Sunday, March 3, 2002

Thursday, Feb. 28, 2002

Grady ousts Queens champ Bryant from playoffs

Creating turnovers. It’s been the main ingredient of the Bryant boys’ basketball team’s recipe for success this season. Comment.

Townsend Harris falls short of pulling upset

The Townsend Harris girls’ basketball team barely missed the PSAL postseason last year, making their appearance this season a memorable achievement. How they exited the playoffs will not be forgotten soon, either. Comment.

Garden City kids’ museum gets new home

Instead of taking the elevator, 9-year-old Alexander Klee snaked his way through a two-story netted climbing structure at the Long Island Children's Museum on Sunday afternoon, crawling and clawing his way to the second floor. Comment.

Holy Cross gives Molloy a wake-up call

If there’s a lesson to be learned by the Archbishop Molloy boys’ varsity basketball team from its game against Holy Cross Sunday afternoon it’s that you can’t sleep on league opponents. Comment.

B/Q girls tournament to select state reps

The Catholic High School Athletic Association will hold its annual Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan girls’ varsity basketball playoffs this week, with regular season winner and top seed Christ the King receiving a bye in the first round, slated for Wednesday, Feb. 27. Comment.

Molloy Stanners skate to comeback win over St. Peter’s, 7-5

Trailing St. Peter’s 4-2 late in the second period and knowing how the team has struggled in third periods this season, it was not shaping up to be a great regular season finale for the Molloy hockey team Saturday at the Ice Hutch in Mount Vernon. Comment.

Helen Marshall urges parents to read to kids

The crowd in the gym at the Roy Wilkins Family Center slowly moved to the pounding rhythms of African drums reverberating off the walls. They were waiting for Borough President Helen Marshall’s first visit to the Jamaica community’s cultural center. Comment.

College Round-up: LIU’s Dobie selected NEC Player of the Week

It’s been a long and arduous season for former McClancy standout Antawn Dobie and Monday, against Brooklyn rival St. Francis College, it finally came to an end as the Long Island University senior guard scored a team-high 26 points and had nine assists in his collegiate finale as the Blackbirds fell 108-94. Comment.

Queens rallies to advance to NYCAC semifinals

Fitzgerald Gymnasium has been the site of the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament semifinals and finals for three years and each year Queens College senior point guard Phil Lyons has watched the games from the stands. Comment.

Midville Dodgers Juniors squad shows depth

The Midville Dodgers announced registration, tryouts and workouts will soon begin for the organization’s Freshmen team, ages 13 and 14 (no player can turn 15 before Aug. 1). If the mild weather continues, the team expects to begin outdoor workouts very soon at Juniper Valley Park. Interested players should call Manager Bill Schindler at 446-6454 and leave their name, phone number and date of birth. Comment.

OLBS sixth-grade boys take section title with 34-26 victory

The offense was led by a strong performance from game MVP Patrick Benini, who led the team with 15 points. Point guard Brian Durkan put up six points, while spreading the ball around with five assists. Also with a strong all-around game Lenny Saputo, with six points and four assists. Cody Stabile had a great defensive performance, including eight rebounds and seven points. Justin Portes came through with three steals along with Pete Thompson, who had four rebounds. Teammate Liridon Selimaj fought his way into five key rebounds and Eddie Mealiff provided both strong offensive and def Comment.

Editorial: Already crying ‘wolf’

If the inflammatory rhetoric coming from Councilman Charles Barron (D-Brooklyn) is any indication, the next four years at City Hall should be at least interesting. Barron was quoted in an interview last week as saying that the tougher standards for entrance to the CUNY four-year colleges are racist. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: The year is Marching right along

Soon, the mystical month of March will be upon us. I am not superstitious and, goodness knows, I don’t believe in mythology, but, nonetheless, I must warn you that the Ides of March are a-coming. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Sanders a ‘slick’ addition to city council

It isn’t every day that a new legislator invites constituents to an open house, but that is just what City Councilman James Sanders Jr. did. Comment.

Douglaston music group turns 25

“We try to heal and bring people together. People do need comfort and solace,” said Barbara Oldham of her group, the Quintet of the Americas, and its music. The Quintet is made of all wind instruments, and Oldham plays the French horn, a daunting instrument that relies on tiny movements of the lips for the pitch, like a bugle or a trumpet. Joining her in the quintet are Sato Moughalian, flute, Edward R. Gilmore, clarinet, Laura Koepke, bassoon, and Matt Sullivan, oboe. Comment.

Our History: Huguenots founded area’s horticulture industry

A few years ago on a visit to Dublin I passed a small Huguenot cemetery nestled beside a row of restored Georgian houses near St. Stephen’s Green in the heart of that city. It brought to mind the story of the emigration of French Huguenots to this country and their role in our own local history. In 1660, when the Dutch were attempting to stamp out Quakerism here, a number of French Huguenots settled in Flushing and introduced the industry of horticulture for which this area became famous. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civics warn neighbors against illegal postings

Several civic association newsletters warn members that the New York City Administrative Code includes the Department of Sanitation’s regulations banning the posting of notices and advertisements on public property. People illegally place job notices, open houses, garage sales, parties, social events, lost animal or even lost adult notices on lamp poles, telephone poles, mailboxes, bus shelters, fire alarm boxes and walls of all kinds. This is all illegal. This action is unsightly. Comment.

To The Point: Poppenhusen Institute offers variety of events

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

The Plant Doctor: Try these tips for photographing plants, gardens

What a frustrating winter season. Relatively warm weather has resulted in premature sprouting of bulb shoots, while just enough of a nip in the air keeps the earnest gardener at bay from even considering doing anything serious in the garden. Comment.

Bukharian brings traditional Jewish cuisine to Rego Park restaurant

Siyanov Bakhur came to the United States from the central Asian Republic of Tajikistan in 1990 armed with a collection of traditional Bukharian Jewish recipes he learned from his mother and father. Comment.

Recent Real Estate Transactions

Bayside, 1 Bay Club Dr., Condo Hi-Rise, $316,000, Bed 1, Bath 1, Taxes: $2,150 Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Douglaston Community Theater needs two women and two men, age 50+; one man and one woman, 20-30 years old for "Over The River and Through the Woods," a comedy by Joe DiPietro. Monday & Tuesday, 8 p.m.; March 9, 10 a.m. Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Avenue, Douglaston. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Douglaston Community Theater needs two women and two men, age 50+; one man and one woman, 20-30 years old for "Over The River and Through the Woods," a comedy by Joe DiPietro. Monday & Tuesday, 8 p.m.; March 9, 10 a.m. Zion Church Parish Hall, 44th Avenue, Douglaston. Comment.

Port Authority to salute its fallen heroes of Sept. 11

The renovated John F. Kennedy International Airport could be the site of a memorial honoring the 37 Port Authority police officers lost in the World Trade Center attacks. Comment.

Women’s center appeals to public in Totten battle

In what might have been the Queens Women’s Center’s last weekend at its home and headquarters on Fort Totten, the center held a two-day open house to explain to the borough the importance of the center and to publicize its plight. Comment.

Downzoning will preserve Richmond Hill: Historians

Just off Jamaica Avenue on 110th Street, a large stone-faced boxlike structure juts out to the property line, seemingly out of place on a block of quaint one-family homes. 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.

Hughes displayed talent years before Olympics

It was just after the 1994 Olympics, when interest in figure skating was ignited by the Nancy Kerrigan/Tonya Harding spectacle, that I took my 6-year-old son to a packed Iceland skating rink in New Hyde Park. Comment.

TimesLedger captures four newspaper awards

The TimesLedger Newspapers took first place in two categories of the 2001 Suburban Newspaper Association contest and earned two other editorial awards in a competition that draws entries from daily and weekly newspapers across North America. Comment.

Douglaston neighbors battle DOT for sound barrier

A group of Douglaston residents has accused the state Department of Transportation of failing to protect their peaceful bedroom community from the roar of the Long Island Expressway. Comment.

Boro’s St. Pat’s parade to fete Ireland, diversity

Two years ago, Brendan Fay was inspired by division to call for unity. Comment.

Jamaica college student shot in dorm room: Cops

A part-time student from Far Rockaway was arrested and charged with shooting a 22-year-old Jamaica man at a SUNY-Farmingdale dormitory Monday afternoon, Suffolk County police said. Comment.

Weprin assembles groups to arrange town hall meet

A group of more than 30 community leaders in northeast and southeast Queens gathered in the basement of the Pride of Judea Mental Health Center Sunday to meet a new group dedicated to making city government more accessible to city residents. Comment.

Woman’s Club of Bayside sells 43rd Ave. property

After more than 80 years of luncheons, meetings and parties at its sedate, one-story headquarters, the Woman’s Club of Bayside has sold its 43rd Avenue building to a developer to generate operating funds, the group’s president said this week. Comment.

Students envision next World Trade Center

They certainly didn’t look like architects, spread across the classroom in their tiny desks and blue school uniforms, occasionally letting teenage giggles slip out as they described their adult visions for 16 acres of Manhattan real estate. Comment.

Whitestone Senior Center falls prey to budget

Every Monday for the past 20 years Anne Kizneo has headed to the Whitestone Hebrew Center for lunch with other seniors. Comment.

Developer Huang seeks Klein Farm compromise

Tommy Huang, the Douglaston developer convicted of despoiling a landmarked Flushing theater, is seeking a compromise in his bid to purchase the Klein Farm in Fresh Meadows, City Councilman David Weprin (D-Hollis) said Tuesday. Comment.

Glen Oaks residents fear Kmart’s doors may close

Kmart officials might be denying that they have made any decisions about which of their 2,114 stores will closed as part of the company’s bankruptcy proceedings, but the shelves in the Glen Oaks store tell a different story. Comment.

DOT seeks input into Kosciuszko repair

For commuters who regularly cross the Kosciuszko Bridge, the 1.1-mile stretch of the Brooklyn Queens Expressway that spans the Newtown Creek, congestion and awkward lane merges turn the roadway into a daily source of aggravation. Comment.

New Hyde Park judge takes insanity plea

A Nassau County Court judge who had been charged with stabbing his wife two years ago during a domestic dispute, stepped down from the bench and pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Queens reps ranked high by environmental group

When it comes to environmental issues, one national environmental watchdog group has given high marks to Queens’ congressional delegation. Comment.

Boro groups present budget goals to Marshall

Queens community board leaders, art and cultural center directors and civic group leaders were among the 172 individuals presenting their wish lists to Borough President Helen Marshall and the Budget Board at hearings Feb. 21 on the mayor’s preliminary city budget. Comment.

Thief fires three shots at deli man

Candles, flowers, and signs adorned the front of the Laurelton Deli Saturday in solemn tribute to Ramon Adams, a longtime employee and Jamaica resident, who was fatally shot last week during a robbery. Comment.

Marshall touts Jamaica projects at Chamber event

A collective sigh of relief reverberated faintly through the ballroom at the Crowne Plaza LaGuardia last Thursday when Borough President Helen Marshall gave up on having her 200 guests stand one at a time and introduce themselves to the crowd. Comment.

Bayside education activist McGlinchey dies at age 80

Longtime Bayside resident and education activist Elizabeth Constance McGlinchey, who worked in a variety of community groups between the 1940s and the 1990s, has died. She was 80. Comment.

Intersection tops boro’s danger list

The Flushing intersection of Northern Boulevard and Union Street is one of the most dangerous in the city, recent police statistics show. Comment.

Flushing intersection tops boro’s danger list

The Flushing intersection of Northern Boulevard and Union Street is one of the most dangerous in the city, recent police statistics show. Comment.

DA: Ozone Park girl missed 92 school days

An Ozone Park teenager missed nearly 100 days of classes during the 1998-99 school year because her mother forced her to stay at home to care for her stepbrothers, authorities charged last week. Comment.

Renewed ferry services could awaken LIC docks

The ferry docks at Hunter’s Point in Long Island City sit quiet now save for neighbors walking their dogs and sea lovers catching the sound of waves breaking against the rocks. Comment.

Con man peddling plaque as parking ticket panacea

A person claiming to represent the New York Veterans Police Association has been selling plastic plaques in the Forest Hills area maintaining they will help offenders beat parking tickets, police said. Comment.

Snows Novice girls advance to tournament final

The Our Lady of the Snows fifth-grade girls basketball team came from behind to defeat host Corpus Christi, 20-17, in the annual Corpus Christi post-season basketball tournament in Woodside. Comment.

Fire in cluttered apartment kills Forest Hills woman

A retired school teacher was killed Sunday morning in a fire fueled by stacks of newspapers inside her Forest Hills apartment after she apparently fell asleep while cooking something on the stove, authorities said. Comment.

Flight 587 had normal radio talk before crash

Tape recordings of conversations between the John F. Kennedy International Airport air controllers and the pilot of American Airlines Flight 587 seemed to indicate that all was normal only minutes before the plane crashed at Belle Harbor, killing 265 people. Comment.

Gambino acquitted by jury of attempted club murders

After deliberating over the course of a week, a jury found Nicholas Gambino not guilty last week of attempting to kill three men at a College Point Night Club in 2000. Comment.

PA, utilities need money to fight terror: Crowley

The Port Authority, the U.S. Coast Guard and regional utility companies will need a large influx of federal dollars in order to protect the region from acts of terrorism, their security officers told U.S. Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-Jackson Heights) at a homeland security hearing Tuesday. Comment.

Howard Beach firm underpaid workers, lied to city

The president of a Howard Beach waste management company underpaid employees working on a city contract by $180,000 and then filed false payroll documents to cover up his improprieties, city authorities said last Thursday. Comment.

Charges against SJU alum Williams shock coach

Christ the King basketball coach Bob Oliva expressed shock and disbelief when he heard about the fatal shooting of a man at the house of former NBA star Jayson Williams. Comment.

Jamaica center for arts kicks off its 30th year

Nearly 500 Queens residents filled the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning Saturday to get a taste of the wealth of programs available. Comment.

Awards for food and retail send local airports soaring

Shops and restaurants at LaGuardia, John F. Kennedy International and Newark airports have won first place awards for excellence. Comment.

18-inch rule back in boro; shop owners fear penalties

Northeast Queens merchants beware: keeps those brooms and garbage bags handy. Comment.

Boro Amtrak employees ran ‘Railfone’ scam: DA

Sixteen Amtrak workers, including four Queens residents, were arrested after allegedly using lost credit cards to charge over $100,000 in telephone calls, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

S. Ozone Pk. bite suspect hit with attempted murder

A South Ozone Park man arrested last week on charges of viciously biting his girlfriend on her face and ears during a brutal domestic dispute was indicted for attempted murder and assault, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Monday. Comment.

Man shot on Roosevelt Island treated in LIC

A man who had been shot twice on Roosevelt Island Monday night hailed a cab into Long Island City and sought medical attention from an ambulance that was idling at a 21st Street gas station, police said. Comment.

Avella opposes variances for Bayside synagogue

A Bayside synagogue seeking permission for a large expansion acquired another opponent last week when City Councilman Tony Avella (D-Bayside) voiced his disapproval of the 26th Avenue project, calling the proposed rebuilding “outrageous construction.” Comment.

Marshall calls for Board of Ed to stay put

When it comes to ideas on how the city should revamp its public education system, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall seems to stand apart from her political colleagues. Comment.

Boro defense contractors feel benefits of war effort

When military aircraft began flying missions over Afghanistan following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the impact soon trickled down to a manufacturing company that sits unobtrusively behind a small brick facade in Long Island City. Comment.

Dead fetus found in park, homeless woman detained

A homeless woman was detained by police after a dead fetus was discovered in a bathroom in Flushing Meadows Corona Park last week, authorities said. Comment.

Douglaston fire chief says design of WTC was flawed

For all the fires Vincent Dunn had seen and fought throughout his more than 40 years with the city Fire Department, the published author and well-regarded safety consultant was still surprised by the speed of the Sept. 11 collapse of the World Trade Center. Comment.

Police Blotter: Train kills man who fell on tracks

ELMHURST — Raymond Martin, 29, of 37-75 64th St., was killed after he was hit by a subway train Monday about 1 a.m., police said. Comment.

Middle Village group presents Neil Simon

Most of us are already familiar with two particular men who couldn’t live together without driving each other crazy, but did you know Neil Simon wrote a female-scripted version of the Odd Couple as well? Comment.

Flushing: Likely stop on Underground Railroad

Tucked inside Flushing’s largest parking lot and surrounded by Chinese and Korean signs, the Macedonia AME Church on Union Street does not immediately conjure up images of escaped slaves. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: SJU has 

It’s not often you get to see a top-flight men’s college basketball team get undressed so publicly as the Red Storm was Sunday afternoon, taking a literal spanking by the club many expect to be crowned national champions come tournament time — the Duke Blue Devils. Comment.

Clare Droesch steals show at SJU

It was Senior Day for the St. John’s women’s basketball team Saturday at Alumni Hall, but while Red Storm players Telisha Warner, Rasheedah Brown and Kenyawna Hudgens were honored before their final home game, the loudest cheers of the afternoon were reserved for former Christ the King star Clare Droesch, who made her return to Queens with Boston College. Comment.

Duke hands Red Storm brutal 97-55 loss

The St. John’s Red Storm did not need a win in Sunday’s game over the No. 3 ranked Duke Blue Devils, but it would have been nice. What the team got instead was the worst beating any St. John’s team received in recent memory, a 97-55 thrashing at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Comment.

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