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Thursday, Jan. 9, 2003

Queens Wireless Rangers topple RLA Panthers, 12-1

The first mite game saw the Queens Wireless Rangers roll past the Rosemarie Limbacher Association Panthers, 12-1. Massimo Pirrone scored an amazing 10 goals, while Conor Fahey added the rest. Dale Speer scored the lone Panther goal. Comment

Tryout schedule released for the Team Rangers squad

Tryouts for the PeeWee New York City Team Rangers will be held in the Abe Stark Arena, in Brooklyn, on Sunday, Jan. 12, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m, and on Monday, Jan 13, from 8:15 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. Players can choose which session to attend. To register for the tryout, go to or call (914) 232-1054. Comment

Bantam ‘B’ girls’ rally falls short in 21-20 loss

Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament of Bayside prevailed at the final horn, 21-20. Jen Maurer scored 6 points for Our Lady of the Snows. Tebsy Paul hit two of two important fourth-quarter free throws and Divya Johnson also scored 2 points during the Snows’ fourth-quarter rally. Sara Lagasca’s 2 points rounded out the OLS scoring. Comment

RGMVM Little League gears up for spring 2003 season

There will be Fast Pitch Softball Clinics for any interested league player. The clinics will be indoors weekly for one hour and start at 4:30 p.m. They will run from January through March. Please call Heather Hofmann at 847-4406 for more information. There will also be boys’ baseball pitching lessons available in January. Interested players should call Pat Piteo at 416-0047. Comment

St. Andrew’s 7th-graders improve to 6-5 with win

St Andrew’s was looking to avenge its earlier season loss to the Bayside team. Comment

‘Queens Supreme’ premieres Friday

The show stars Oliver Platt, Annabella Sciorra, Robert Loggia and L. Scott Caldwell as judges in the comic drama that focuses on the personalities of people behind the bench and behind the scenes in the borough’s highest court. Kyra Sedgwick and Vincent Pastore also have recurring roles. Comment

St. Robert’s 4th-graders win first game of season

St. Robert’s led 14-10, but Our Lady of the Snows chipped away to draw within two at 15-13 late in the fourth quarter. That’s when guard Danny Tobin stepped up and hit a big free-throw to give St. Robert’s breathing room, and Mattone’s coast-to-coast layup with under a minute to play sealed the game to hold off a very tough Snows team. Comment

Cardozo boys, girls hoop teams get boost from sibling standouts

Marissa Flagg has little trouble shaking her defenders on the basketball court, but the freshman point guard at Cardozo still can’t avoid a lifelong nickname. Comment

Lopez’s clutch free throws lift Flushing

At the end of every Flushing boys’ basketball practice, head coach Charles Richardson runs a drill called “win the game,” which involves sinking enough free throws to avoid running laps. Comment

Bloomberg kicks off Winter Festival 2003

As this winter proves itself to be more snow-filled than any other New York City winter in years, Queens arts institutions and ones in the other boroughs are preparing to participate in a citywide arts festival in celebration of the snowy season. Comment

Martin girls best Brooklyn’s Banneker, 81-69

Joel Ascher might have been the happiest person to walk into Elmcor Saturday afternoon for the PSAL Queens Winter Classic. More so than playing in a showcase event against one of the better teams from Brooklyn in Benjamin Banneker, the Angels’ head coach was ecstatic to compete on a large court. Comment

CK girls stay perfect with win over improving Molloy

In a battle of two of the top teams so far in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan, the Christ the King girls’ basketball team defeated the upstart Archbishop Molloy Stanners, 73-56, Saturday night at the Middle Village school. Comment

Marnika leads Stanners over Wadleigh, 104-72

Ivan Marnika scored 27 points in 25 minutes, shooting 10-for-15 from the field and grabbing eight rebounds to lead the Archbishop Molloy varsity boys’ basketball team to a 104-72 win over Wadleigh in non-league action Friday. Comment

College Round-up: SJU women’s team drops Big East opener, 77-53

After doubling its win total from a year ago in 11 non-league games, the St. John’s women’s basketball team lost its Big East opener at No. 24 Villanova, dropping a 77-53 decision Saturday. Comment

Carvel creams Pizza Chef in DG hoop action

In a close battle throughout, Carvel of Whitestone defeated Pizza Chef, 37-33. Carvel was led by Max Meltzer with 18 points and Mike Wiederhold throwing in 12. Pizza Chef was led by Mike Kern, 10 points; John Montoya, 6; Joe Schade, 6; and Joe Depperman, 5 points. Also scoring for Carvel was Joe Lumley, 3 points, and Tommy Schreiber and Jonathan Lopez contributed 2 points. The defense was led by Jonathan Soto, Anthony Romano and John Pluchino. Comment

Lady Hornets to hold tryouts

Editorial: Tolerance

In the wake of irrational hatred and blinding stupidity, a small light has emerged that should give hope for the future of community relations in Queens. In the first hours of Christmas morning, a group of carolers returned to the Grace Presbyterian Church in Bayside to find that their church had been vandalized. Comment

Editorial: Police deserve Benefit of doubt

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly spent an exhausting hour last week explaining why three out of four shootings by police officers in the first two days of the year appear to be justifiable. One of the shootings may have been a tragic accident. Comment

Editorial: Don’t give up

If Karen Burstein reflects the quality of thinking on the New York City Districting Commission, it is no wonder that this panel remains committed to taking part of Ridgewood and placing it in a Brooklyn city council district. Comment

Family wedding service helps create bond

How can the traditional wedding, which focuses exclusively on the bride and groom, be reconfigured to recognize the critical role that children play in the remarriage relationship? Comment

Happy honeymoon: tips for stress-free travel abroad

But as vacation and business travel rebounds, concern about stress continues to be a problem. Comment

Berger’s Burg: Patients grin, bear financial pain of dental work

I am at the age where eating Jujubes brings me three things from my childhood: memories, nostalgia and a $100 bill from my dentist. Comment

Planning an outdoor wedding not exactly easy

Getting married outside in the sunshine, surrounded by the beauty of nature and your friends and family, makes for a lovely celebration. But hosting an outdoor wedding takes planning, forethought and attention to details. Comment

Neighbor to Neighbor: Heat company donates to Cornucopia Society

As the new year gets underway, we try to look ahead with as positive an attitude as possible. Sometimes, especially when unfavorable circumstances seem beyond our control, it isn’t always easy to keep the faith, but we must. That is why discipline must be taught with kindness, at the earliest age, and then practiced throughout life. Comment

The Civic Scene: Hillcrest Estates civics oppose QHC expansion

If ever a community felt imposed upon it is the one represented by the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association. To the west of the civic is the Queens Hospital Center, and to the east is St. John’s University. What should be a quiet middle-class one-family residential neighborhood is being squeezed by two giant community facilities with large amounts of money and the desire to expand. Comment

The Plant Doctor: Indoor orchids do well in proper environment

The thought of growing exotic orchids in the home is enough to throw the average gardener into the comfort of a Valium cocktail. Comment

Hollis businessman has ‘handy’ disposition

An accountant and former chief financial officer of a $50 million car service company may seem like an unusual candidate to run a Mr. Handyman franchise, but Larry Monte, owner of the northeast Queens branch, said he’s ready for a change. Comment

How’s Business?: Cell phone mania

When people in any company or business start leaving at an alarming rate, concerns regarding that business must be addressed. An example that many might not consider a companyeven though it plays a vital role in our very large geographical area of Queens is the New York Police Department. Comment

Business Calender

Jan. 9 - Entrepreneurship Seminar – Queens Chamber of Commerce Office, 75-20 Astoria Blvd., Suite 140, Jackson Heights. 898-8500 Comment

Another pedestrian killed on Queens Boulevard

A 24-year-old Woodside driver turned himself in to police last Thursday after allegedly leaving the scene of an accident in which a 26-year-old pedestrian from Corona was struck and killed while crossing Queens Boulevard at 54th Street, authorities said. Comment

Murders in Queens climb despite new lows citywide

Murders plummeted by 11 percent citywide for 2002, but homicides in Queens bucked the trend and rose over levels recorded in 2001, police statistics showed. Comment

Ridgewood bar supplied ‘cocaine-to-go’: DA Brown

A drug ring that doled out half a million dollars worth of cocaine a year from a Ridgewood bar and a nearby apartment was put out of business last Thursday when police arrested five people, including the bar owner, a bartender and a married pair of senior citizens, authorities said. Comment

Ridgewood man caught after allegedly shooting cop

After evading capture for two weeks, a Ridgewood man was arrested Friday for allegedly shooting at a Nassau County police officer last month after he had been stopped in a stolen car for a DWI investigation, authorities said. Comment

District 29 honors memory of King with eye on college

While some students honor the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by learning about his battles for civil rights, School District 29 is focusing on one aspect of his legacy — college. Comment

3 SE Queens men die in week of violence

Two southeast Queens men were killed in separate shootings just before the new year, and a third resident of the area was shot in the Bronx Monday, police said. Comment

Richmond Hill Sikh society elects new slate of officials

Members of the Sikh Cultural Society at 95-30 118th St. in Richmond Hill have installed a new slate of governing officials who were elected in a competitive three-way race Dec. 8. Comment

New law lets Jamaica lab pitch direct medical tests

Sophora Diagnostic Laboratory in Jamaica plans on capitalizing on a state law passed in September that allows patients to order over-the-counter medical tests directly from laboratories without a doctor’s prescription. Comment

Students celebrate Kwanzaa with songs, dances

Poetry, music, dancing and lots of proud parents filled the cathedral of St. Pascal Baylon Parish Church in Hollis Sunday as more than 26 young adults performed for their congregation during the annual Kwanzaa celebration. Comment

Cuts to Maspeth, Mid Vil libraries’ hours spark outcry

The elimination of Saturday service at the Maspeth and Middle Village branches of the Queens Borough Public Library has sparked a protest from the Juniper Park Civic Association, but library officials warn the situation will only get worse before it improves. Comment

Flushing Meadows work on ice rink, pool stopped

For hockey players, the goal is to finally have a regulation rink in Queens. For swimmers, it is an Olympic-sized, state-of-the-art pool, complete with high diving boards. Comment

Bosco’s Corner: Every team dangerous in CHSAA

When the Catholic High School Athletic Association announced prior to last season that the varsity basketball teams competing in the Brooklyn/Queens Diocesan would merge with the three remaining ‘A’ league teams from the Archdiocese, there were both supporters and detractors to the proposal. Comment

Doug. arts league hosts third annual photo show

Douglaston’s National Art League has been a haven for artistic seniors and community residents looking for a place to discuss, practice and share their love of painting, sculpture and other art forms since 1930. Comment

In study, Weiner attacks federal act on education

U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Forest Hills) predicted grave consequences for Queens’ schools Monday if $755 million in federal education funds earmarked for 2003 are not delivered to the city. Comment

Northeast Queens civic eyes zoning changes

Since carefully studied change appears to be the mantra of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration, one northeast Queens activist has decided to renew a Community Board 11 rezoning effort that was rejected by the city in 1999. Comment

City council reaches settlement with Springfield Gardens store

The City Council has reached a proposed settlement with the Pathmark store in Springfield Gardens on funds the supermarket agreed to give to the community when it opened in 2000, said a spokeswoman for Councilman James Sanders, Jr. (D-Laurelton). Comment

Bayside real estate owner dies of heart failure at 83

Frances Lee Pilling, a longtime Bayside businesswoman who founded one of the earliest real estate agencies in the town at a time when women were not allowed to take out their own bank loans or get their own credit cards, died Sunday of heart failure. She was 83. Comment

Woodhaven activists seek to preserve park’s carousel

Community activists in Woodhaven want the neighborhood’s Forest Park Carousel to be registered as a state or national landmark to save it from future demolition or disassembly. Comment

Flushing psychic charged in scam to grant ‘powers’

A Flushing fortune teller has been charged with theft after allegedly promising to bestow psychic powers on a client for $8,000, authorities said. Comment

Curriculum teaches kids history of LaGuardia Airport

Thanks to LaGuardia Community College, fourth graders are discovering that one of the nation’s busiest airports used to be an amusement park where people once rode roller-coasters and sent postcards from resort hotels. Comment

Police Blotter: Phony firefighter faces trial for auto theft charge in Wis.

WAUKESHA, WIS. — The man convicted of ripping off a Whitestone woman while posing as a firefighter after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will be taken to Wisconsin to face trial for auto theft there, prosecutors said. Comment

Queens gay, lesbian group ups profile of Pride Center

The Queens Lesbian and Gay Pride Committee announced in a recent newsletter that the Pride Community Center it opened in March 2001 is becoming its own autonomous organization with a new name, the Queens Rainbow Community Center. Comment

Woodside Doe Fund men keep streets clear of trash

The men in the blue jumpers had been on the street for most of the morning last Thursday, sweeping up the litter that collects on the sidewalks of Roosevelt Avenue, the unwanted droppings of a bustling streetscape. They had already settled into the routine, although this was only their third week on the job. Comment

Glendale man dead after minor auto crash

A Glendale man who was on his way to church died Saturday from traumatic injuries he suffered from a seemingly minor car accident in Maspeth in which the other vehicle left the scene, police and family members said. Comment

Police seize 100 kilograms of cocaine in Doug. Plaza

Police got more than they bargained for Sunday night in Douglaston when they found an Astoria man with $5 million worth of cocaine in his minivan, authorities said. Comment

Fresh Meadows trio soars in Boy Scout ranks

For the seven-member Schwartzberg family, the ground floor of the Holy Family School in Fresh Meadows is becoming a familiar place to gather with friends and family on a Saturday afternoon. Comment

Richmond Hill teen charged with ID theft

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said Tuesday police had arrested a Richmond Hill teen and charged him with identify fraud after he allegedly stole the personal information of more than 100 America Online customers, then bought $10,000 in merchandise using their credit and debit information. Comment

Developer seeks variance for waterfront

The developer behind Edgewater Estates, the large housing complex along College Point’s waterfront, has applied for a variance in order to complete the project. Comment

New Year’s Day fire destroys Forest Hills house

A two-alarm fire destroyed a three-story brick home in Forest Hills on New Year’s Day morning while the five-member family who live in the house were away in Aspen, Colo. on a skiing vacation. Comment

Exhibition planned for Forest Hills illustrator

For most of his life, William Sharp, an illustrator who settled in Forest Hills after fleeing Nazi Germany in 1934, was never without a pen and sketchbook. Comment

Suspect in family stabbing arrested at Bayside motel

A love triangle ended in a bloody rampage Friday when the jealous boyfriend of a married Fresh Meadows woman stabbed the woman, her husband and two daughters, then tried to commit suicide by slitting his wrists in a Bayside motel room, police said. Comment

109th gets 37 new officers to fight jump in burglaries

As part of the city’s push to concentrate on areas where crime has increased, an additional force of 37 police officers has been brought to the 109th Precinct to target downtown Flushing. Comment

Boro teen murdered by driver in Astoria: DA

Hardly two hours after celebrating the start of the New Year, an East Elmhurst teenager died outside his aunt’s house in Astoria when a Brooklyn man ended a verbal dispute by mowing him down in a car, authorities said. Comments (1)

Anti-Asian graffiti on Bayside church angers civics

Community leaders this week decried the racist graffiti spray painted on the exterior of a quiet Bayside Korean church early Christmas morning, and one Asian civic activist said it was time for the borough’s Koreans to speak out against hate. Comment

Cambria Hts. fireman hurt in blaze gets out of hospital

In contrast to the somber winter scene outside, Weill Cornell Medical Center’s brightly lit dining room was replete with exultation and triumph over adversity. Lt. Stephen Halliday of Queens Ladder Co. 165 in Cambria Heights was back. Comment

Specialized media caters to borough’s immigrants

Queens’ Caribbean and Indo-Guyanese immigrants are increasingly looking to newspapers and Web sites outside America’s mainstream media to get news of their native countries and maintain business contacts abroad, some local publishers said. Comment

New building would multiply Little Neck traffic woes: CB 11

Plans for a three-story commercial building on a now-vacant lot in Little Neck drew criticism from Community Board 11 members Monday as too big for an already congested neighborhood even though the group approved a similar proposal in 1999. Comment

Boro express bus service saved by fare hike of $1

After receiving numerous calls and letters of complaints from bus riders and elected officials, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Dec. 31 that weekend express bus service would not be eliminated as planned in Queens and the rest of the city. Comment

Federal registration policy sparks boro protest

About 100 Queens residents and immigrants assembled in Jackson Heights on a windy, rainy Friday to protest the federal government’s special registration policy that they say unfairly targets Arab, South Asian and Muslim immigrants and can lead to their arrest. Comment

Fees at College Pt. DMV lot may be illegal: CB 7

For years Queens residents have complained about congestion at the parking lot at the College Point Department of Motor Vehicles. Comment

Residents object to Ft. Totten catering hall proposal

Objections to a plan to establish a fine restaurant and catering hall at Bayside’s Fort Totten resounded through a Community Board 11 meeting this week. Comment

Vasquez Dem Club honors Nolan, Astoria gay activists

The borough’s new gay Democratic club was to honor state Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan (D-Ridgewood), two gay activists from Astoria and the state’s first openly gay legislator Thursday night. Comment

Queens residents bring Xmas trees to be recycled

Borough officials and local residents came out Saturday morning to recycle their old Christmas trees at 10 park sites throughout Queens as part of the annual Mulchfest run by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Comment

Musica Reginae ready for 2nd Accolade show

Julie Miller, soprano, Mark Duffin, tenor, and Vaughn Fritts, baritone, will sing selections from European art song, songs from musical theater and arias and duets from the world’s best operas. Close, well known for his work with the Oratorio Society of Queens and the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens, will host this afternoon of wonderful music. Comment

Molloy hockey rolls over St. Edmund after five-goal first period

If anyone at Abe Stark Rink on Coney Island thought the CHSHL ‘B’ division clash between Molloy and St. Edmund would be close, the Molloy hockey team squelched those feelings with a five-goal barrage in the first period en route to a 7-1 rout. Comment

TimesLedger Athlete of the Week: Roberto Lopez

Name: Roberto Lopez Comment

Bridgeport stuns Queens Knights in 76-69 upset

Bridgeport men’s basketball coach Mike Ruane didn’t have to pump any extra motivation into Abdul Smith’s brain before the Purple Eagles arrived at Queens College’s Fitzgerald Gymnasium Saturday night. Comment

Queens women outlast struggling Bridgeport in ugly affair

It certainly won’t go down as one of the top games of Denis Conroy’s freshman campaign as Queens College women’s basketball coach, and unfortunately the Lady Knights’ 54-47 win over Bridgeport Saturday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium won’t even be considered the worst. Comment

Red Storm stops Seton Hall for first conference win

Marcus Hatten registered his first double-double of the season, scoring 31 points and grabbing 10 rebounds to lead the St. John’s University men’s basketball team to a hard-fought 74-66 win over the Seton Hall Pirates Saturday at Madison Square Garden in the Big East Conference opener for both teams. Comment



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