Thursday, Jan. 2, 2003

TimesLedger CHSAA Soccer Coaches of the Year: Pat O’Grady & Christine Mayer/St. John’s Prep

Separately, Pat O’Grady and Christine Mayer were frustrated boys’ soccer coaches at St. John’s Prep. Mayer walked away after three seasons in 1997 and O’Grady had two disappointing years at the helm in 1999 and 2000. Comment.

TimesLedger CHSAA Soccer Player of the Year: Tamer Mohamed/Holy Cross

It has been two months since the Holy Cross soccer team capped a turbulent season by winning the CHSAA city title and finishing as the state runner-up to Chaminade, and Tamer Mohamed still can’t believe it. Comment.

TimesLedger PSAL Soccer Coach of the Year: Ignacio Accardi/Robert F. Wagner

Ignacio Accardi knew the task in front of him was great. After leading the Robert F. Wagner boys’ soccer team to its first PSAL ‘B’ playoff appearance in just its sixth year, the Panthers returned a mere five players and Accardi had to start from scratch with the 17 newcomers — many of whom never played organized high school soccer. Comment.

2002 TimesLedger PSAL Soccer Player of the Year: Richie Lesmes/Newtown

Richie Lesmes played just one year of PSAL soccer. But what a year it was. Comment.

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Sean Kearney

Name: Sean Kearney Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: SJU shaky in holiday tournament

One week before the start of the Big East season, the St. John’s University men’s basketball team dropped its third consecutive game, leaving many to speculate about exactly what this team is capable of in the 2002-2003 season. Comment.

Red Storm drops 3rd straight at Holiday Festival

Fans had been looking forward to Saturday’s St. John’s-North Carolina men’s basketball match-up since the two teams announced their inclusion in the annual Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden. Comment.

Ex-FBI official tapped to run JetBlue security

Forest Hills-based airline JetBlue has appointed a former FBI anti-terrorist official as the airline’s vice president in charge of security. Comment.

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Acting Seniors Comment.

Christ the King girls thrash Maine state champs, 89-42

There isn’t anywhere Amanda LoCascio and Candice Lindsay would rather be than on the bench at the end of a Christ the King girls’ basketball game. That’s because the odds are the Royals are wrapping up yet another blowout win. Comment.

2002 TimesLedger All-Queens High School Football Team

Bashkim Blaku    Sr.     OL/DL    Bayside Comment.

TimesLedger High School Football Coach of the Year: Mike Cassidy

Mike Cassidy’s Christ the King Royals entered the postseason with a dismal 1-7 record, which put the Middle Village club right in the middle of the pack vying for the second-tied ‘AA’ playoffs. Still, it was clear that the Royals would be a tough out, with some even thinking they could win the crown. Comment.

TimesLedger High School Football Player of the Year: Zanu Simpson

If Zanu Simpson the football player had to be summed up in one word, that word would undoubtedly be “tough.” He was not the fastest, quickest or biggest player on the field at any time, nor as quarterback did he throw a “pretty ball.” But Simpson always seemed to get it done and always seemed to be the best player on the field, which is why he has been selected as the TimesLedger Football Player of the Year. Comment.

Editorial: The safety net

An unlikely convergence in recent weeks of unrelated events leads us to question whether the social "safety net" that we take so much for granted is broad enough and strong to weather the difficult times that lie ahead. Comment.

Editorial: Questionable judgment

Christmas came early last month for a man accused of trying to kill a police officer. On Dec. 6, State Supreme Court Justice Laura Blackburne ruled that William Hodges had been denied his constitutional right to a speedy trial. Comment.

Editorial: Hands off Ridgewood

What were they thinking? Despite a massive public outcry, on Dec. 18 the city Districting Commission unanimously approved a second draft of the redrawn city council lines that would place part of Ridgewood in a Brooklyn council district. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: January time to set appointments for new year

January is the start of many new things including the month, the year and the calendar. For me, the calendar is the most important item in my house, aside from Gloria. I alr Comment.

Queens arts groups set to provide high-quality performances throughout year

With a new year dawning, and the spectacular arts successes of 2002 now part of the past, Queens is bearing down for a remarkable 2003. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: New year marks end of business for some

Every time a new year enters our lives, we hope and pray for the best, not only for ourselves, but for everyone. World peace and understanding, the solution of health issues, including those of hunger, and stability in the lives of family, friends and community are all on our wish list. Comment.

Point of View: Developers set sights on Sears store in Flushing

It is reported that Sears, Roebuck and Co. is expected to close its store next to the Flushing Town Hall on Northern Boulevard. The store, which is perhaps not in the right place, is at the right time to exit this area. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Rosedale civic names reward after member

George Wein is a longtime community activist who has been honored by the Rosedale Civic Association with a paid “Life Membership,” naming the scholarship fund after him and making him chairman emeritus of the civic association. Wein is one of a band of community leaders in Queens who have devoted time and energy to maintaining the quality of life in the borough’s neighborhoods. Comment.

Buongusto: Lots of charm found in Roslyn’s Buongusto

1446 Old Northern Blvd. Comment.

College Point clown makes magic for children

Cyrus Zavieh is in the business of smiles. Comment.

How’s Business?: Cell Phone Mania

You see them all over. They are in stores, offices, cars and buses, and people carry them walking in the street. It is the ever-growing cell-phone craze. Just a few years ago no one had them. Now it appears that people can’t live without them. Comment.

Recent real estate transactions

    Bayside, 73 82 Bell Blvd., Coop $107,000, Bed 1, Bath 1 Comment.

Business Caldenar

Jan. 8 - Queens Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Manufacturers Association of New York City — Queens Exports — Action Session – Topic: Getting Product To The Best Markets/Market Research – Meeting to be held at the Queens Chamber Offices – 5-7 p.m. 898-8500 Comment.

Snow storm on Christmas leaves travelers stranded

A Christmas snowfall that blanketed the city and made for a picturesque white Christmas also left travelers stranded at airports, residents without power and commuters dealing with tough road conditions. Comment.

Newlywed fatally shot in wife’s Springfield Gds. home

A shooting that killed a newlywed man in his wife’s Springfield Gardens home may have been the work of another man living at the house, according to neighbors and the victim’s family. Comment.

Is late night TV turning U.S. into a nation of bed potatoes?

“It seems that ‘bed potato’ may be a more apt term than ‘couch potato nowadays,’” quipped Helen Sullivan, spokesperson for the BSC. On a more serious note, she advised that more time spent in bed means more wear and tear on the mattress. “Consumers should be sure their sleep set is providing maximum comfort and support for late night TV watching, as well as for waking up refreshed each morning,” she said. Comment.

Little Neck supermarket could open late January

Hang in there, residents of Little Neck and Douglaston: It may be just one more month before the neighborhood’s supermarket drought ends. Comment.

Vision loss is not a normal part of aging

Open your eyes to the facts. Comment.

Survey shows riders prefer fare hikes over service cuts

Nearly a third of those polled by the transit advocacy agency Straphangers Campaign favor the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s Plan B, which would raise subway and bus fares by 50 cents to $2. Comment.

IT empowers health care staff during shortages

For consumers, obvious signs of the shortage include a higher nurse-to-patient ratio for patients in the hospital and the increase in patients being diverted by ambulances from one hospital to another due to overcrowded emergency rooms. Comment.

District 29 theater students await Oscars all their own

Roll out the red carpet — the Academy Awards are coming to southeast Queens. Comment.

Cops nab Ozone Park ex-con in transit thefts

Police arrested an ex-convict from Ozone Park last Thursday who allegedly impersonated a New York City Transit Authority worker in Far Rockaway and then broke into employees’ lockers from which he stole personal items and keys to subway cars, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Whitestone resident beaten in home robbery

With his house sitting along the East River, Anton Duke has a fantastic view of the Whitestone Bridge. Comment.

Briarwood man 78th to die on Queens Blvd. since ’93

A 73-year-old Briarwood man died on Saturday morning after being struck by a car while crossing Queens Boulevard at 82nd Ave., police said. He was the 78th pedestrian to die on the thoroughfare since 1993. Comment.

Queens South Task Force could move to Laurelton

A proposal to move the Queens South Task Force, a police patrol unit that serves southern Queens, from its Fresh Meadows headquarters in the 107th Precinct to a new building at the southern end of the 105th Precinct is opposed by U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) and members of Community Board 8. Comment.

Holiday sales a mixed bag this season for boro stores

Despite analysts’ bleak assessment of this year’s holiday shopping season nationwide, Queens retailers were not so quick to write off their Christmas performances as a disappointment. Comment.

Protest backfired in Ridgewood council fight: Commish

Ridgewood residents may have undermined their own cause when they passionately argued against the neighborhood’s division between two city council districts, a member of the city Districting Commission said. Comment.

Group aims to aid cops with civilian eyes

The Rosedale Civilian Patrol is the largest and most active civilian patrol in Queens, acting as an extra set of eyes and ears for police. Comment.

Man shoots wife, then self: Police

An elderly man shot his wife early Saturday morning before turning the gun on himself in an apparent murder-suicide in their home on the border of Maspeth and Woodside, police said. Comment.

2002 TimesLedger All-Queens PSAL Soccer Team

Elvir Prasovic    Sr.    GK    Newcomers Comment.

Mayor brings holiday cheer to Queens Hospital

‘Twas the day before Christmas, and all through the hall lots of children were stirring, as they played and they called. Comment.

Flushing Meadows patrols stepped up following rape

“We all have the sense that it is safer on the street because that’s... Comment.

Middle Village mother asks for stop light

A Middle Village mother is drumming up support to have a traffic light placed at an intersection now regulated by a four-way stop sign. Comment.

Padavan takes leadership post in state Senate

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) has been promoted to vice president pro tempore of the Senate, one of the most influential posts in the chamber. Comment.

Kew Gardens Civic fights to keep neighborhood feel

Members of the Kew Gardens Civic Association have been battling developers for more than 40 years to preserve the character of their neighborhood, members said. Comment.

Molloy skates past St. Joseph by the Sea, 9-0

Sean Kearney had already scored two first period goals to give the Molloy hockey team a 3-0 lead over St. Joseph by the Sea with 4:46 left in the first period, but the junior forward wasn’t taking any chances. Comment.

Kwanzaa celebrations held in Southeast Queens

Southeast Queens celebrated Kwanzaa with a daylong celebration at Roy Wilkins Family Center Friday as well as an annual gala and African Marketplace held by the Afrikan Poetry Theatre Sunday. Comment.

LaGuardia College honors former journalist

LaGuardia Community College has published a 2003 calendar honoring a Milwaukee-born Russian revolutionary’s son who LaGuardia’s archivist has called “one of the premier No. 2 guys in history.” Comment.

Elmhurst Falun Gong mother awaits family reunion

In her spare time, Amy Lee, a Falun Gong practitioner who fled China three years ago to avoid being put in a labor camp, writes letters and makes phone calls to politicians and law enforcement officials, hoping that her efforts will one day reunite her with her daughter and husband. Comment.

Groups discussing plans for Flight 587 memorial

Family members, civic associations and residents are beginning to speak up about proposals for a permanent memorial in Belle Harbor to honor the 265 people who died Nov. 12, 2001 when American Airlines’ Flight 587 crashed into the Rockaway Peninsula, local officials said. Comment.

Floral Park state trooper remembered for big heart

Robert Ambrose was a big guy. Comment.

Feds seek public comment on Ft. Totten clean-up plan

Come one, come all to Bayside Jan. 16 to see and give comment on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan to clean mercury contamination from Fort Totten’s Little Bay. Comment.

Feds can use tapes in alleged Gotti mob trial

Federal prosecutors are gearing up for the upcoming racketeering trial of suspected mob boss Peter Gotti of Howard Beach and have won the right to include videotape, cassette tape and transcript evidence in the proceedings, officials said. Comment.

JFK ‘matchmaker’ brings $500M to community biz

They call her the matchmaker of Kennedy Airport. Comment.

Forest Hills’ JetBlue moves headquarters across street

JetBlue Airways Corp. recently moved into a new, 112,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in Forest Hills, which is triple the size of its old location across the street. Comment.

Teen drug mule convicted in JFK smuggling attempt

A 13-year-old boy who flew into Kennedy Airport from Nigeria with 87 bags of heroin in his stomach was found guilty of felony drug possession by a Queens Family Court judge last week. Comment.

Whitestone man arrested in Auburndale hit-and-run

An allegedly drunk driver from Whitestone killed an elderly Bayside woman Christmas Eve when he plowed into her as she stepped from her car on Francis Lewis Boulevard in Bayside, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Boro bus companies end weekend express routes

A $1 million cut in city subsidies has forced seven private bus companies, including Queens Surface Corporation and Green Bus Lines, to reduce weekend express bus service from Queens to Midtown Manhattan, starting Jan. 4. Comment.

Flushing Meadows homeless battle hunger together

On a recent Friday Catholic Charities counselor John Waterman stepped out of his van and into the rain on Avery Avenue, the graffiti- covered corridor leading to an entrance of Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comment.

CB 11 surfs wave of the future with Web page

Little Neck’s Community Board 11 brought the public’s access to government to a new level with a recently established Web page that is among the first such site in the city. Comment.

Flushing builder seeks to stem urban blight

By many accounts, Wellington Chen has a lot to be proud of. Comment.

Klein to host two hearings in boro on school reform

The city Department of Education was scheduled to play catch-up in Queens this month after a December community forum on the chancellor’s re-evaluation of the city public school system was canceled because of bad weather. Comment.

Briarwood tenants say walking bridge will block view

Residents of a Briarwood apartment building located along the Van Wyck Expressway service road contend that a new pedestrian bridge that is being constructed by 86th Avenue will obstruct the view from their windows. Comment.

Bayside Korean church vandalized on Christmas

A group of holiday carolers was greeted with racist vandalism early Christmas morning in Bayside when they returned to Grace Korean Presbyterian Church, police said. Comment.

Briarwood hotel complex draws residents’ criticism

A Comfort Inn under construction in Briarwood will open in about six months and some Briarwood Tenants’ Association members have concerns about the project. Comment.

Douglaston man accused of being Nazi camp guard

The U.S. Justice Department is seeking to revoke the citizenship of an elderly Douglaston man whom they contend was a guard in the elite Nazi SS police at a Polish training camp during World War II. Comment.

Police Blotter: Girl, 4, seriously hurt in three-car accident

SPRINGFIELD GARDENS – A 4-year-old girl was seriously injured in a three-car crash near her home as she and her mother headed to do some last-minute shopping on Dec. 23, police said. Comment.

Dining Out: charm found in Roslyn’s Buongusto

1446 Old Northern Blvd. Comment.

Northeast Queens community calendar listings

Crime Victim Assistance Unit Comment.

1975 group home set stage for good relations in CB11

In 1975, the first group home for 6-8 mentally retarded individuals in New York City was sited in Little Neck. It created enormous reactions by the neighbors and the community. People's fears resulted from the fact that guidelines had not yet been established. Despite lawsuits and protests, the group home was eventually established. Over the years, some of the neighbors who once fought the home have become its greatest proponents. Comment.

St. Francis tops Bayside at Monsignor King tourney

Joe Capuana knew he didn’t have the same team as he did a year ago when Lance Hazel and C.J. Okogeri led the Bayside boys’ basketball team to a 24-3 record and the Queens II-A title. But the Commodores’ coach still felt it was important to upgrade his team’s non-league schedule. Comment.

2002 TimesLedger All-Queens CHSAA Soccer Team

Nick Caputi    Jr.    GK    St. Francis Prep Comment.

Governor grants clemency for Far Rockaway woman

Linda White of Far Rockaway, along with three other New Yorkers, was granted clemency by Gov. George Pataki on Christmas Eve. Comment.

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