes mirrors and mirror images, reflections and doubles. The March 23 reception presented not only visual artwork but poetry and music by Tim Kearney, who played twin guitars, one of koa and one of rosewood, both made by hand. Comment.

College Point ‘Survivor’ keeps his winning ways

With a temporary delay due to the NCAA tournament, “Survivor” is back on Thursday nights, and Robert DeCanio of College Point remains in good shape. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Queens welcomes new stars

The New York Mets, the only professional sports team to make its home in Queens, in case you have forgotten, made some absolutely enormous off-season moves this past winter and will be bringing a team with a whole new look to the borough this year. Comment.

Former CK star earns title with Bergtraum

GLENS FALLS — If there was any one who understood the feelings in the Christ the King girls’ basketball locker room at the Glens Falls Civic Center Saturday after Murry Bergtraum's 70-54 win in the Class A state Federation championship it was Chanel Moore. Comment.

CTK Royals fall short to Bergtraum, again

GLENS FALLS — Unfinished business was the theme for the girls Class A state Federation championship game between PSAL powerhouse Murry Bergtraum and longtime CHSAA top dog Christ the King. Comment.

Former LIC, Edison coach feted upstate

GLENS FALLS — Of all his attributes, Floyd Bank jokes his greatest is the ability to “sleep on a dime.” Wherever and whenever, he can catch 20 winks. Comment.

State title for the Mary Louis Hilltoppers

GLENS FALLS — Maybe it was the naiveté of a young second-year coach, but Joe Lewinger truly believed that the Mary Louis basketball team had what it took to win at the Glens Falls Civic Center, home of the state Federation basketball championships. Comment.

Prep stays close, but fall to Lourdes in finals

GLENS FALLS — Facing an Our Lady of Lourdes girls’ basketball team ranked No. 4 in the country, St. Francis Prep coach Tom Finn knew he had to gamble if the Terriers had a chance to win the state Federation Class B championship game. Comment.

Cardozo at head of boro pack in girls soccer

Two years ago they made it to the PSAL quarterfinals and last year they lost by one goal in the semifinals. If the Cardozo girls’ soccer team continues its upward trend, the Judges could find themselves in the title game June 7 at Long Island University. Comment.

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