Thursday, April 25, 2002

2001-2002 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL Girls Basketball Teams

Teresa Rozza    Jr.    Guard     Francis Lewis Comment.

PSAL Girls Coach of the Year: Steve Heiss

They weren’t the biggest team, they weren’t the fastest team, but no one in Queens played harder in the 2001-2002 season than the Jamaica girls’ basketball team. Comment.

PSAL Girls Player of the Year: Maria Miaoulis

Francis Lewis coach Mike Eisenberg calls Maria Miaoulis “probably the most improved player in the city,” and the TimesLedger PSAL Player of the Year was a major reason the Patriots returned to the PSAL ‘A’ title game for a second straight season. Comment.

Omar Cook signs contract with Boston Celtics

Omar Cook, a former basketball star with both St. John’s University and Christ the King High School, signed a multi-year contract with the Boston Celtics on April 16, but was not added to the club’s playoff roster, the organization announced last week. Comment.

College Round-up: St. John’s drops key BE game to UConn, 5-1

With upsets abounding in the Big East Sunday, the St. John’s baseball team had a chance to break away from the pack into the upper portion of the conference standings. Instead, the Red Storm found themselves alone in sixth place after falling to the University of Connecticut, 5-1 at J.O. Christian Field. Comment.

Rutgers sweeps St. John’s softball

Saturday was supposed to be a memorable day for the eight seniors on the St. John’s softball team. In front of family and friends, some of whom traveled across the country, the Red Storm seniors were honored in the final home weekend of their collegiate careers. Comment.

Opening day for the ages at Jamaica Estates-Holliswood L.L.

Jamaica Estates-Holliswood Little League marched hundreds of players, relatives, friends, in the Opening Day Parade April 13, along Union Turnpike, Francis Lewis Boulevard, 73th Avenue. Comment.

Bayside girl three-peats at West Point

Patricia Zillas, a seventh grader at Our Lady of the Blessed Sacarement and a Bayside resident won the Knights of Columbus Free Throw championship at West Point for the third year in a row on April 20. Comment.

St. Andrew’s sixth-graders roll over St. Stan’s, 16-8

St. Andrew’s Big Green extended its record to 2-0 following a 16-8 win over St. Stan’s last Thursday. Comment.

St. Luke’s Novice baseball off to perfect 4-0 start

Last year they went undefeated and won the PeeWee championship and this year, behind powerful hitting, smart base running, stellar defense and dominating pitching, St. Luke’s, now in the Novice Division, has won their first four games 7-3, 24-1, 20-6 and 13-6. Comment.

Editorial: Every problem is not an emergency

A year ago we might have agreed with state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing), who has sounded an alarm about the windows at PS 214 in Flushing. The windows on the first floor of the school need to be replaced. Nearly half of the windows can no longer be opened. Comment.

Editrorial: Get out of the way

An article written by a TimesLedger reporter that appeared earlier this month, shows the Queens delegation to the state Assembly divided down the middle on the question of abolishing the central Board of Education and placing the schools under mayoral control. Comment.

Editorial: Woodyside’s shame

The good people of Woodside have endured a double shock. First they learned that the pastor of the Greek Orthodox Church at 48th Avenue and 44th Street has an unsavory history. Rev. Pangtios Vironis, 60, pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two young boys in Pennsylvania in 1970 and was defrocked. Comment.

College Point ‘Survivor’ may be on his way out

The tide has turned on the Marquesas Islands, and College Point’s Robert DeCanio may soon be all washed up. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Columnist and computer like oil and water

People don’t actually read newspapers. They get into them every morning, like a hot bath. —M. McLuhan Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Springtime in Queens means visits to parks

Now that spring is in full bloom, it would do everyone a lot of good to get some fresh air and exercise in one of our beautiful parks. All the city’s parks are nice, of course, but the parks in our own borough want you to become better acquainted with them so you can feel less stressed, enjoy fresh air, sunshine, exercise and nature’s treasures. If you like photography, take your camera. If you have youngsters, bring them along. There will be enough fun to go around for everyone! 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.

The Civic Scene: Facing the problems of yesterday’s schools

We are in a new century, have a new mayor and again are going through our seemingly continuous flagellation of ourselves over the quality of the schools caused by our chancellor. Using some old clippings about the schools, I will present a few articles full of complaints. In next week’s column I will give some possible solutions to make our schools better. Comment.

Queens designer retrofits cars for public use

South Ozone Park businessman Michael DiGonis may have found a solution to two transportation problems: handicapped accessibility and dependence on fossil fuels. Comment.

Violent storm leaves path of destruction across boro

Last week’s record-breaking heat wave came to a violent end Friday night when a fierce thunderstorm raged through the borough, leaving a path of damage to trees and buildings that caused one man’s death in Brooklyn just blocks from the Queens border. Comment.

School finds second home after storm damages roof

The St. Paul’s Episcopal School needed a miracle. Comment.

Volunteers clean trash from Udalls Cove

Armed only with gloves, garbage bags and the occasional shovel, a battalion of environmentalists waged war against the elements Saturday in an annual tradition that combines a soldier’s bravura with a raccoon’s fascination for trash. Comment.

Walcott discusses ed. plan with CB-13

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott laid out the mayor’s plan for education when he visited his old Cambria Heights stomping grounds for Community Board 13’s monthly meeting Monday night. Comment.

Few attend boro hearing on increase in water rate

Despite widespread publicity about a public hearing on a proposed rate increase, only a dozen people showed up for the Flushing meeting Friday and six of those were government officials. Comment.

Woodside priest faces sex charges

A Greek priest defrocked more than three decades ago after pleading guilty in a sex abuse case was arrested last Thursday on charges he fondled a 14-year-old boy at his Woodside church, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Police caution residents of increase in car thefts

With its tree-lined streets of one- and two story homes, Whitestone does not appear to be the destination of car thieves. Comment.

NY Sens. ask Bush for $$$ to fix LIRR tunnels

U.S. Sens. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) have asked the Bush administration to make available $100 million Congress set aside in December to repair tunnels that thousands of Queens rail commuters use daily. Comment.

Hollis man gets 25 years in Chinese food murder

A 20-year-old Hollis man received the maximum sentence of 25 years to life for murdering a Chinese food deliveryman in 1999, despite pleas of leniency based on his age and his clean record. Comment.

Walk the ‘Walk for Mental Health’ Sunday at Unisphere

The Walk for Mental Health, a fund-raiser to benefit Transitional Services for New York Inc., will take place Sunday at Flushing-Meadow Corona Park. Comment.

Gambino pleads guilty in Metropolis stabbing

A 20-year-old believed by officials to be related to the Gambino crime family last week pleaded guilty to felony assault charges of stabbing two young men outside a College Point nightclub in 2000, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Ozone Park attorney stole $60,000 from clients: DA

An Ozone Park lawyer who admitted to having drug and financial problems was charged last week with stealing more than $60,000 from four of his clients, the Queens district attorney said last Wednesday. Comment.

Playground for disabled begins $4M renovation

For many Queens wheelchair-bound children, leaning back and riding a swing is little more than a dream. Comment.

Brown cannot prosecute accused Queens priests

Despite receiving more names of priests accused of sexually abusing children from the Diocese of Brooklyn, the Queens district attorney said Tuesday he could not prosecute any of the men on the list under current laws. Comment.

Public figures play principal for one day

Scott Rapoport has been to PS 161 in Richmond Hill before. Comment.

RC Incarnation Church marks 75th anniversary

The Roman Catholic Church of the Incarnation in Queens Village celebrates two major milestones in its history this year — the 75th anniversary of the church’s founding and the 50th anniversary of the school’s opening its doors. Comment.

Baysider runs to support victims of Sept. 11 attack

Baysider Bob Torres is no Captain America, but don’t tell that to the people who halt their cars and honk their horns at him as he runs through Bayside wearing a large American flag like a cape. Comment.

Thousands attend parade honoring Sikh’s religion

Richmond Hill’s Sikh Cultural Society staged an enviable 303rd birthday party for its religion Saturday afternoon, luring thousands to the streets of Manhattan for a festive parade that showed off the resiliency of the community’s spirit. Comment.

DAC: Outback Steakhouse Mets defeat St. Anastasia

DAC Texas League Comment.

St. George’s celebrates its three centuries

During the American Revolution, patriotic parishioners decided to rework the... Comment.

Little Neck Stop & Shop to fill supermarket void

Soon Little Neck and Douglaston residents will not have to travel to Bayside, Glen Oaks or Long Island to shop now that Stop & Shop plans to open up in the old Little Neck Grand Union. Comment.

Derek Jeter Baseball Clinic coming to Cunningham Park

The fifth annual Turn 2 Baseball Clinic, established by New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, will run Saturdays from May 11 to June 22 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Cunningham Park’s Field No. 14, located at 73rd Ave., and Francis Lewis Blvd in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

Toy bigwig principal for day at Flushing’s PS 107

Michael Goldstein, former chief executive officer of Toys ‘R’ Us, is no stranger to many students at PS 107 in Flushing. Comment.

Hevesi garners aid for Rego Park commercial district

A state-funded program to purge the Rego Park commercial district of rats, trash and general blight received a needed boost last week despite post-Sept. 11 budget cuts threatening its existence. Comment.

Two may fight Stavisky for redrawn district seat

Loyal Queens Democrat Jeff Gottlieb is going to make a play for the state Legislature, but even though he has not decided which seat to pursue, there is talk he will run for the state Senate in a newly redrawn district against Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing). Comment.

50-year-old dies as fire rips through home

An early morning blaze killed a middle-aged Howard Beach man Sunday despite two neighbors’ attempts to save him from his second-story residence, which was already consumed in fire and smoke by the time they arrived. Comment.

Jamaica Bay security gets major boost

The U.S. Coast Guard said Tuesday it has stepped up security measures in Jamaica Bay, including doubling airborne patrols, a 700 percent increase in boardings of suspicious vessels, and quadrupling the advance notice time required from foreign in-bound ships. Comment.

Historic group reprises Forest Hills tour

After a one-year hiatus, the Central Queens Historical Association restarted its annual tour and symposium season with a free walking tour of downtown Forest Hills Sunday. Comment.

Queens Jewish Council honors 3 at breakfast

After a year marked by hardship in both New York and Israel, the Queens Jewish Community Council came together at a breakfast Sunday to install its new officers and honor three individuals for their commitment to bettering the community. Comment.

Construction begins at JFK for expansive cargo facility

Upholding its newly awarded title of best cargo airport in North America, John F. Kennedy International Airport broke ground last week on a giant cargo facility covering 435,000 square feet. Comment.

Council comes to boro to pitch education tax

Rather than cut $358 million from city schools, the City Council is pushing Mayor Michael Bloomberg to raise taxes to provide desks, books, programs, and activities for students, the Council’s Education Committee told a public hearing Tuesday. Comment.

Shrubbery, trees hide LIE from Maspeth community

The view of the Long Island Expressway from parts of Maspeth is likely to grow greener in a few months as the state Department of Transportation builds two tiers of planted terracing along the side of the highway. Comment.

Forest Hills man faces  sex charges

An HIV-positive Forest Hills man accused of flying to Florida to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met over the Internet was released on $500,000 bail last week and will face charges in federal court in Florida, authorities said. Comment.

Forest Hills man faces sex charges

An HIV-positive Forest Hills man accused of flying to Florida to have sex with a 15-year-old girl he met over the Internet was released on $500,000 bail last week and will face charges in federal court in Florida, authorities said. Comment.

‘United We Stand’ theme of arts and essay contest

Students in Little Neck and Douglaston, most of whom have never experienced war, will get a chance to reflect on the ideas of patriotism and respect for the nation’s veterans with the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade’s annual Arts and Essay contest. Comment.

Bayside gas station strives to sway drivers with perks

It’s not every trip to the pump that a gas station attendant offers you a jalapeno cheddar cheese croissant as you fill up. That may happen at the BP Connect at 218-01 Northern Blvd. in Bayside where the station is trying to woo drivers not only with hors d’oeuvres but also cleanliness, low prices, and attentive service. Comment.

Bocce ball club grapples for Fresh Meadows home

Bocce may be a sport with a millennium of history and a nearly 30-year tradition at Cunningham Park, but park users and the city Parks Department are saying local bocce players need to let go of some traditions and accept a change for the sake of the community. Comment.

Mayor’s budget cuts leaves borough in economic bind

Queens residents have to wait to find out whether they will get any relief from the mayor’s proposed cuts to schools, libraries, cultural institutions, after-school and senior programs. Comment.

Richmond Hill building gutted

A three-alarm fire spewing heavy black smoke swept through a two-story Richmond Hill building housing a textile warehouse and an indoor cricket center late Tuesday afternoon. Comment.

Jamaica preservation plan has community concerned

A collaborative effort between Allen A.M.E. Church and the city would allow the non-profit group to buy city-owned residential property for next to nothing and then sell and rent units at low costs to southeast Queens residents. Comment.

Women accuses priest of abuse in Whitestone

The words fell out of Carol Poppito’s mouth almost by accident. Comment.

New president leads borough business group

The Queens Chamber of Commerce welcomed a new president for the first time in three years at its annual meeting last Thursday, where George Rozansky was sworn in to the post that had been held by Joseph Farber since 1999. Comment.

Cardozo students to learn about health issues at fair

Keeping teenagers healthy and happy will be the focus of Benjamin Cardozo High School’s health fair next week, where more than 30 community groups were expected to offer information on a range of issues to students at the Bayside school. Comment.

Boro logged decade’s lowest number of deaths in 2000

The New York City Health Department says Queens experienced the fewest deaths in more than a decade in the year 2000 along with infant mortality rates that ranged from both the city’s lowest to nearly its highest. Comment.

Police Blotter: Middle Village man charged in alleged cop bribe attempt

MIDDLE VILLAGE—A Middle Village man has been arrested for allegedly offering an undercover investigator a $3,000 bribe to get a fraudulent deed for a house, the City Department of Investigations said. Comment.

Sadie’s Kitchen: Hot colors and warm dishes abound at Sadie’s

249-30 Horace Harding Expwy. Little Neck Comment.

Dining Out: Hot colors and warm dishes abound at Sadie’s

249-30 Horace Harding Expwy. Little Neck Comment.

Girl, 5, arrives at JFK with heroin in suitcases

More than two pounds of heroin were confiscated from a 5-year-old girl’s luggage at John F. Kennedy International Airport after she flew in from Colombia alone late Thursday night, U.S. Customs officials said. Comment.

Southeast, Western Queens Community Calendar Listings

Redeemer Lutheran Ladies Aid Society, Parish Hall- 69-07 Cooper Avenue, Glendale. Grocery Bingo, Sunday, 12:30 p.m. 456-5292 Comment.

Northeast Queens Community Calendar Listings

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

Bosco’s Corner: NY Jets take Queens native in 3rd round

Chris Baker is coming home. The senior out of Michigan State University, who was selected in the third round by the New York Jets in this past weekend’s NFL Draft, spent his formative years right here in Queens before he ever picked up a pigskin. Comment.

CK blows lead to Xaverian in suspended game

Christ the King shortstop Rafael Castillo knew a few things heading into Tuesday's game against defending CHSAA champion Xaverian at Juniper Park. Comment.

Three Queens arts groups earn NEA program funding

Three Queens arts groups have been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, including two grants that will help preserve Latino arts and culture in the borough. Comment.

Bayside routs neighborhood rivals Cardozo, 9-1

The Bayside softball team was a little late arriving at Bayside Athletic Field Friday for its Queens ‘A’ clash with neighborhood rival Cardozo. Comment.

Bayside, Newtown girls soccer battle to 1-1 tie

The PSAL Queens A girls’ soccer game between Newtown and Bayside came down to penalty kicks, or more appropriately, a pair of first-half penalties. Comment.

2001-2002 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL boys’ basketball teams

Cameron Tyler    Jr.    Guard     Cardozo Comment.

PSAL Boys Coach of the Year: DeWitt Thompson

DeWitt Thompson admits to being a bit spoiled over the years at Jamaica for always having a go-to player in his lineup, including Levell Sanders, Javar Cheatham and Cheyne Gadson. Comment.

PSAL Player of the Year: Diego Aguiar

In his 15 years as Bryant boys’ basketball coach, John Demas has seen a lot of great offensive players and several stellar defensive players don an Owls uniform. Comment.

From antiquity to the Renaissance, exhibit soars

On the fourth floor of Klapper Hall at Queens College, it is easy to immerse yourself in art—ancient to renaissance—thanks to the Godwin-Ternbach Museum reopening its doors to the public with a journey of defining art works that seek to capture particular moments when ancient cultures were at their peak. Comment.

Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Bayside L.L.: Action-packed first week for Texas Farm Division

Opening day showcased some great talent for the Texas Farm Division of the Bayside Little League. For A&A Plumbing, Jonathan Caciola’s outstanding glove and Thomas Nacinovich’s power hitting made the difference. Bagels & Bake... Comment.

Bayside routs neighborhood rivals Cardozo, 9-1

That’s because the Commodores, who only managed four hits in a 2-1 loss at John Adams a day earlier, were... Comment.

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