Thursday, Sept. 12, 2002

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Ronald Whittingham

Name: Ronald Whittingham Comment.

S. Ozone native earns trip to jr. doubles final

Shadisha Robinson isn’t one to hide her emotions. Comment.

U.S. Open Notebook: Douglaston’s McEnroe falls to Becker in exhibition

It’s his trademark saying, but not once did John McEnroe utter the words during his exhibition match against Boris Becker before the All-Williams U.S. Open women’s final Saturday night. Comment.

Red Storm football edges Canisius, wins opener in OT

It’s been a long time since Mike DeVore has been on a football field. Despite being a junior at St. John’s, the defensive back didn’t play his first game until Saturday when he tied a St. John’s record and broke a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference mark with four interceptions in the Red Storm’s 17-14 overtime season-opening win over Canisius at DaSilva Memorial Field. Comment.

Sweet revenge: SJU soccer trounces Indiana

Even after the St. John’s Classic championship trophy was handed over to teammate Chris Wingert, and most of the 1,000 at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point had filed out, Rich Bradley was still in shock. Comment.

Queens Kiwanis wraps up 2002 summer season

The Queens Kiwanis Baseball League completed the 2002 season in late August with three new Champions. Comment.

St. Albans native release second jazz album

Music is a journey, and all the steps a professional musician takes along the way help create a sound. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Olympics should stay out of NYC

I don’t speak for anyone but myself, but all these people who also call the borough of my birth home and who are clamoring for the Olympics to come to Queens — and the rest of New York City — in 2012 must be kidding. Please, stop. I don’t want the Olympics anywhere near Queens, period. Comment.

Bayside crumbles in 2nd half, sunk by Curtis

It was the first game of the season, yet the last for the Bayside Commodores on their home field two blocks from the school. And if last Thursday’s 24-0 loss non-league opener against the Curtis Warriors was any indication of things to come, then good riddance. Comment.

Molloy, St, John’s Prep soccer looking to repeat

Two Queens teams, Archbishop Molloy and St. John’s Prep, are vying to repeat as champions this year when the CHSAA varsity soccer season kicks off in both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ leagues this month. Comment.

College Round-up: SJU women’s soccer players pick up honors

Undefeated in its first three games, the St. John’s women's soccer team saw two of its players honored by the Big East Conference as senior defender Jen Taylor was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week and freshman Kaitlin Schmidt was named Big East Rookie of the Week after the Red Storm’s 1-0-2 week. Comment.

Great Neck’s Chan wins first-ever Bayside Open

Andrew Chan, of Great Neck, exhibited winning form while defeating Bayside’s Peter Zipf, 6-3, 6-4 in the first-ever men’s singles final of 2002 Bayside Open, held in Crocheron Park this past weekend. Comment.

Gabe Vitale Memorial 5K run returns after one-year hiatus

The 21st Annual Police Gabriel Vitale 5K Memorial Run will be contested on Sunday, Sept. 22nd at 9:30 a.m. in College Point. Comment.

Editorial: ‘No greater love’

One year after the attack on the World Trade Center, we have come to understand that there is no closure. The wounds from that day have not even begun to heal. The anger has subsided, but it still exists just beneath the surface of our existence, ready to explode at any moment. Comment.

Editorial: A one-seat ride to JFK? Better late than never

Just weeks before the AirTrain is scheduled to begin taking passengers from Howard Beach to Kennedy Airport, we learn that American Airlines would be willing to open a major hub at the airport, if only the AirTrain might offer a one-seat ride. Comment.

Editorial: Moving forward in LIC

Out of the terrible events of 9/11 have come changes that will have an impact on the quality of life* in Queens. One of those improvements is the creation of a high-speed ferry service that is taking commuters from Hunters Point to midtown Manhattan in just five minutes. From there the ferry continues on to Wall Street. Comment.

TV oversight group opens Queens chapter

Queens residents can now join the “army of concerned families and citizens” across the country fighting to clean up television for the nation’s children. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: America’s challenge: Be more loving, caring

Silence the pianos and with muffled drum, Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Laws are made to be obeyed, not ignored

We have a lot of work to do. President Bush has joined our long-established plea for people to volunteer. We need everyone to share in efforts to correct the things that are wrong and to maintain or improve the things that are right. If you haven’t already noticed that there are areas in your community that could be fixed, you have somehow managed to train yourself to ignore a great deal. Comment.

The Civic Scene: High-tech plan would keep air noise in check

I don’t know what came first — the airports or the homes in Queens. At any rate, the aviation industry has grown over the decades, producing jobs and driving the economy of Queens. The Port Authority and the various airlines constantly court high school graduates. August Martin High School trains students for clerical and other related jobs in our airports, Aviation High School trains students to repair airplanes and the private College of Aeronautics provides advanced training. Comment.

To The Point: Holy Trinity invites CCD pupils to register

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

Penn Station move on track again

The on-and-off project to move Penn Station, though which thousands of Queens commuters pass daily, from beneath Madison Square Garden to the James A. Farley Post Office across the street appears to be on once again. Comment.

How’s Business? - Boro’s economic heartbeat

I would like to introduce you to what is going to be a new and exciting column focused on our borough of Queens. We are living in the most volatile and uncertain economic times encompassed by constant change. Comment.

Upcoming Events

Sept. 30 - Flushing Chamber of Commerce and Business Association Luncheon Meeting, 12-2 p.m., Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing 11354. (718) 460-6666. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 67-82 230 St., Condo, Attached, $239,000, Bed 2, Bath 1, Construction: Aluminum, Taxes: $1,100 Comment.

Two churches desecrated by vandals in north Queens

On consecutive days two weeks ago, two northeast Queens churches were desecrated by vandals, but the attacks were not believed to be related. Comment.

Bagpipes sound doleful cry as boro marches to WTC

Sept. 11, 2002 began in Queens with the same plaintive wail of bagpipes and steady roll of drums that already had been heard in so many memorials during a year of unfathomable loss. Comment.

Titus beats five to get Democratic nomination

State Assemblywoman Michele Titus (D-Far Rockaway) beat out five candidates by capturing nearly half of the votes in Tuesday’s primary to earn the Democratic nomination in November’s general election. Comment.

Sabini, Peralta win primary in two new boro districts

Democrats John Sabini and Jose Peralta move onto the big show and the Nov. 5 elections for the right to represent Queens in Albany as state senator and state assemblyman from the two new Hispanic districts in the borough. Comment.

Accusatory Catholic principal dismissed

The principal of St. Elizabeth’s parochial school in Ozone Park, who had filed a lawsuit accusing the former pastor of financial mismanagement and sexual harassment, was put on unpaid leave last week hours before the new school year began. Comment.

Subway signs do not tell riders where to go: Study

You’re entering an unfamiliar Queens subway station. Can you transfer free to another line? Does that staircase lead to the street or to another subway platform? Does an express stop here at this time of night? Comment.

Quinn named to School District 24 super post

Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has reappointed longtime Superintendent Joseph Quinn to the top post in School District 24, bringing to a close the school board’s contentious and drawn-out attempts to replace him. Comment.

U.S. Open caterer hires people with disabilities

For many Queens residents, the U.S. Open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park represents an opportunity to see amazing tennis played by some of the world’s greatest athletes. Comment.

Second child taken from Queens Village vegans

The second child of the Queens Village vegan couple charged with endangering the life of their 2-year-old daughter, who nearly starved to death, was taken from his mother in early August, city officials said. Comment.

Wendy’s massacre trial begins with jury selection

The trial of the accused mastermind of the Wendy’s massacre officially opened Tuesday with 600 potential jurors being marched into the courtroom of State Supreme Court Judge Steven Fisher. Comment.

Two more Queens women are infected with W. Nile

Two Queens women, one from Bayside and one from Howard Beach, were both hospitalized with West Nile viral infections last week, the city Health Department announced. Comment.

Two Elmhurst men charged in Woodside murder

Two men wanted by police in July’s gang-related murder of a Woodside waitress were arrested last week after cops received an anonymous tip, authorities said. Comment.

Qns. Village student hurt in car accident near PS 18

A 9-year-old girl was in satisfactory condition Monday at Long Island Jewish Hospital after the car she was traveling in was hit by a man driving a van with a suspended license in front of PS 18 in Queens Village Friday morning, police said. Comment.

Year off to smooth start at PS 65 in Ozone Park

The school year has been without incident so far at PS 65 in Ozone Park, the elementary school where parents contend their children are getting sick because of a contaminated groundwater source that has impaired the air quality. Comment.

Queensborough gets new on-campus Q27 bus stop

Just because Helen Marshall is now Queens Borough President does not mean she forgot what it was like to be a college student struggling to use public buses to get to class. Comment.

Boro reps go to Manhattan for Congressional session

In the year that has passed since Sept. 11, 2001, the borough’s congressional representatives have assumed new roles as wartime ambassadors to Washington, bearing stories about the struggles and triumphs of a city in recovery. Comment.

Florida pilots cop a plea in Rockaway Beach stunt

Two Florida pilots who alarmed holiday swimmers when they flew dangerously low over Rockaway Beach July 4 pleaded guilty last week and were fined $500 each, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Maspeth gives memorial to devastated firehouse

The city’s premier hazardous materials firefighter company, HazMat 1, is located in Maspeth for the simple reason that it lies at the physical center of a city of 8 million people. Comment.

McLaughin pays $10,000 for Israeli anti-bomb dog

In what he called “an intelligent response to saving lives,” state Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) presented a $10,000 check to Pups for Peace for the purchase and training of a bomb-sniffing dog for Israel last week at a news conference outside Young Israel of Hillcrest. Comment.

City honors FDNY victim in street renaming

More than 200 people gathered on the corner of 122nd Street and Hillside Avenue in Kew Gardens last week as City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) led a ceremony to rename the 122nd Street block between 85th Avenue and Hillside Avenue in honor of Firefighter Christopher J. Pickford, who died Sept. 11. Comment.

Power plant to shut down in Astoria in eight years

The Astoria power plant deemed the city’s worst polluter will shut down within eight years under an agreement brokered last week between the state and environmental groups. Comment.

Pride of Judea brings back drop-in center

With the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks dominating life throughout the nation this week, Douglaston’s Pride of Judea Community Services has revived its drop-in center for those who need some help. Comment.

City eyes new zoning rules for 415 blocks in Jamaica

Zoning regulations in Jamaica need overhauling and the city Department of Planning is ready to take it on. Comment.

Huang ditches meeting with Bayside civic group

Bayside civic leader Frank Skala was stood up by the notorious Tommy Huang Tuesday night after the Flushing developer skipped out of a planned meeting with the East Bayside Homeowners Association and sent his 24-year-old son instead. Comment.

Two charged in deadly Ozone Park insurance plot

A prominent insurance agent in a Guyanese neighborhood in Ozone Park and his friend were charged with conspiring to commit murder last week in connection with an alleged insurance scheme that led to the deaths of at least two people, federal officials said. Comment.

Dems give senate race to Stavisky

Riding the backing of fellow Democrats, state Sen. Toby Stavisky (D-Flushing) and assembly candidate Barry Grodenchik won their party’s nomination Tuesday in two of the borough’s most closely watched races. Comment.

City to fund state clean-up at old West Side toxic site

The city has agreed to put up about $11 million to ensure the cleanup of the contaminated groundwater and soil at the old West Side Corp. factory site in Jamaica will move forward, state and city officials said Tuesday. Comment.

JFK meet aims to bring tourism $$ back to boro

The city’s aviation, business and tourism leaders met in southeast Queens Monday to discuss ways to recapture billions of dollars lost in the borough since Sept. 11. Comment.

Ferry is finding following among tired commuters

Straphangers put off by the sardine-like conditions below ground have come up for air on a promising transportation alternative that isn’t just for fish. Comment.

Hollis Hills fire commish dies of rare blood disease

Although he was never a fireman, Deputy Fire Commissioner Roy Katz, 48, who died last week, lived for the Fire Department. Comment.

Mother from Flushing charged with abusing baby on subway

A Flushing mother was arrested on charges of throwing her baby to the ground in a Manhattan subway car Sunday as passengers watched in horror, police said. Comment.

Feds put flight restrictions into effect for September 11

Federal officials put into effect special rules on the anniversary of the World Trade Center attack, including limits on planes in a 30-mile wide area centered on Ground Zero and how long passengers must stay in their seats. Comment.

Maspeth teenager killed in Northern Blvd. crash

A 17-year-old Maspeth girl was killed when a car in which she was a passenger slammed into a pillar of the Broadway Long Island Rail Road station in Flushing. Comment.

Flushing’s Afghans reflect, mourn on 9/11 anniversary

Imam Mohammad Nabi Yusufi of the Afghan Immigrants Islamic Center in Flushing led a prayer service Friday to commemorate the innocent people who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and rued the impact on Afghans both in his community and in Afghanistan. Comment.

Queens teen killed in Northern Blvd. crash

A 17-year-old Maspeth girl was killed when a car in which she was a passenger slammed into a pillar of the Broadway Long Island Rail Road station in Flushing. Comment.

Rename Flushing streets for lost firefighters: CB7

Community Board 7 voiced support for a landscaping plan at a new location for an automotive technical school in the College Point Corporate Park at its Monday night meeting. Comment.

Hevesi defeats Mulrow in comptroller primary

Queens native son Alan Hevesi revived his political career with a landslide victory in the Democratic primary for state comptroller over political newcomer William Mulrow. Comment.

46 Queens schools need academic improvement

The nation’s most ethnically diverse borough seems to be having a little problem teaching its students English. Comment.

Hundreds light candles in Astoria Park for 9/11

Before the sun went down, the river-hugging Shore Boulevard was crowded and the mood still buoyant, bolstered by a big band... Comment.

Barge captain pleads guilty in Astoria oil spill

A barge captain who had alcohol in his blood when 2,000 gallons of oil spilled from his boat into the East River in March pleaded guilty to felony charges last week, the state attorney general said. Comment.

Borough Prez OKs legalizing 98th Avenue church

The church at 218-20 98th Ave., which was founded in 1904 in a single-family residence, has undergone... Comment.

Bayside 9/11 memorial board set to be dismantled

Like the rest of the city, many Bayside residents found their loved ones had not returned home the night of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man shot at Briarwood school during robbery attempt Friday

BRIARWOOD — A 22-year-old man standing with an unidentified female in a public school yard was shot in the abdomen late Friday after two men demanded money from him, police said. Comment.

Catskills conference recalls Jewish history

Before Carnival Cruise Lines, the Hamptons and Internet dating services there was White Roe Lake, a swinging singles resort in Monticello, one of more than 500 hotels and bungalow colonies that made up the Jewish Catskills, known to many as the “Borscht Belt.” Comment.

Martin blown out by defending champs, 47-0

There is some good that actually came out of August Martin’s season opening 47-0 loss to defending PSAL football champ Sheepshead Bay Friday at Ralph Jones Memorial Field. Comment.

Former Bayside star finds home with Buffalo Bulls

Terrence Reynolds sounds like a man who is right where he wants to be, despite the lengthy journey. The urban landscape of Buffalo might not be where the former standout running back for Bayside High School expected to be three... Comment.

Butterflies continue flight through borough’s halls

A Monarch butterfly walk is being held in Fort Tilden, Gateway National Recreation Area on Sunday in conjunction with “All A-Flutter,” an exhibition of stunning color photographs of Long Island and rain forest butterflies in their natural habitats now at sTudio 6 Gallery in Fort Tilden. Comment.

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