Thursday, April 4, 2002

Race wide open in Queens West A division

Newtown baseball coach Neil Rosenblatt is sure because of realignment that the Queens West A division, featuring perennial powerhouses John Adams and Grand Street Campus, is going to be one of the toughest in the city. Comment.

Flushing, Forest Hills should rule Queens ‘B’

The Flushing baseball team still remembers the feeling of playing at Shea Stadium in the PSAL ‘B’ championship game last year. And with just three players gone from that team, which went 14-4 and lost 8-2 to Chelsea in the final, the Red Devils have a good chance to return to that big stadium a few blocks from its school. Comment.

PSAL forms ‘B’ league for girls soccer teams

With half of the city’s girls soccer programs in Brooklyn and Queens, PSAL girls’ soccer commissioner Will Stasiuk decided to establish a ‘B’ division for some of the teams in each borough that struggled in recent years. Comment.

Pitching should be key factor in ‘B’ softball league

John Bowne coach Bruce Bitterman said the realignment in PSAL is all about pitching. Comment.

Queens baseball drops three to Adelphi

The Queens College men’s baseball team dropped four straight this past week, including a three-game set against New York Collegiate Athletic Conference foe, the Adelphi Panthers over the weekend. Comment.

Hall of Science has educational playground

Hordes of excited schoolchildren, accompanied by teachers, parents, and friends, converged on the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last Thursday just before noon to participate in the official opening of the Science Playground, the Hall’s newest attraction. Comment.

Defending champ to skip Queens Half-Marathon

There will be a new champion in the 24th Annual Queens Half-Marathon, to be held Saturday, April 13. Last spring’s winner, Paul Mwangi, who covered the course in 1:06.32, and one of the top runners in the area, said he doesn’t think that he will defend his title this year, opting instead to compete in a 5K in Houston. Comment.

Pittsburgh sweeps SJU softball, 2-1 and 5-4

Meghan Allman knew she would get no relief. With junior pitcher Courtney Fitzgerald still out with a left wrist injury, the St. John’s freshman pitcher was sure she would have to throw every pitch of the Red Storm's Big East opening doubleheader against Seton Hall Saturday. Comment.

Editorial: A profile in courage

The students at St. Anastasia School in Douglaston had the opportunity last to spend some special moments last week with one of the most courageous men that this city has ever known. The message that he shared with the seventh- and eighth-grade children has value for anyone who will listen. Comment.

Point of View: Vegas can get to anyone, even Chinese dignitaries

Few people would question the claim that Las Vegas is now the world’s top tourist attraction and a gamblers’ paradise. Comment.

Queens Theater to honor Claire Shulman’s name

The Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Corona Park will rename it’s 464-seat main auditorium the “Claire Shulman Playhouse” after the former Borough President in a commemorative event to be held April 24. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: We should remember to apply Golden Rule

More and more I read about animals being used to help mankind. I learned about that long ago when they became an important part of my very earliest years. Each little or big creature whether a kitten, puppy, bird, horse, squirrel, turtle or mouse is fascinating to watch, to learn about and to admire. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens Civic Congress sponsors landmark meet

Listening to one of the major concerns of the member civic associations, the Queens Civic Congress (QCC) recently sponsored a workshop to inform members how to preserve their historic communities from developers by landmarking them using the zoning rules of New York City. A distinguished group of preservationists shared its knowledge—zoning has always been of concern to the informed homeowners. Comment.

Ten rookie officers added to the 104th

Ten new officers have been assigned to the 104th Precinct from the graduating class of the police academy, but the size of the local force still lags far beyond where it stood last year. Comment.

To The Point: A fond ‘welcome home’ to local war hero Wurtz

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

The Plant Doctor: Save water, money, time with drip irrigation lines

Let’s face it—traditional garden sprinklers are easy, inexpensive and unbelievably wasteful. Far more water ends up on the pavement, around plants that are not thirsty, and in unplanted areas. Count in evaporation and runoff, and you have an ideal model of inefficiency and waste—not to mention a huge water bill! Finally, include a possible drought condition this summer and you are looking at brown lawns and leafless shrubs. Comment.

Ralph’s Ices to offer new tastes on Bell Blvd.

Summertime on Bell Boulevard is about to get a whole lot tastier. Comment.

Asians, whites do better on school tests: Ed. Dept.

New data released last week by the state Education Department analyzed fourth-grade and eighth-grade test scores by racial group, revealing a wide gap among Queens students with Asians at the top and blacks at the bottom. Comment.

Sikhs build new home as fire officials rule out foul play

The March 8 fire that destroyed the Sikh Cultural Society temple in Richmond Hill did not involve foul play and was most likely ignited by a gas leak outside the building, a Fire Department battalion chief said Tuesday. Comment.

Douglaston residents sign petitions for noise barrier

Nearly 30 Douglaston residents living near the Long Island Expressway have signed a petition calling on the state Department of Transportation to build a noise barrier in their neighborhood. Comment.

Lexington station rated worst by straphangers

Subway riders rate the 51st Street/Lexington Avenue station, through which thousands of Queens commuters pass daily, as the city’s worst because of what they say is crowding, poor security, lack of cleanliness and difficulty of movement. Comment.

Coalition fights drug abuse among children

After conducting studies that found teen drug experimentation starting as early as the sixth grade, a coalition of more than 18 community organizations and agencies is taking the first steps in its plan to prevent drug abuse in the realm of Community Board 8. Comment.

Astoria pottery artist makes magic out of solid earth

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

Pols seek protected status for Columbian immigrants

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer and City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) Monday called on the U.S. government to grant Temporary Protected Status to all Colombian citizens living in the United States, citing recent escalations of the violence and political turmoil that have rocked Colombia for years. Comment.

Transit study finds car ban has not hurt city economy

Transit advocates have attacked as misleading a study by an organization representing parking garage owners that says New York City’s car pooling rule has cost the city nearly 190,000 daily commuters and damaged its economy. Comment.

Editorial: Once a pedophile …

Ask almost any law-enforcement professional and they will tell you that no one has found a successful way of rehabilitating sex offenders, especially the ones who victimize children. The best that society can hope to do is make it impossible or at least difficult for the pedophile to have access to children. Comment.

Retiree says his goodbye after 90 years in Queens

One of Whitestone’s greatest historians is packing his bags. Comment.

York College shows off quilts at annual dinner

The York College/Community Commemorative Quilt Committee held its third annual endowment dinner Saturday night and honored Queens Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: April showers bring more than flowers to boro

April - A Mix of Love, Inspiration and Mirth Comment.

Wyckoff holds Latino Health Symposium

Medical experts will prescribe advice on the most pressing health issues facing Ridgewood’s growing Hispanic population at Friday’s second Latino Health Symposium at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center. Comment.

Jack Possenriede, owner of Lloyd’s, dies at age 57

John “Jack” Possenriede, owner of Lloyd’s Funeral Home in Bayside and a well-respected figure throughout the community, died Saturday of a heart attack. He was 57. Comment.

Marshall suggests Gov. Island for Olympic Village

Borough President Helen Marshall suggested this week that Governors Island be designated the site of the Olympic Village after President Bush announced he would turn the federally owned property over to New York. Comment.

Meningitis scare worries PS 140 parents

It turned out that a Jamaica boy who was initially thought to have died from meningitis last week after becoming sick at PS 140 did not succumb to the deadly disease, published reports said. Comment.

Miller comes to Flushing to see effect of trash cut

Amid fears that the cuts to the city Department of Sanitation will leave Flushing’s streets flooded with garbage, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) went downtown Wednesday to see the problem firsthand. Comment.

North Shore doctor may have spread hepatitis C

At least seven people who were cardiac patients at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, L.I. could have contracted hepatitis C from one of the hospital’s heart surgeons. Comment.

Workers at nursing hall go on strike

Hundreds of Ozanam Hall Nursing Home Workers remained out on strike at the Bayside facility Wednesday after late-night contract negotiations with management broke down about 1 a.m., a union spokeswoman said. Comment.

Liberty flea market jump-starts aspiring merchants

A new indoor flea market aimed at giving budding entrepreneurs a chance to start their own businesses opened last Thursday on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park. Comment.

Boro Hindus mark spring with rainbows of powder

As the mercury hit the mid-60s, Richmond Hill’s Hindus celebrated the onset of spring Saturday during a colorful parade and ceremony that left thousands of revelers awash in resplendent greens, yellows, reds and purples. Comment.

New cops at 107th Precinct to help cut home burglaries

Residents of Fresh Meadows and surrounding communities may rest a little easier after a worrisome spate of home burglaries. Comment.

Danish gymnasts wow Queensbridge with flips

What kind of encore can top a performance filled with airborne flips the height of a small building, pelvic gyrations and synchronized leaps that have already captivated an audience of bouncy children for an hour? Comment.

Cop returns after drunk driving rap

A veteran Queens detective from the 105th Precinct, who had been on modified duty stemming from a 1998 automobile accident that killed a Queens Village grandfather, has been fully reinstated. Comment.

Workers recover Howard Beach vol’s body

Just days after Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps member Richard Pearlman’s body was recovered from the rubble of the World Trade Center, Community Board 6 honored a group of students who helped raise money for a brand new ambulance dedicated to the 18-year-old’s memory. Comment.

Serial rapist pleads guilty to eight crimes in Flushing

A Flushing man who preyed on Asian-American women in elevator apartment buildings close to his neighborhood pleaded guilty Monday to a series of rapes and burglaries, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Civilian patrol keeps eye on 104th Precinct

It was like a chess game, and Frank Kotnik called every move. From his perch inside his dark Chevy Caprice Friday night, Kotnik barked orders into a hand-held radio to direct an army of more than 20 cars in a complicated traffic control operation. Comment.

Glen Oaks Ambulance moves ahead on building

The first floor has gone up, construction of the second floor of the Glen Oaks Volunteer Ambulance Corps is underway and the group hopes to move in sometime this summer. Comment.

Queens floats ideas for site of Trade Center

Greater Astoria Historical Society shifted its gaze from the past to the future Monday night as it gathered community input on how the World Trade Center site should be redeveloped. Comment.

Mourners honor father, son slain by gunfire in Jamaica

At a moving traditional Hindu ceremony Monday, family and friends said goodbye to James Seecoomar and his son, Leonard, five days after they were murdered execution-style in their Jamaica home as a 4-year-old child watched. Comment.

Jamaica priest charged with abusing Mass. boy

The Jamaica priest who ignited a national frenzy in 1986 when he told a class of Sunday School students that Santa Claus was dead was arrested Monday on charges he repeatedly sexually assaulted a boy in Massachusetts in the 1970s, authorities said. Comment.

Kew Gardens pub makes bid to add horses to menu

If a Kew Gardens restaurant owner has his way, many of the airline workers, lawyers and court officials who frequent his establishment will soon be able to wager on thoroughbreds while dining on pub fare. Comment.

Kew Gardens pub makes bid to add ponies to menu

If a Kew Gardens restaurant owner has his way, many of the airline workers, lawyers and court officials who frequent his establishment will soon be able to wager on thoroughbreds while dining on pub fare. Comment.

Huang ends plans to buy Klein Farm

Flushing developer Tommy Huang has pulled out of the contract to buy and develop the Klein Farm, leaving the property open for possible preservation, a member of an organization vying to purchase and preserve the century-old farm said this week. Comment.

Burglaries falling in 111th Precinct: Cops

Burglaries in the Bayside-based 111th Precinct appear to be declining after a recent spate of incidents in southern Bayside, Little Neck and Douglaston, Capt. Julio Ordonez said this week. Comment.

Flushing office building slated for 2003 completion

Despite an influx of immigrants, the opening of several large retail stores and grand plans to make downtown Flushing the commercial center of Queens, not a single office building has been constructed in the area in the last 15 years. Comment.

Boro Assembly members split over school control

Queens state Assembly members are divided on Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to put the city’s educational system under mayoral control and abolish the Board of Education. Comment.

Opening of second building moves Queens West ahead

The first tenants moved into the second residential tower on the Queens West site Monday, ending a nearly five-year break in the completion of new buildings in the development project. Comment.

Condos on Hammerstein Estate up for sale

On the heels of the redevelopment of the historic Hammerstein Estate, Wildflower Estate Developers have put the second group of the Beechhurst condominiums up for sale. Comment.

CB 11 member removed after series of absences

Borough President Helen Marshall has removed a member from Community Board 11 in Bayside because she missed too many meetings, newly elected board Chairman Jerry Iannece said Monday. Comment.

Lefferts Citibank closing worries local civic group

Seniors were left scrambling to gain access to their Social Security and pension checks when a Lefferts Boulevard Citibank ATM location closed its doors earlier this month, community leaders said. Comment.

Leaders of 109th recall days of subways, gangs

The two new heads of the 109th Precinct, Deputy Inspector Owen Monaghan and Captain Michael Lau, come from two very different divisions of the NYPD. Comment.

Little Neck 9/11 rescuer laid to rest

For nearly seven months Marie Corrigan of Little Neck has struggled to face life alone after her husband, retired Fire Department Capt. James Corrigan, was missing and presumed dead in the Sept. 11 World Trade Center collapse. Comment.

Police Blotter: Baisley Park ride collapses, send 10 kids to hospital

JAMAICA — A near tragedy struck the annual week-long carnival at Baisley Pond Park this week when high winds caused a children’s ride to topple over Tuesday night, sending kids plummeting 15 feet to the ground. Comment.

Indian City: A beautiful Indian restaurant

271-01 Union Turnpike Comment.

Southern and Western Queens Community Calendar Listings

Painting and clay workshops for ages 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.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Auditions for “Some Enchanted Evening, The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein” Monday, next Thursday at 7:30 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 63-70 Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village. Needed: 2 Males Baritone and Tenor, Age 22-35; 2 Females - Soprano and Mezzo, ages 22-35; 1 Female - Mezzo, any age. 736-1263. Comment.

‘Astoria’ depicts Greek immigrant life

Filmmaker Nick Efteriades has been living in Astoria for the past four years. Comment.

Deciding what to do as Sept. 11 memorial

What have we lost as a result of September 11? How have we changed? What should happen on the World Trade Center site in the fixture? Comment.

Jazz highlighted in Jamaica library exhibition

The black and white images of celebrated musicians coupled with a documentary narrator’s voice floating above the seductive sounds of Jazz music echoing from the speakers of a 27-inch television, one can’t help but take a moment to absorb the sensory offerings of “Jazz: William Claxton.” Comment.

Bellerose’s Vale takes ‘King of Arms’ crown

In a gripping display of raw power, Bellerose arm wrestler Jason Vale, a two-time national champion, swept to victory in the 175-pound Middleweight class and then went on to oust last year’s “NYC King of Arms,” Jerry Cadorette, a 6-foot-3, 270-pound titan, in a double-elimination final. The win gave Vale the MVP title in the all-pro Intrepid “NYC Big Apple Grapple XXV.” Comment.

Queens CHSAA teams expecting to chase Xaverian

The Catholic High School Athletic Association Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan varsity baseball league has been dominated by the same schools for the past several seasons and that pattern will likely be extended another year with Brooklyn’s Xaverian and Queens’ Archbishop Molloy again leading the charge in 2002. Comment.

Explore Queens’ gypsies in ‘Rom of Ridgewood’

The Queens Museum of Art explores the mystical world of the borough’s Rom (Gypsy) communities, as seen through the lens of photographer Yale Strom, in the exhibition Rom of Ridgewood, on view through July 7. Comment.

High expectations for inaugural Molloy softball team

Softball in the Queens division of the Catholic High School Athletic Association has taken on a new look this season with the introduction of the Archbishop Molloy Stanners, a team making the jump straight from the junior varsity ‘B’ division to the varsity ‘A’. Comment.

College Round-up: Bird finishes career with perfect season at UConn

The crowd counted down the final seconds of her collegiate career and appropriately enough, the ball was in Sue Bird’s hands. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Spring brings back Little League memories

Over the next couple of weeks, Little Leaguers will be out in force on a street near you, marching in annual parades to kick off the start of the new season. Comment.

New teams join fray for HS spring season

Catia Santos and Zujenis Pico didn’t think of themselves as pioneers, forging a path for future girls’ soccer players at Thomas Edison High School. Comment.

Lewis hoping to repeat strong 2001 campaign

For the first time in four years, Francis Lewis coach Randy James does not have the luxury of throwing Jonathan Lewis every third day in Queens East A. Comment.

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