Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001

QC men hope for return trip to NCAA tournament

The Queens College men’s basketball team reached the pinnacle of its sport last year as the Knights advanced to the 48-team Division II NCAA tournament for the first time in school history. Comment.

Ignenito tabs 3 freshmen to start for QC women

The Queens College women’s basketball team opened some eyes last year, leading the country in field goal defense for much of the season and garnering a surprising No. 5 seed in the New York Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament. Comment.

Jarvis has high hopes for SJU Red Storm

Marcus Hatten is a shoot-first point guard, a floor general who is more apt to look for his own shot first before opting to dish to a teammate. Comment.

Banged up SJU women hoping for improvement

Is there a trainer in the house? Comment.

College Round-up: St. John’s football to close out season against Iona

There is light coming out of the tunnel for the St. John’s football team and that illumination emerging from the darkness is Friday night’s season-ending game against Iona at DaSilva Memorial Field which caps one of the worst seasons in head coach Bob Ricca’s memory. Kickoff is slated for 7:30 p.m. Comment.

Joseph’s goal propels Red Storm into semis

It was a familiar scenario for the St. John’s men’s soccer team when Red Storm hosted a Big East quarterfinal match on Long Island Sunday for a third straight year. Comment.

Venezia Tile floors Statewide Merchandising, 10-4

Venezia Tile 10 Statewide Merchandising 4. Venezia Tile pulled the rug from Statewide Merchandising, taking an early 3-0 lead in the first period. Derek LaMacchia led the way with seven goals and two assists. Sean Monsees, J. Dujmovic and Matt Brady contributed goals for Venezia Tile. For Statewide, Tommy Monte buried the biscuit twice and Stephen McGrory and Patrick Grabulewski each scored a goal. Comment.

Giants defeat Vikings, 41-30, for football title

The defending champion Giants, coached by Frank LoRiggio and Abed Mustafa, met up in a match with last year’s No. 1 seeded squad, the Vikings, coached by Gary Semenetz. Comment.

Snows’ Novice girls stop St. Luke’s, 24-10

Snows started off the third quarter with a scoring flurry to go up 13-2 on baskets by Tina Khiani and Nicole Kaouris. Snows poured in 11 third-quarter points to lead 18-8 heading to the fourth quarter. Comment.

Molloy soccer captures state title with 1-0 win

The third time was the charm for head coach Andy Kostell and the boys’ varsity soccer team from Archbishop Molloy High School, which captured the CHSAA state soccer championship Sunday with a 1-0 win over the St. John the Baptist Cougars at the United States Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point. Comment.

Martin tops Midwood to advance

Wayne Harris didn’t care that his final five rushes of the game were for a total of -8 yards. All that mattered for the August Martin junior was that the Falcons were on the winning side of the final score. And that he did it for his dad. Comment.

Rufus King — Unsung hero of the Constitution

It was, admittedly, a small group that came to hear Roy Fox, caretaker of the King Manor museum, talk about Rufus King at the Flushing library Sunday. Comment.

St. Francis pounds Farrell, 16-7

The St. Francis Prep football team has a lofty goal. They want to win the Catholic High School Football League championship. On Sunday afternoon, in the first round of the AAA playoffs, they took another step in the right direction. Comment.

Bayside falls in first round, Magnet wins

The Bayside Commodores’ season came to an end Saturday with a hard-fought 18-15 loss to the Canarsie Chiefs in Brooklyn in the opening round of the PSAL varsity football playoffs. Bayside finishes up the year with a disappointing 3-6 record. Comment.

Bayside run ends with 1-0 loss to  Taft

Sam Yoon lay motionless on the cold, hard ground at Bayside Athletic Field, his right elbow dislocated after falling awkwardly chasing after a loose ball. For the Bayside boys’ soccer team, it was yet another of a seemingly endless series of obstacles. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: HS sports at it best 

High school sports are a beautiful thing, something that helps keep me sane and grounded during these most tumultuous of times. It is athletic competition at its most pure, mostly untainted, and something to be cherished. Comment.

Editorial: Cynthia’s last hurrah

Cynthia Jenkins died the way she lived, fighting with her last breath for the chance to make a difference in this world. The former state assemblywoman passed away on October 31, less than one week before Election Day. Her name was still on the ballot when voters went to the polls to elect a councilmember to fill the seat of Archie Spigner. Comment.

SJU student missing in plane crash

Amid the noisy conversation in the St. John’s University Law School cafeteria Tuesday, subdued grief gripped students who knew Belle Harbor resident Christopher Lawler, missing since his house was destroyed by the crash of American Airlines Flight 587. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: I’m thankful for memories and cranberry sauce

Did you know that the wild turkey is a patriotic bird? The male’s plumage is red white and blue. Comment.

Point of View: Asia is new economic frontier for the West

During his October trip to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Shanghai, President Bush accomplished two things. He won support from most of the 21 leaders attending the three-day meeting for the U.S.-led fight against terrorism around the world in general and in Afghanistan in particular. He also strengthened the weakened ties with China. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Despite Sept. 11, there’s much to be thankful for

This Thanksgiving, our hearts still ache for those who are not with us any longer, those who are suffering in body and spirit, and for our country at war and her defenders. We will worry because there are many things to worry about: We will remember because there were so many wonderful times, on Thanksgivings past, that family and friends shared our bountiful table. We will look ahead, praying for the safety and happy futures for all those who have tried, and are still trying to rescue the world with us in it. Comment.

Editorial: Charter confusion

The Plant Doctor: Frustrated gardener father of terrariums

The year is 1827. An English physician with a passion for botany builds a fern garden in his backyard. Alas, the ferns, although receiving the best of tender loving care, keep on dying. Their early demise is hardly a surprise for the London resident — the polluted air of industrial London in the 1800s essentially destroys all but the hardiest species of fauna and flora. Comment.

Correction

In the Oct. 25 issue of the TimesLedger on the Buddhist temple Nichiren Shoshu Myosetsuji in Flushing, there were several errors, according to Dennis Haggerty, lay head of the Myosetsuji Temple Hokkeko Chapter. Comment.

Going out to celebrate Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is an especially poignant holiday for New Yorkers this year. Comment.

School Board 25 changes report cards after review

In its continual fight to keep abreast with the changes occurring in the district, School Board 25 recently released its latest set of alterations to elementary school report cards. Comment.

Jamaica man gets life for attempted murder

Robert Majors, 36, of Jamaica was convicted of attempted murder and robbery charges in the 1997 Flushing ambush of one off-duty and one retired police officer, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Friday. Comment.

A dozen firefighters honored in Rosedale

At dozens of funerals and memorial services held in the borough since Sept. 11, lost firefighters and other rescue personnel have been remembered as heroes who sacrificed their own lives to save others. Comment.

Sanders vows Queens will not go hungry

James Sanders celebrated his victory in the race for City Councilwoman Juanita Watkins’ (D-Laurelton) seat last week with a party at Arianna’s in Howard Beach. Watkins, dozens of campaign supporters and several of the council members vying for leadership roles in the new Council joined in the festivities. Comment.

El Sur Americano: Eatery offers no fewer than three Latin styles

181-24 Horace Harding Expwy., Fresh Meadows Comment.

Officer testifies on arrest of Wendy’s suspect

The officer who arrested John Taylor, the accused mastermind of the murders of five Flushing Wendy’s workers in May 2000, testified about apprehending the suspect in Bayshore, L.I., two days after the massacre. Comment.

Crowd of best friends honors fallen hero

Firefighter Robert McMahon had a lot of best friends. Comment.

Qspective Now, being ‘four-eyes’ i ‘four-eyes’ is very cool

It’s predicted that “Harry Potter, ” to be released in the United States this Friday, might surpass “Titanic” in popularity. Comment.

Richmond Hill celebrates Hindu festival of lights

The row of cars idled along 133rd Street late Sunday as the falling sun dipped out of view, leaving the roadway lit only by the storefronts of Liberty Avenue and strings of light dangling off the vehicles. Comment.

D.A. touts success of prostitution arrests

Two weeks after cracking down on a multimillion-dollar prostitution ring in Long Island City, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown promised residents that law enforcement officials would maintain a close watch over the area to ensure the crime does not resume. Comment.

East Side Access project will disrupt Sunnyside

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says it will need to take over 16 properties in Sunnyside either permanently or temporarily when construction begins on the $3.5 billion East Side Access transit project. Comment.

Forest Hills caregiver gets 6-year sentence

A housekeeper who pleaded guilty to stealing more than $430,000 from her 93-year-old Forest Hills employer before trying to swindle an incapacitated retired police officer out of his co-op apartment was sentenced to up to six years in jail last Thursday. Comment.

Woman suffocated brother’s fiancé: DA

A Brooklyn woman allegedly smothered her brother’s fiancé and then set fire to her Jamaica house during a robbery more than two years ago, prosecutors said last week, but the woman’s attorney contended that her accomplices were responsible for the murder. Comment.

JetBlue turns a profit while airlines struggle

At a time of financial peril in much of the airline industry, the Kew Gardens-based low-fare airline JetBlue has reported a profit for the third quarter of 2001. Comment.

Queens Village dedicates its first charter school

In the refurbished shell of a former Jamaica Avenue bowling alley and shooting range, Alma Alston serves as the principal to her dream. Comment.

Feds comb Belle Harbor for clues to fiery jet crash

Investigators picked through the wreckage Wednesday of American Airlines Flight 587, which nose-dived into Belle Harbor and destroyed six homes in the closely knit Rockaway neighborhood, still reeling from the loss of scores of firefighters in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Airbus viewed by experts as safe, dependable plane

The Airbus A300 gets mostly good marks from aviation authorities for safety and reliability despite Monday’s crash and questions about the type of engine with which some of the planes are equipped. Comment.

Queens aviation expert warns against conjecture

As soon as the crash of American Airlines Flight 587 was reported on radio and television, the first question most people throughout the nation asked was whether terrorism downed the Airbus, killing all 260 people on board. Comment.

Crash hits Corona’s Dominican community  hard

From barber shops to bodegas in Corona, Dominicans were glued to television sets tuned in to Spanish language news describing the horrific crash of American Airlines Flight 587 Monday morning in Belle Harbor on the Rockaway peninsula. Comment.

JFK travelers in shock, grief after crash

Air travelers bound for the Dominican Republic Monday breathed a sign of relief that they had chosen the 12:30 p.m. flight and not the doomed American Airlines Flight 587 at 8 a.m. Comment.

Passengers kept in the dark during LGA closure

Confusion reigned among passengers at LaGuardia Airport Monday in the first few hours after an American Airlines flight bound for Santo Domingo crashed into homes in Belle Harbor minutes following takeoff from John F. Kennedy International Airport. Comment.

Previous plane crashes involving boro airports

American Airlines Flight 587 was the first plane to crash into Queens soil in more than 25 years, but other flights out of Queens airports have ended with fatalities. Here is a look back on those major crashes. Comment.

Victims’ families gather at Ramada Hotel

With Sept. 11 still fresh in their minds, Red Cross workers, grief counselors, religious leaders and physicians sprang into action again Monday, gathering at the Ramada Plaza Hotel at JFK Airport to offer help to people who lost a loved one in the crash of Flight 587. Comment.

Airbus crash shuts down boro bridges, tunnels

Traffic came to a halt at borough bridges and tunnels Monday morning as the city shut down all access to river crossings following the 9:15 a.m. crash of an American Airlines passenger jet in the Rockaways. Comment.

Flushing religious leaders join forces after Sept. 11

Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Sikh religious leaders gathered at the Masjid Hazrat-I-Abubaker Afghan mosque in Flushing Tuesday to announce the formation of the Coalition of Religious Leaders of Greater Flushing after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Queens Jewish council honors two boro leaders

The Northeast Queens Jewish Community Council honored two longtime Queens residents and installed its officers for 2002 at the organization’s annual installation and awards breakfast Nov. 4. Comment.

House fire leaves baby in critical

A 16-month-old child remained in critical but stable condition at a Manhattan burn unit after she was rescued by her father from a two-alarm Astoria house fire last Thursday morning, hospital officials and family members said. Comment.

Tight battle for Abel seat nears end

The long battle for City Councilman Mike Abel’s (R-Bayside) 19th Council District seat was almost over this week as the city Board of Elections prepared to count about 600 absentee ballots in the tight race between Democrat Tony Avella and Republican Dennis Saffran. Comment.

Bayside theater site’s future uncertain

Although the Bayside Movie Theater looks drastically different since construction fencing closed off the front of the building last month, at least one of the embattled tenants said this week that life inside has not changed much. Comment.

Loved ones remember FDNY hero

Kenneth Phelan was the first infant baptized when the Our Lady of Hope Roman Catholic Church opened its doors in Middle Village in 1960. Comment.

Mental health agency changes name in Little Neck

The face of Northern Boulevard in Little Neck has been changing and at least one community organization has taken notice. Comment.

Election spat leaves PS 161 without PA

What would Arthur Ashe think? Comment.

Queens gives mayoralty to Bloomberg

Queens became the swing borough responsible for carrying Michael Bloomberg into City Hall as residents voted in droves for the Republican candidate even though the county is overwhelmingly Democratic. Comment.

Little Neck responds in force to market survey

A survey of Little Neck residents by the Massachusetts-based Stop & Shop was so successful last month company executives asked a neighborhood civic group to put the brakes on its campaign to have Stop & Shop establish a store at the now vacant Grand Union. Comment.

Traffic flow shifts in LIE reconstruction

Motorists traveling westbound on the Long Island Expressway will notice a shift in the roadway as construction moves on to the third of the four-stage project in the Queens reconstruction project scheduled for completion in 2003. Comment.

Veterans honored  at service

Among the dozens of American veterans from Floral Park who stood in the chilly breeze Sunday morning in recognition of their wartime sacrifice, at least one focused his eyes on images far removed from Veterans Memorial Park. Comment.

New Guyanese airline prepares for takeoff in boro

The dream began 14 years ago when Sudarsh Singh worked in the maintenance and engineering department at Pan American World Airways and it was so powerful that not even the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks could put a dent in it. Comment.

Police Blotter: 2 arrested in LIC in making of fake World Series items

LONG ISLAND CITY — Two Jackson Heights men were arrested for allegedly manufacturing counterfeit World Series clothing and with possessing more than $60,000 worth of it, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown announced Tuesday. Comment.

SE Queens park leaders salute Shulman’s tenure

The Southern Queens Park Association honored Borough President Claire Shulman at a ceremonial ground-breaking of the African American Hall of Fame at Roy Wilkins Park Tuesday. Comment.

Dining Out: El Sur Americano offers no fewer than three Latin styles

181-24 Horace Harding Expwy., Fresh Meadows Comment.

Community Calendar Listings

Arts & Entertainment Listings

Oratorio Society Of Queens, under the artistic direction of David Close, invites singers to join the group for weekly rehearsals in the North Presbyterian Church, 154th Street and 26th Avenue, Flushing. No choral experience is necessary. Prospective members must be able to carry a tune and undergo a simple listening audition. Newcomers are requested to arrive at 7:45 p.m. December program will include portions of Handel's "Messiah" and other appropriate holiday music. 460-0726. Comment.

Queens kids treated to close look at ‘Monsters’

The computer-animated feature films of late — “Toy Story,” the just released “Monsters Inc.” — may seem at first blush like whimsical kids’ movies not be taken very seriously as cinematic art. Comment.

Jamaica man, 36, dies after hit-and-run accident

A 36-year-old Jamaica man was the victim of a fatal hit-and-run accident as he tried to cross Guy R. Brewer Boulevard near 109th Avenue Monday evening, police said. Comment.

No turkey at 1st Thanksgiving, but the spirit was there

The turkey does not deserve to be the bird of festive occasions. Comment.

Qreview: ‘Monsters’ is a nice romp, but needs more heart

Some grownups will enjoy Disney-Pixar’s latest venture, “Monsters, Inc.,” since the film is pretty entertaining on a few levels. Comment.

Concorde returns to JFK with plastic forks, knives

The distinctive roar of the world’s only supersonic jetliner returned to John F. Kennedy International Airport with the arrival last week of two Concordes bringing travelers who Mayor Rudolph Giuliani invited to “unload your wallets and shop ‘til you drop.” Comment.

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