Thursday, Feb. 7, 2002

Editorial: Spitting on justice

We winced when the district attorney declined to prosecute two youths who were allegedly responsible for a fire last summer that killed three firefighters. No one suggested that the two boys, age 15 and 13, intended to start the blaze in an Astoria hardware store. But it appears that they were involved in vandalism that unintentionally caused that fire. Comment.

Editorial: Hope seen in battle to abolish Board of Ed

Last week the state Legislature approved a measure that would postpone local school board elections until June 2003. This will not only save the city millions of dollars, it will give elected officials more time to enact legislation that would abolish the Board of Education in New York City. 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.

Cardozo hands Bayside first loss, 78-73

The Cardozo boys’ basketball team had five other losses, but none stung Cameron Tyler as much as the Dec. 18 defeat at neighborhood rival Bayside. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Bayside battle a good one

Joe Capuana strolled into the gymnasium at Cardozo High School clad in a sports jacket and tie, looking every bit the high school basketball coach. His team, the Bayside Commodores, were bringing a perfect 20-0 record into the unfriendly confines of Cardozo’s gym, a place that has been home to the borough’s most dominant public school basketball team of the past decade. Comment.

Love Doctors give non-alcoholic ideas

Imagine this scene. You're out having fun with a few friends, checking out members of the opposite sex. One of them sidles up and offers a greeting. Comment.

Queens struggling against new league foes

Though all 10 ‘A’ league boys’ varsity basketball teams in the Catholic High School Athletic Association are housed in the league’s “Super League” this year, the old Bronx/Manhattan teams seem to be holding a distinct advantage over their Brooklyn/Queens counterparts. Comment.

Jamaica holds off August Martin for 66-58 victory

It’s been the Jamaica girls’ basketball team’s mantra all season: Play just hard enough to lose a close game. It happened in a three-point loss to Townsend Harris and again in a two-point loss to Cardozo. Comment.

Molloy skates to easy 7-2 win over Mounties

There was still more than 2 1/2 periods left to play and eight more goals to be scored, but the defining moment of the CHSHL B division game between Archbishop Molloy and Mount St. Michael Friday occurred not long after the puck dropped. Comment.

College Round-up: Red Storm’s Wingert playing with U-23 National soccer team

It was a very busy Friday, even by Chris Wingert’s standards. Comment.

Ackerman gets $440K for LIJ psych hospital

U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Bayside) announced Friday he has secured $440,000 to help with the redevelopment and rebuilding of the North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System’s Hillside Hospital. Comment.

Queens Knights play big, beat C.W. Post,  62-55

Alex McLean is a man of few words, but the junior forward on the Queens College men’s basketball team had little trouble expressing his feelings after C.W. Post took a 43-37 lead into the locker room at Conolly Gym in Brookville, L.I. Saturday. Comment.

Pioneers pound out 50-37 victory over QC women

Queens College women’s basketball coach Jerry Ingenito raved in the preseason about his three incoming freshman. All three, point guard Natasha Lyons, shooting guard Janine Cappadona and power forward Shonda Holder, were in the starting lineup for much of the season. Comment.

Red Storm ends 3-game slide with win over VT

The St. John’s Red Storm seemed on the verge of folding up any hopes of an NCAA Tournament berth Sunday, falling behind Virginia Tech by nine in the first half with a listless and uninspired performance that seemingly had head coach Mike Jarvis at the end of his rope. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffe Basketball: Brady leads Varsi Deli over VFW Post #4784, 23-20

Varsi Deli overcame a determined VFW Post #4784 squad, 23-20. Varsi’s win was a total team effort, with Billy Brady having a great all-around game with four points, great defense against VFW’s big men and several critical rebounds in the fourth quarter to preserve the win for his team. Point production for Varsi came from Chris Kekovski, Patrick Berndt, Kenny Lehr and Louis Kabatnik. Dennis Brennan continued to contribute with his tough defense at both the guard and forward positions and fine passing. VFW was led by Anthony Scifo, who hit t Comment.

OLS Basketball: Snows girls advance to Diocesan quarterfinals

In the opening-round game of the CYO Diocesan playoffs, Our Lady of Mercy, Forest Hills, jumped out to a 7-1 lead early in the second quarter, as the Our Lady of the Snows Novice girls could not get any shots to fall. Nicole Kaouris converted a layup to cut the Mercy lead to 7-3 at the half. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Chinese Year of Black Horse gallops in Feb. 12

This column will be a primer in the whys and wherefores of The Chinese New Year of Black Horse, which is celebrated by many other Asian nationalities. It gallops on the scene Feb. 12. Why, you ask, would the Chinese name this New Year the Black Horse Year? I am glad that you asked that appropriate question. Comment.

Point of View: Winter weather makes for scary driving

This winter seems warmer than expected. A couple of weeks ago, I received my Con Edison bill for December, which was much lower than the same period of last year. The average temperature in that month was 41 degrees compared with 29 a year ago, according to the utility. And a week ago, the mercury hit 69, well above normal. Comment.

Theater gives starry-eyed kids tips on how to shine brightest

A woman who was one of the first black Radio City Music Hall Rockettes came to Black Spectrum Theatre last month to advise a theaterful of wannabe celebrities a thing or two about the business. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Another case of stolen identity in Laurelton

The history of a local community organization, Concerned Citizens of Laurelton, formed in September 1992 did not end with my last column, nor did the lesson learned from its formation. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Queens Coalition seeks more funds for city parks

The Queens Coalition for Parks, which is working to restore basic services to all Queens parks, held a January meeting in the conference room at Overlook in Forest Park. The meeting was chaired by President Frederick J. Kress who is also president of the Rosedale Civic Association. Also on the agenda was Christine O’Connell from the City Parks Foundation. Comment.

To The Point: Go with the flow — conserve city water supply

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

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 223-10 56 Rd., Multi Family Semi Detached, $499,000, Bed 4, Bath 3, Halfbath 1, Construction: Aluminum, Basement: Full, Lot Size: 31 x100, Taxes: $3,383 Comment.

Queens pols bid adieu to colleague Rhodd-Cummings

Elected borough officials, community leaders and others who knew and loved Pauline Rhodd-Cummings gathered at a Brooklyn church Thursday where the assemblywoman was remembered as a soft-spoken but effective advocate for the southeast Queens communities she represented. Comment.

Lack of funds may delay boro school construction

Queens’ hard-won December victory to proceed with its school construction projects could evaporate if Mayor Michael Bloomberg forces the city Board of Education to cut its budget by more than 20 percent. Comment.

St. John’s breaks ground for new soccer stadium

What began as a dream for St. John’s men’s soccer coach Dave Masur and an after-dinner idea by benefactor Maxine Belson four years ago became a reality Friday at St. John’s University as ground was broken to officially begin construction of Belson Soccer Stadium. Comment.

Three Queens co-workers hit $70,000 Lotto jackpot

It did not take much to wake Maspeth’s Walter Bihun up from a dead sleep last week — all he needed was a call from the state lottery telling him that he and his nine city Transit Authority co-workers had finally hit the jackpot. Comment.

United for Progress celebrates black history

In an evening of solemnity and joy, the United for Progress Democratic Club welcomed Borough President Helen Marshall to its installation of officers and Black History Month celebration Tuesday. Comment.

Weprin tapped to chair powerful finance committee

After the Queens Democratic delegation to the City Council voted as a block for City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan), City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) was picked to head the body’s Finance Committee in a widely anticipated move. Comment.

Willets Points: At the crossroads

For five decades, Daniel Sambucci Sr. has gone to work at his auto salvage business in Willets Point. Comments (2).

Little Neck student wins state essay contest

For just a little while Monday, Olympic magic transformed the gym of MS 67 with students shooting hockey pucks and trying out the luge as the school band belted out upbeat background music. Comment.

SE Queens man killed in his car

Merrick Boulevard was rocked by gunfire again Friday when someone fired several shots into a car on the Laurelton commercial strip, killing a 22-year-old man, police said. Comment.

Oakland Gds. cousins convicted in bias attack

Two cousins from Oakland Gardens were convicted of a hate crime assault last week for severely beating a pair of black election workers in their neighborhood in November 2000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment.

NYC Olympic bid passes Flushing Rotary test

Flushing Rotary Club members gave an enthusiastic endorsement to the city’s Olympic bid last week in an unlikely way. Comment.

St. John’s women fall to West Virginia without Brown

A season of tough breaks turned to heartbreak on Saturday afternoon for the St. John’s Red Storm. St. John’s dropped a 69-47 decision to Big East rival West Virginia at Alumni Hall, but the game’s outcome was secondary to a real lose. Comment.

Teacher choked Bayside special ed student: Cops

A Long Island man who taught in a Bayside special education school was arrested and charged with assault after he allegedly choked and pushed a student last week, police said. Comment.

City gives women’s group new deadline to leave fort

By the end of the month the Queens Women’s Center could be officially evicted from Bayside’s Fort Totten and the group’s equipment may be sitting on the side of Bell Boulevard waiting to be retrieved. Comment.

Race to replace assemblywoman already crowded

Before the funeral of Assemblywoman Rhodd-Cummings (D-Far Rockaway) was over last Thursday, several candidates had already begun to consider a run to replace her. Comment.

Queens minorities fight for new election districts

Armed with 2000 census figures that show a surge in racial and ethnic minorities in city neighborhoods, such as Flushing and Richmond Hill, a coalition has launched a compaign to press for fair representation of those groups in the redrawing of election districts. Comment.

Ridgewood man charged with threatening reporter

A Ridgewood man was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening to kill a television news reporter who sought to expose him in a suspected scam, police said. Comment.

Flushing business owners plead guilty to wage fraud

Two Flushing businesses run by a man and his wife pleaded guilty to defrauding employees out of wages earned while working on a city contract, the Department of Investigation said last week. Comment.

Communities battle neighborhood graffiti

In certain circles it has been called art and a true form of expression, but in northeast and southeast Queens, graffiti has several communities up in arms over the defacement of their neighborhood. Comment.

Weather prognosticators predict longer winter

The winter that hardly even began will get a chance to redeem itself with another month and a half of cold weather, the borough’s two furry weather forecasters predicted last weekend. Comment.

Boro health care facilities get $49 million from state

Queens hospitals have received nearly $50 million from the state to improve and ensure patient care, increase employee salaries, and put themselves on a stronger financial footing. Comment.

Richmond Hill Sikhs mourn death of spiritual leader

Nearly 200 mourners packed the Leahy-McDonald Funeral Home on Atlantic Avenue last Thursday morning to celebrate the life of the Richmond Hill Sikh community’s spiritual leader, Giani Gurdeep Singh, who died Jan. 29 of complications from pneumonia. He was 78. Comment.

Two boro high schoolers advance in Intel contest

Two Queens residents who attend Bronx High School of Science were chosen as finalists in the prestigious Intel Science Talent Search. Comment.

With eye on constituents, Katz opens district office

As chairwoman of the City Council’s influential Land Use Committee, Melinda Katz wields considerable power in city government. But despite her newfound authority, the councilwoman contends she is first and foremost in office to represent the people of her district. Comment.

Springfield Gardens postal workers show generosity

U.S. Postal Service officials Friday lauded the generosity of the employees at the Springfield Gardens Post Office, who collectively raised the most money of all the southeast Queens stations for the service’s annual charity drive. Comment.

Kelty pushes to rebuild downtown fire company

When Eugene Kelty, a firefighter for more than 20 years and chairman of Community Board 7, went back to work weeks after the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center, he returned to the scene of the devastation. Comment.

LIJ celebrates graduates of mental illness program

With smiles on their faces and a hop in their step, members of the Queens Day Center’s Next Step program walked to the podium after their names were called to receive a plaque during the center’s commencement ceremony. Comment.

Flushing’s Lunar New Year kicks off Feb. 9

Flushing’s Lunar New Year Festival, one of the nation’s largest celebrations of the Asian-American holiday, is set to begin downtown Saturday, Feb. 9, at 11 a.m. Comment.

Stabbing victim testifies at nightclub trial

Anthony Federici never saw who drew a knife on him before he collapsed in front of the Metropolis Nightclub in College Point with a deep gash across his stomach 18 months ago, he testified Tuesday morning. Comment.

Mystery rash sends 40 Queens students to hospital

Forty PS 161 fifth graders learning how to use encyclopedias Tuesday morning were instead given a lesson in the new realities of life in the United States. Comment.

Astoria fire starter’s dad sues burned hardware store

The father of a teenager who accidentally started last year’s fatal Astoria hardware store fire has turned the tables by filing a lawsuit demanding $2 million from the store owners for his own injuries. Comment.

Marshall hears arguments on Middle Village project

Speaking at a land use hearing in Borough Hall last week, officials from Community Board 5 disputed a property owner’s claim that a 70-unit housing development proposed for Admiral Avenue could not turn a profit if scaled down. Comment.

After 1 year, Briarwood homes still uninhabitable

One year ago, the Treskas family thought they had finally acquired their own version of the American dream. Then their newly paid-off home — and their hopes — literally sank into the ground and they were forced to evacuate the small brick house at 83-48 159th St. Comment.

CB 11 prepares to replace longtime chairman Haber

The impending Community Board 11 elections caused more of a fuss than usual at the group’s Monday night meeting in Bayside as members discussed exactly how they would choose a leader to replace longtime Chairman Bernard Haber, who is term-limited. Comment.

Bayside Little League finds new home in Whitestone

After more than 40 years of registering kids for baseball in the same Bell Boulevard location, the Bayside Little League — faced with significant rent increases after new owners took over its building — has relocated to Whitestone, the league commissioner said last week. Comment.

Sept. 11 attack takes toll on Queens’ day laborers

For three years, Peter has shown up on a Flushing street corner at 6:30 a.m. looking for a job. Comment.

Jamaica man gets 40-year sentence in 1998 murder

A Jamaica man was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison Friday for his role in the 1998 shooting death of two men in South Ozone Park that stemmed from an argument over drug dealing, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Police Blotter: 6 children hurt in school bus mishap

WHITESTONE — A private school bus fell on its side when it was struck by a vehicle at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, police said. Comments (2).

Maine Maid Inn: Step back into history at Maine Maid Inn

Route 106 and Jericho Tpke. Comment.

Dining Out: Step back into history at Maine Maid Inn

Route 106 and Jericho Tpke. Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

CUNY hike shakes dreams of LIC students

While the futures of most Queens high school seniors are in the hands of college admissions officers, the academic careers of many students at International High School now depend on the decision of a Manhattan judge. Comment.

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