Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002

Queens Knights drop tough one to Philadelphia

They say the game of basketball is a game of spurts, but Queens College and Philadelphia University took that literally in a New York Collegiate Athletic Conference men’s basketball game Saturday night at Fitzgerald Gymnasium. Comment.

Dollard sinks clutch free throws as QC women win

For all but nine seconds Saturday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium, the Queens College women’s basketball team led in its New York Collegiate Athletic Conference game against Philadelphia University. Comment.

Hatten soars as St. John’s holds off UConn

Marcus Hatten did what his teammates could not Saturday night, he put the game away, as the St. John’s University men’s basketball team upset the University of Connecticut Huskies, 85-83, in overtime. Comment.

Marble Modes Storm defeats Peter Pan Games Blue Devils

Marble Modes Storm 50, Peter Pan Games Blue Devils 46. In a battle for second place, the Storm edged the Blue Devils, 50-46. The Storm was led by big man Matt Mione, who scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds. He was aided by Jeff Hoffman, scoring 15 points. Lenny Saputo and Wesley Wong scored six points each and John McEntee and Robert Liquori had two points each. Comment.

Franklin’s Printing bests Pizza Chef, 44-20

Franklin’s Printing defeated Pizza Chef, 44-20. Playmaker Mike Wiederhold had a spectacular game, scoring 17 points and holding Pizza Chef's leading scorer, Erhan Senser, to just nine. The entire defense was outstanding, holding Pizza Chef to one point in the first half, leading at that point 22-1. Max Meltzer added 13, Lucas Lay 12 and Angelo Castallanos two. The defense was anchored by Tommy Schreiber and Anthony Romanelli. Comment.

OLBS sixth-graders lock up first place

The Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament sixth-grade boys basketball team finished off the season strong with a 35-21 victory over Our Lady of the Snows. The win clinches first place with a 13-1 season record, giving the team a distinct advantage going into the playoffs. Among the offensive leaders of the game were B. Durkan, L. Saputo, J. Katz, and C. Stabile, along with P. Benini, and J. Portes showing tremendous efforts in their defensive game. Comment.

Queens Half Marathon scheduled for April 13

The Annual Queens Half Marathon will be run for the 24th year along with the Skaggs-Walsh 5K Run on Saturday, April 13. More than 3,500 runners from the tri-state area, as well as competitors from various foreign countries, will compete for awards and prize money.. Comment.

Beechurst’s Sullivan take first in age group at Snowflake run

Keith Sullivan, of Beechurst, became the first runner from his 50-59 age group to cross the finish line in the “Snowflake” 4-mile run in Long Island Beach. Comment.

Editorial: A Scam buster

Kudos to Fox 5 reporter for having the guts to get in the face of a Ridgewood bully. Thanks to an investigative report by Andrea Day, an alleged Queens scam artist is out of business. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Take time to say ‘I love you’ this Valentine’s Day

Life is a flower of which love is honey. — Alex Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Spirit of Laurelton alive and well with local group

As this column is being written, it is Feb. 3, artist Norman Rockwell’s birthday. He was born in New York City in 1894, and has been a favorite of our family — and many others — for as long as I can remember. We saved many of the covers of the Saturday Evening Post on which his works were featured. If ever the understanding and love of humanity was truly captured by an artist, that artist was Norman Rockwell. It would be interesting to know what he would have thought of humanity today. Comment.

Our History: Jupiter Hammon: America’s first black poet

February is Black History Month, and it seems appropriate to introduce a Long Island poet whose name, until recent times, has been often forgotten in the annals of American literature, but who deserves our attention for the special place he holds. Comment.

Firefighter’s cookbook raises money for NYFD scholarships

A retired Bellerose firefighter has found a new audience for his cookbook following the Sept. 11 tragedy. Ironically enough, it was his own personal tragedy that inspired the book in the first place. Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Get head start on spring by planting seeds early

Looking for an easy, yet productive winter project? Let’s think along the lines of getting a head start on our spring plants by planting seeds. Surely you jest, I’m sure you are thinking. I suggest, however, that you hold off on the phone call to the local asylum and digest the suggestions in this column that will allow even the most pessimistic to enjoy the task. Comment.

Eatery serves up thin-crust pizza for 26 years

There are two things customers of Sal’s Little Neck Pizzeria on Northern Boulevard can always count on: fresh, hot pizza and an interesting conversation. 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 Village man kills wife, hurts officers: Cops

Three police officers, including two from the 105th Precinct in Queens Village, narrowly escaped serious injury last Thursday night while arresting an emotionally disturbed man who had barricaded himself in his home after killing his wife, authorities said. Comment.

Rego Park home decimated by fire started in basement

One firefighter was injured last Thursday battling a two-alarm blaze that began in the basement of a brick house and quickly spread to the first and second floors of the two-story structure. Comment.

Abrupt rudder movement can cause crashes: NTSB

Federal investigators studying the crash of a jetliner at Belle Harbor that killed 265 people said they had determined that an abrupt maneuver of a plane’s rudder can bring disastrous consequences. Comment.

Rosedale school receives award for higher scores

Two southeast Queens schools were among 24 statewide to win the 2002 Pathfinder Award from the Business Council of New York State. Comment.

Five community leaders honored by black center

In 1969, the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center opened on Northern Boulevard following a passionate and adamant campaign by civic leaders to create a local center for black thought. Comment.

South African judge wows CUNY’s aspiring lawyers

Mixing personal history with the remarkable tale of South Africa’s road to democracy, Justice Albie Sachs inspired 50 students into believing they could change the law Tuesday afternoon at a CUNY Law School lecture in Flushing. Comment.

Board 29 names school for late community activist

School Board 29 got busy last Thursday at a special public hearing following its monthly working session. The board officially named PS 37 after the late state Assemblywoman Cynthia Jenkins, named Rosedale resident Larry Smith to the board and certified criteria for its C-37 committee. Comment.

Veteran City Hall reporter Jack Shanahan, 68, dies

“He always triple-checked everything,” Shanahan’s daughter Maureen said. Comment.

Karate studio draws audience on Bell Blvd.

Maybe it is the sight of young kids learning to master the intricacies of karate that keeps the crowds coming back to Tiger Schulmann’s in Bayside. Comment.

Boro folk music legend Dave Van Ronk, 65, dies

Dave Van Ronk, the gravelly-voiced blues and folk singer who grew up in Richmond Hill and was a crucial early influence on Bob Dylan, died Sunday morning at NYU Medical Center. Comment.

Drug dealer found guilty of ’96 Kissena Park slay

Henry Vega, the Flushing drug dealer who twice thwarted murder convictions, last week was found guilty of gunning down a man in Kissena Park in 1996. Comment.

Whitestone bus crash  raises ire

A school bus accident that sent six children to the hospital in Whitestone last week might have been prevented if the city had replaced a stop sign at the intersection that was knocked down two days earlier, residents said. Comment.

The Civic Scene: CB8 fights disruptions by Queens Hospital

In past columns I have written about the disruption to the surrounding community by such large facilities as Queens College, St. John’s University, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and New York University. Add to this list Queens Hospital Center. Comment.

To The Point: Groundhogs Phil, Chuck give conflicting forecasts

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

Ambitious festival plan faces leaders’ opposition

David Rakower has grand visions for Astoria Park, a 66-acre plot of greenery that runs alongside the East River and boasts a running track, sloping lawn and the city’s largest public swimming pool. Comment.

Middle Village 9/11 hero laid to rest, mayor attends

Speaking in subdued tones that at times were hardly audible, Mayor Michael Bloomberg stood in a Middle Village church sanctuary Saturday and gave thanks for the life of a fireman he had never met. Comment.

105th Pct. welcomes veteran cop

All the new captain of the 105th Precinct, Michael Bryan, ever wanted was to be a police officer and after 20 years on the job he does not see his time at the Police Department ending soon. Comment.

Bus terminal bomb scare leads to arrest of LIC vet

A longtime resident of a Long Island City veterans shelter has been accused of making a bomb threat that cleared out the Port Authority Bus Terminal for nearly an hour Tuesday, officials said. Comment.

Pride of Judea celebrates 30 years in Douglaston

As northeast Queens’ shops, churches and schools reflect the increasing diversity of the borough, Douglaston’s Pride of Judea Community Services marked its 30th anniversary with a celebration of its history and a nod to the future. Comment.

Little Neck group offers counseling after Sept. 11

It’s been six months since the World Trade Center was destroyed by terrorists who hijacked a pair of jetliners that slammed into the Twin Towers, and some people cannot stop having nightmares. Comment.

Itch stymies officials, kids return to class at PS 161

Anxiety began to subside at PS 161 this week even as investigators from the city Department of Health were still trying to find out why nearly 60 students and their teachers came down with a mysterious rash Feb. 5. Comment.

LIAM swim team completes season as only unbeaten team

PS 21 expects 50K for enrolling uninsured

As a reward for the school’s efforts to enroll its uninsured students under a health plan, PS 21 in Flushing is expected to receive $50,000 from the city. Comment.

Special ed student had troubled history: source

A Queens boy who was allegedly assaulted by a teacher in Bayside last month has a history of violent behavior and emotional problems, sources familiar with the case said. Comment.

Fmr. Newtown star named MLB’s first Hispanic GM

Newtown High School grad and former Queens resident Omar Minaya has been tapped to become the first Hispanic general manager in Major League Baseball history, announced Commissioner Bud Selig Tuesday. Comment.

Briarwood center offers free elder care seminars

As America’s population ages, more and more people are confronting the confusing maze of legal and medical issues that face the elderly. Comment.

Storage of Giuliani papers in LIC stirs historians’ ire

When Rudolph Giuliani sought a home for thousands of boxes worth of materials amassed during his mayoralty, he hopped over the East River and took a few more steps, depositing them in a Long Island City warehouse one block from the Hunter’s Point waterfront. Comment.

Beloved Douglaston priest says good-bye

Nearly 500 parishioners packed St. Anastasia’s Church in Douglaston Sunday for the retirement of the Rev. John Gribbon, the priest who served the church with a simple love for 37 years. Comment.

19 injured in bus accident on Farmers Blvd.: Police

A bus accident at the intersection of Farmers Boulevard and South Conduit Avenue Tuesday at 3 p.m. injured 19 people, police said. Comment.

Marshall, Jewish leaders talk synagogue security

Leaders of the borough’s Jewish community sat down with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall and two police officers from the city’s Crime Prevention Section to discuss security at their institutions last week. Comment.

OLS Sweeney team wins 10th straight

The Our Lady of the Snows Intermediate ( Sweeney ) Team won its 10th game of the year against Sacred Heart, 34-24, last Thursday. Brian Amorese led Snows with 13 points with help from Eric Miller and David Marrero, scoring seven points each. Peter Sweeney scored three points and John Ryan and Anthony Simmons had a basket each to round out the scoring. Comment.

Westbound LIE exit 16 to close for construction

Motorists suffering through construction on the Long Island Expressway the past two years will face more delays in upcoming months. Comment.

Flushing Councilman holds office hours in 5 libraries

Finding office space in downtown Flushing can be difficult. Just ask City Councilman John Liu (D-Flushing). Comment.

Flushing residents celebrate Year of the Horse

A fire-breathing martial artist, Asian dragons and teenagers with foot-high Afros were among the thousands who marched in Flushing’s 7th Lunar New Year Parade Saturday in what has become one of the largest annual gatherings in Queens. Comment.

CB 9, biz leaders collide over one-way street

A plan to finally convert a narrow two-way Woodhaven street into a one-way thoroughfare has thrown Community Board 9 on a collision course with area merchant and block associations. Comment.

Agape Blends coffeehouse has clients craving 2nd cup

More than a decade ago, Jamaica residents Charlotte Worsley and Lorraine Fowles were taking coffee breaks from their jobs as supervisors at the Metropolitan Transit Authority and talking about their dream to open their own cafe. Comment.

Cause of death still unknown for police officer from Bayside

The death of a veteran police officer and Bayside resident last Thursday was still a mystery this week, a spokeswoman for the city medical examiner’s office said. Comment.

Beechhurst sites to be marked for history

The Queens Historical Society will soon make its final selections of which structures in Beechhurst and Robinwood will receive historic designation, the society’s representatives announced Monday. Comment.

High rents force Bell Blvd. hardware store to relocate

After several decades in the same Bell Boulevard shop, Bell Hardware was forced to relocate because of rising rents. Comment.

‘Bin Laden’ labeled hits streets of  SE Queens

A Hollis woman was arrested and charged with drug possession after police found her with what they alleged were envelopes of heroin stamped with the bright red label “BIN LADEN” and a picture of an airplane heading toward the World Trade Center, the Queens district attorney said last week. Comment.

Public library fund-raiser gets big political support

It was a who’s who of Queens political leaders that turned out for a library fund-raiser in Bayside Tuesday night, including City Council Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) and Borough President Helen Marshall. Comment.

CB 7 approves changes to 39th Ave. building plan

Community Board 7 voted to approve a change in the plans to build a controversial 12-story building on 39th Avenue Monday, the first time the board has okayed any part of the proposal. Comment.

Middle Village mother fights for son’s education

Anthony Napolitano is a spunky 4-year-old who likes to dance and loves his half-day sessions of preschool. Comment.

Black leaders debate future of civil rights

Julian Bond, the Rev. Floyd Flake and the Rev. Al Sharpton debated the challenges facing the nation’s black citizens Saturday at a symposium at St. John’s University. Comment.

Man arraigned in LIC murder of activist

The attorney for a Newark, N.J. man accused of murdering Manhattan activist Armando Perez outside the Ravenswood Houses in 1999 told a judge last week that one witness said Perez started the fight that ultimately killed him. Comment.

Police Blotter: Lewd sex abuser prowls Ozone Park

OZONE PARK — Police have been searching for a man responsible for a series of sex abuse and public lewdness crimes made toward girls and teenagers since Jan. 9, said police. Comment.

Cavo: Sample Greek delights in Astoria

42-18 31st Avenue Comment.

Sample Greek delights in Astoria

42-18 31st Avenue Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

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

Queens Village doctor teaches health on TV

Dr. Marcel Benoit is a television star but not in the traditional sense. He hosts a cable access health program — “Health Talk” — every Sunday night at 7 p.m. Comment.

Borough union members bilked contractors: feds

A Middle Village man who used to be vice president of a Whitestone-based elevator operators’ union was one of 27 people indicted for allegedly scamming construction companies out of millions of dollars from no-show jobs, federal prosecutors announced last Thursday. Comment.

Ralph Bunche led effort to preserve Kew Gardens

Although he traveled the world for the United Nations and won the Nobel Peace Prize for his role as architect of the 1949 peace accord between the new state of Israel and the Arab states, Ralph Bunche always made time for Queens. Comment.

Forest Hills community joins upstate farm co-op

Borough residents whose portfolios have taken a beating in recent months can now buy shares in a new venture whose success has more to do with weather conditions than market conditions. Comment.

Romance is what Valentine’s Day is all about

Romance is alive and well in Queens. At least it is for two couples living happily ever after in the same neighborhoods where they met and married--one in Richmond Hill and the other in College Point. But for one of the couples, their love story got off to a rocky start. Comment.

New film series douments New York

Astoria’s American Museum of the Moving Image presents a series of New York films running Feb. 23 to March 31. The six-wekend series, entitled “New York, New York,” will highlight films that focus on the greatest city in the world. Comment.

Searching out cinema’s Queens roots

The American film industry got its start in Queens, at Kaufman Studios, approximately 100 years ago. Since then, the movie business has gradually developed its major locations in Hollywood, a name now synonymous with multi-billion-dollar profits and celebrities. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: The upset no one saw coming

It wasn’t supposed to be like this. The Bryant Owls were not supposed to be the team to win the first Queens championship, but there they were, dancing and celebrating at midcourt at Elmcor Monday evening, euphoric about their upset win. Comment.

Francis Lewis girls cruise to Queens Championship

One day after being named the No. 1 seed in the upcoming citywide playoffs, the Francis Lewis girls’ basketball team had its first chance to prove its lofty ranking in the Queens Borough Championship at Elmcor Monday. Comment.

Bryant stuns Bayside to take Queens crown

The Bryant boys’ basketball team defeated Bayside, 81-73, to win the inaugural Queens borough championship at Elmcor Monday, but Owls players and coaches didn’t want to hear the word “upset.” Comment.

Lewis girls garner top seed, Cardozo boys 7th for playoffs

Francis Lewis girls’ basketball coach Mike Eisenberg says Murry Bergtraum is still the top team in the city, but its his Patriots who garnered the top seed Sunday for the upcoming 26-team citywide playoffs. Comment.

CK girls top Bishop Loughlin

The Christ the King girls’ varsity basketball team remained perfect in league play Monday, scoring a 61-44 victory over the Bishop Loughlin Lions in what coach Bob Mackey admitted was far from his team’s best effort. Comment.

Christ the King hockey rolls to 7-2 league win

It wasn’t hard to find Bobby Glade Sunday night at Abe Stark Rink on Coney Island. All you had to do was look for the puck and the senior on the Christ the King hockey team was sure to be in the vicinity. Comment.

Maddalone scores 2nd-round TKO over Guy

For two months, the adrenaline pumped through Vinny Maddalone’s veins. The Bayside heavyweight couldn’t wait to enter the ring at Yonkers Raceway. Sure he’s fought there before, but never in a scheduled 10-round bout. Never in the main event. Comment.

‘Passion’ shines through in new RAA exhibition

The Rockaway Artists Alliance held a party last weekend at its sTudio 6 headquarters at Fort Tilden in honor of its new exhibit, Passion Red, hung just in time for St. Valentine’s Day. Comment.

SJU soccer stars Matteo, Joseph picked in MLS Super Draft

For St. John’s soccer players Jeff Matteo and Shalrie Joseph, the news they’ve been long awaiting finally arrived Sunday as the two were selected in the second round of the MLS SuperDraft. Comment.

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