Thursday, Sept. 5, 2002

Springfield Gardens reborn: New coach has team revitalized

There is a lot that’s old for the Springfield Gardens football team, the lockers, the weights, the jerseys. But it is what’s new that has the players thinking ahead to Friday’s opener at Erasmus rather than looking back at last year’s disappointing 1-8 season. Comment

Dining Out: With OTB on its way, Austin’s shows off fresh look

82-72 Austin Street, Kew Gardens Comment

John Adams hoping to make waves in 2002

It’s been a long time since John Adams has been associated with the borough’s football elite. And while the Spartans may be behind August Martin and Bayside — Queens’ only two teams with a power rating of 5 — a return to the playoffs is a distinct possibility for the steadily improving program. Comment

Weather fills outer courts with top tennis names

While steady rains Sunday and Monday caused havoc for U.S. Open organizers, who were forced to juggle matches delayed by the inclement weather, it created a tennis lovers’ dream Monday night at the National Tennis Center. Comment

St. John’s, Ricca trying to right sinking ship

Two years ago the St. John’s football program tried to take a step up by joining the Northeast Conference after a successful six-year stint in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Power rating system needs improvement

Every year it seems like the same old story. Regardless of how right their picks may seem the previous December, teams in the Catholic High School Football League every September find themselves staring down the barrel of a schedule that is simply too tough. Comment

Prep primed for return to CHSFL title game

All three Queens teams playing in the Catholic High School Football League face uphill battles this season, with perennial powerhouses St. Anthony’s and Monsignor Farrell expected to rule the roost. But none of the three is waving the white flag just yet. Comment

A life less ordinary: Howard Beach’s authour turns father’s life into book

Born in Greenwich Village, like her father, life could have been very different for Fran Capo if she wanted it to be. Comment

Bayside’s Gorynski optimistic about his Fordham Prep team

For 32 years, Pete Gorynski has been a staple of the city’s oldest high school football rivalry, Fordham Prep-Xavier. Whether as a player, coach or spectator, the 46-year-old Bayside resident has been there and will be again when the two teams meet in the annual match-up on Thanksgiving. Comment

Acquista suffers first loss in coaching debut

Baltimore, MD — With his team in a scoreless tie with No. 22 Loyola-Maryland during first half of their season opener Saturday, it seemed like new St. Francis College men’s soccer coach Carlo Acquista had years, not minutes, of college coaching experience. Comment

College Round-up: Red Storm men’s soccer falls to Boston College, 2-1

The St. John’s men’s soccer team was just 65 seconds into its highly anticipated 2002 season and already things had gone horribly wrong. Comment

Whitestone eatery plans k’od by CB 11

After a heated debate, Community Board 11 narrowly voted against a variance to allow a restaurant planned for a vacant Bell Boulevard eyesore to expand the second floor. Comment

Bayside caps off summer with Lomangino crown

The 11-year-old Bayside Travel all-Stars won the 19th annual Nick Lomangino Memorial Tournament, hosted by the Hollis-Bellaire-Queens Village-Bellerose Athletic Association at the Prellar Baseball Complex on Aug. 25. Comment

DAC Jam Service crowned Rosenbluth co-champs

The DAC Jam Service 9- and 10-year-olds ended the regular season with a 11-3 record and a playoff berth against their crosstown rivals Bayside Little League in the 2002 Rosenbluth Tournament. Comment

Editorial: Law may block reform

Queens political activists, including the Queens Civic Congress, may have hit a brick wall in their ongoing effort to amend or abolish the as-of-right rules that allow religions to build houses of worship wherever they choose no matter how a property is zoned. Comment

Editorial: Wasting tax dollars

How many legislators does it take to waste $200, 000? In the case of Jacob Riis Park, it took three. U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) announced last week that the federal government has initiated a feasibility study to see whether the government should build an indoor pool in the city’s only national park. Comment

Editorial: One step close

The city is now one step closer to winning the right to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The American cities have been narrowed down to two: New York and San Francisco. Comment

4th annual Free Rockaway Music And Arts Festival offers cultural spectacular on the boardwalk

Native Far Rockaway resident Congressman Gregory W. Meeks ushered in the fourth annual Historical Rockaway Music Fest last Sunday on the Boardwalk at Beach 10th to 15th Streets to an enthusiastic crowd of residents and visitors. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Looking back at my big fat, Jewish wedding

On Sept. l, Gloria and I will celebrate our 39th wedding anniversary. We almost never made it. Comment

The Civic Scene: New schools chancellor reignites hope in Queens

Well, it is now a done deed - we have another new head of the New York City school system. There is now another chancellor who will head the New York City Department of Education. We have had eight different school heads in the past 24 years. Comment

To The Point: End of summer revives social season at Point

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point Comment

The Plant Doctor: Late summer excursions showcase great gardens

One of the most delightful summer experiences for nature lovers is to visit local areas that feature a wide variety of ecological beauty ranging from saltwater marsh to deciduous forest mixed with a bit of master gardening. The task, of course is to select your locations reasonably close to home so as not to be exhausted by a long trip. Here are a few suggestions that I have found to be worthy of a morning, afternoon or entire day exploration. Comment

Introducing new Indian-style Chinese cuisine

In a move he is sure will draw rave reviews from the large Indian population in Richmond Hill, Surender Singh is adding a little flavor to his Villages of India restaurant. Comment

Remembering Queens’ Bravest, who fell Sept. 11

Queens lost 41 firefighters. Comment

Queens’ immigrants stood tall in face of adversity

In the face of some reprisals, Queens’ immigrant groups responded to the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with a steadfast proclamation that they belonged in the country as much as anyone else. Comment

Queens public school lesson plans reflect one-year anniversary

The city Department of Education has made mountains of materials available on how educators should help students deal with the one-year anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Count your treasures a year after Sept. 11

There is no better time than right now to review the treasure of you heart on the anniversary of Sept. 11. Recollection of the past, spent with family and friends or successful adventures alone very easily bring smiles to your faces. In times of stress, we should visit those more frequently. We should also add new dimensions to them. Comment

Scenes of destruction shattered peaceful day

It was a beautiful morning — the sky was a deep blue and the fall was just around the corner — as I headed over to the gym on the Lower East Side to get in an early morning workout before heading to Queens and the tumult of Election Day. Comment

Queens volunteers give help and hope to heroes

The minute the first airplane flew into the north tower of the World Trade Center, Queens volunteers responded in the rescue and recovery efforts that still have not ceased today. Comment

Attacks shook borough airports

The National Guardsmen may be gone from the borough’s airports, but the terminals are still a much different place than they were last summer. Comment

Queens cops still wear black on shield to honor dead

A year after the Sept. 11 attacks left 23 of their brethren dead, police officers in Queens still wear the black band of mourning over their badges, and in each precinct hangs a sign thanking the community for their support over the past year. Comment

Four-legged tribute to search-and-rescue dogs hits the street

The dog days of summer are here. Comment

Queens economy shows resiliency after Sept. 11

If America is the land of possibilities, then Queens is where they happen. Comment

Top 10 Must-See High School Football games

The TimesLedger sports staff put their heads together and compiled a list of what should be the top 10 games to check out this year in Queens. Comment

Queens families learn to live with losses

Cathy Munoz is planning to move, leaving the city she has called home for her entire life. Comment

Ballperson soaks up time working at U.S. Open

Kavita Jagnarine from Ozone Park knows exactly where she will be on Sept. 9, and it’s not at the Technical Career Institute in Manhattan where she is a junior technician. Comment

St. Albans man cops a plea in boro VA hospital shooting

A former employee at a veterans’ hospital in St. Albans pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his supervisor after a dispute in August 2000, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. Comment

Vandals destroy new bull in front of Uncle Jack’s

The half-ton, red-orange bull statue that had inhabited its own piece of sidewalk outside Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse on Bell Boulevard for the past two weeks is in pieces, and the restaurant’s owner is offering $5,000 for information leading to the arrest of the culprits. Comment

West Queens plans vigils to remember 9/11

Five days after Sept. 11, more than 5,000 people came together in the lower ballfields of Juniper Valley Park bearing candles and American flags to remember the victims of the terrorist attacks. Comment

Trial to start next week in Wendy’s slay

More than two years after five people were slaughtered inside a Flushing Wendy’s restaurant, the trial of John Taylor, the accused mastermind of the killings, was scheduled to begin next week. Comment

Boro families plea for voice in 9/11 memorial

The Lower Manhattan Development Corporation turned an ear to Queens at a public meeting last Thursday, where borough residents who lost family Sept. 11 demanded a larger voice in the planning of a memorial at the World Trade Center site. Comment

Elmhurst Guyanese man raises money for temple

Ever since he moved to Elmhurst in 1989, Anil Bedasie has been organizing cultural events and making calls to raise money for his family to build a $500,000 Hindu temple in the neighborhood. Comment

High Schools opens its doors on the York College campus

Starting Thursday, about 125 freshman will be attending the Queens High School for the Sciences at York College, one of the three new specialized high schools opening at city university campuses this week. Comment

New schools expected to curb overcrowding

With two brand new schools, an expansion and a renovated building scheduled to open their doors on the first day of school Thursday, School District 24 boasts one of the city’s most impressive rosters of facility expansions this year. Comment

Queens pays high human cost for 9/11 trauma

On an overcast morning, you might go down to the beach and stand beneath the heavy sky and look out at the ocean — follow it with your eyes to where the horizon ought to lie. Comment

Cuomo withdraws name one week before primary

Queens voters have one less candidate in the Sept. 10 Democratic primary to worry about now that native son Andrew Cuomo has stepped aside in the race for governor. Comment

Experts tell PS 65 parents school is safe for opening

A panel of health, environment and education experts met with parents last Thursday night for the fourth time since environmental concerns at PS 65 surfaced in May, contending once again that cancer-causing contaminants in the groundwater beneath the Ozone Park school have not affected air quality in the building. Comment

Queens students send ‘Messages to Ground Zero’

On the surface, it seems like little in Queens’ classrooms has changed since the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Comment

Boro schools vie to earn after-school grant money

Up to 10 Queens schools could get lucky next year when it comes to after school programs, but only if their applications are impressive enough. Comment

York hosts hip-hoppers at national youth summit

As York College prepared to start the fall semester Friday, a handful of old-school rappers and new hip-hoppers got a lesson from about 1,000 teens at the National Hip-Hop Youth Summit. Comment

Borough police increase patrols for holidays

As Jews throughout the borough get ready for the high holidays — the holiest time of the year — the governor has joined forces with the New York City police commissioner to announce an increase in security. Comment

Schools Chancellor Klein introduces his new staff

With the beginning of the school year looming, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein announced his five choices for the new Department of Education’s senior staff last week — a group that includes a true general at the helm. Comment

Finance board investigates Leffler’s 2001 campaign

Former City Councilman Sheldon Leffler, who represented northeast Queens, is trying to settle allegations that he permitted a supporter to donate money in other people’s names to his failed Queens borough president election run in 2001. Comment

Man accused of stalking tennis star at U.S. Open

A German man who police said has been stalking Serena Williams for more than a year was arrested outside the National Tennis Center Friday afternoon. Comment

Flushing Library poised to reopen doors Sundays

With summer drawing to a close, the Queens Borough Public Library is reopening three of its busiest location for Sunday hours. Comment

One-seat ride to city key to JFK expansion: Meeks

American Airlines would consider basing a connection hub at Kennedy Airport if there was a one-seat train ride to Manhattan, U.S. Rep Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans) said last week. Comment

Bell restaurant plans nixed by CB 11

After a heated debate, Community Board 11 narrowly voted against a variance to allow a restaurant planned for a vacant Bell Boulevard eyesore to expand the second floor. Comment

Pataki christens LIC ferry with eye on September 11

In a feat that would defy the laws of subway physics, Gov. George Pataki breezed his way from Manhattan to Hunter’s Point in five minutes Tuesday afternoon by a route hailed as the city’s next great mode of transportation: waterborne ferry. Comment

Jackson Heights man dies from West Nile virus

The West Nile virus killed a 73-year-old Jackson Heights man, who became the first to die of the disease in the city in two years Sunday as three other Queens residents battled the disease. Comment

Long Island City bakery closes after 100 years

A Long Island City bakery with 100 years of history has shut its doors due to financial difficulties, eliminating more than 300 jobs in the borough. Comments (7)

Glen Oaks Little League ends season with awards

The Glen Oaks Little League will honor its stars at its annual awards ceremony Friday, Sept. 13. The awards night will take place at the Irwin Altman Beacon School — MS 172 — in Floral Park from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Comment

113th Precinct officer dies after chasing suspect

A police officer assigned to the 113th Precinct in South Jamaica died last week, five days after he collapsed from an apparent brain aneurysm while chasing a suspect, police said. Comment

Boro’s wounds slow to heal one year after 9/11 attacks

The physical scars of Sept. 11, 2001 created a war zone in Lower Manhattan, but the emotional scars stretched further and pierced deeper. Comment

Klein appoints Johnson as SB 29 superintendent

The long and arduous journey for the residents of School District 29, who have demanded a permanent leader to run the district for the past few years, is finally over. Comment

Mystery fliers bash hopeful in Flushing assembly race

Less than two weeks before a hotly contested primary, a series of Korean and Chinese language fliers bashing 22nd Assembly District Democratic candidate Ethel Chen’s ties to former Councilwoman Julia Harrison were found posted to utility poles in downtown Flushing. Comment

North Bellerose civic anoints its officers

The North Bellerose Civic Association officers for the 2002-2003 year were due to be sworn in by state Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) at their first meeting since the summer break. Comment

Police Blotter: Douglaston couple mugged by two assailants at residence

DOUGLASTON — A 50-year-old man and his wife, 42. of 46-85 243rd St., were mugged by two men about 11:25 p.m. last Thursday, police said. Officers reported that one of the muggers hit the man over the head with a handgun and punched the woman in the face as the couple was returning home. Comment

Democrats wish to unseat Maloney dissolves in court

Publisher Jeff Brauer’s hopes of challenging U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Astoria) at the polls were dashed last week when a high court refused to hear his appeal of an earlier decision eliminating him from the Democratic primary. Comment



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