Thursday, Oct. 10, 2002

Jammys turn Roseland into 6-hour love fest

Starting with a simple duet blending old and new generations of musicians and finishing in a finale featuring a Who’s Who of the jam band world, Jammys 2002 was a spectacle to behold last Wednesday night. Comment.

Coming up short: Prep girls fall to St. Anthony’s, again

Kaitlin Purcell is sure the St. Francis Prep girls’ soccer team can beat St. Anthony’s, the defending Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Girls Athletic Association champions. But for three years, the Terriers captain has walked off the field without a victory, including last year’s championship game, 3-2. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Killing me softly with their play

Oh, woe is me. When things are good, they go bad and when they are bad, they get worse. Such is the life of a New York Jets fan. Comment.

Bayside shows scrap in 26-19 loss to Tottenville

Despite a Herculean effort by Bayside High School quarterback Zanu Simpson, the Commodores’ varsity football team dropped a heartbreaker to the Tottenville Pirates, 26-19, Saturday afternoon at Jamaica High School. Comment.

Magnet scores dramatic OT win over Martin

Whether the school is called Campus Magnet or Andrew Jackson, if there’s been one constant in the southeast Queens football rivalry with August Martin, it’s that no matter who is playing, no matter what the circumstances, the annual showdown is going to go down to the wire. Comment.

Canales scores 2 to lead Edison over Hillcrest

For Jose Canales and the Thomas Edison boys’ soccer team, the wound from last year still is very fresh. The Inventors senior captain remembers all too well how his team, led by his older brother Noe Canales, who now is at Stony Brook, went undefeated during the regular season only to be upset by A.P. Randolph in the first round of the PSAL ‘B’ playoffs. Comment.

Former Molloy star suspended for half of season

The Hofstra men’s basketball team opens its season Nov. 22, but the Pride will do so without starters Wendell Gibson, a former Archbishop Molloy standout, and Rick Apodaca, who were suspended for the first half of the season for violating university policy. Comment.

Editorial: No prayer zones

A story that ran last week in some of the TimesLedger papers adds new dimension to the controversy surrounding the opening of new churches in Queens. Politicians and civic leaders want to change existing zoning laws that allow nonprofit organizations to build community facilities as-of-right in residential neighborhoods. Comment.

Editorial: Safety first

The tragic crash of the AirTrain that killed the 23-year-old operator during a test run has shaken the community’s trust to the very core. Had the train crashed just a little further down the track, the debris would have rained down on cars traveling on the Van Wyck. Comment.

Editorial: For parents, choice

We are quite excited about the latest charter school in New York City. Last week Our World Neighborhood School opened up in Astoria immediately across from the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Community debates Columbus controversy

This year, we observe Columbus Day on Oct. 14. Every year, I usually write a column on the “grand man of the sea” who “discovered” America 510 years ago; however, last year I didn’t. Many of you still are wondering why not. Well, here’s the scoop. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: SE Queens community discusses travel slump

Sometimes when things go wrong, we wonder why that is so. It’s easier, I suspect, for those of us who have faith to believe things will get better. For those beginning to lose the blush of youth, history also helps. As Cicero said, “History is the witness of the times, the torch of the truth, the life of memory, the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity.” Comment.

The Civic Scene: Avella meeting focuses on community facilities

City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside), chairman of the Zoning and Franchises Committee, recently held a hearing at City Hall on “Zoning for the Future.” Comment.

To The Point: Golf cart fall claims College Pt. man’s life

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Sadness prevailed with the passing of Larry Costa and Richard Reilly. Condolences to the Costa and Reilly families. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Hydroponics not just ‘New Age’ gardening

Growing plants without soil sounds like an excellent theme for a cartoon special featuring Merlin the Magician. Hold on to your bonnet and gardening gloves, place them in a safe storage box and let’s move on to “New Age” gardening. Comment.

Patrick’s Pub: Irish embassy on edge of city

What began over good Irish coffee at the 1964 World’s Fair has made restaurateur Frank Mockler one of Little Neck’s royalty — and he’s got the castle to prove it. Comment.

‘Murder’ takes the stage in ‘50s-style whodunit

Queens community theaters are focusing on mysteries of late. Spotlight Players has just presented “Deathtrap,” Douglaston Community Theatre is mounting Agatha Christie’s “The Hollow” this week and Theatre à la Carte presented “The Mousetrap” last spring and is presenting Daphne du Maurier’s “Rebecca” later this month into November. Comment.

Business Calendar

Oct. 10. - Business Seminars for Artists: Estate Planning & Grant Writing 6:30 p.m., Wills Art Deco Bulding, 43-01 21 St., Long Island City. 361-5649. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 29-28 215 St., Single Family Detached, $798,800, Bed 3, Bath 2, Lot Size: 46 x 138 Comment.

TimesLedger Player of the Week

Name: Eugene Liddie Comment.

Mayor tells noisemakers to put a lid on it - or else

The roar of motorcycles speeding along Astoria’s Shore Boulevard let up long enough last week for Mayor Michael Bloomberg to unleash the city’s latest weapon in its expanding arsenal of quality-of-life initiatives. Comment.

Water fixed for St. Albans home, but battle to ensue

Nearly three months of water hassles for a family in St. Albans came to an end Tuesday when the Department of Environmental Protection completed repair of a service line the agency neither broke nor had the responsibility to fix. Now the fallout begins. Comment.

Vandals hit Rosedale church in fourth attack

A blessing became a curse Tuesday for a crucifix outside a Rosedale church. Comment.

Union, Parsons proposed as one-way streets

After examining the tangle of traffic in downtown Flushing, the city has proposed making two neighboring, parallel streets one-way with the hopes of improving driving conditions. Comment.

Vanderbilt Pkwy. makes history lists in ceremony

More than a hundred people turned out for Sunday’s dedication ceremony to officially list the Long Island Motor Parkway in Cunningham Park on the national and state registers of historic places. Comment.

Nonprofit looks to bring people to area parks

A pair of northeast Queens women has banded together to bring life back to the area’s parks. Comment.

Man kills girlfriend in Queens Village, then shoots self

A Manhattan man who tried to commit suicide Monday confessed to killing his estranged girlfriend at her home in Queens Village over the weekend, possibly with the same gun he later turned on himself, police said. Comment.

Man stabs wife, then self to death in Richmond Hill

A Guyanese man stabbed his 26-year-old wife to death late Saturday night in her father’s home in Richmond Hill and then turned the knife on himself, police said. Comment.

Ronzoni family dishes out memories of LIC legacy

The din of voices humming on the fourth floor of Astoria’s Quinn building Monday night sounded like an Italian family feast, and in many respects it was. Comments (1).

Prescription drug prices vary widely: Report

The city Consumer Affairs Department says that prices of prescription drugs used by senior citizens can vary dramatically among pharmacies in the same Queens neighborhoods. Comment.

SI woman stole Qns. granny’s benefits: DA

A Staten Island woman was charged with Social Security fraud for allegedly taking $46,000 worth of government benefits intended for her grandmother, a Queens resident who died in 1996, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

Brawl traps residents in post office

Dozens of students from two junior high schools in Springfield Gardens clashed after school last week, trapping several people inside a post office, police said. Comment.

Crossing lines: Shulman backs Pataki for gov.

Former Borough President and Democrat Claire Shulman endorsed Republican Gov. George Pataki last week, crossing party lines for the second time in five years. Comment.

New English classes to open doors for Sikh women

Depending on the street or neighborhood in Ozone Park and Richmond Hill, any tongue from Spanish, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi or English can be heard coming from men, women and children walking along the street or standing in front of shops. Comment.

Man alleges attack in busy McDonald’s

A visitor from Los Angeles was attacked Sept. 27 inside the McDonald’s restaurant on the busy corner of Jamaica Avenue and Parsons Boulevard as patrons inside watched but did nothing to stop the assault, he said. Comment.

DA charges employees, vendors stole from Mets

The Mets finished the season ranked 9th in the National League in stolen bases, but a runaway contingent inside the club’s front office allegedly set a new franchise record for theft over the past few years. Comment.

Siegel tells New Yorkers to keep talking, loudly

Car horns, stereos blasting, subways screeching and, most importantly, people complaining — these are the things that made New York City a loud place where everyone and everything could be heard, the former head of the New York Civil Liberties Union said. Comment.

PS 30 in South Jamaica gets computer lab, program

Students at PS 30 in South Jamaica this week received a brand-new computer lab stocked with 20 new terminals, all courtesy of the U.S. Dream Academy. Comment.

PS 811 fills void in ground by planting new 9/11 tree

Students and staff of Little Neck’s PS 811 left a large hole in the ground outside the Marathon Parkway school for weeks, hoping the empty space would symbolize the loss felt after a tree they planted in honor of the Sept. 11 anniversary was stolen. Comment.

Group to study bringing BID to downtown Flushing

In an attempt to address the problem of cleanliness, which has plagued downtown Flushing, a committee has been formed with the help of the mayor’s office to devise a proposal for a Business Improvement District. Comment.

Flushing men charged with stabbing, robbing man

A 23-year-old man, who lived in the Electchester Houses on the border of Fresh Meadows and Flushing, was stabbed five times in the torso after being robbed of $300 in cash on the corner of 65th Avenue and 162nd Street Sunday night, police said. Comment.

No spray paint for minors, says Gioia

In the city’s ongoing battle against graffiti, the prevailing strategy has always focused on prosecuting the vandals and removing the illegal calling cards they leave behind on walls, signs and any surfaces that retain the scars of spray paint. Comment.

Queens high schools crack NYPD’s top 10 crime report

For high school educators in Queens this week, the message was clear: there is no prize for reporting crime in schools, just punishment. Comment.

Chancellor orders study on district reorganization

Launching one of the first major initiatives of his administration, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein last week followed a pattern set by other chancellors early in their tenures by announcing a new $3.75 million campaign to revamp the city’s public school system. Comment.

Kew Gardens apartment plans nixed

After planning for nearly three years to build a 10-unit, three story apartment complex on what is now an empty lot next to PS 99 in Kew Gardens, K&K Realty developers has abandoned its plans, due in part to considerable opposition from Community Board 9 and the owners of an annex to the school. Comment.

LaGuardia student arrested on arson, mischief charges

A LaGuardia Community College student was arrested Friday in a series of toilet paper fires that have plagued the Long Island City campus since late September when a security guard allegedly caught the man defacing a bathroom stall, authorities said. Comment.

Glen Oaks library branch receives 17 new computers

A total of 110 new computers has recently been installed in seven Queens Public Library branches located within Councilman David Weprin’s (D-Hollis) district. Comment.

Charity misappropriated funds, Bayside man says

A Fresh Meadows group aimed at helping pregnant women and young mothers has come under fire from a former officer who has charged that the organization misappropriated funds from its College Point home. Comment.

Woodside school renamed for 9/11 hero

During his youth, Firefighter Thomas McCann used to rule the courts at Woodside’s IS 125, commanding his teams through games and tournaments with a natural ability to lead. Comment.

CB 11 wants better roads but city awash in red ink

In a city facing a budget hole of at least $4 billion, Community Board 11 in Bayside reviewed and accepted its wish list of capital and expense projects at its monthly meeting Monday night even though most of the items will not get funding in the next fiscal year. Comment.

L.I. cops chasing suspect hurt after Hollis car crash

A high speed pursuit of a car thief in the early morning hours of Oct. 4 that began in Elmont, L.I., ended in Hollis when two Nassau County cruisers crashed into the side of a building on the northwest corner of 205th St. and Jamaica Ave. Comment.

Board 7 voices its support for Whitestone gas station

Over the objections of a small group of residents, Community Board 7 voted to recommend approving a variance under certain specific conditions for a Whitestone gas station that wants to erect a canopy over its pump. Comment.

Parents, students lose ‘grandmother’

For the past 37 years, Ann Parotta has enjoyed spending her mornings and afternoons outside Little Neck’s PS 221, helping generations of students cross the street safely at the intersection of busy Marathon Parkway and 60th Avenue. Comment.

Lawsuit charges Parkway with poor service for deaf

A deaf man, whose deaf wife died last year after being treated at Parkway Hospital in Forest Hills, has filed a lawsuit in federal court charging that the hospital did not provide him with a competent sign language interpreter during his wife’s two-month stay there. Comment.

School Board 27 concerned by loss of local governance

More than a hundred parents attended an emergency town hall forum on local school governance at MS 137 in Ozone Park Monday night. Comment.

E train strikes, kills man in Kew Gardens

An unidentified man was struck by a Manhattan-bound subway train Sunday morning at the E line subway station on 75th Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens, police said. Comment.

Transit activists sound call for resistance to fare hike

Is the steepest fare increase in the 100-year history of the New York City transit system a foregone conclusion for the subway and bus-riding multitudes? Comment.

Willets Point, Flushing study sought by city

With malls, hotels, and businesses cramming into every available square foot, downtown Flushing has changed tremendously in recent years. Comment.

AirTrain was near top speed at time of crash: Feds

The AirTrain that derailed during a test run at Kennedy Airport two weeks ago was being driven manually and near its maximum speed at the time of the crash, the National Transportation Safety Board said last week. Comment.

Springfield Gardens mourns man killed in AirTrain crash

Hundreds of people packed an emotional funeral service last Thursday for Kelvin DeBourgh, Jr., the 23-year-old train operator killed in the AirTrain derailment at Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Auburndale up in arms over auto shops

A recent increase in the number of auto service shops in Auburndale has angered area residents who say the businesses have clogged up their streets and changed the character of the neighborhood. Comment.

Prosecutor ends borough career with retirement

The final chapter in a law enforcement epic revealed a bittersweet ending this week for James Delaney, a career prosecutor in the Queens district attorney’s office. After 31 years of service to the city, Delaney, a Queens native and Bellerose resident, retired on Monday. Comment.

Police Blotter: Man killed when car flips coming off Whitestone Br.

WHITESTONE -- A car merging onto the Cross Island Parkway from the Whitestone bridge flipped over at 5:38 a.m. Wednesday after possibly hitting a movable concrete barrier, ending up in the surrounding woods on the northbound side, police said. Comment.

‘Lucky Sal’s Last Sale’ marks family series October debut at Rockaway Park Playhouse

The Rockaway Park Playhouse jumpstarts its series of original productions for family audiences with “Lucky Sal’s Last Sale” this weekend. Performances are Saturdays and Sundays at 3 p.m. during the month of October at the quaint theatre located at 160 Beach 116th St. Comment.

Ebony Fashion Fair kicked off at Hofstra

The Ebony Fashion Fair, now in its 45th year, is a lavish, one-of a kind traveling show slated to visit 179 cities during the 2002-2003 season. This year’s premiere New York showing, titled “Simply Spectacular,” was held at the Hofstra University James Cranford Adams Playhouse Friday night. It wowed the capacity audience as they were treated to an eclectic collection of beautifully tailored and inspired creations by some of the fashion world’s leading designers. Comment.

Flushing Town Hall extends trolley service beyond Freedom Mile

Before the days of the Long Island Rail Road and the LIE, people still found a way to get from one end of Queens to the other — trolley cars. Comment.

Arts conference to discuss post Sept. 11 funding

In the darkest hours after Sept. 11, the arts helped heal a traumatized nation. Yet that traumatic act of terrorism also inflicted a deep wound on the financial base of the arts in our country. Comment.

Making a giant splash for the arts in Rockaways

If anyone needs an excuse to go out to the beautiful Rockaway peninsula, there’s now Artsplash 2002 at the Rockaway Artists’ Alliance at Fort Tilden, a huge exhibit featuring 50 artists and spread over its complex of sTudios 6 and 7 and its Moonstage. Unlike the admirable Queens International show now at the Queens Museum of Art, the energy of this exhibit is distinctly laid back and has a nearly childlike sweetness — was it because it’s so close to the ocean? Comment.

How’s Business: Travel Woes

travel-agency business certainly would qualify. Comment.

No contest: St. Francis Prep bests Holy Cross, 24-6

St. Francis Prep running back Natale Modica summed up the annual St. Francis Prep-Holy Cross football game in two words: Bragging Rights. Comment.

Adams Spartans show fight in 22-16 win over LIC Bulldogs

After opening the season with a pair of victories, the John Adams football team dropped a pair of close games and coach Jerry Weitzen thought Saturday’s game at undefeated Long Island City would be a good test for his Spartans. Comment.

Ortega, Sardis score in Molloy win over Prep

Andy Kostel saw two different Molloy boys’ soccer teams at Alley Pond Park Tuesday afternoon. Well, three if you count the junior varsity team sitting on the sideline. Comment.

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