Thursday, May 2, 2002

LP Fam’s football looking for volunteers to coach two teams

The LP FAM’s Youth Organization of South Ozone Park is looking for volunteers to coach two youth football teams, one team, ages 8 to 10 years and the other for players ages 11 and 12. Comment.

Snows’ Rookies rally to defeat Sacred Heart, 9-5

Trailing 5-1 after a Sacred Heart grand slam in the home third inning, the Our Lady of the Snows seventh-grade girls softball team fought back and earned a well-deserved victory, 9-5. The win over a tough Sacred Heart team was no easy task. Sacred Heart’s outfield made two sparkling plays to hold OLS down in the early innings. Amanda Tolento’s long fly ball was caught in deep center field in the first inning. Comment.

A year later and all is well at Ozone Howard L.L.

A year later and the Ozone Howard Little League still is running strong, League President Guy Losito said. Comment.

RGMVM L.L.: Assemblyman Cohen’s Mets show off offense

Assemblyman Mike Cohen’s Mets — The Amazin’ Mets playing an exciting game against the Dodgers on a summer-like spring night at RGMVM. The Mets were firing on all cylinders in this one. The Mets’ infield defense once again was dazzling. Rick Fleri made several flashy plays on the infield, Robbie Hofmann turned a slick double play on a line drive and Brett Buser turned in some smooth plays around at first. The Mets’ bats were also smoking, as Jonathan Murphy smacked a booming double into the right field gap. Matt Fo Comment.

St. Andrew’s sixth-graders clip St. Mary Winfield

The Big Green Machine accepted the challenge by St. Mary Winfield on Friday, April 26, defeating them 13-6. Comment.

Editorial: They’re back

There was a time when car theft in the 109th Precinct was just a fact of life. Residents of communities such as Whitestone, College Point and Bay Terrace paid extra for car insurance because statistics showed that sooner or later — most likely sooner — their cars would be stolen. Comment.

Editorial: No happy ending

Of all the murders that the TimesLedger has reported since it began covering the communities of southeast Queens, none is more tragic or profoundly disturbing than the killing of Ng Cheung Cheung. Mr. Cheung, the owner of the Hollis Chinese restaurant, was only 52 when two teenagers from middle-class homes crushed his skull with a baseball bat. Comment.

Editorial: A Glendale hero is laid to rest

In the nearly eight months since the attack on the World Trade Center we have often noted the heroism of the police, firefighters and EMTs who rushed into the towering inferno to save the lives of thousands of office workers. Each man and woman who gave his or her life that day is a hero worthy of the city's undying gratitude. Comment.

Point of View: Confession is overdue for guilty R.C. priests

Finally, the Vatican begins its onslaught on the sex scandal that has plagued the church for years. Meeting recently with all American cardinals, Pope John Paul II has made it clear that sexual abuse by the clergy is a sin and a crime. I hope the pontiff’s statement will bring about swift and sweeping changes in the church hierarchy. Comment.

College Point survivor almost gets the boot

After 27 days on the Marquesas Islands, it seems that College Point limo driver and former postal worker Robert DeCanio’s time may be up. Comment.

Our History: Violets, wildflowers gentle reminders of past

There is a magic in remembering. I picked a bouquet of violets today, those shy, ephemeral harbingers of summer, and with that simple task came a haunting nostalgia for the days I knew long ago. Peeping so modestly from their shady corner beneath the privet hedge, they were almost hidden from sight and I nearly missed them. When I spied them this morning, memories of happy childhood springtimes flooded back to me. Comment.

The Civic Scene: Suggestions on fixing city’s education woes

Last week in this column, I discussed some past problems with schools. This week, I would like to share some suggestions on improving the education system; however, I want to again emphasize that schools, for the most part, do educate and help our children. Yes, there are problems about which I have written, but considering the baggage many children lug to school with them, the schools do a great deal. Comment.

Neighbor to Neighbor: Hope still blossoms among weeds of greed

Several weeks ago I had a very bad accident — a fall. I had been walking along Merrick Boulevard. Although the sun had set, I had no difficulty seeing where I was going. I don’t remember tripping. I don’t even remember feeling that I was on my way to hitting the sidewalk very hard. I had not felt ill, nor had I slowed my pace. But, all of a sudden, I was down. My glasses flew off to the right and got scratched a bit, but not broken. My nose bled profusely, as did my forehead, lips and chin. Some of my teeth did not fair well either. I was a mess! Comment.

The Plant Doctor: Keep a piece of spring throughout the year

What a terrible waste — your flowers bloom in early spring, and by the beginning of summer few, if any, remain. If there were some way to preserve their beauty, not only through the summer but throughout the year, the effort would be worth investigating. Well, here is a suggestion that might make the departure of these lovely blooms a bit less stressful. Comment.

Simpsons trivia games brainchild of LIC firm

Bart Simpson gets famous from saying, “Don’t have a cow, man” on Krusty’s show. Comment.

Restaurante El Encuentro: Encounter good food in new Maspeth eatery

Restaurante El Encuentro Comment.

Park opens after $1.4M refurbishing

Ozone Park’s Centreville Park reopened Monday after a $1.4 million reconstruction program refurbished the playground, basketball and handball courts, and added grass to the baseball field. Comment.

Pair nabbed for 3 armed muggings in Queens

A man and woman from Kew Gardens were arrested last month for allegedly carrying out a series of armed muggings in which they sometimes fired random gunshots to intimidate their victims, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

33rd Road renamed for fallen firefighter

Although every street sign marks a place and every place tells a story, such tales are hard to decipher beneath the anonymous numbers painted white on green in Queens. Comment.

School Board 26 welcomes Baysider as newest member

After several weeks of interviews Bayside’s School Board 26 officially welcomed a new member last week during its monthly meeting at MS 74. Comment.

District 29 nominates 2 in superintendent search

After a long search for a leader to run embattled School District 29, the school board announced last Thursday it was submitting the names of two candidates for the job, including that of District Administrator Michael Johnson, to the schools chancellor. Comment.

Queens parents speak out in support of school boards

About 100 parents and school professionals came out to support community school boards at a School Boards Town Hall meeting at York College Saturday morning. Comment.

York sex assault forum crosses boundaries

Sexual assault can happen to anyone, anywhere, but in Queens health care and law enforcement agencies are striving to understand the different cultural responses to victims from the many groups of people who live in the country’s most ethnically diverse borough. Comment.

Rosedale taxi rape victim disputes STD testing law

A woman livery cab driver who was raped in a Rosedale alley last month is trying to draw attention to the legal difficulties sexual-assault victims face, the head of a state taxi drivers group said this week. Comment.

Berger’s Burg: May promises praise to professors, wed ‘luck’

May is called “The Springtime of Life.” Many people, including me, think it is the grandest month of the year. It comes around but once a year and I will embrace every one of its glorious 31 days. Is my column going to be about flowers in May? No! Comment.

Queens Village man jailed for subway stop robberies

A former New York City Transit worker and Queens Village resident was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail for a monthlong string of robberies singling out middle-aged women at subway stops in Rego Park and Astoria, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Queens Village man jailed for subway stop robberies

A former New York City Transit worker and Queens Village resident was sentenced to five to 10 years in jail for a monthlong string of robberies singling out middle-aged women at subway stops in Rego Park and Astoria, the Queens district attorney said. Comment.

Jamaica Multiplex to open 15-screen theater May 16

After more than 30 years without a theater to call their own, southeast Queens moviegoers will finally have a new theater starting next week to see this summer’s blockbusters. Comment.

Cops bust ring of warehouse burglars

A lucrative burglary ring that hit commercial warehouses in Queens and Brooklyn when they were closed for religious observances was put out of business last week by police, the Brooklyn district attorney said. Comment.

Katz pushes for legislation to extend rent regulations

City Councilwoman Melinda Katz (D-Forest Hills) introduced a resolution Monday calling for passage of legislation renewing and strengthening rent regulations to preserve “affordable places to live” in New York City. Comment.

Famous Sept. 11 photograph finds Whitestone home

Stewart Rahr was on a mission. Comment.

Spirit of Ridgewood officer lasts in Latino scholarship

In the more than seven months that have passed since her husband Ramon died in the line of duty on Sept. 11, Carmen Suarez has endured her loss while leaning heavily on his comrades from the New York Police Department. Comment.

Golf fund-raiser organized for Little Neck parade

Anyone feeling patriotic should get ready to tee off — the Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade Organization Inc. was set to host its first golf outing fund-raiser next week to generate donations for one of the nation’s largest Memorial Day events. Comment.

Brooklynite arrested in boss axing

After dozing off and missing his getaway flight, a worker at a Manhattan construction site was arrested last week for allegedly killing his Middle Village boss with the chop of a pickax to the back of his head, police said. Comment.

Jamaica NAACP observes 75 years of freedom fight

Stories of the battles in the war for African-American civil rights of the last century often revolve around the American South. Comment.

Author to talk about his Cambria Heights memoir

It was a different time, a different era and being a paperboy, which once was an after-school job for thousands of teenagers across the country, seems to be a distant memory. But it is a memory that still burns bright in the mind of former Cambria Heights resident Henry Petroski. Comment.

Boro Catholics keep faith despite criticism of church

Many Catholic parishioners in Queens have found the church’s response to the recent priest sex scandal troubling. Comment.

City budget woes impair arts education programs

PS 173’s sixth-grade drama club managed to win a citywide southeast Asian dance competition though it had to patch together outfits from some recycled material. Facing performers from nine other schools, the students used an overhead projector and a curtain to create shadow puppets and a lot of creativity to tell a Bangladeshi folktale through dance. Comment.

Former provost at Hunter named Queens Col. prez

Dr. James Muyskens, the head of technologically oriented Gwinnet University Center in Atlanta, was named the new president of Queens College Monday. Comment.

Queens Village couple charged with child abuse

A strict vegetarian Queens Village couple has been charged with endangering the life of their 16-month-old daughter by failing to provide her with enough nutrition and not seeking medical attention for the starving child, the Queens district attorney said Monday. Comment.

Animal shelter may be thrown to the dogs

If Mayor Bloomberg’s $500 million contingency budget cut plan goes into effect, the Queens shelter of the Center for Animal Care and Control at 92-29 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park will be put to sleep. Comment.

Douglaston firehouse gets stained glass from Canada

They are just teens from the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose, but Monday night they served as international diplomats to bring a message of hope from Canada to Queens, eight months after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment.

Flushing barber loses shop after 36 years in business

Eddie’s barbershop, officially known as Northern and Parsons on its business card, does not show its age. Comment.

Floral Park students get lesson in controlling anger

More than 200 students at Our Lady of Snows school in Floral Park got a peek inside the life of an angry man last week, a man who spent more than an hour urging the children to use their anger to do good. Comment.

Queens police launch battle against graffiti

Chief James Tuller, the commanding officer of Patrol Borough Queens North, keeps an eye out for graffiti. Comment.

Harrison, Chen team up in campaign for state seats

Former Flushing Councilwoman Julia Harrison and unsuccessful council candidate Ethel Chen decided last week to run in tandem on the Democratic line for newly proposed state senate and assembly seats. Comment.

Non-profit medical insurer opens new Jamaica office

Residents of southeast Queens who do not have health insurance may think they are out of options if they need to see a doctor, but HealthReach NY is working to change that. Comment.

Hollis Hills Jewish Center lends hand to community

Members of the Hollis Hills Jewish Center did not have a typical Sunday of sleeping late, watching television or just relaxing. Instead the group spent the morning giving back to the community by performing “mitzvot,” a Hebrew word meaning good deeds. Comment.

Service on AirTrain to start in fall

Progress at the Howard Beach AirTrain station is moving along, and service could begin this fall, Port Authority officials said. Comment.

Luxury hotel signified start of Howard Beach

At low tide the waters of Jamaica Bay still reveal a glimpse of an artifact from more than a century ago in the southwestern Queens community of Howard Beach.    What can be seen at low water are the support pilings of a 2,000-foot pier once surmounted by a luxury resort hotel built by the Minnesota-born entrepreneur, William J. Howard, for whom the community is named. Comment.

TimesLedger introduces Howard Beach newspaper

This week marks the introduction of the Howard Beach Times, the 14th community newspaper in the TimesLedger Newspapers family. The paper, with an initial paid circulation of 1,200, will cover the news in Howard Beach, Ozone Park, and South Ozone Park. Comment.

During tough times JetBlue Airways turns profit

Kew Gardens-based airline JetBlue Airways, which recently offered its stock for public trading for the first time, reported a $13 million profit in the first quarter at a time of financial hardship for many in the airline industry. Comment.

Boro’s Sept. 11 job victims went without aid: Survey

The World Trade Center attack cost the jobs of nearly 9,000 employees of the aviation industry but most were barred from Sept. 11 charitable funds because they worked in Queens rather than Lower Manhattan, a survey has concluded. Comment.

Wet weather fails to daunt striders in Alley Pond race

A Queens resident and a Brooklynite were the winners of the Alley Pond Striders’ Annual Five Mile Challenge Road Race, which was run this year in memory of club members Max Popper and Bruno Fioretti, who died recently. Comment.

Former 105th Pct. cop charged with DWI: DA

A Bayside firefighter who used to be one of New York’s Finest apparently did not want to give up his police identity, the Police Department said last week, after he was arrested in Queens for driving under the influence and having a fake cop badge. Comment.

Bayside firefighter charged with DWI: DA

A Bayside firefighter who used to be one of New York’s Finest apparently did not want to give up his police identity, the Police Department said last week, after he was arrested in Queens for driving under the influence and having a fake cop badge. Comment.

City to track bus service to maintain traffic flow

The New York City Transit Authority is preparing to spend millions of dollars in another attempt to solve the age-old problem of buses that bunch up and cause service gaps that frustrate passengers. Comment.

Rosedale teen admits role in killing of deliveryman

The fifth and final defendant charged in the fatal beating of a Chinese food deliveryman in Springfield Gardens pleaded guilty Tuesday in State Supreme Court in Kew Gardens. Comment.

Democrats to rename club to honor President Clinton

A political club run by a Flushing labor leader soon will take on the name of former President William Jefferson Clinton. Comment.

College Point man draws 25 years for 1999 murder

A College Point man was sentenced Monday to 25 years to life for stabbing to death an 84-year-old woman whom he mistakenly blamed for causing his family to be evicted from their home on 115th Street in 1999, the Queens district attorney said. Comments (1).

HS dropout rate in city jumps to 20.4% in 2001

If you like brain-teasers, you’ll have a good time piecing together the puzzle that is the city’s high school dropout rate. Comment.

Flushing woman honored for her volunteer work

Danzi, a 99-year-old resident of Flushing, will receive an Ellis Island Medal of Honor, an award granted to Americans who distinguish themselves with humanitarian... Comment.

Police Blotter: Two men arrested in Ozone Park in College Point car thefts

COLLEGE POINT — Police arrested two men after they stole a car from the parking lot of Whitestone Cinemas Friday, a police spokesman said. Comment.

Dining Out: Encounter good food in new Maspeth eatery

Restaurante El Encuentro 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.

Former rapper preaches to Jamaica congregation

“Reach the heart and save the soul.” Rom. 10:9 Comment.

Ellington ‘takes the A train’ to PS 30 in Jamaica

Students at PS 30 in Jamaica got a taste of Broadway Friday as “Sophisticated Ladies,” a musical performance capturing the life of celebrated jazz musician Duke Ellington, was performed at the school’s Rachel C. Ramley Auditorium. Comment.

Bosco’s Corner: Bad judges are killing  fight game

I love boxing. Of all the sports to choose from, it is the Sweet Science, without fail, that has the most allure for me, that can transfix me as no other, that can draw such anticipation and, unfortunately, that continues to shoot itself in the foot and, by extension, alienates even its most ardent supporters, like me. Comment.

Queens boxer Michael Jakab gets his gloves

Michael Jakab was a boxing champ before he ever had to throw or take a punch, winning the first tournament he ever entered, courtesy of a bye. Things wouldn’t be as easy for the 22-year-old Bayside resident at the 75th Annual Golden Gloves, held last month, but the result was the same. Comment.

Adams girls use wet weather to beat Jamaica, 4-0

John Adams girls’ soccer coach Mark Wilson has a slew of set plays he works on with his forwards, midfielders and defenders every day at practice. Comment.

Lewis baseball scorches Newtown in 9-2 win

It’s been a disturbing trend for the Francis Lewis baseball team and early against Newtown Friday, it appeared the trend of ace Mario Santiago receiving no support offensively or defensively would continue, as the senior hurler found himself in a 1-0 hole without giving up a hit, victimized by a pair of errors to shortstop Kyle Jamison. Comment.

St. Francis Prep dominates McClancy, 13-5

With a stiff wind and temperatures in the mid 40s, Cunningham Park should have been anything but a hitter’s haven Monday. But after struggling at the plate in a 3-2 win over St. Edmund’s Friday, the St. Francis Prep baseball team was determined to break out of its recent hitting snide, even if icicles were forming on their aluminum bats. Comment.

RFK softball sneaks past Bowne in shootout, 14-13

Michelle Wallace was 3-for-4 with four RBIs and hit an RBI-double to right in the eighth inning to lead the Robert F. Kennedy softball team to a wild 14-13 win over John Bowne Monday at Kissena Park. Comment.

2001-2002 TimesLedger CHSHL All-Queens Teams

Bobby Glade    Sr.    Fwd.    Christ the King Comment.

Bill Turner: 2001-2002 TimesLedger Coach of the Year

They became the first team in the history of the Catholic High School Hockey League to advance from the ‘C’ division to the ‘A’ division in just two years, but when St. Francis Prep players are asked to reveal the secret to their success, their answer was simple. Comment.

Jakub Kubrak: 2001-2002 TimesLedger Player of the Year

How do you describe Christ the King junior defenseman Jakub Kubrak? Is he a tough, stay-at-home, hard-hitting defenseman? Or is he an offensive defenseman, leading the rush up ice, contributing to the Royals offense? Comment.

College Round-up: Winter drives in winning run to stop SJU skid

Already having a flare for the dramatic, sophomore Jeremy Winter provided what could be the biggest hit of the season for the St. John’s baseball team Monday when his two-run single in the top of the 10th inning lifted the Red Storm to a 8-6 victory over the Boston College Eagles at Shea Field in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Comment.

‘Spider-Man’ opens Friday

For the first time in film history, a superhero from Queens is preparing to hit movie theaters. And unlike superheros who have come before him, he’ll probably stick to the screen. Comment.

Bayside L.L.: Starlight Catering bests Bayside Milk Farm

Starlight Catering 12, Bayside Milk Farm 8. After spotting their opponents a six-run lead, Starlight Catering came back from the big deficit to win their game with Bayside Milk Farm, 12-8. Relief pitcher Liam Donahue was able to shut down Milk Farm’s hitting attack by pitching three scoreless innings and picking up the victory in the process. The bats of John Wynne and Vishnu Rajan played key roles in Starlight’s come-from-behind win, as they drove in the decisive runs late in the game. Danny Costa was the starting pitcher for Milk Farm Comment.

Astronaut gives students glimpse of life in orbit

For most high school students, the prospect of flying aboard a space shuttle is closer to science fiction than a plausible career path. Comment.

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