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Queens Sports Preview: Everything you need to know for the weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of St. John's University

BY LARRY FLEISHER

Commodores continue playoffs against FDR

Bayside High School is one game away from reaching the championship game of the PSAL Varsity Bowl playoffs and will face second-seeded FDR on Nov. 23 at noon at Midwood High School. The fourth-seeded Commodores opened the playoffs with a 26-6 victory over James Madison. Junior running back Marcus Watson had 111 yards while senior Tyrell Plaza rushed for two touchdowns and had eight tackles. One of Bayside’s two losses was a 16-6 defeat at FDR on Sept. 27.

St. John’s men looking for more complete performances as schedule gets tougher

Saying St. John’s 91-84 win over Division II school Franklin Pierce was uneven would be an understatement. The Red Storm improved to 2-0 on Nov. 17, but did so in a game where they trailed by seven at halftime and then began the second half with 21 straight points. D’Angelo Harrison had a career-high 31 points and 17 rebounds. The Red Storm faced Long Island University on Nov. 19 and will face Minnesota and, possibly, No. 13 Gonzaga in next week’s NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden.

Former Holy Cross star helps Quinnipiac open season with victory

Evan Conti’s 1,120 points are the fifth highest in Holy Cross history. Since graduating from the school in 2011, he has taken his talents to Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn. Conti began his senior season by totaling 13 points, six assists and six rebounds in an 88-85 double overtime thriller over Yale. Conti and his team faced La Salle on Nov. 18 and will visit Albany on Nov. 22.

St. John’s women’s basketball faces Florida in home opener

The St. John’s women’s basketball team opened its season by getting a career-high 30 points from Danejah Grant in a 61-50 win at Yale on Nov. 15. On Nov. 20, St. John’s opens its home schedule against Florida and will be facing the Gators for the second straight season. Last year, St. John’s fell behind by 18 at halftime in a 72-68 loss in Gainesville.

Former Red Storm forward Sampson could make pro debut at MSG

Jakarr Sampson averaged 12.8 points last season for St. John’s and decided to declare for the NBA draft. Although he was undrafted, he made the Philadelphia 76ers opening night roster. So far, Sampson is averaging 2.3 points and has appeared in nine games, although his playing time has been limited so far. The 76ers are winless (0-10) through Nov. 17 and will face the Knicks at Madison Square Garden on the night of Nov. 22.

Queens College players make East Coast Conference honor roll

Queens College men’s basketball opened the season with an 83-77 loss to Goldey-Beacom in Wilmington, Del., on Nov. 14. In the loss, senior guard Jeremiah Mordi had 32 points on 10-of-17 shooting and was named to the East Coast Conference honor roll. Mordi, however, was 8-of-28 from the field as the Knights fell to 0-3 with double digit losses to University of the Sciences and Georgian Court. Queens will resume its schedule on Dec. 1 at Adelphi. The women’s team opened the season with a pair of close games, a 60-58 loss to St. Michaels and a 61-59 win over Franklin Pierce. Forward Madison Rowland had a double-double in the win and was named to the East Coast Conference honor roll. The Lady Knights continue play on Nov. 19 at Dominican College.

Holy Cross begins hockey season

Holy Cross will begin its hockey season on Nov. 23 in Brooklyn against St. Joseph’s of Staten Island. In their first year competing in the Catholic League’s A Division, the Knights finished fourth in the Catholic League’s A Division at 9-4-2 and then lost their first round best-of-three series to Msgr. Farrell of Staten Island. Holy Cross won both meetings with St. Joseph’s by a combined 10-1 margin.

Boxing comes to Queens

Though the main event in boxing is Long Island native Chris Algieri’s challenge of Manny Pacquiao for the WBO welterweight title on Nov. 22 in Macau China, fight fans can get their fix on Nov. 21 at International Fight Night at Resorts World Casino in Jamaica. On the nine-fight card run by New Legend Boxing, there are three fighters with connections to Queens. Allan Phelan of Astoria by way of County Kildare in Ireland will fight in a six-round junior lightweight bout. Featherweight Jose Miguel De La Rosa, a Dominican Republic native living in Queens and Jamaica middleweight Devaun Lee will have four-round fights.

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Councilman promises to fund purchase of Fresh Meadows colonial cemetery


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Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

Fresh Meadows Councilman Rory Lancman pledged to fully fund the purchase of a historical cemetery on 182nd Avenue from the current private owner that has no intention of preserving the plot of land.

“Buying the cemetery is the easy part,” Lancman said about the Brinckerhoff Cemetery. “We need to make sure that an organization with the infrastructure can shoulder the responsibility of upkeeping and maintaining the cemetery.”

The 18th century cemetery was designated a landmark in 2012, thwarting the efforts of the owner, Linda Cai, to develop the land into housing or commercial property.

Lancman, whose coverage area includes Fresh Meadows, said that his office was in the process of looking for an organization that would be able to take care of the colonial cemetery.

The Friends of the The Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery, a nonprofit, helped the site gain the landmark status and is in the process of raising money to buy the cemetery. But so far, Lancman hasn’t offered to buy the property for the group because he isn’t sure if the organization

“I’m not going to make the decision unilaterally,” Lancman said. “We need to sit down with the community and figure it out.”

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Dairy Queen arrives in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Updated Wednesday, Nov. 19, 12:37 p.m.

Dairy Queen opened in Corona this month, bringing its famous soft-serve treats back to the borough for the first time in decades.

The DQ Grill & Chill Restaurant, at 37-39 Junction Blvd., is one of four locations in the city, joining DQs in the Bronx, Staten Island and Manhattan, which just debuted in May.

At least one Dairy Queen existed in the borough prior to the 1980s, according to corporate headquarters, but the Corona eatery is currently the only location in Queens.

The restaurant serves more than just dessert. As its name suggests, it has both a “grill” and “chill” side. Its menu features familiar sweets, including Blizzards, and lunch and dinner items, such as burgers, sandwiches and salads.

Since the Dairy Queen opened on Nov. 11, everything on the menu has been selling, according to assistant manager Gary Holmes.

“Once you order something for dinner, you’re going to have something for dessert,” he said.

Hungry diners looking for a deal can enjoy Dairy Queen’s “$5 Buck Lunch,” which includes crispy fries, a drink and a sundae for dessert.

A week after its opening, which was first reported by DNAinfo, the crowds have been decent, but the restaurant would like to see more customers.

“We are new to the area. We’ve been pretty good,” Holmes said. “But we could always do better.”

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Preservation group struggles to raise money for historical cemetery in Fresh Meadows


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Photo courtesy of Landmarks Preservation Commission

A preservation group is trying to save a colonial-era burial ground in Fresh Meadows from fading away.

The Brinckerhoff Cemetery was designated a landmark in 2012 by the city. But the small plot of land is privately owned by Linda Cai.

“If we didn’t fight for the cemetery this could have been developed and the grounds desecrated,” said Yolanda Dela Cruz-Gallagher, president of Friends of the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery. “And we could have lost the historical essence of our forefather.”

Dela Cruz-Gallagher and her preservation organization are raising money to buy the property. The current owner is asking for $150,000.

“We have no money,” Dela Cruz-Gallagher said. “And so we’re asking the public for support.”

Dela Cruz-Gallagher and other Queens historical groups believe there are over 70 tombstones in the cemetery, but none of them are visible due to the overgrowth of weeds and a lack of maintenance.

Surveys of the area are prohibited since the cemetery is private property, so no one is certain about the conditions of the tombstones and other historical artifacts. The 18th-century graveyard is named after a prominent immigrant family from Holland that settled in Fresh Meadows.

“I believe that the property would be in better hands with the Friends of the Brinckerhoff Cemetery than the current owner,” said Mitchell Grubler, chair of the Queens Preservation Council. “It’s a property that’s had a lot of invasive growth, vegetation. Over the course of time, that needs to be managed.”

The Queens Preservation Council doesn’t have any plans to financially support Friends of the Brinckerhoff Colonial Cemetery. But Grubler said that doesn’t mean they won’t help in the future.

In 2012, when the site was designated as a historical landmark, former City Councilman James Gennaro lobbied hard to win the site’s landmark status, according to earlier reports.

Gennaro also said that a nonprofit group with the financial ability should buy the property. While Dela Cruz-Gallagher’s preservation group is a nonprofit, they aren’t close to the $150,000 needed to buy the property.

“These are the people who fought side by side with George Washington. It has a lot of historical significance,” Dela Cruz-Gallagher said. “We need to get this property as soon as possible before everything there is lost.”

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Queens Sports Preview: Everything you need to know for the weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY LARRY FLEISHER

Red Devils open PSAL playoffs

Flushing High School will open the PSAL playoffs Saturday at noon by hosting Brooklyn’s South Shore High School. Led by senior running back D’Andre Sapp, who rushed for 842 yards, the Red Devils earned the seventh seed with an 8-2 record. Sapp had 135 yards and ran for two touchdowns last week in a 48-7 rout of Campus Magnet. The Red Devils were the fourth seed last season and beat Curtis and New Dorp before a 55-7 loss to top-seeded Lincoln in the semifinals.

Commodores look to make up for last week’s loss in PSAL’s Varsity Bowl

Bayside High School will host James Madison in the PSAL’s Varsity Bowl Saturday at noon. The Commodores finished the regular season with an 8-2 record and earned the fourth seed. Bayside ended the regular season on a down note with a 40-14 home loss to top seed McKee last Sunday in a game where it was outgained 468-93. Earlier this season, Bayside posted a 22-18 victory over Madison when Tyrell Plaza had 179 yards and two touchdowns. Bayside is seeded fourth for the second straight season. Last year, the Commodores routed Staten Island’s Petrides High School 52-20 before losing to McKee in the second round.

Bayside girls volleyball returns to playoffs

Bayside’s girls volleyball team returns after a one-year absence as the fifth seed against No. 28 Environmental Studies. The Commodores were 10-0 during the regular season and won nine of 10 games in straight sets. Bayside is led by senior setter Mariel Medina, who compiled 150 assists during the regular season. If the team wins, it will face Van Buren, and if they win that game, will face either New Utrecht or Lab Museum.

Francis Lewis volleyball to open playoffs against Bryant

Francis Lewis earned the eighth seed in the volleyball playoffs by going 8-2 in the regular season and will open the playoffs against No. 25 Bryant. The Patriots were an eighth seed two years ago and advanced to the quarterfinals before losing to top seed Susan Wagner. Should the Patriots advance they will face the winner of the Flushing-Long Island City contest.

Flushing Red Devils to start playoffs with highest seed in four years

Flushing High School will also open the playoffs Wednesday as the ninth seed against No. 24 Long Island City. The Red Devils went unbeaten (10-0) in winning the Queens A North/East title and have their highest seed over the last four years. Long Island City finished the regular season with a 7-3 record that was good for second place in the Queens A West Division.

Townsend Harris and Jamaica neck in neck as playoffs begin

Townsend Harris earned the 16th seed and will face off against No. 17 Jamaica in the opening round of the volleyball playoffs. Townsend Harris finished 6-4 and in third in Queens A East and that included two victories over defending champion Cardozo. Jamaica was 7-3 and finished in second place in Queens A North East. Townsend Harris lost in the second round to Bronx Science last year while Jamaica lost to JFK in the first round. The winner will face top-seeded Brooklyn Tech.

Red Storm to open season against Yale

The St. John’s women’s basketball team will open its season Saturday afternoon with a visit to Yale. The Red Storm have been to five straight NCAA tournaments and were picked second in the preseason Big East coaches poll. St. John’s also received seven points in the preseason AP poll and 16 in the USA Today/Coaches poll. The Red Storm returns with its two top scorers from last season, Aliyyah Handford and Danaejah Grant.

Queens College Knights looks to end losing streak

Queens College will open its men’s basketball season Friday at Goldey-Beacom in Wilmington, Delaware and will try to rebound from a disappointing 9-18 season. The Knights lost their first 12 games before finishing 9-6 over the final 15 and will look to end a string of four straight losing seasons. The women’s team will begin the season against St. Michael’s in Vermont in the Doubletree Tip-off Classic.

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: old Rockaway Courthouse

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Norwood Gardens in Astoria

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Queens Dems take general election


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There were no surprises in this year’s general election, as all the Queens Democratic candidates won their races.

Many of the congressional, Assembly and state Senate Democratic candidates running in the borough this year were only facing third-party challengers.

The ones that were not still bested their GOP rivals by a good number of votes.

The hotly contested races already took place during the September primary, specifically between Tony Avella and John Liu in the 11th state Senate district and Malcolm Smith and Leroy Comrie in the 14th state Senate district.

Avella, the incumbent, narrowly beat Liu, the former city comptroller, while Comrie, a former city councilman, defeated state Senator Smith, who is awaiting trial on federal corruption charges, in a landslide.

Though Avella had to still take on Green Party candidate Paul Gilman, Comrie was uncontested in the general election and the only non-incumbent who won.

Other Queens electeds who faced no challengers on Nov. 4 included U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, state Sens. James Sanders Jr., Jose Peralta, Toby Ann Stavisky, and Assembly members Phil Goldfeder, David Weprin, Nily Rozic, Ed Braunstein, Michael Simanowitz, Andrew Hevesi, William Scarborough, Margaret Markey, Michele Titus, Vivian Cook, Barbara Clark, Michael DenDekker, Jeffrion Aubry, Aravella Simotas, Mike Miller and Francisco Moya.

Sanders, Stavisky and Markey were the only ones who had to secure their seats in the September primary.

Scarborough, who has represented the 29th Assembly District in southeast Queens for two decades, faces legal troubles, however, after being arrested on state and federal corruption charges last month. He is accused of stealing campaign funds and collecting travel reimbursement checks through the voucher system, which each legislator gets when he or she is in the state capital, even when he was not there.

U.S. Reps. Carolyn Maloney and Steve Israel, state Sen. Joseph Addabbo Jr. and Assemblyman Ron Kim all retained their seats over Republican opponents.

Israel and Addabbo had the two closest races of the night in Queens. With 100 percent of the precincts reporting, Israel received 54.5 percent of the vote, while his GOP challenger Grant Lally earned 45.5 percent, according to unofficial results. Addabbo beat his Republican opponent Michael Conigliaro 55.1 to 44.9 percent, with 3,632 votes separating the two.

Fellow incumbents U.S. Reps. Gregory Meeks, Hakeem Jeffries and Joseph Crowley, state Sen. Michael Gianaris and Assemblywoman Catherine Nolan, who were only up against third-party challengers, easily won their races.

Outside of the borough, Gov. Andrew Cuomo won his re-election bid against Republican Rob Astorino. Cuomo, with his running mate for lieutenant governor, Kathy Hochul, earned 54 percent of the vote with 99.5 percent of the precincts reporting, according to unofficial results, while Astorino and his candidate for lieutenant governor, Chris Moss, received 40.6 percent.

In other statewide elections State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli and Attorney General Eric Schneiderman also faced Republican challengers and won the majority of the votes.

“I feel good about what we did and I feel good about how we did it,” Cuomo said in his victory speech. “Our efforts were all about unifying people and growing the state. We said that New York is at its best when it acts like a family, honoring each other’s rights and responsibilities.” 

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard in Richmond Hill 

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Man wanted in armed, police-impersonation robberies in Queens and Brooklyn


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Authorities are looking for a suspected member of a street gang who they say is responsible for several armed, police-impersonation robberies in Queens and Brooklyn.

Ringo Delcid, of Brooklyn, is being sought after the arrest of one of his suspected associates on Oct. 21, according to the FBI.

Delcid is described as 26 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall and 220 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes, and was born in Panama. He was last seen with a goatee beard and is often referred to as “Castro,” “Ringo Castro,” or “Ringo Halister Del Cid Carrillo.” Delcid should be considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 212-384-1000. Tipsters may remain anonymous.

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Gambino crime family associate arrested in 2002 Queens murder


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A longtime associate of the Gambino crime family has been indicted for his role in a racketeering conspiracy, including allegedly shooting a man to death in Queens more than 10 years ago.

After starting out at a young age as a member of a street gang and serving several years in prison, Gennaro “Jerry” Bruno, now 41, became a Gambino associate, according to officials. For 14 years, up until his arrest Tuesday, he allegedly took part in an array of crimes for the organized crime family, including drug trafficking and extortion.

When Bruno’s criminal associate Martin Bosshart began efforts to exclude one of Bruno’s co-conspirators from a marijuana import operation, Bruno plotted with other Gambino members and associates to murder Bosshart, authorities said.

On the night of Jan. 2, 2002, Bruno and others lured Bosshart to an isolated location in Queens, specifically Howard Beach, according to the Daily News. He then allegedly shot 30-year-old Bosshart in the back of the head. His body was recovered at the scene.

Officials from the FBI and United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York said as Bruno evaded arrest for years, he “conspired with other Gambino associates to “obstruct an official grand jury proceeding into the Bosshart murder.” He also allegedly continued his racketeering activity and extracted payments from the owner of a waste carting company in Queens.

Bruno has been indicted on charges of racketeering and racketeering conspiracy, including predicate acts of murder, narcotics trafficking, extortion and obstruction of justice, according to officials. As of Wednesday, removal proceedings to New York were still underway for Bruno, who was arrested in Las Vegas, where he is currently living.

In April 2012, a fellow Gambino associate Todd LaBarca pleaded guilty to racketeering, with predicate acts of conspiracy to murder Martin Bosshart, narcotics trafficking, extortion and bookmaking, as well as conspiracy to commit assault in aid of racketeering.

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Borough President Katz assesses Queens’ Ebola readiness


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Photo courtesy of Borough President Melinda Katz's office

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz met with Health Department officials on Monday to consider Queens’ ability to deal with an Ebola outbreak.

Katz also emphasized the need to work closely with the department given the large population of the borough, which hosts two busy airports.

“There is a very deep interest in [Queens] about this,” Katz said.

Dr. Jessica Kattan, a city health official, fielded questions from Katz and community board members.

But Kattan didn’t have the answer to many of the questions and advised people to call 311 if someone has Ebola.

“Does Purell work on this thing?” Katz said.

Kattan said she didn’t know the answer but promised to get back to Katz with an answer.

A community board member asked if planes coming from West Africa to Queens were being sanitized and the air ventilation system flushed out.

Kattan didn’t know, but she said, “the chances of New Yorkers getting Ebola is very slim.”

Katz also made a suggestion about the airports.

She said they should be reporting to Kattan’s department so that communication and information between the airports and the city is greater.

“We’re relying on you guys for vital information,” Katz said. “It’s important.”

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Northern Boulevard at Bell Boulevard in Bayside 

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