Thursday, April 11, 2002

Coaches locked out again at Wheelchair Classic

They are two of the best high school basketball players in Queens, but Holy Cross senior Miguel Gonzalez and Diego Aguiar, a senior from Bryant, have yet to lock up a coveted college scholarship. Comment.

College Round-up: Queens natives help Stony Brook to win

Nick Theoharis and Jonathan Lewis had their share of success on the high school diamond, but now the Queens natives are making a name for themselves as freshmen at Stony Brook. Comment.

Mercy takes 2-of-3 from QC Knights

The Queens College men’s baseball team dropped two of three to Mercy College in a three-game series this weekend, splitting a doubleheader Saturday and losing the finale Sunday as the Knights fell to 4-16 overall and 4-10 in New York Collegiate Athletic Conference play. Comment.

Storm softball takes two from Pitt

In her right hand, St. John’s freshman pitcher Meghan Allman had a homemade brownie, baked by teammate Kelly Houghton’s mother. And on her left arm were two huge bags of ice, one on her wrist, the other on her forearm. Comment.

Basketball tournament at Lost Battlion Hall

Basketball lovers young and old will not want to miss the 2002 Millennium Basketball Tournament Championships at the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center on 62nd Avenue and Queens Blvd. Saturday. Games are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Biordi Construction salvages tie with Jackson Hole

Biordi Construction 9, Jackson Hole 9. Biordi Construction jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in their regular season opener this week at Valle East Field in Bayside, but had to hang on late to salvage a 9-9 tie with a game Jackson Hole team. Comment.

Glen Oaks L.L.: C-Town Braves defeat Carvel Reds, 10-8

On Sunday, the C-Town Braves held off a tough Carvel Reds team, which rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth-inning. The big blow was John Rubenau’s grand slam off Braves’ ace Matthew Kruczowy. Comment.

Cross Island Y to host junior soccer tourney

The Cross Island YMCA is hosting its second annual Junior Soccer tournament April 28 through June 22. The tournament, for boys and girls ages 5- 13, will be held every Sunday at 3 p.m. on the YMCA’s outdoor field in Bellerose. Comment.

OLS wins volleyball championship

The Our Lady of the Snows CYO girls’ fourth grade volleyball team, coached by Michele McGovern and Erica Goldstein, defeated St. Thomas More of Breezy Point 2-1 to take home the Diocesan Championship trophy for their division. Comment.

NYJTL to hold free after-school program

The New York Junior Tennis League (NYJTL) has announced that the league’s free spring after-school tennis programs will begin April 15 and will continue through June. Comment.

Editorial: Throw away the key

Unless he screws up in prison, confessed serial rapist Edwin Feliciano will walk out of prison at the age of 48. At that time, there is every reason to fear he will rape again. Feliciano is a three-time loser and, if justice had prevailed, he would die in prison. Comment.

Editorial: The racial divide grows in schools

A report issued last week by the state’s Education Department shows that the performance gap among public school students continues to widen with Asian Americans doing the best and African American students consistently faring the worst. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: April showers bring May refunds

A fine is a tax for doing something wrong; income tax is a fine for doing well. Comment.

Our History: Tiffany left legacy in Bayside church window

Somewhere in the mists of antiquity lies the true story of the discovery of glass, a story which has fascinated me over the years. My husband had a talent for unusual pursuits, one of which was glass blowing, a skill he developed in order to produce the unusual apparatus for the chemical experiments which interested him from an early age. Together we visited glass studios in this country and abroad, including the Isle of Murano near Venice, Italy. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Neighborhoods oppose colleges, group homes

A number of communities are actively concerned about the expansion of religious institutions, hospitals, doctors’ offices, colleges and group homes in their areas. The 1961 Zoning Resolution gives these facilities the “as of right” to be developed in a community; however, conditions have changed since 1961. In some cases, the proliferation and size of these facilities have caused opposition. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Tighten your faucets for spring rain dance

A lot of important things have happened since my last column appeared in this paper. Our prayers for rain have begun to be answered but drought regulations have become a reality; The Constellation, “The Newsletter of the Local Development Corporation of Laurelton, Rosedale and Springfield Gardens,” hit the streets; and some very deserving folks received awards. Comment.

Come fly with me at Fantasia’s Hobby World

When Sandy Weiner bought Fantasia Hobby World, he knew nothing about the radio-controlled cars and planes that filled the store. Comment.

Queens Museum of Art selected for discounts

Fleet and NYC & Company announced that the Queens Museum of Art has been selected as April’s Fleet Cultural Institution of the Month. Throughout the month of April, all museum visitors who reference the Fleet Cultural Institution of the Month program will receive two-for-one admission on Tuesdays. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 69-28 Cloverdale Ln., Single Family Detached, $669,000, Bed 4, Bath 3, Halfbath 1, Construction: Aluminum, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 40 x 100, Taxes: $2,464 Comment.

Business Calendar

Queens Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange, Castle Senior Living, Forest Hills. Comment.

Newspaper group awards top prizes to TimesLedger

TimesLedger reporter Daniel Massey won the “Rookie Reporter of the Year” award at the New York Press Association’s annual conference in Saratoga Springs this weekend. Comment.

CB 9 OK’s plan to add OTB facility to Kew Gdns. pub

A controversial plan that would bring thoroughbred wagering to a Kew Gardens pub drew a step closer to the finish line Tuesday night when members of Community Board 9 voted overwhelmingly to recommend the establishment of an Off Track Betting facility inside Austin’s Ale House. Comment.

Workers OK new contract to end Ozanam Hall strike

After striking for five days, more than 400 employees of Ozanam Hall Nursing Home in Bayside approved a new contract Friday that included a significant pay increase and ended the labor dispute. Comment.

Funeral home director mourned in Bayside

Bayside was grieving last week as more than 100 people came together to mourn the death of longtime funeral director John “Jack” Possenriede at Sacred Heart Church Friday. Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

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

Revised district boundaries confound Indo-Caribbeans

Despite a Borough Hall public hearing where Queens’ Indo- Caribbeans and South Asians railed against proposed legislative redistricting plans, revised state senate and assembly boundaries released Monday did little to quell the anger of a group that believes it is being left out of the democratic process. Comment.

Diverse group meets to heal Richmond Hill

They sat in a row: a white woman, an Asian man, a Jewish woman, a man who is both Indonesian and Puerto Rican, a black woman and a Sikh man. Comment.

Boro educators examine drop in 8th-grade scores

After eight years in the public school system, students should do better on state exams, right? Comment.

St. Francis Prep graduate writes play on boro culture

Mulling over his years as a student at St. Francis Prep in the early 1990s, playwright David Tianga says he’s struck by the fact that many of his wealthy classmates sought to emulate the darker side of the hip-hop culture prevalent in the lower-income neighborhoods where he lived. Comment.

Police search for motive in Ridgewood stabbing

The stabbing of an Albanian immigrant as he returned to his Ridgewood apartment early last Thursday has baffled police due to the apparent lack of a motive. Comment.

Sunnyside wages battle against graffiti

At a corner bodega on Skillman Avenue in Sunnyside, a mess of scribbles mars the pale beige brick above the awning like an open wound, blood-red in color and jarringly bright. Comment.

CB 7 seeks more info on city land auction

Tony Tondo received a letter last month telling him that what he believed to be his property was being sold out from under him. Comment.

Assembly election set for Tuesday to fill vacant seat

A special election is planned Tuesday to fill the District 31 state assembly seat in southeast Queens left vacant by the death of Pauline Rhodd-Cummings earlier this year. Comment.

Margaret Tietz honors fallen of Holocaust, 9/11

On a day when Jewish people around the world light a candle to remember the six million people killed in the Holocaust during World War II, Fire Department Lt. John Atwell visited a Jamaica nursing home Tuesday to light a candle for the people who were lost in the Sept. 11 attacks. Comment.

To The Point: Spring brings fashion, parades, fund-raisers

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. I hope all those Easter eggs have been found wherever they were hid by the Easter Bunny or they will be scrambled without any of your efforts. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday with family and friends. Comment.

Interboro Institute marks year in Northeast Queens

In Queens, many low-income students see their education end in high school. But a new college in Flushing is hoping to help many of those students. Comment.

City ready to test water from Jamaica well

As the city faces a serious drought, the Department of Environmental Protection is planning to begin a study later this month on treating water from an old well that used to supply residents of southeast Queens. Comment.

Jamaica Hospital announces expansion

Jamaica Hospital Medical Center reached an agreement with the city last week to purchase property located on the Van Wyck Expressway across from the medical center for $375,000, a hospital spokesman said. Comment.

Therapy for judge who knifed wife

A Nassau County judge who stabbed his wife two years ago in a domestic dispute was sentenced to undergo psychiatric treatment on an outpatient basis by a Westchester County judge, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Prep wallops Cross in opening day romp

The St. Francis Prep Terriers scored seven runs in the third inning en route to an 18-1 blowout win over crosstown rivals, the Holy Cross Knights, in the opening game of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan varsity baseball season for both teams Monday afternoon at the Preller Baseball Complex in Bellerose. Comment.

Street park in Little Neck named for hero of WWII hero

Little Neck native Lt. Michael Szap died a hero in World War II and was buried in Luxembourg, but his northeast Queens community never forgot him. Comment.

Stories abound at Long Island Press reunion

Dave Jacobs stepped to the microphone and stories of the Long Island Press, which closed 25 years ago, rolled off his tongue. Comments (1).

LIC teen indicted for murder in Jamaica parking lot

A Long Island City teen was indicted Monday on charges of shooting and killing a woman in the parking lot of a McDonald’s restaurant in Jamaica in February in a case of mistaken identity, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Changes in policy rankle Memorial Day volunteers

May marks the 75th anniversary of the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, one of the country’s largest, but instead of a celebration there appears to be discontent among the volunteer ranks of the parade committee. Comment.

Miller unveils budget plan at crowded Corona school

Standing in a Queens elementary school believed to be the most overcrowded in the nation, City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) unveiled a city council education proposal Monday that would restore funding for school construction through an income tax surcharge on all New Yorkers. Comment.

Flushing 9/11 monument offers solace to mourners

Like many New Yorkers, Charles Helly was left with the overwhelming feeling that he needed to do something after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. Comment.

Council’s Jewish liaison has Queens political roots

City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) has announced the appointment of Forest Hills resident Howard Pollack, who has years of experience serving Queens’ Jewish population, as liaison to the city’s Jewish community. Comment.

Runners descend on boro for annual half marathon

Thousands of runners from as far as London and South Africa will descend on College Point Saturday for the 24th annual Queens Half Marathon. Comment.

L.I. woman pretended to be lawyer in Astoria: DA

A Suffolk County woman with an office in Astoria was arrested April 3 for allegedly conning clients who believed she was licensed to practice law, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Hospital gets $500K grant to aid seniors hurt by 9/11

After Sept. 11 the executive director of North Shore University Hospital at Forest Hills watched as many of his senior citizen volunteers struggled to come to terms with the horror of the attacks. Comment.

CB7 backs cops on plan to end 168th St. loitering

Flushing residents are one step closer to a quieter neighborhood now that Community Board 7 approved a police request to help reduce nighttime loitering on 168th Street. Comment.

Glen Oaks Little League begins 51st year at bat

It was a beautiful brisk Saturday morning that seemed more conducive to football, but the gloves were oiled, the bats were pine tarred and the cleats sharpened as the Glen Oaks Little League kicked off its 51st year. Comment.

Hundreds mourn Bayside cadet as Sept. 11 hero

Nearly 900 mourners gathered last week to lament the death of Mohammed Salman Hamdani but to rejoice as well at his valor at the World Trade Center in a demonstration of the Bayside man’s profound love for America. Comment.

Flag brings pride to Hillside Manor

After Sept. 11 the people who use the Hillside Manor Comprehensive Care Center in Jamaica Estates wanted to show their support and solidarity for the city’s Bravest and Finest. They thought the best way would be to fly the U.S. flag in their meeting room. Comment.

102nd Pct. police officers refuse bribe for freedom

An alleged drug dealer with a history of criminal violence was charged with bribery last week after he offered 102nd Precinct cops who had taken him into custody on Liberty Avenue more than $4,000 for his release, police said. Comment.

Bayside’s auxiliary police boost boro security effort

After five years in the program, Charles Sedacca, 23, was thinking last fall about giving up his work as an auxiliary officer with the 111th Precinct’s Auxiliary Police force. Comment.

Young and old beckoned to April 28 Alley Pond run

Eighty-eight-year-old Hy Simon jaunts into the Alley Pond Park house after a brisk morning walk, easily lifts his leg onto a chest-high counter and leans into a deep stretch. Comment.

Council takes aim at FDNY ambulance books

In a tribute to the city’s firefighters, the FDNY logo has appeared on thousands of baseball caps and T-shirts since Sept. 11. Comment.

Art students curate local works in LIC gallery

When high schoolers Kimberly Calderon and Aline Mendonca set their eyes on artist Katrin Asbury’s depiction of wild animals making a kill for dinner, their reaction was immediate and visceral. Comment.

Jury convicts Jamaica man of assaulting naked woman

A jury deliberated for just one hour last week before convicting a Jamaica man of assaulting a 39-year-old woman in July 2001 by kicking her repeatedly in the head after she was stripped naked. Comment.

Council budget reverses cuts proposed by mayor

Queens could get the new schools it was promised, but only if the mayor agrees to raise taxes. Comment.

Police warn seniors about rash of thefts

Police are warning senior citizens in the 104th Precinct not to invite strangers into their homes following a recent rash of burglaries by women who prey upon the hospitality of the unsuspecting elderly. Comment.

Man shot outside Caffe on the Green

A man who had ordered dinner at Caffe on the Green and then stepped outside the Bayside restaurant for a cigarette was shot in the leg Friday night, police said, but the victim has not been cooperating with authorities investigating the incident. Comment.

Massapequa man shot outside Bayside eatery

A man who had ordered dinner at Caffe on the Green and then stepped outside the Bayside restaurant for a cigarette was shot in the leg Friday night, police said, but the victim has not been cooperating with authorities investigating the incident. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man found dead in Flushing supermarket lot

The body was discovered about 12:30 p.m. Comment.

Ecco: Untrained but experienced, fine dining rises

2370 Jericho Turnpike 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

Auditions for "Some Enchanted Evening, The Songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein" 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.

Belmont Fair returns for fifth year of fun

The Belmont Stakes Fair, with more than 100 spectacular rides, games and free attractions returns to Belmont Park Racetrack for four big weekends, starting Friday. Comment.

Breast cancer fight comes to Jamaica

Queens Hospital Center, an affiliate of the Queens Health Network and member of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, is hosting a free seminar on breast cancer awareness at its Jamaica campus. Comment.

Bishop Daily removes Flushing priest over sex case

A priest at St. Kevin’s Church in Flushing was asked to step down after it was alleged he sexually abused three children more than 20 years ago, the bishop of the diocese said in a letter read to parishioners Sunday. Comments (3).

Queens’ Karsay makes Bronx debut with Yanks

It was a situation that had “nervous” written all over it as College Point native Steve Karsay made his Yankee Stadium debut in the Bronx Bombers home opener Friday. Comment.

Shaking off the stigma: Adams wins second

For several seasons, the John Adams softball team has had stellar records comparable to Queens powerhouses Bayside, Francis Lewis and Cardozo. But because the Spartans played in a division considered weak, they rarely received the same respect as their counterparts from northeast Queens. Comment.

Children’s Orchestra plays Queens premiere

The Children’s Orchestra Society announced that its Young Symphonic Ensemble, with 80 advanced musicians, will present the world premiere of “The Little Park Across the Street,” at Colden Auditorium, Queens College, on Sunday at 2 p.m. Comment.

Prep wallops Cross is opening day romp

The St. Francis Prep Terriers scored seven runs in the third inning en route to an 18-1 blowout win over crosstown rivals, the Holy Cross Knights, in the opening game of the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan varsity baseball season for both teams Monday afternoon at the Preller Baseball Complex in Bellerose. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: CHSAA has to play catch-up

The Public School Athletic League made one of its smartest moves in recent memory by splitting the Queens varsity softball teams into two distinct categories, an ‘A’ league and a ‘B’ league. Comment.

Do Forest Hills, Flushing still belong in ‘B’ league?

Should the Forest Hills and Flushing baseball teams still be in the PSAL B division? Their coaches say yes but the majority of Queens coaches disagree. Comment.

Queens partners help promote literacy

Literacy in the borough is expected to get a shot in the arm thanks to a new promotion from two Queens-based organizations. Comment.

Lewis girls’ soccer defeats Forest Hills, 3-0

Although just a freshman, center midfielder Angela Wooley is one of the most experienced players on the Francis Lewis girls’ soccer team by virtue of playing club soccer. Comment.

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