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Thursday, Sept. 19, 2002

Soccer star Richie Lesmes lands at Newtown

Richie Lesmes never thought he would say it, but he can’t wait to go to school. Comment

Red Storm blown out by Stony Brook, 34-9

There was nothing special about the St. John’s special teams in a 34-9 loss at Stony Brook Saturday night. Comment

Singing policeman Rodriguez joins QSO for concert

Queens Symphony Orchestra will begin celebrating its 50th anniversary season as the borough’s only professional orchestra with a very special event. At 7 p.m. Sunday the “Salute to Our Heroes” concert will feature fast-rising star vocalist Daniel Rodriguez, known as the “singing policeman.” This partnership of extraordinary talent honors the remembrance of Sept. 11 in a tribute concert of beloved American music in one of Queen’s finest venues and the artistic home of the QSO, the Queensborough Community College Performing Arts Center. Comment

SJU women battle back to earn tie with Boston College

There are a few certainties early in the season for the St. John’s women’s soccer team: A Red Storm game will go into overtime and Kaitlin Schmidt will score a goal. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Peter Mazzurco

Name: Peter Mazzurco Comment

Forest Hills Rangers sit atop

If there’s a wild card team in Queens East A, it may be Forest Hills, which can make things very interesting this year. Comment

Doyle scores two to help Molloy edge St. Francis

The Archbishop Molloy Stanners held off a valiant St. Francis Prep comeback to take the CHSAA league opener for both teams on Thursday, Sept. 12 at Alley Pond Park, 3-2. Comment

McClancy to host 6th annual CYO coaches clinic

The sixth annual CYO Basketball Coaches Clinic, open to all CYO, high school and college coaches, will held Friday, Sept. 20, at Monsignor McClancy High School and Friday, Oct. 4, at St. John’s Prep. Comment

College Round-up: Fmr. St. Francis star takes field for Stony Brook in stadium opener

As he stood in the tunnel of Seawolves Stadium Saturday before Stony Brook’s opening game against St. John’s, Jophiel Philips could hardly contain his excitement. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Refs need to get their act together

Going at referees is easy, so I don’t like to do it, but after the first two weeks of the new high school football season there is little alternative for me but to call for someone, anyone, to step up and sit these guys in stripes down for a long talk. Comment

Magnet sloppy in opening loss to JFK, 25-8

Santonyo Bangali knows a little something about John F. Kennedy’s football tradition. Comment

Editorial: Brooklyn Diocese should do the right thing

The thousands of Roman Catholics living in Queens have been stung both by revelations that numbers of priests throughout America have admitted to abusing young boys and the revelation that church officials may have known about the abuse for decades and did nothing. In the wake of this, one might expect that the church would encourage parishioners to expose priests who may be involved in any form of abuse. Comment

Editorial: Power to the people

Congratulations to all parties involved in the decision to shut down the Poletti Power Plant in Astoria. Although the Power Authority will not close the plant for another eight years, the people of Astoria and Long Island City now have a firm and, we hope, irreversible commitment that this plant, one of the worst sources of pollution in the city, will be closed forever. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Aruba, air adventures abound on anniversary

When you go to the beach and see someone who measures 42-26-36 in a mini-bikini suit, just remember what is really important is the intellectual capacity and emotional maturity of the person underneath. Let me tell you something else Gloria said. Comment

WWII vet, POW, 80, honored by Pataki

“Your country right or wrong,” George V. Tsounis always told his family. Comment

Point of View: Grocery shopping turns into police encounter

Police brutality in Flushing? Well, an unhappy incident did happen recently on Main Street. The bad news gave local Asians quite a turn. They were wrathful over the alleged use of excessive force on two men, father and son, in a parking ticket dispute. 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 your 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

The Civic Scene: Queens should step up efforts to fight graffiti

As the new school year begins again we should think of the many ways we can improve our quality of life, such as by better controlling graffiti, improving air quality and cracking down on gangs, drug dealers and bullies. Comment

To The Point; Board of Trade to hold anniversary at Antun’s

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Just about everyone was affected by Sept. 11 and the first anniversary brings it all back … the losses, the pain and the change in many lives. By sticking together and helping one another, we will succeed. Comment

Finding time to stay in shape not that hard

The alarm rings and you jump out of bed. Racing to get showered and dressed, you eat a quick breakfast if you’re luck, run out the door and head off for work. Comment

Back to school should mean back to health

- Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

House of Spices jazzes up Willets Pt.

Surrounded by autobody shops and sitting on what is possibly the worst-kept road in Queens, the factory at 127-40 Willets Point Blvd. does not bring to mind cozy Indian restaurants. Comment

Buying fitness equipment online growing trend

-Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

Helping curb childhood obesity

An increasing number of teenagers are overweight, and if no intervention is made, 80 percent of them will stay overweight as adults. This can put them at risk for many medical problems, including diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and sleep apnea. Obesity can also adversely affect their self-esteem. Comment

“The Produce Patch’ helps kids stay healthy, in shape

- Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

Boro health care worker killed in Richmond Hill

A 51-year-old home health care aide was found dead Sunday night at the home of her employer in Richmond Hill. Comment

Give your sweetheart a relaxing, rejuvenating gift

Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

Feds look at plans written by Ozone Pk. slay suspect

Federal investigators were examining every policy ever written by a prominent Guyanese immigrant who was an insurance agent on Liberty Avenue in Ozone Park and is accused of participating in a murder-for-hire insurance scam, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Comment

Five tips for an active, healthy fall

- Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

Boro girl’s feelings on 9/11 attacks published in book

He received so many letters that his wife, first lady Libby Pataki, decided to put together a book with Wilson Kimball to show how much children... Comment

Eat right, work out, sleep better

Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

Fitting fitness into realtime results

- North American Precis Syndicate Comment

Times sues College Pt. plant contractor over sewage

The newspaper has charged Lehrer McGovern Bovis, the general contractor for the College... Comment

PS 31 in Bayside honors Bravest, Finest with song

On Sept. 11, 2002, a brutally windy day in Bayside, the children of PS 31 gathered in the school’s playground to honor the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

Sept. 11 victims honored in St. Albans Pk. tribute

Although the fierce winds of Sept. 11 made a candlelight vigil impossible, southeast Queens leaders and residents still gathered in St. Albans Park last week to commemorate the attacks on the World Trade Center and to remember those who lost their lives. Comment

Redrawn districts confuse borough’s primary voters

Although there were few contests in Queens, last week’s Democratic primary elections were plagued by confusion caused by redrawn district lines, misprinted information cards and poorly printed translated materials. Comment

Boro Indian woman breaks barrier with electoral win

Uma Sengupta won the race for Democratic district leader of the new 25th Assembly District last week and became the first Indian woman to be elected to a statewide office in New York, Assemblyman Brian McLaughlin (D-Flushing) said. Comment

Skaters fly high at opening of new park in Whitestone

Just after taking the job as director of the Flushing YMCA’s Beacon Center in Whitestone two years ago, Tina Kreitlow learned of the tension between teenage skaters and local residents. Comment

Ex-St. Elizabeth’s pastor admits guilt in $95K theft

The former pastor of St. Elizabeth’s Roman Catholic Church in Ozone Park pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges that he stole more than $95,000 in funds from the parish to pay for rental cars, trips and other personal expenses. Comment

Editorial: Hard to trust

With all due respect to his son, we can think of no reason on earth why anyone in northeast Queens should trust the intentions of developer Tommy Huang. Huang is infamous in downtown Flushing where he purchased the historic RKO Keith’s Theater on Northern Boulevard. Huang allowed the beloved, landmarked building to become a rotting, boarded-up eyesore. He is a convicted felon who has repeatedly shown that he cannot be trusted. Comment

Clean-up plan for Totten could get public hearing

Two months from now the excruciatingly slow process of investigating and possibly cleaning up contaminants at Bayside’s Fort Totten could sprint forward with a public hearing outlining details of a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers plan for Little Bay. Comment

Hip-hop entrepreneur comes home to Queens

Hollis-bred hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons was slated to return to Queens this week to donate $10,000 to the Queens Borough Public Library. Comment

Ridgewood contractor cut by man

A Ridgewood contractor was slashed across the chest with a box cutter last week when he confronted a homeless man who had been rifling through his truck, police said. Comment

Groud broken on Baptist church in Jamaica

Nobody seemed to mind when the start of the groundbreaking for a new St. John’s Baptist Church in Jamaica was repeatedly stalled Saturday afternoon as local dignitaries filed through the door and a flurry of preparations kept a house full of volunteers on their feet. Comment

City pushes for long-term deal on JFK shelter

With time running out on a temporary agreement, the city is pursuing a long-term contract that would allow it to continue housing homeless families in a bankrupt hotel near Kennedy Airport through 2017. Comment

Jamaica Service Program celebrates 30 years in boro

Jamaica Service Program for Older Adults is celebrating 30 years of helping senior citizens and others experience healthy, active and productive lives. Comment

Juniper vigil observes 9/11 beneath patter of raindrops

If the raindrops that hit the ground at any moment during Sunday night’s candlelight vigil at Juniper Valley Park could have been counted, perhaps they would have equaled the number of people who carpeted the lawn at the same time last year, when thousands gathered to mourn the losses of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

How’s Business?: Queens real estate

In walking the streets of Queens, you can find yourself surrounded by a new investment craze. The operative word here is craze. This week we center on the real estate industry. Real estate always has been considered a sound investment, especially in the ever-growing Borough of Queens. Comment

Whitestone biz donates $100K to 9/11 families

Kinray Inc., the Whitestone pharmaceutical company, presented $100,000 in donations from its 700 employees to the families of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks at a ceremony on the one-year anniversary attended by workers and borough leaders. Comment

Little Neck recalls attacks at community ceremonies

Ground Zero was a place of mourning last week as the city gathered to mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but so were countless other spots in northeast Queens as hundreds of residents left their homes to pay tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center collapse. Comment

Little Neck Bay boat crash victim speaks to DA

A Bellerose woman critically injured in a July boat collision on Little Neck Bay had recovered enough from her injuries last week to point a finger at the Douglas Manor teen accused of causing the fatal crash, her lawyer said. Comment

10 PSAL soccer teams to watch in 2002

While just about every public high school in Queens has a soccer program, the TimesLedger Newspapers has sliced the list down to the top 10 teams to watch in the borough. Comment

Bayside Commodores run over Tilden for first win

The Bayside High School varsity football team opened its league season Saturday with a convincing 35-6 victory over Tilden High School. Comment

Merrick Boulevard to get facelift after 20 years

A 20-block stretch of Merrick Boulevard in Laurelton is getting a face-lift after about 20 years of disrepair, and community leaders gathered Monday to celebrate the project’s progress. Comment

Boro schools perform well on math tests

Several Queens schools were among those with the best performance on fourth- and eighth-grade state math exams, the city Education Department said last week. Comment

Crowd flocks to Unisphere for Sept. 11 tribute concert

With candles in their hands and blankets at their feet, more than a thousand people went to Flushing Meadows Corona Park to listen to the Queens Symphony Orchestra as the sun set a year after the terrorist assault on the World Trade Center. Comment

Program gives HS students early taste of college study

The line between college and high school has always been kind of blurry at a pair of unconventional schools in Long Island City. Comment

Train linking Jamaica, Wall Street envisioned

The East Side Access project envisions Long Island Rail Road trains arriving in Grand Central Terminal and now a study is to be conducted on whether it is feasible to similarly connect Jamaica and Wall Street. Comment

Diverse businesses keep borough economy afloat

Thanks to its diverse economic base, Queens has been able to weather the recession, but in order to ensure the borough stays strong, the Queens County Economic Development Corporation is formulating a comprehensive economic development strategy for the county. Comment

Bayside firefighters unveil memorial mural for 9/11

At Bayside’s Engine Co. 320, Ladder Co. 167, the sun shone and winds were strong as the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks drew to a close last week, but neighborhood firefighters opened their doors and hearts to the community. Comment

L.I.Trucker claims injury, sues over 587 plane crash

A gasoline truck driver has sued American Airlines for $5 million for “serious and permanent injuries” that court papers said he suffered when a jet engine narrowly missed him in the Nov. 12 crash of Flight 587 at Belle Harbor. Comment

PS 31 in Bayside honors Bravest, Finest with song

On Sept. 11, 2002, a brutally windy day in Bayside, the children of PS 31 gathered in the school’s playground to honor the heroes of Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

Flushing loan shark gets up to three years in jail

A New Jersey man was sentenced to one to three years in prison in connection with a loan shark scheme operating out of Flushing and other Queens neighborhoods that targeted small businesses operated by Hispanic immigrants. Comment

Gotti kin plotted slay of Don’s prison warden: Feds

A three-judge federal appeals panel failed to rule Tuesday in Brooklyn on whether Peter Gotti, who was put in solitary confinement because of an alleged plot to harm prison officials should return to the general prison population. Comment

Hindus display new chariot in parade through Flushing

Throngs of Hindu worshipers flooded the streets of Flushing Sunday afternoon to cap off a nine-day religious celebration with an uninhibited burst of music and dance. Comment

Prayer service held to mark terrorist attack

Muslim and Christian leaders gathered Friday in a show of religious cooperation to hold an interfaith prayer service one year after the World Trade Center was attacked by terrorists. Comment

NE boro residents remember Sept. 11 victims

Ground Zero was a place of mourning last week as the city gathered to mark the first anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but so were countless other spots in northeast Queens as hundreds of residents left their homes to pay tribute to the victims of the World Trade Center collapse. Comment

Astoria pols to join Bloomberg on sojourn to Greece

Two Astoria politicians are traveling to Greece with Mayor Michael Bloomberg this week in the city’s first-ever diplomatic visit to the Mediterranean nation. Comment

Borough Hall art installation celebrates peace

One by one Borough President Helen Marshall along with other borough dignitaries lit candles that circled a section of the garden in front of Borough Hall as small flags attached to the wrought iron fence outside fluttered in the wind. Comment

Flushing church passes on development

After members voiced opposition, a historic Flushing church has put off a decision on a proposal by a Manhattan developer that sought to build a new church on the property in exchange for being allowing to put up the tallest structure in Flushing next door. Comment

Carrozza kicks off campaign for Assembly

It has been six years since state Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza (D-Bayside) was first elected to represent northeast Queens, and the longtime Baysider said she still has work to do. Comment

Concorde flew errant path above Queens in July: PA

An Air France Concorde supersonic jetliner that awoke many people and set off auto alarms in Belle Harbor in July was traveling in an abnormal flight path, the Port Authority has told a Queens congressman. Comments (1)

Harrison club tallies wins in Flushing district races

Despite Julia Harrison’s failed bid for the state Senate, her political club fielded a district leader and state committeewoman who went on to victory without the backing of the Queens Democratic Party. Comment

Museum for African Art opens temporary LIC site

Long Island City’s growing collection of art institutions will advance one more notch Saturday when the Museum for African Art opens the doors to its new galleries for a weekend of free admission. Comment

Mural unveiled in Astoria advocates for clean earth

The health of the world is a pretty big responsibility for anyone to tackle, but it’s not too heavy a burden for five young immigrant women who displayed their global environmental message in Astoria this week. Comment

Astoria man pleads guilty in fake ID scam

An Egyptian man living in Astoria has consented to deportation after admitting he received government identification cards under an assumed name while staying in the country on an expired tourist visa, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Bayside man scores big in Mega Millions lottery

“My grandmother said ‘a fool and his money soon depart,’ ” the native Brooklynite said in an interview last week. “I was kind of raised up on that.” Comment

Police Blotter: Cops seek vehicle that hit Jamica man

JAMAICA — A 48-year-old man was struck by a car as he was crossing the street at 170th Street and Jamaica Avenue around 9:25 p.m. last Thursday, police said. Comment

A voice out of the darkness

With another catastrophic and useless war looming, Charlene Edwards’ new book “Voices From Vietnam” (published by Journeys and distributed by IPG) couldn’t be more timely. Her first book signing was held last Friday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall in Whitestone and capped an evening that started with a tribute to MIAs and POWs from all wars and the victims of Sept. 11. Comment

Town Hall gathering was poignant, uplifting

Like that morning one year ago, the morning of Sept. 11, 2002 was clear, warm and beautiful, but blustery. The wind blew the ivy that muffled the side of the building facing the garden at Flushing Town Hall, as it did the grass and the flags that decorated the railing of the balcony where the Little Brass Band of The American Concert Band played their patriotic songs. Comment

9/11 Memorial exhibit on line, at LaGuardia

“Mnemonic: A 9/11 Memorial Exhibition” opened with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. last Wednesday, and will run through Nov. 11 at the Atrium Gallery at LaGuardia Community College, Long Island City. Comment

Food, drink, music to tempt trip to Manhattan mueseum

Starry Nights continues this fall at the American Museum of Natural History’s Rose Center for Earth and Space on the first Friday of every month. Visitors to Starry Nights, which is free with suggested museum admission, enjoy live music, genuine tapas, and beverages in the spectacular setting beneath the Hayden Planetarium sphere. Comment

SJU women battle back to earn tie with Boston University

There are a few certainties early in the season for the St. John’s women’s soccer team: A Red Storm game will go into overtime and Kaitlin Schmidt will score a goal. Comment

St. Francis Prep holds on to beat Christ the King, 18-12

In the first game of his 50th year at the helm of the St. Francis Prep varsity football team, head coach Vince O’Connor’s Lil’ Terriers didn’t let him down. Comment

PSAL Classic to showcase city’s top soccer programs

Will Stasiuk did not waste any time in making an impact as the new PSAL boys’ soccer commissioner. Comment



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