Thursday, Jan. 17, 2002

SJU listless in blowout loss to Providence

The roller coaster ride continued for the St. John’s University men’s basketball team. Five days after upsetting the No. 21 ranked Miami Hurricanes at Alumni Hall, the Red Storm blew into Rhode Island and got blown out by the Providence College Friars, 78-57, Saturday at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Comment.

Marble Modes Storm takes 2 in Sophomore League

Marble Modes Storm 59, McDonald’s of Bayside Jazz 39. Marble Modes Storm won their third game in a row, 50-39. The Storm pulled away from what was a close game in the first half. Leading the way with a balanced attack was Lenny Saputo with 18 points, Ryan Smith scored 16 points and Steve Cervino and Jeff Hoffman with eight points each. John Mc Entee and Wesley Wong scored six points each. Leading in rebounds for the Storm with six each were Rob Liquori and Matt Strax-Haber. Zack Simon of the Jazz had an outstanding game with 20 poin Comment.

Tight division races highlight DG hoops action

The action was fast and furious at the Dwarf Giraffe gymnasium, as several of the top contenders in each division squared off in what were exciting and competitive games that weren’t decided until the final buzzer. Comment.

OLBS eighth-grade boys teams best St. Ann’s, St. Clare’s

The Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament eighth-grade boys “AA” team won its fourth straight CYO game and seventh overall, beating arch-rival St. Ann’s, 48-39. Dave Maldonado had 15, Paul Savino had 13 and Randy Bayron had 12, including 8-of-9 from the free throw line. The game was a see-saw battle throughout, which was decided by a 17-10 fourth quarter with Nick Kofteris, Joe O’Connor, Kristian Delgado, Kevin Hyde and Erik Anderkwavich contributing. Comment.

Snows Intermediates say perfect with win over Holy Family, 42-34

The Our Lady of the Snows Intermediate (Sweeney) team won its eighth game of the season with a hard-fought 42-34 win over Holy Family last Saturday. Snows, for the second game in a row, started slow, trailing 10-8 after the first quarter and was down 17-14 at the half. Comment.

Rich-Haven Mets travel teams looking for players for 2002

The Rich-Haven Mets summer traveling teams are presently looking for a few serious baseball players to complete the rosters for the 2002 season. Tryouts for the 13, 14, 15, 16 and 18 and under teams are underway. The teams play a 40-game schedule that consists of weekend doubleheaders and weekday evening games. In addition the teams will participate in out-of-town tournaments and showcases. For dates, locations and times, please contact coach Larry Spahn at 847-9633. Please leave your name, number and age someone will return the call. Comment.

Umpires needed

M & R Officiating is seeking to expand its umpire base by adding experienced, as well as new officials for the 2002 season. In addition to providing officials for a variety of softball leagues, the league is also looking to add boys Little League baseball officials. If you are interested and feel you have the desire to be a softball or Little League baseball official, please call Billy at 352-7119 to arrange to participate in our free instructional class. Comment.

W.O.R.K.S. Little League to hold registration for new year

W.O.R.K.S. Little League is a newly formed baseball league that now serves the children of Woodhaven, parts of Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and South Ozone Park. It was formally known as Rich-Haven Little League, which has served Woodhaven and the north section of Richmond Hill since 1958. Comment.

Cross Island YMCA offering wide variety of sports programs

The Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Ave., Bellerose, offers Instructional Racquetball for youngsters ages 8 through 14. Racquetball pro Lorraine Galloway, ranked No. 1 in the National Women’s Open Amateurs, instructs participants in fundamentals of the game, including strokes, grips, foot work, game strategy and rules. The program is available to YMCA members as well as non-members. It is offered on Wednesday afternoons. Comment.

Del Rios’ late goal earns CK hockey tie with Molloy

For the Christ the King hockey team to be successful, sophomore winger John Del Rios knows the Royals forwards have to cause a commotion in front of the net. Comment.

Forest Hills Jewish Center welcomes Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger, the folk singer who once got a letter from the Ku Klux Klan thanking him for inspiring 722 new membership applications in one week, is bringing his message of peace and tolerance to Forest Hills later this month. Comment.

Editorial: Defenseless

John Taylor stands accused of one of the worst crimes ever committed in the history of New York City. It is alleged that in May 2000 he and an accomplice robbed and executed five of people working in a Wendy's restaurant in Flushing. Comment.

Editorial: Not a prank

One of the most horrific crimes committed in southeast Queens in recent memory is now one step closer to closure. Last week State Supreme Court Judge Robert Hanophy sentenced Darryl Tyson to spend the next 16 years in prison for his role in the brutal killing of a Chinese food deliveryman. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Police and fire departments need volunteers

Sept. 11, 2001 was the starting point for the long-overdue renaissance of patriotism in the United States. Immediate donations of physical, spiritual and emotional help, along with monetary and blood donations, were overwhelmingly plentiful. Our flags appeared, almost miraculously, everywhere and, I’m happy to say, still do. Comment.

Our History: President Roosevelt ushers in the modern era

In this month of January when we welcome a new year in very different circumstances from those in the past it is interesting to look at where we were and what we were about a century ago. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: How to keep your winter houseplants happy

Ah yes…the comfort we experience as we sit comfortably in our homes viewing the snow-covered landscape, wind, cold temperatures and other nastiness winter throws our way. And why not — you and your houseplants have been safely removed from the hazards of winter and moved into the relative comfort of your home. Comment.

To The Point: Knights distribute $3K to rescue workers’ kin

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

Fireman’s memory lives on through softball

When Bob Vassaliko and Stu Weiss heard that their friend, Lt. Robert Regan, of the FDNY was one of the more than 300 firefighters missing in the collapse if the World Trade Center, they held out hope he would survive. Comment.

Civil rights activist honors MLK’s memory

Martin Luther King’s voice boomed from the loudspeaker and video footage of his marches on Selma, Ala. and Washington, D.C. played in the background as the crowd filed into the auditorium to hear his disciple, Julian Bond, speak. Comment.

Biz association cancels street fair plans

Anticipating a community battle, the Bayside Business Association has canceled plans to hold a Bell Boulevard street fair in May to raise money for its beautification of Bayside’s “Main Street.” Comment.

Sunnyside man killed in shooting

One man died from a gunshot wound to the head and another was wounded in a Sunnyside apartment Tuesday afternoon following a dispute with two other men, police said. Comment.

Youth theater awards Southeast Queens teens

Honoring the work of the more than 200 southeast Queens children who put together its musicals and plays, TEEM Productions handed out the equivalent of the Academy Awards to 57 young thespians. Comment.

Carlisle Towery winning fight to revive Jamaica

For the past 30 years a transplant from Alabama has been changing the landscape of downtown Jamaica, guiding the geographic center of Queens out of the economic difficulties of the 1970s toward the development of a major business and transportation hub. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Paying homage to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity. Comment.

Maspeth man gets 25 years for beating

A Maspeth man was sentenced to 25 years in prison last week for beating and nearly killing two immigrant laborers he had picked up in Long Island with a friend, a representative of the Suffolk County district attorney said. Comment.

Woodside families suffer twice after Jan. 8 blaze

For Olga Penafiel and her husband Tacito, an ordeal that began when they nearly died in an apartment fire did not end once firefighters brought them to safety. Comment.

Bystanders, not pins, struck during bowling alley brawl

Two people were hospitalized after a late night fight at a bowling alley in the Linden Hill section of Flushing in which a bowling ball was used as a weapon, police said. Comment.

York College celebrates MLK’s birthday with art show

The York College/Community Commemorative Quilt Committee celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday Tuesday and marked the start of its 10-week festivities, recognizing Black History and Women’s History Month with a display of art and quilts created by southeast Queens and Harlem residents. Comment.

La Cheesecake’s founder bakes fancy cakes

“I always knew I wanted to be in business for myself,” said Julig. In 1986, at the young age of 19, Julig opened up La Cheesecake Bake Shop in College Point. Comment.

Woodside man cuts deal, denies threat with zucchini

Woodside’s so-called zucchini bandit who allegedly held up a man with a large vegetable stuck beneath his jacket like a gun pleaded guilty to attempted robbery last Thursday, avoiding what would have been his fifth trial for the 1995 crime. Comment.

Group eyes 14th Ave. renovation

The Whitestone Business Association hopes to beautify the area of 14th Avenue in Whitestone with benches and old-fashioned street lights by the end of 2003, one of the directors said. Comment.

2 boro bus drivers make bus driver hall of fame

Two employees of Triboro Coach Corp. buses in Queens have been named to the New York City Bus Operator Hall of Fame for their dedication in helping the blind and disabled among their passengers. Comment.

Students open new wing with songs, pageantry

Students clad in stars and stripes marched visitors through the bright halls of Long Island City’s PS 166 last Thursday in a patriotic celebration of the school’s new wing. Comment.

Queens College starts 9/11 health study

In an attempt to more thoroughly document the health impact of the destruction of the World Trade Center, Queens College began a study Monday of day laborers who cleaned buildings in downtown Manhattan after Sept. 11. Comment.

College Round-up: Former Prep star scores 21 to lead Boston University

Rashad Bell is an explosive scorer, just ask anyone from the Catholic High School Athletic Association. Last year he torched opponents to the tune of 27 points, 12 rebounds and 4.5 blocks for St. Francis Prep. Comment.

Despite complaints, new hospital eyes another project

The new, state-of-the-art Queens Hospital Center has been open to patients for several months, but it appears construction on the 22-acre campus is far from over. Comment.

Totten eviction deadline passes for women’s group

The deadline for the Queens Women’s Center’s eviction from its Fort Totten headquarters in Bayside came and went Tuesday without any action by the city to remove the group. Comment.

South Jamaica man gets 25 years for rape: DA

A South Jamaica man was sentenced last week to 25 years in prison for raping a 9-year-old girl whom he lured into his home in 1999, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

MV Dodgers to open tryouts, workouts Jan. 27

It’s winter, but it’s not too early to get in shape for the upcoming baseball season. The Midville Dodgers announced this week that registration, tryouts and workouts will soon begin for their Junior team, ages 15 and 16 (no player can turn 17 before Aug. 1). Interested players should call Manager Greg Bianchini at 805-3784 or Coach Bill Johnson at 846-6042. Indoor workouts and tryouts will begin on Sunday, Jan. 27 at a location soon to be announced. Comment.

Doe Fund helps clean Rego Park

Ana Walsh, the owner of Ana’s Place on Queens Boulevard, needed only one word to describe what the busy streets surrounding her Rego Park restaurant looked like eight months ago. Comment.

Boro captures committee handling rules, privileges

City Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) received the Council’s first committee chairmanship last week, taking the reins of the Rules, Privileges and Elections Committee, which quickly met and approved eight changes to city council rules. Comment.

LIRR project, new subway could come simultaneously

Transit experts told citizens at an East Side Manhattan town hall meeting Tuesday night that it was not beyond reality to think the Second Avenue Subway and the East Side Access project could be built simultaneously. Comment.

City rules against Sikh cop in bid to wear turban

The Police Department’s Office of Equal Employment Opportunity last week ruled against a Sikh traffic enforcement officer from Richmond Hill who had hoped to wear his turban and keep his uncut beard on the job to comply with his religion. Comment.

Cops bust Richmond Hill illegal drug ‘supermarket’

A Richmond Hill couple allegedly transformed their home on a quiet, residential block into a million-dollar-a-year illegal drug “supermarket” for middle-class users, authorities said last week. Comment.

Saint Francis Prep retires jerseys of fallen firefighters

Brian Brennan could no longer contain his tears. Comment.

Cops start talking trash; sting hits illegal dumpers

Officers from the 112th Precinct joined forces last week with Sanitation Department police to stamp out rampant illegal dumping that has plagued lots in southern Forest Hills for years. Comment.

Gennaro sworn in as new city councilman

A slew of political dignitaries headlined by former Mayor Ed Koch joined several hundred supporters to salute James Gennaro’s improbable election to the City Council at a ceremonial installation Sunday. Comment.

Known graffiti tag returns to Ridgewood

With the moniker of one of the city’s most notorious graffiti vandals reportedly popping up on buildings in Queens, community leaders are maintaining an aggressive campaign in the fight for clean walls. Comment.

Jewish, Arab visitors tell of peaceful Israeli home

Rami Mannaa is a Palestinian Israeli who grew up going to bar mitzvahs. Ori Sonnenschein is a Jewish Israeli who celebrates Ramadan each year. The 17-year-old boys are neighbors in a village called Neve-Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam, or “Oasis of Peace,” that stands midway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Comment.

School Board 30 member resigns after fight to stay

Citing his frustration with the Board of Education’s bureaucracy, a member of School Board 30 who fought in court to retain his seat resigned last week after only nine months of service. Comment.

New boro president unveils Queens development goals

Slowly and methodically Queens Borough President Helen Marshall has started to put her stamp on the borough president’s office. With a little more than two weeks on the job as the borough’s leader, Marshall has put together a blueprint of what she hopes to accomplish during her tenure. Comment.

Bandit Shanghais storm windows in Queens Village

When William Heffernan and his wife went to sleep a few weeks ago, it was just like any other night in their Queens Village home. What they did not expect was to wake up in the morning to find all of their storm windows missing. Comment.

Housing complex denied by board

Bowing to intense neighborhood pressure, Community Board 5 overwhelmingly voted not to endorse a proposed Admiral Avenue housing complex last week despite the developer’s confident assertion he would still get the city’s permission to build it. Comment.

109th Precinct takes aim at prostitution

As part of the city’s initiative to take on quality-of-life crimes, the 109th Precinct is targeting prostitution in downtown Flushing. Comment.

Crime drops in 113th Precinct during 2001

South Jamaica’s 113th Precincts saw a decline in all seven of the Police Department’s major crimes categories last year and an overall crime drop of 21.7 compared to statistics for 2000, police said. Comment.

Shulman’s daughter wows crowd with tales of space

After spending the morning giving lectures to groups of high school students at a crowded Queens College lecture hall last Thursday, astronaut Ellen Baker played host to an added guest for her last whirl through slides from outer space. Comment.

Queens brides jilted by shop’s sudden closing

Brides-to-be flocked to an Astoria wedding shop to reclaim their chiffon and silk dreams this week after word spread that bankruptcy had shuttered the decades-old boutique. Comment.

Despite protest, city eyes Queens Blvd. school: Board 2

The Board of Education has not given up plans to build a school on Queens Boulevard despite outspoken opposition from the community and the property owner, a local official said last week. Comment.

Board 7 votes to make Whitestone road one-way

As part of an effort to improve the safety of Whitestone streets, Community Board 7 voted Monday to make 20th Road a one-way street in two sections of the road. Comment.

Boro awaits court action in school funding reform

The one-year anniversary of the Campaign for Fiscal Equity court decision passed last week without a ruling from an appellate court on whether Gov. George Pataki must reconfigure the funding formula for schools in New York City and the state’s four other largest cities. Comment.

Clearview/LIE interchange construction moves ahead

The project to reconstruct entrance/exit ramps between the Clearview and Long Island expressways appears to be chugging along slightly ahead of schedule, a community liaison for the construction said last week. Comment.

Bayside WWII veteran still seeking Normandy medal

A Bayside veteran who was denied the Jubilee of Liberty medal last year has received a certificate of recognition from the French government, but he still does not know why he could not have the special award. Comment.

Alleged Flushing kidnapper fingered by prosecutor

A Flushing man was charged with a May 2000 kidnapping in Little Neck after the prosecutor who tried his alleged accomplice recognized him in a chance encounter in court, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Spigner hands council torch to longtime staffer Comrie

A standing-room-only crowd of 350 people, including more than 30 elected officials, packed a St. Albans church Saturday evening to celebrate the inauguration of Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) to the City Council. Comment.

Police Blotter: Either ID Propp or subject him to DNA tests, DA tells parents

KEW GARDENS — As pre-trial hearings in the kidnapping case of a baby taken from Jamaica Estates 20 years ago continued in criminal court Tuesday, prosecutors tried to speed up the process, Newsday reported Wednesday. Comment.

Dining Out: California’s wine valleys come to Whitestone

15-01 149th St. Whitestone Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Christ the King girls hold off St. Francis

Before the season began his assistant coaches said he was crazy and with his team trailing St. Francis Prep 36-29 at the half, Christ the King girls’ basketball coach Bob Mackey wondered if they were right. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Senior Theater Acting Repertory welcomes seniors interested in acting. Wednesdays, Fridays. 347-2310 or Stan Guttman at 224-2729. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Erratic SJU needs some real answers

I certainly do not mean to dilute the term bipolar or slight anyone truly afflicted with the disorder, but I simply cannot, for the life of me, come up with a better word to suit this year’s version of the St. John’s Red Storm. Comment.

Bayside remains unbeaten with win over Springfield

Bayside boys’ basketball coach Joe Capuana realizes his team has a bull’s-eye on its back. Each team the Commodores face from here on in will use every play in its arsenal to end Bayside’s perfect season. Comment.

McClancy scores first league win in 2 years

Elvis Damjanovic played like a man possessed. The 6-foot-4 Forest Hills native crashed the boards, fought for loose balls and drove to the basket with an intensity usually reserved for a playoff game. A league win was within reach and he was not going to let the opportunity slip by. Comment.

Francis Lewis stuns Murry Bergtraum, 50-44

Three-time defending PSAL girls’ basketball champions Murry Bergtraum strike fear in many opponents merely by showing up at the gym. Not on Sunday afternoon, as Francis Lewis stood up to the PSAL bullies, scoring a stunning 50-44 upset at the Manhattan Winter Classic at Hunter College. Comment.

‘Black Hawk Down’ may be too realistic

Take the first 10, brutal minutes of “Saving Private Ryan,” stretch it out to two-plus hours and you’ve got “Black Hawk Down,” a relentlessly chaotic, true story of a U.S. army raid in Somalia. Comment.

Boards hit by cuts, loss of computer access

It is a new millennium, but Queens community board members said this week they are being dragged back into the Dark Ages by the prospect of crippling budget cuts and an effort to cut off their computer access to Buildings Department records. Comment.

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