Thursday, Oct. 3, 2002

Molloy girls make their move, join Nassau-Suffolk varsity league

Rebecca Barrett knew things would be difficult for the Molloy girls’ soccer team in its first varsity season in the Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Girls Athletic Association. Comment

College Round-up: Whitestone native notches 1st collegiate coaching win

Standing outside the St. Francis College soccer team’s locker room Friday night at the Metropolitan Oval, Carlo Acquista let out a long sigh of relief. Just 10 minutes earlier the Terriers defeated Quinnipiac, 1-0, in overtime, marking the Whitestone native’s first collegiate coaching victory. Comment

Bayside boxer returns to ring with second-round TKO win

It wasn’t expected, but it was surely welcome, balm for burn. Comment

Freedoms U-16 team captures national crown

If you were a member of the New York Freedoms soccer organization, odds are you had a pretty good summer. Comment

Editorial: ‘Stupid’ fans

When we first heard that Rey Ordonez had called the fans at Shea Stadium "stupid," we thought he was talking about the people who pay $40 a ticket and more to see the hopeless Mets dig their way through the basement floor in the National League East. Comment

Editorial: Why not build a Y?

Elmhurst residents would like to see a community center built on the site where the landmark Keyspan gas tanks stood for so many years. Keyspan would like to make some money by selling the property to developer. A Whitestone developer is interested in constructing a YMCA center on the site but claims that this can only be done is if he is given permission to build a shopping center adjacent to the Y. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Promise of grandkids rings true for Giants fan

The line for the Super Bowl was endless. It wound clear around the stadium. A late arrival walked to the front and tried to push his way in. A burly fan who had been waiting for the gate to open since 8 a.m. growled at the late arrival and heaved him 50 feet back into the line. A second time, the man tried to edge his way into the front and again was tossed back by two men and their wives. Comment

United Artists retrospective at Astoria’s AMMI

In the past year, United Artists has reemerged as an adventurous distribution company that supports the work of fiercely independent filmmakers. The... Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: SE Queens celebrates Merrick Blvd. face-lift

Merrick Boulevard has changed a great deal since my generation took roots in southeast Queens. Its first constructed surface was concrete. Through the year, as sewers, pipes and a maze of wires were installed underground, the concrete was chopped up when repairs had to be made. Comment

Build your construction career

- Courtesy of ARA Content Comment

Do’s and Don’ts on a job interview

• Arrive 10 minutes early. Go alone to the interview. Comment

The Civic Scene: Non-solicitation right once again reinstated

The on-again off-again non-solicitation right of homeowners is on again, according to the September 2002 newsletter of the Ridgewood Property Owners and Civic Association. Comment

To The Point: Local VFW renamed for longtime member

Welcome to the Point. The Point being College Point. Comment

Filling out job applications

2. Read the directions before you write. Comment

Hints from experts about your job search

Do your homework. Find out as much as possible about the firm or agency and person who will be interviewing you. Comment

Hazel’s House of Shoes 

In 1977, Hazel Lieber began filling the extra bedroom in her Bay Terrace home with pairs of women’s shoes she was selling to her friends. Comment

Welcome from Women’s Center founder Ann Jawin

As the founder and chairwoman of the board of directors of the Queens Women’s Center, it gives me great pleasure to welcome you to the Queens Job Fair 2002 and World of Working Women’s Conference and to discuss what I believe is the only comprehensive women’s center in Queens – one that is probably unique to New York City. Comment

How’s Business: Recycled furniture

This week we touch upon a not-so-publicized yet quite interesting industry. We find our location at the crossroads of Newton Avenue and Astoria Boulevard as they both meet on 21st Street. The area is known as Astoria Square, where we find The Furniture Market, which sells used furniture. Comment

Use this checklist when changing jobs

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Queens business resources

651-6995 • Fax: 458-9633 Comment

Questions to expect during your interview

2. Why do you want to work for me? Comment

Sample Post-Interview Thank You Letter

Name. Comment

Flushing Bravest mourned as victim of terror attacks

Veteran Firefighter and Flushing resident Gary Celentani, described as the “first casualty of Sept. 11 who did not die that day,” was mourned by hundreds of friends and relatives Saturday in Whitestone’s Holy Trinity Church. Comment

Maspeth Bravest mourned as victim of terror attacks

Veteran Firefighter and Flushing resident Gary Celentani, described as the “first casualty of Sept. 11 who did not die that day,” was mourned by hundreds of friends and relatives Saturday in Whitestone’s Holy Trinity Church. Comment

How to write a good resume

Select Your Format Comment

Bravest mourned as victim of terror attacks

Veteran Firefighter and Flushing resident Gary Celentani, described as the “first casualty of Sept. 11 who did not die that day,” was mourned by hundreds of friends and relatives Saturday in Whitestone’s Holy Trinity Church. Comment

How to write a cover letter

Cover Letter Guidelines Comment

City Council overrides veto on term limits

The City Council last week enacted legislation to change term limit laws, overriding Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s first veto. Comment

Flushing meet focuses on fight against terrorism

The city has dramatically reallocated its resources to fight terrorism and is counting on local communities for more support, police, fire and hospital officials told a meeting of the Flushing Chamber of Commerce Monday afternoon. Comment

Queens loses more than just a Mets manager

The Mets may have found a scapegoat for their many woes when club owner Fred Wilpon fired manager Bobby Valentine this week. Comment

Vanderbilt Motor Parkway listed on historic registers

A stretch of road used mostly by bikers and joggers in Cunningham Park and Alley Pond Park has recently been included in the National and New York Registers of Historic Places for being part of the first “high-speed” highway in the world ever to be constructed for automobiles. Comment

Queens Village woman seeks to oust Mark Weprin

Republican Stacey Kaplan-Vila is new to politics, but that does not mean she is thinking small. Comment

Candidate speaks to GOP club in Howard Beach

In an election year with two women running for statewide offices on the Republican ticket, GOP women in Queens said Saturday they were ready to help make history. Comment

Tools and tips to structure and manage your time

When looking for a job, perhaps the most important thing a potential employer considers is the first impression. The way you dress and present yourself is very important, but if you show up late, odds are you’re not going to get the job. Comment

DWI accident kills family of Woodhaven man: Cops

A Woodhaven man’s sister, grandfather and mother were killed Monday night in a midnight DWI crash on the Long Island Expressway after he slowed or stopped the car during a trip back to Queens from a Long Island wedding, police said. Comment

Whitestone civic seeks zoning reforms

Whitestone residents launched a letter-writing campaign at a civic meeting Sept. 25 in an attempt to capture politicians’ attention about the thorny issue involving the regulation of community facilities. Comment

Case proceeds vs. accused Queens Nazi moves forward

The poor health of an elderly Jackson Heights man accused of lying about his alleged Nazi past to enter the country is not preventing the case against him from moving forward, according to published reports. Comment

Illegal dumpers plague Ridgewood streets with trash

It started with cars — abandoned cars, probably stolen, stripped of their parts and left to rust on the side of the road. Comment

Man robbed deliverymen in Richmond Hill: Police

Police arrested a man last week who allegedly targeted Chinese food deliverymen and stole women’s purses, sometimes using a fake gun to intimidate and threaten his victims. Comment

Work begins on new SJU Catholic church

Ground was broken Tuesday for a new Catholic Church, which will be constructed in the center of the St. John’s University campus in Jamaica. Comment

Vandals strike Rosedale Catholic church again

The latest act in a series of three desecrations committed in the past seven weeks against a Roman Catholic church in Rosedale has left police with few clues and no suspects. Comment

MTA moves forward on No. 7 train extension

Transit officials have taken a step toward a possible extension of the No. 7 subway line from Times Square to the Jacob Javits Convention Center on the West Side of Manhattan beyond Broadway. Comment

Business Calendar

Oct. 9 - LaGuardia Community College Fall Job Fair - "E" Building Atrium - (Open to LaGuardia Students and Alumni Only), 31-10 Thomson Avenue Long Island City, NY 11101. Comment

Recent real estate transactions

Bayside, 73-11 210 St., Coop Hi-Rise, $62,000, Bed 1, Bath 1 Comment

Nolan supports LIC’s economic diversity at biz meet

State Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood) believes she has a lot in common with the entrepreneurs who form the membership of the Long Island City Business Development Corporation. Comment

First day at charter school ends long wait for Astoria

When a group of parents banded together to found a charter school in Astoria, the education they envisioned for neighborhood children sounded too good to be true, and for a tumultuous couple of years it almost was. Comment

Padavan secures $335K for boro school districts

State Sen. Frank Padavan (R-Bellerose) earned the praises of several northeastern Queens school superintendents this week after the longtime elected official announced more than $300,000 in funding for student performance programs. Comment

Gov. Pataki opens new Ozone Park school

Gov. George Pataki was in Ozone Park last week, along with other local legislators, school board members and city officials, to open a new middle school in Community School District 27. Comment

City passes bill to protect low-income home owners

The City Council overwhelmingly passed a bill last week prohibiting the city from doing business with banking institutions that engage directly or indirectly in predatory lending practices. Comment

City to replace 9/11 spruce stolen from Queens school

The city Department of Environmental Protection has offered to replace a Sept. 11 memorial tree that was stolen from in front of Little Neck’s PS 811 last month. Comment

Wireless Internet signal to be sent across Queens

When Kirk Watson dreams, he thinks of Flushing, the Internet and high-speed connections that exist without really being connected to anything. Comment

Jamaica Hospital opens renovated dental center

The brightly painted walls and shiny new equipment at Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s renovated dental facility may almost make patients forget they are there to see a dentist. Almost. Comment

JetBlue to broacast NBC, Telemundo on airline TVs

The Kew Gardens-based JetBlue Airways plans to inaugurate what it describes as the first in-flight television featuring NBC network and Spanish language broadcasts. Comment

City finalizing homeless deal for JFK hotel

The temporary contract permitting the city to operate a homeless shelter at a bankrupt hotel near Kennedy Airport expired Monday, but the city is still finalizing the details on a long-term contract to allow the shelter to continue through 2017. Comment

Comissioner reacts to complaints in 105th Precinct

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly reacted to complaints about low manpower at the 105th Precinct by promising to bring in a new pool of officers by January, but he nixed the idea of splitting the precinct in two when he appeared before the community council last week. Comment

Leffler refutes allegations of campaign finance abuse

Former City Councilman Sheldon Leffler has denied charges he violated campaign finance laws by accepting donations from a supporter who gave a total of $10,000 in other people’s names. Comment

North Shore-LIJ kicks off construction fund-raising

The North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System announced last Thursday the outline for its “New Century Campaign,” a $300-million fund-raising project designed to finance extensive modernization and expansion of its Queens and Long Island hospitals. Comment

Probe of fatal boat crash in Little Neck Bay closed

There will be no criminal charges filed against a Douglas Manor teenager accused of killing two people in July during a boat collision in Little Neck Bay since Queens District Attorney Richard Brown closed the case Tuesday for lack of evidence. Comment

Baysiders mourn Donovan’s bartender

Danny Deane, one of the most beloved bartending figures in Bayside, died Friday of a heart attack. He was 63. Comment

Flushing man hit by alleged drunk driver

A Flushing man was struck and killed by a driver charged with driving while intoxicated as the pedestrian crossed the street a block from his home, police said. Comment

Neglected Ridgewood park gets $2 million renovation

A Ridgewood park long ago left for dead by its neighbors made a giant step toward rebirth last Thursday when public officials broke ground on a $2 million reconstruction. Comment

South Jamaica to get specialized public school

After years of lying unused, the wedge of land between the Baisley Park Houses and the Long Island Rail Road embankment on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard finally is being transformed into the site for the High School of Law Enforcement and Public Safety. Comment

Mental health groups give thanks to 103rd, 107th pct.

Whitestone-based Transitional Services of New York Inc. and the Holliswood Hospital awarded certificates of... Comment

Balloon man given $60K for shop damage by cops

The city awarded $60,000 to the owner of a Rockaway Boulevard balloon business to repair the damage done by the Police Department when officers mistakenly destroyed a new addition during a search for human remains. Comment

AirTrain crash latest blow for struggling Bombardier

Bombardier Inc. Chairman Robert E. Brown announced in Montreal nearly 2,000 layoffs Friday. Within hours and 400 miles to the south, an accident during a test run of the John F. Kennedy Airport AirTrain left a train operator dead. Comment

Caldor mall in Flushing slated for glass facade

The downtown Flushing Caldor site will be covered in a glass facade when it opens as a mall in early 2003 in an ambitious project that already has piqued the interest of the Gap and several other national retailers, the developer said Monday. Comment

Ozone Pk. family charged in cigarette smuggle scam

Police confiscated $16,000 in cash and more than 1,200 cartons of stolen and fake cigarettes during a raid last week on a triple-decker house in Ozone Park, the Queens district attorney said Friday. Comment

College Pointers battle illegal house of worship

College Point residents have started a petition against a church that opened up illegally in the College Point Corporate Park about a month ago. Comment

State to hold new hearing on polluted Maspeth site

Reacting to critics who complained the community had been shut out from earlier proceedings, the state has decided to hold an additional public hearing as it weighs options for cleaning up the polluted Phelps Dodge industrial site in Maspeth. Comment

Forest Hills doctor allegedly poisoned family

A Forest Hills physician, whose wife was accused in July of setting his office on fire, has himself now been charged with secretly adding the anti-psychotic drug Risperdal to cranberry juice from which his wife and 8-year-old daughter drank, the Queens district attorney said. Comment

Rape suspect implicated in Jamaica van murder: Cops

A 41-year-old man was arrested Friday in connection with two incidents of rape and robbery when he implicated himself in the murder of a man found dead inside a burned minivan, police said. Comment

Veterans History Project visits Tietz nursing center

Liza Pollastik sat calmly in her chair, her feet dangling just above the floor, waiting for the people gathered around the table to assemble an interview kit of pen and paper to record her story. Comment

Feds investigate fatal AirTrain accident

The National Transportation Safety Board has begun investigating a derailment of the AirTrain at Kennedy Airport Friday which killed a 23-year-old Jamaica man who was crushed by weights inside the first car during a test run of the light rail line. Comment

Jamaica revival takes back seat to train safety

Community leaders in Jamaica and officials at Kennedy Airport are waiting to see what impact Friday’s AirTrain derailment and the project’s delayed completion will have on a major economic development initiative in downtown Jamaica. Comment

AirTrain stirred opposition in SE Queens before crash

Since the AirTrain’s inception more than five years ago, the project has been the subject of severe criticism and reluctant support from residents and community leaders across southeast Queens. Comment

Family, friends remember AirTrain employee

Co-workers, friends and family filled the steps in front of Kelvin DeBourgh’s one-story brick house in Springfield Gardens Friday just hours after the 23-year-old conductor was killed in the AirTrain crash at Kennedy Airport. Comment

Police Blotter: Woman critically injured in Flushing fire later dies

FLUSHING — A 77-year-old woman died last week after she was critically injured in a fire in her Flushing home, police said. Comment

Taverna: Watch for those almonds, they’re really garlic

1401 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn Comment

Dining Out: Watch for those almonds, they’re really garlic

1401 Old Northern Blvd. Roslyn Comment

Gore galore in Spotlight Player’s ‘Deathtrap’

Last Sunday afternoon I stepped from the brilliant sunlight on tree-lined street in Ozone Park into the CLC Community Center and was transported back into the late 1970s and into the blackest of murder tales ever conceived as the Spotlight Players presented Ira Levin’s 1978 thriller, “Deathtrap.” Comment

Lawyer set to file suit over injury

A Glen Oaks Village resident and her small dog both suffered serious injuries last month when they were attacked by a neighbor’s pit bull, the woman’s lawyer said. Comment

RAA Artsplash 2002 kicks off October 5

Oct. 5 through Nov. 3 the Rockaway Arts Center at Fort Tilden will exhibit the work of 50 visual artists of varied media in RAA’s two gallery buildings and sculpture gardens. Celtic hip-hop band Seanchai is among the diverse roster of performing and literary artists scheduled on weekend afternoons and evenings for RAA’s outdoor and indoor stages. Comment

Permanent 9/11 memorial ideas sought in Rockaway

This project has been designed to transform a vacant and underutilized lot into a beautifully landscaped and tranquil park that has now been designated as the site of the Rockaway Peninsula tribute to the approximately 70 men and women we lost on Sept. 11, 2001. Comment

Two wins push St. John’s soccer to No. 1 in nation

They’ve won a national championship and have consistently been one of the top teams in the country for the past 10 years. But never has the St. John’s men’s soccer team been ranked No. 1 in the country during the regular season. Comment

Fresh Meadows trainer to be on UPN TV show

Michael Hope, a fitness trainer from Fresh Meadows, will hit the open sea Monday on the syndicated television show “Shipmates.” Comment

Long Island City stays unbeaten with win

The Long Island City football team is off to its best start in program history, as the Bulldogs improved to 4-0, 3-0 in the PSAL with a 30-12 win over Erasmus Saturday. Comment

Springfield returns home, but falls to GW, 18-0

Brandon Rush is a three-year starter for the Springfield Gardens football team, but the senior felt like he was playing his first game in the Golden Eagles’ green and gold Saturday despite an 18-0 loss to George Washington. Comment

Beechhurst’s Lettieri propels Prep to win

With one strike of Kellenberg senior Kimberly Costanzo’s right foot, the St. Francis Prep girls’ soccer team saw its 1-0 lead evaporate with 12 minutes left in a critical Nassau-Suffolk Catholic High School Girls Athletic Association match Monday at Fort Totten. Comment

St. Francis Prep, Holy Cross come up even in 1-1 tie

Franco Purificato is no stranger to the St. Francis Prep-Holy Cross soccer rivalry. The St. Francis Prep coach experienced it on the field as a player from 1990 to 1994, as the junior varsity coach from 1995 to 1999 and as the varsity head coach for the past two years. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week

School: St. Francis Prep Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Prep-Cross is always a good game

The great rivalry continues. Comment

Bayside storms past DeWitt Clinton for 31-10 win

The Bayside Commodores capitalized on several first-half turnovers and sailed to an easy 31-10 win over the DeWitt Clinton Governors Saturday in the Bronx. The victory improved Bayside’s record to 2-2 overall and 2-1 in PSAL league play. Comment

Collymore leads Farrell over St. Francis, 26-6

Kern Collymore. Comment

Moncaleano, LIC get the best of Lesmes, Newtown

A day before playing their first high school soccer game against each other and after some good-natured trash talking, close friends Carlos Moncaleano and Richie Lesmes made a pact: As soon as the game between rivals Long Island City and Newtown started, the Jackson Heights residents would leave their friendship on the sideline. Comment


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