Friday, May 21, 2004

SJU’s Tucker wins Big East Rookie of the Year

The San Diego, Calif. native was also named to the All-Big... Comment.

DePhilips Athletic Club: DZV Cardinals fly high over St. Anastasia No. 3, 7-2

The Cardinals’ hot hitting led the way to a big win over a young and tough St. Anastasia team No. 3. Comment.

Instructional Division: Rockies vs. Red Sox

Both teams made great defensive plays. Brendan Toal had a sure double taken away by a spectacular catch by the Red Sox's leftfielder, and Rockies' third baseman Michael Messina snarled a ground ball and stepped on third for the out. Comment.

Kabiso cruises to easy victory in Queens Half-Marathon

Originally from Ethiopia, the Bronx resident had it all by himself without anyone pressing him midway into the race on the way to an easy 1:10.11 victory for the 13.1 miles. Comment.

Little Neck Liberty, Valley Stream battle to deadlock

Even though there was no scoring, there was plenty of exciting end-to-end action. Amy Greenberg was again spectacular in goal, notching her third shutout of the season. Helping out was the Liberty's sting defense led by Charlotte Barrett, Lindsay Shack and Chelsea Baldo, who were outstanding at their usual positions. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Jackson walks his own path

His father, Terrance, a third-generation coal miner’s son who has been trying to get a mine of his own started, declared bankruptcy in November and has been out of work since Drew was a highly touted sophomore in high school. Comment.

DZV Cardinals Fly High Over St. Anastasia No. 3, 7-2

Special mention goes to Alex Ligas, who made his first career plate appearance as a switch hitter and drove in a run. David Lohle also had a great game. Comment.

SJU’s Tucker wins Big East Rookie of the Year

The San Diego, Calif. native was also named to the All-Big East first team as she broke the school single-season home run record with 13 while also batting .370 with 41 RBIs and 27 runs scored. Comment.

Big East tournament in sight for St. John’s

After Saturday's doubleheader sweep and Rutgers' two losses to Notre Dame, SJU had sole possession of third place in the Big East. Comment.

On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis: Birthday, baseball and books

It's been a busy week for Jonathan Lewis. He celebrated his long-awaited 21st birthday, pitched well again and went through the stress of final exams, as he explains in this edition of "On the Mound with Jonathan Lewis." Comment.

Better late than never: Bowne beats Flushing for 1st win

Flushing and Bowne entered the game with a combined record of 5-27-1, so both teams approached the situation the same way: They both thought they could win. Comment.

Judges rule PSAL boys’ tennis once again

All is back to normal in the world of PSAL boys’ tennis — Cardozo is once again the city champion. A year after seeing their streak of 15 straight PSAL crowns snapped by Brooklyn Tech, the Judges returned to their throne Friday by defeating upstart Townsend Harris, 4-1, at the National Tennis Center. Comment.

PSAL plants seeds for girls’ A, B soccer playoffs

Four brackets composed of four teams each will compete against each other and against teams from other brackets to determine the winner of the PSAL's 'A' and 'B' leagues. The four brackets designate the spelling of the PSAL, with the 'P' bracket ultimately facing the 'L' bracket and the 'S' and 'A' brackets meeting. Comment.

Judges rule PSAL boys’ tennis once again

"Things are right in the universe, but I want to give you a clue, Townsend Harris next year is going to be unbelievable," said Cardozo coach Howie Arons. "We're going to have to work very hard ... to play them because they're very strong and have everyone back." Comment.

Sorokko goes the distance, wins twice for Prep

Sorokko took first place in the 1,500- and 3,000-meter runs to win the meet's Outstanding Performer award at the Brooklyn-Queens Outdoor Sectionals for girls Sunday at Mt. Saint Michael High School. Comment.

Xaverian clips Molloy, St. Francis Prep

Once the smoke had cleared, Xaverian emerged holding the Brooklyn-Queens Outdoor championship for the second consecutive year, fending off Molloy 91-79 1/2 and St. Francis Prep, which scored 44 points. Comment.

Moore hardware for Townsend Harris girls

The freshman from Townsend Harris glanced at the steeples in her way - five oversized legos masquerading as hurdles - and proceeded to set a PSAL record in 7:22.40, eclipsing the old time by more than 13 seconds. But because the race was recorded by hand instead of in fully automated time, the old record remained. Comment.

Van Buren captures fifth straight boro title

Not much changed on Friday. Laskin squeezed every ounce of competitive juice from his kids and Van Buren overcame a late rally by Francis Lewis to win, 125-98, at Bayside High School, earning the Fighting Veebees their fifth straight championship in the boys' competition. Comment.

Kearney rallies to win B/Q title

That's because the Hilltoppers just staked Nicole Losito, arguably the most dominant pitcher in the CHSAA, a four-run lead against Bishop Kearney in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan championship game. Comment.

Dwarf Giraffee Athetlic Association: Lamboy Chiropractic skates past Mass Electric

Mass Electric and Lamboy Chiropractic of the DG Minors Hockey League played a very close match Sunday. The teams went back and forth throughout the game, with great goaltending from Emily Becker of Mass Electric... Comment.

Glen Oaks Little League: Uncle Louie G Mets keep rolling, go 2-0-1 on week

Nicole Gugliemetti started on the mound in one game, with Ashley Tolento and Kaitlyn Biscotti getting the other starts. All three girls continue to pitch well and help their own causes by fielding their positions extremely well. Comment.

LIC elementary school seeks stop signs for busy streets

By Matthew Monks Comment.

Bayside Little League: Nicholas Voyniseas sizzles for Outback Steakhouse

Two players took center stage for the Depot Furniture PeeWee team, as Jason Edelman and Brendon Aretz played the game at its highest and finest level. Comment.

Rocked: Posey loses for first time, dropped in 1st

Knockouts are funny. One minute a fighter is bouncing into the ring, theme music blaring and fans on their feet, and the next minute he is sliding across the canvas, trying to remain on his feet because a solid punch just rocked him. The next minute the fighter is back in the dressing room, putting on his clothes like nothing happened. Comment.

Thursday, May 20, 2004

City proposes zoning changes for Brookville

The plan, which was announced May 10 and still has to go through a public review process, would reduce the density and height of housing allowed in the blocks bounded by South Conduit Avenue, Brookville Park, Idlewild Park and Springfield Park to maintain the makeup of the community, the release said. Comment.

Mother arrested after fire kills 2 in Springfield Gds.

Officers arrested Medine Jeanty after she arrived at Queens Family Court as she tried to regain custody of her surviving daughter Nicole Jeanty, 6, on May 12, police said. Comment.

Council lawyer steps down amid Jennings abuse claim

General counsel Thomas McMahon quit last Thursday just hours before his lawyer released portions of a confidential report that appeared to clear him and Speaker Gifford Miller (D-Manhattan) of allegations they tried to cover up a staff attorney's complaint, Newsday reported Friday. Comment.

Tubman’s Related to Queens

Later this month she will find out for sure if she is the oldest of Tubman's descendants when the branches of the family gather for a reunion in Auburn, N.Y., where the abolitionist settled and was buried, said Barbara Thomas, Toles' niece. Comment.

Farm Fest delights parents and children

"It's something different for the kids to do, especially in the city," said Frank Noble II of Hollis, out with his 10-year-old daughter, Nikole. "They get the chance to see the animals live on the farm." Comment.

Bowne school brings rural life to urban teens

With one common thread tying them together, these students - all participants in the school's agriculture program - are a rare group of New York City teenagers whose first priority is the earth. Comment.

Ed funds not for use to help SD26 transfers

Under the act, signed by President George W. Bush, children from failing schools are allowed to transfer to any school with a better record that has room for them. District 26 has the highest test scores in the city and has attracted a number of such students, said David Pinzon, co-president of the Parent Teacher Association at MS 172 in Floral Park. Comment.

Gennaro resurrects plans for stalled vets’ memorial

The current Hillcrest veterans memorial dates back to the late 1920s. It was dedicated as a memorial to Hillcrest veterans of World War I. The weather has taken its toll on the monument and over the years veterans have banded together to repair the old memorial. Comment.

Proposed group home stirs locals

To start things off, Steven Tanzer, assistant business officer of Bernard Fineson Developmental Disabilities Services Office, explained that he chose the site because it was a place where he himself would be comfortable living. Comment.

Flushing’s PS 242 named for late Leonard Stavisky

"I don't think a day goes by that I don't think, what would Leonard say, what would Leonard do?" said state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky (D-Whitestone), his widowed wife and successor in office. Comment.

Block-by-block approach working for Flushing BID

With that thought in mind, Walsh took the reins as commissioner of the Department of Small Business Services with one explicit purpose - to facilitate the creation, growth and strength of the city's neighborhood business communities. Comment.

Language bill to prevent fraud at boro car dealers

Spurred by last year's series of alleged price-gouging at a Flushing auto dealership where salesmen verbally quoted customers one price in Chinese, then gave them English contracts with higher prices, local lawmakers have introduced two bills to prevent future cases of linguistic bait-and-switch in automotive purchases. Comment.

St. Joseph’s Hospital staff promised other jobs: Union

With signs bearing slogans such as "Patients First, Not $" and "Honk for St. Joseph's in Support," about 200 employees gathered on the sidewalk behind the hospital, located at 158-40 79th Ave. in Flushing, for the third such rally in support of the continued operation of the facility. Comment.

Whitestone soldier tribute set to return

Joseph Graziano will serve as grand marshal of the parade, which travels from the field to a service road at the Cross Island Parkway, onto 150th Street and then down 17th Road toward 149th Street, ending at the park where it started. Comment.

College Pt. students raise $2,000 during penny drive

In a celebratory assembly May 12 the 855 students of PS 129 divided their collection to donate to the First Reformed Church, Bridge to Life, College Point Community Ambulance Corp., Poppenhusen Institute and Betty Pegen, the resident gardener for the neighborhood's Poppenhusen Memorial Park. Comment.

Glen Oaks Ambulance crew reopens Union Tpke. office

The corps' old building on Union Turnpike, a converted house, burned down in April 1999 after an electrical fire. Reconstruction of the site was delayed because the group needed a variance from the city Buildings Department, but now the corps' new home is almost ready for the start of full operations. Comment.

Boro court adjourns Huang violation case

Instead his son Henry appeared on Huang's behalf to have the case adjourned until July 27, according to an ECB representative. Comment.

Poppenhusen’s aging angel worries about garden work

Pegen, the 92-year-old "Gardening Angel" of College Point, is the reason the Poppenhusen Triangle blossoms year after year. Comment.

Civics fear traffic jams during Alley Pond sewer work

Boro historian honored for cemetery work

For his work, Cogan was honored in Manhattan last Thursday with the lifetime achievement Mickey Murphy Award by the Historic Districts Council as part of its annual Grassroots Preservation Awards. Comment.

Few clues emerge in death of woman found in Bayside

Police have not released any information on suspects in the murder case in which Stacy-Ann Sappleton was shot multiple times in the neck, arm and torso. Although the possibility of sexual assault was raised because the victim was discovered only in her underwear, several news sources have reported that the medical examiner's office had found no signs of rape. Comment.

E. Elmhurst biz plots for the future

A job ad asking “Can you sell? Can you listen?” drew him to the gates of the sprawling, 90-acre burial ground that faces the Grand Central Parkway at... Comment.

Financial crisis

What’s alarming in our working environment, as opposed to in the past, is that most... Comment.

PS 12 girl injured in stairway tumble

Heather Gorman, a fifth-grader from Elmhurst, underwent a three-hour surgery for a head fracture after she hit her head on... Comment.

Unidentified body found in Queens Village

Off-duty traffic agent arrested in Richmond Hill on assault charge

Ahmed Forza, 31, worked at Queens intersections, police said. No home address was... Comment.

Sanitation workers fight yields injury to 1: Police

The 48-year-old alleged victim, whose name was not released, was taken to Elmhurst... Comment.

South Jamaica woman dies, cause under investigation

Linda Ashley, 49, of 170-44 130th Ave. was taken to Mary Immaculate Hospital in Jamaica, where she was pronounced dead, police said. Comment.

Man shot during robbery in South Ozone Park

The victim, whose name was not released, was rushed to Jamaica Hospital in stable... Comment.

Officer arrests Rockaway man for allegedly robbing her in 2000

Steven Santos, 39, of 82-01 Hammels Blvd. struggled as officers Nicol de... Comment.

Firefighter arrested on weapons charges

The firefighter, Jimmy Rielly, 36, is part of Battalion 44, police said. Comment.

Man killed on expressway after climbing traffic barrier

The man, whose name was not released, had already crossed... Comment.

Swastika reported etched on car in Woodhaven

Police are investigating the incident as a possible bias crime, The Post reported. Comment.

The Public Ought to Know: Monserrate’s bill offers promising graffiti solutions

City Councilman Hiram Monserrate (D-Corona) addressed the Queens Civic Congress Monday on legislation to stem the proliferation of graffiti on privately owned spaces. Community groups and residents complain about graffiti and how the blight, if not removed, creates a sense of lawlessness. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: Writer relates a tale of two Middle Village teachers

Some kids want to know why teachers get paid when it’s the students who do all the work. A doctor, reviewing a patient’s chest X-ray, explains: “We see that your heart is slightly bigger than the average human heart, but that is because you are a teacher.” Comment.

Dishing with Dee: Alan King, former Forest Hills resident, dies at 76

The month started off on a rather sad note. Frank Principe, “the Unofficial Mayor of Maspeth” died at the venerable old age of 94. He was a terrific man who spent his whole life serving his community, his family and his friends unselfishly. The last time I took a photo of him was in January at Queens College when borough President Helen Marshall presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the form of a plaque. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Civic meeting addresses Fresh Meadows market

More than 150 people attended a standing-room-only civic meeting hosted by the West Cunningham Park Civic Association and the Civic Association of Utopia Estates in Fresh Meadows in the upstairs meeting room of the Christ Lutheran Church in Fresh Meadows. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Jamaica meeting informs of senior citizen services

State Assemblyman William Scarborough (D-St. Albans) of the 29th Assembly District sponsored a special day for seniors last Thursday at Thomasina’s Banquet, 205-35 Linden Blvd. in Jamaica. Experts in the fields of finance, health and social matters treated us to a number of presentations, which were sandwiched in among a light breakfast, a delicious hot lunch and midday entertainment by the J-Cap Gospel Choir. Comment.

Liu worried bus takeover will disrupt boro’s service

"What we also hope is that as the takeover plan goes through the legislative process in Albany, there are no attempts in closed-door negotiations involving the MTA to reduce service for our commuters," Liu said in a telephone interview Tuesday.Liu worried bus takeover will disrupt boro services Comment.

Long Island City teens shine at ROTC contest

Wealthier, more experienced teams were condescending to the hardscrabble teens from western Queens, who scraped together the cash themselves for their first visit to the National High School Drill Team Championship. Comment.

LIC elementary school seeks stop signs for busy streets

When school lets out at PS 76 on 10th Street, hundreds of children flood the streets into one of the city's densest manufacturing districts, walking home to Ravenswood and the nearby Queensbridge Houses. Comment.

Astoria boxing club keeps kids off streets

Since his Astoria fitness center opened last April, Burchette has practically lived at the gym 12 hours a day, seven days a week, teaching scores of teens and pre-teens how to take control of their lives through boxing. Comment.

Monserrate pledges $1M for autism center in Queens

The center, the first of its kind in New York, would provide bilingual and multicultural family and patient support, advocacy preparation, professional education, basic medical attention with a reduced waiting time and recreational activities, organizers said. Comment.

Part of 163rd St. renamed for Flushing 9/11 fireman

Gardner, who grew up Flushing and later moved to Oceanside, L.I., died during the Sept. 11, 2001 rescue effort at the World Trade Center while serving with HazMat Company 1 based out of Maspeth. Comment.

Ridgewood school cop arrested

Eliodoro J. Figueroa, 30, of 18-34 Summerfield St., was charged with third-degree rape and endangering the welfare of a child, a spokeswoman for DA Richard Brown said. He faces up to four years in prison if convicted. Comment.

Jackson Heights club lives Scrabble lifestyle

The Jackson Heights retiree twice placed all seven of the lettered wooden tiles arrayed before her as she assembled the words "legions" and "slanted" as part of the wildly popular board game, racking up an additional 50 points for each sweep. Comment.

Bad planning raised Astoria plant costs

In a statement issued on the same day, the authority refuted Hevesi's report, maintaining that cost increases for the 500-megawatt plant under construction "reflect real market conditions which make the estimate of any large construction project imprecise until actual construction bids are received." Comment.

IS 230 health presentation fails to draw a crowd

Apart from a couple of reporters, only one audience member turned up at IS 230 in Jackson Heights to watch "Reality Check," a performance by a Manhattan-based theater company that was co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and state Sen. John Sabini (D-Jackson Heights). Comment.

Delgado arrested, charged with sexual abuse: DA

The employee told police that over a period of eight months, from late July 2003 to April 2004, Hector Delgado, the owner of Delgado Travel, touched her breasts, buttocks and inner thighs without her consent, according to the criminal complaint filed by the Queens DA. Comment.

Islamic Center to establish own mosque in Woodside

Although the plan, which would allow the mosque to be built in an area zoned for industrial use, still needs to be vetted by the Borough Board, borough president and the city Planning Commission, organizers are confident the final OK is just around the bend. Comment.

CB 5 proposes renaming park after Frank Principe

A concrete entrepreneur dubbed "Mr. Maspeth" for steering much of the neighborhood's physical and financial development, Principe established the seven-acre park on Maurice Avenue near the Long Island Expressway. Comment.

Corona man gets 15 years after decapitating his wife

Oscar Pilamunga of 98-01 37th Ave. pleaded guilty to second-degree murder April 13 in connection with his wife's killing, the DA's spokesman said. Comment.

Forest Hills art festival to grace Austin St.

"It's important to our business community," said Leslie Brown, executive director of the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce. "It introduces people to Forest Hills." Comment.

Mayor voices state of city at Kew Gardens Hills visit

Bloomberg talked about the state of the city but did not specifically tailor his speech to Queens. He said he had seen the public's outlook change for the better. Comment.

York College hosts domestic abuse summit

"I'm a victim of abuse and a relationship," said the woman, who asked that her name not be used for her safety. "The more information you know, the better you're able to handle the situation." Comment.

Sutphin BID selects director

The interim board appointed Melva Miller, a longtime southeast Queens activist, as director of the BID at its meeting last Thursday, said Joy Tomchin, the interim chairwoman. Comment.

Queens Village conference focuses on spiritual renewal

Dressed in a white robe, nationally acclaimed Prophetess Juanita Bynum-Weeks took the pulpit and proceeded for several hours to pace the stage, quote the Bible and motion at the crowd, which included her friend Michelle Williams of the female R&B group Destiny's Child. Comment.

Jamaica program gives LIC teen a second chance

"I like it," said Brian, a 16-year-old from South Richmond Hill. "It changed my life around. I go to school now. Before I never went to school. Now I have a job. I take responsibility for things." Comment.

South Asians divided on election results

"Change is always good," said Shiv Dass, the owner of Krishna Jewelers in Jackson Heights, who said India had a long tradition of secularism, making the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party's Hindu nationalist government an anomaly. "I think the future will be much better now." Comment.

Meeks tells Richmond Hill students how to be leaders

Meeks' appearance was part of a weeklong C-SPAN and Time Warner Cable project, Students & Leaders: New York City, to bring national leaders to 10 city high schools to discuss their careers and views on leadership and public service. Comment.

Ada Smith accused of firing aide for sexual orientation

Wayne Mahlke, 42, of Elmhurst, filed the complaint with the state Division of Human Rights, saying Smith, 59, often called him gay and racist names and put him on probation after he told her he was fed up with the alleged abuse, Mahlke said. Comment.

The Butler Did It: Jackson walks his own path

His father, Terrance, a third-generation coal miner’s son who has been trying to get a mine of his own started, declared bankruptcy in November and has been out of work since Drew was a highly touted sophomore in high school. Comment.

Sunnyside 11-year-old girl hit by car near home dies

The girl's distraught father expressed sympathy for the operator of the vehicle, who was neither charged nor issued a ticket by police and was not identified. Comment.

York planning center to attract black men

The City University of New York was launching efforts as part of its Master Plan to recruit and retain more black men in its schools to help close the racial and gender gaps it still sees on its campuses, said Rita Rodin, a university spokeswoman. Comment.

City makes cut for ‘12 Olympics

"Two hurdles down and one to go," said Mayor Michael Bloomberg in Manhattan, shortly after the International Olympic Committee narrowed the field to five cities. Comment.

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