Thursday, Sept. 26, 2002

Cardozo holds off Forest Hills for 3-1 victory

Coming off a win over Catholic state champions Molloy two days before a clash with neighborhood rival Bayside, Cardozo boys’ soccer coach Rich Parascos was understandably concerned going into Monday’s league opener against much improved Forest Hills. Comment.

Stanners best Xavier, Regis in non-league action

The Archbishop Molloy Stanners scored two non-league wins this week, beating Xavier, 2-0, and Regis, 4-2. The victories over the Bronx/Manhattan soccer teams were technically non-league, though they will count next season when the Brooklyn/Queens teams merge with the ArchDiocese. Comment.

Editorial: ‘Civic activism’

In a letter printed in last week's editions, Richard Hellenbrecht of the Queens Civic Congress, an umbrella group of Queens civic organizations, lectures us on the value of what he calls “civic activism.” He concludes that the Times Ledger “disenfranchises large portions of your readership” with its editorial stand on three issues of great importance to the civic organizations of Queens. Comment.

Editorial: But is it art?

The debate pitting artistic freedom against public sentiment has shifted from Rockefeller Center to the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. The controversy began when the manager of Rockefeller Center displayed a statue that depicts a woman striking the sidewalk after leaping from the inferno at the World Trade. Comment.

New exhibit at QMA celebrates boro’s diversity

“Queens International,” at the Queens Museum through Nov. 3, is huge, noisy, splashy, and exhausting. And that’s just the installation by The Flux Factory. The exhibit showcases more than 40 artists born all around the world who now call Queens home and have created art to depict their joy, affection and bewilderment. Comment.

Editorial: After the tanks

Although nobody is saying exactly what they do want, there seems to be... Comment.

Theater in the Park rocks out in concert series

Granted, the auditorium wasn’t standing room only on the night that Queens Theatre in the Park presented it’s “Rockin’ In the Theater,’ a concert showcasing four local artists. The show was part of QTIP’s new focus on nontraditional entertainment for the theater, as they aren’t known for hosting rock concerts. Time will tell if they’ll be successful. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: October a time for history, heritage, Halloween

I can’t wait until the glorious month of October makes... Comment.

Point of View: Traffic, housing woes spawned by rapid growth

Flushing is in great need of a multifloor... Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Boro economy needs boost from residents

If someone is inclined to be a worrier, there certainly are enough matters nowadays to help turn hair gray at an early age, and that is true of any page in history. Imagine being among the first to try to sail around the world — talk about seasick! I could almost work up a good case just thinking about that very first voyage, especially since the common belief was that some place along the trip the ship would drop off the edge of the world if it didn’t get destroyed and sink first. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Community marches to remember Sept. 11

When my wife, Edna, and daughter Jennifer learned that the Port Authority Police Department’s Pipe and Drum Band was going to march from the Queens/Nassau border 19 miles down Northern Boulevard to Ground Zero, they decided they had to go. So at 12:30 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2002, we drove to the starting location. Comment.

To The Point: Town Hall holds tours, concert to end summer

Anthony Tondo, chairman of the College Point Yacht Club, had a wonderful season-ending barbecue and clam bake. Everyone had a wonderful time... Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Gardeners can delight in year-round eco-trips

One of the most delightful experiences for nature lovers is to visit local areas that feature a wide variety of ecological beauty, ranging from saltwater marsh to deciduous forest and mixed with a bit of master gardening. The task, of course, is to select your locations reasonably close to home so as not to be exhausted by a long trip. Here are a few suggestions that I have found to be worthy of a morning, afternoon or entire day of exploration. Comment.

English import opens custom basket shop

When a young boy stepped into Basketly Delicious on Metropolitan Avenue one day in search of a gift for his mother, he discovered just how far 50 cents can go. Comment.

How’s Business: Borough banking

When I was a kid a common phrase to determine a sure thing was “you could take it to the bank.” The general consensus was that banks always made money. However, with mortgage rates shrinking to levels of 40 years ago the banking industry is finding it more difficult to insure profits and market share. Comment.

JetBlue buys its own entertainment company

The Kew Gardens-based JetBlue Airways has agreed to buy the provider of the television-at-every-seat entertainment that the low-fare carrier has made available to passengers since it began flying more than two years ago. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 48-32 203 St., Single-Family Detached, $389,000, Bed 3, Bath 2, Construction: Vinyl, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 30 x 100, Taxes: $1,500 Comment.

Queens Fundraisers

Women’s Republican Club of Queens County holds 29th annual installation luncheon honoring Dora Irizarry, candidate for attorney general, on Sat., Sept. 28, at 1 p.m. at Roma View Caterers, 160-05 Crossbay Blvd., Howard Beach. Comment.

Making sure it all gets done: Bride’s checklist

Set a date. Decide on the size and formality of the event. If you plan to be married in a church or temple, talk with your clergy to confirm the date. Comment.

Flushing filmmaker debuts film in Manhattan

Flirting with 400 pounds, Carmine Famiglietti decided he had to lose weight. Comment.

Wedding sticker shock? Get a discount on gown of your dreams

After the initial excitement about your engagement comes the reality check: Getting married is going to be expensive. Worst of all, the dress of your dreams is out of your price range. Comment.

New ways to tweak wedding traditions

These days, couples may showcase bits of personal history on their wedding day. For example, they may play CDs of their favorite music or compose slide shows with scenes from their courtship. They may also find small ways to involve guests, such as having each one sign a fabric square for a quilt. Comment.

Some things for him to do: Groom’s checklist

Find a lovely engagement ring for your fiancée. Comment.

Love, marriage, family values new ‘trend’ in uncertain times

Picture perfect wedding day

Nationally renowned celebrity and society wedding photographer Denis Reggie — whose client roster boasts the weddings of John F. Kennedy Jr. to Carolyn Bessette, “ER’s” Noah Wyle, famed designer Vera Wang and Karenna Gore, among others — understands all the details and nuances of wedding planning. He has been hailed as “the great wedding photographer of our day” by Town & Country magazine and shares a few simple tips to make your day picture perfect. Comment.

Homeless man murdered in College Point

A College Point man was arrested last week on charges he killed a homeless man called “Mouse” who lived in a small park along the East River when a fight broke out over a woman, police said. Comment.

Hip-hop mogul returns to boro to donate funds

While he was growing up in Hollis, Russell Simmons would come to the Central Branch of the Queens Borough Public Library in Jamaica to do schoolwork and just maybe meet girls. Comment.

Spitzer tells SJU directors failed to curb Enron CEO

Sitting in a roomful of lawyers looking back on the downfall of energy giant Enron, it’s easy to see the warning signs that were ignored or just explained away that led up to the company’s implosion. Comment.

Bayside Frankenfish frenzy just a rumor: Parks Dept.

It seems as if the dreaded Frankenfish has only made a phantom appearance in Bayside’s Oakland Lake. Comment.

Fireworks, fanfare at SJU for soccer stadium opening

The most anticipated home game in St. John’s soccer history started Saturday night with fireworks during a 30-minute pre-game ceremony to open Belson Stadium and the electricity continued until the final whistle more than two hours later. Comment.

Dispatchers took bribes at JFK: DA

Seven airport taxi dispatchers at both Kennedy and LaGuardia airports were charged in an alleged bribery scheme where taxi drivers would pay dispatchers to skip long, mandatory waiting lines and instead pick up passengers directly at terminals, the Queens district attorney announced. Comment.

SE Queens well water deemed safe

The water pumped into the city’s drinking supply from 12 wells in southeast Queens is safe to drink, an independent consulting firm hired by area politicians reported at a town hall meeting Tuesday. Comment.

Wendy’s massacre suspect is guilty: Defense attorney

A defense attorney for accused Wendy’s massacre mastermind John Taylor told prospective jurors in State Supreme Court this week that his client was guilty and his conviction was inevitable. Comment.

Kew Gardens resident dies in early morning car crash

A 19-year-old rabbi’s son from Kew Gardens Hills was killed in an early-morning car crash last Thursday when his 1994 Ford was struck from behind on a wide thoroughfare in Fresh Meadows, police said. Comment.

Century-old bones found under Qns. Village park

Several human bones dating back more than 100 years were found underneath a Queens Village playground last week while workers were replacing a dry well at the site. Comment.

Fed judge denies petition of Ackerman’s GOP foe

A Hollis Hills man whose efforts to mount a Republican Party campaign against U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) were derailed again in a second round of court action this week has vowed to unseat the incumbent in two years. Comment.

Johnson officially named head of School Dist. 29

District Administrator Michael Johnson was officially named superintendent of School District 29 amid cheers of support from parents, teachers and principals at last week’s community school board meeting. Comment.

YMCA floats plan for Elmhurst tank site

The six-acre Keyspan site in Elmhurst where two landmark gas tanks stood until their demolition in the late 1990s has been eyed for some time by civic leaders as an ideal spot for a community center. Comment.

Queens outperforms rest of city in math exam

Most Queens school districts performed well on this year’s fourth-grade and eighth-grade state math exams when compared with districts from around the city, but most students still are failing the benchmark tests, according to figures from the city Department of Education. Comment.

Padavan marks 30 years in office with re-election bid

As more than 200 friends and supporters listened to state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) speak at a campaign fund-raiser in Douglaston Sunday afternoon, there was one fact the veteran senator could not overlook. Comment.

Public shut out of Maspeth cleanup: CB 5

The future of the contaminated Phelps Dodge site in Maspeth has been closely watched for years by community leaders intent on seeing the removal of waste left behind by decades of industrial pollution. Comment.

Teen shot, killed outside girlfriend’s home

A 19-year-old aspiring engineer and rap artist was gunned down outside of his girlfriend’s apartment in Flushing’s Pomonok Houses Friday evening. Comment.

Disabled students’ tribute to 9/11 stolen after a day

The students at Little Neck’s PS 811, who range from mildly to severely disabled, are no strangers to challenge, but the loss of their gift to mark the first anniversary of Sept. 11 was enough to break anyone’s spirit. Comment.

9/11 art exhibition removed at JCAL

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning has removed an art installation which depicted images of people falling from the World Trade Center and which attracted complaints from passersby. Comment.

Democratic political club recruits boro immigrants

The Irish did it. So did the Italians. Now it is time for another generation of immigrants to do it. Comment.

Queens council members recount Israel trip at meet

There was standing room only in the basement at the Hollis Hills Jewish Center last Thursday night as Queens residents came to hear reports from part of the City Council delegation’s August visit to Israel. Comment.

Juniper civic blasts top cop for failure to show at meet

Civic leaders and politicians blasted top brass at the NYPD last Thursday night for ignoring their complaints about low staffing in the 104th Precinct when a high-ranking police official failed to show up for a scheduled appearance. Comment.

LaGuardia gives diplomas to 30th class of graduates

State Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan (D-Ridgewood) appealed to graduates of LaGuardia Community College Tuesday to use their education not only to improve their lives but to “involve yourselves in improving the world around you.” Comment.

Conductor stole $50G in LIRR ticket scam: DA

A Long Island Rail Road conductor was charged in a ticket collection fraud scheme in which he allegedly stole more than $50,000 by skimming hundreds of dollars a week from cash transactions, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

College Round-up: St. John’s women’s soccer tops Providence, Syracuse

They’ve opened some eyes locally with their impressive start and now the St. John’s women’s soccer team has garnered conference notice, beating Providence and Syracuse on the road this weekend to open its Big East schedule. Comment.

Community heads welcome Flushing Farmer’s Market

After more than a month in business, the Flushing Farmers’ Market was officially welcomed by community leaders Friday afternoon in a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Comment.

DA: Firefighter charged in Bayside sex abuse girl

A Manhattan firefighter was arrested at a Saturday night party in Bayside after he allegedly had a sexual encounter with a 6-year-old girl who walked in while he was using the bathroom, police said this week. Comment.

NTSB to hold public hearing on 587 crash

Federal officials have scheduled a public hearing in Washington late next month as part of an investigation into the cause of the crash of an American Airlines jetliner at Belle Harbor that killed 265 people on Nov. 12, 2001. Comment.

Borough group gives girl operation, chance at life

A 12-year-old Chinese girl arrived at Kennedy Airport this week to get a second chance at life. Comment.

Parents defend Ozone Park school in wake of scandal

The parents at St. Elizabeth’s parochial school in Ozone Park want to set the record straight now that the former pastor has pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $100,000 from the parish and the principal has been put on unpaid leave after reporting him. Comment.

Gotbaum steps into spotlight to defend post

“I’ve taken all the almonds out of the can,” she said jokingly, while still eyeing the remaining nuts in a Planter’s container. “I don’t think there are any left.” Comment.

School Board 27 prez disputes test scores

District 27 School Board President Steven Greenberg had a lot to say about the state Department of Education’s figures, released two weeks ago citing 12 schools within his district as needing academic improvement. Comment.

Starting in Oct., city to issue fines for sidewalk dumpsters

The city Sanitation Department has rolled out a new campaign to keep sidewalks clear by forcing merchants in Bayside and the rest of the city to keep garbage dumpsters off the streets. Comment.

Bayside pair hopes to heal Sept. 11 wounds

Like so many others who watched the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks unfold on television last year, Baysider Sonya Ridley Walker was horrified by the graphic images of the World Trade Center’s collapse and the large death toll from the attacks. Comment.

City eyes cafe for Jamaica’s Rufus King Park

By the time the daffodils are blooming in the spring, Rufus King Park in downtown Jamaica could have a small café to sell snacks, complete with tables and chairs. Comment.

African museum explores culture with masks in LIC

At first glance, the masks that sit encased in glass at the Museum for African Art’s new temporary exhibition space in Long Island City appear frozen in time, peering eerily into patrons’ eyes from faces carved in wood. Comment.

Flushing residents parade to light of moon

Events ranging from a lantern parade down Main Street to a documentary film festival at the Flushing Library drew hundreds last weekend for the 2nd International Moon Festival in downtown Flushing sponsored by several different ethnic groups. Comment.

Riders angered by loss of Cypress Ave. bus

The elimination of city bus service along Cypress Avenue in Ridgewood prompted by the merger of two local routes has sparked protest from riders who have depended on the buses to reach nearby subway stops as well as a cluster of cemeteries. Comment.

Jamaica clerk arrested in identity fraud scheme

A physician’s bookkeeper was charged last Thursday in an identity fraud scheme where she allegedly took two patients’ confidential personal information and then stole more than $35,000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Police Blotter: Sunnyside man arrested in grocery bias attack

SUNNYSIDE – A Sunnyside man was arrested Saturday afternoon after he allegedly attacked an Arabic grocery store employee and police officers who responded to the complaint. Comment.

Dining Out: Seafood, Italian standards in Whitstone eatery

14-27 150th St. Whitestone Comment.

‘Butterflies Are Free’ comes to APAC in Astoria

The sexual revolution of the late ‘60s and the ‘70s seems centuries ago to those of us who lived through it. Baby boomers who were of college age during those years probably experienced a sense of awakening that now most high school kids take for granted. Cherished florid shirts, bell bottoms, disco records, and love beads from those years are probably all packed away. Comment.

Spooky science arrives in time for Halloween

Preschool Spooky Science Storytime Comment.

Jammys celebrate, reward diverse musical styles

This year’s spectacular line-up includes: the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir and Ratdog, Phish bassist Mike Gordon and guitar virtuoso Leo Kottke performing together, The Allman Brothers’ Warren Haynes with his band Gov’t Mule, Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson of new wave favorites the B-52s, and the Tom Tom Club featuring former Talking Heads members Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz. Comment.

Free weekend festival kicks off fall arts season

Among the many arts institutions joining in to celebrate the city’s arts scene are Queens Botanical Garden, Queens Council on the Arts, Queens Museum of Art, Queens Theatre in the Park, Queens Tourism Council, Queens Zoo, Flushing Town Hall, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, Louis Armstrong House & Archives, MoMA/QNS and the Isamu Noguchi Garden Museum. Comment.

St. John’s, Wake Forest fit to be tied, 1-1

Dave Masur had waited six years for this night to come, the night when the St. John’s men’s soccer team would move from the artificial turf of DaSilva Memorial Field, shared with the football and track teams, and into a stadium it can call its own. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Mark Satterwhite

Name: Mark Satterwhite Comment.

Iona duo runs away with 20-6 win over SJU

The 25-year history of the St. John’s/Iona rivalry has seen a lot of memorable moments. But the lone thing Red Storm coach Bob Ricca is likely to take away from the latest installment Friday night at DaSilva Memorial Field is the half-time ceremony honoring legendary public address announcer and former St. John’s quarterback Bob Sheppard. Comment.

Wake Forest, UCLA added to Red Storm’s slate

The 2002-2003 season will feature a little of the old and a little of the new for the St. John’s University men’s basketball team, as the schedule, released last week, features a host of local opponents and a few surprises. Comment.

Bulldogs bite into another win in RGMVM L.L. fall action

On another brilliant afternoon at Seither Stadium, the young Bulldogs gathered for a showdown at high noon against Team 4. The Doggies handed the ball to starter Anthony DeMario, who navigated his way through some early trouble with a couple of strikeouts. Comment.

Meo, Vivar capture annual Gabe Vitale 5K road race

Anthony Meo and Carmen Vivar captured individual titles in the 22nd Annual Police Officer Gabe Vitale 5K Memorial Run Sunday in College Point. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Hard-luck Bayside still trying

The first sports story I ever pitched at the TimesLedger Newspapers was a preview on the Bayside High School varsity football team, a team, if memory serves, that had lost in overtime of the city championship the year before to the Wagner Falcons. Comment.

Bayside comes up short against Wagner, 20-0

The Bayside HighSchool vasrity football team once again showed it could play with the city’s top teams, but once again failed to knock off an elite squad, falling to Wagner 20-0 Saturday in Staten Island. Comment.

Bragging rights: LIC dominates Bryant, 36-0

The Long Island City Bulldogs turned a competitive game into a blowout, capitalizing on numerous turnovers to rout the Bryant Owls, 36-0, Saturday at Flushing Memorial Field in a game between neighborhood rivals. Comment.

St. Francis drops heartbreaker to Xaverian, 22-21

Dom Laurendi didn’t need a second opinion, but the Xaverian football coach got one anyway. Comment.

Ex-cop gets time for death on Throgs Neck crossing

A former police captain who killed a construction worker while driving drunk on the Throgs Neck Bridge was sentenced to one year in prison last week. Comment.

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