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It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
“Many people are raising their homes, I raised my floor,” he said.
Riepe noted that there were a few people who have moved out, but most have stayed.
The American Red Cross has awarded a $400,000 grant to worldwide disaster relief organization World Cares Center to support long-term recovery services for people affected by Hurricane Sandy throughout the city, including in South Queens.
WCC will use the grant to provide training for 36,000 volunteers to conduct muck-outs, mold remediation and other forms of rebuilding support. WCC will work in partnership with community-based organizations, elected officials and National Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters to ensure an adequately-trained volunteer workforce can help Sandy-affected individuals and families in the recovery process.
Peak immigration from Italy to the United States died down three-quarters of a century ago, but generations later their influence is still obvious in America, especially in southern Queens.
Try buying fish from Brothers in Howard Beach in the days before Christmas Eve, when many Italian-Americans still practice the old-world tradition of serving seven fishes on the night Jesus was born. Attend a banquet at Russo’s on the Bay or Villa Russo in Richmond Hill, whose Il Palazzo banquet hall is a throwback to a town square in any rural village in Italy.
The modern supermarket got its start in Queens. The popular board game Scrabble was invented here. The only national park that can be reached by subway is located here.
These are but a few of the lesser-known facts about the borough that emerged, along with a historical perspective, as a lineup of the cognoscenti gathered on Friday to lead a celebration in honor of the most diversified place on Earth.
The crowd grew so large last Saturday, one resident said the population of Broad Channel may have doubled. The neighborhood’s American Legion Hall on Cross Bay Boulevard could not hold everyone who showed up for South Queens’ rally against flood insurance premium hikes that begin this month.
It was just one of dozens of rallies held across the country at the same time, including in coastal communities in Louisiana, Florida, Alabama and Massachusetts and floodprone areas in states like Iowa and Illinois. The rallies were held in protest to the 2012 Biggert-Waters Act, a bill that supporters said seeks to put the National Flood Insurance Program on solid financial footing, but opponents fear will lead to the decimation of coastal communities like Howard Beach, Broad Channel and the Rockaways.
It’s unlikely she was thinking about restaurants when Jeannette Walls wrote in her celebrated 2005 memoir, “All seasons have something to offer.” But the line would not be out of place in describing the philosophy that many eating establishments follow to mark the different times of the year.
As cooler temperatures have signaled the arrival of fall, many local restaurants have begun to adapt their menus to satisfy the cravings of their hungry customers.
Residents on 68th Avenue near 79th Street woke up to an inferno on Monday night that incinerated several homes in Middle Village.
“It was unlike anything I have ever seen before,” said Tony Deluca, who lives across the street from the affected homes. “I got up and thought they were doing garbage collection early or something because it was so loud but when I looked out my window you just saw fire shooting out of the roof of this house and all of the houses around it.”
Residents on 68th Avenue near 79th Street witnessed an inferno on Monday night that incinerated several homes in Middle Village.
Dorsky Gallery Curatorial Programs “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45th Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., opens Sept. 8, through November 17. Contact (718) 937-6317, or go to www.dorsky.org.
The opinions of Queens’ federal lawmakers on whether the United States should launch an attack on Syria in response to its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons against civilians run the gamut.
Some support the action, at least one is opposed, at least one admits he is undecided and several of the others issued varying statements before President Obama announced that he would seek congressional authorization for military action last Friday.
The United States should not rashly attack Syria over its government’s apparent use of chemical weapons, and President Obama should ask Congress to approve any strike on the country before launching one, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan, Queens) said in a statement issued Friday.
Maloney’s statement appears to be the first released by any of Queens’ federal representatives on the possibility of the United States launching air strikes against Syria.
The Queens College Choral Society, Duke Ellington’s “Sacred Concerts” and Mendelssohn’s “Elijah,” Queens College music building, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., room 246, Wednesdays, Sept. 4, 6-8:30 p.m.; Aug. 28, Sept. 11, 6-7:15 p.m. Rehearsals, Wednesdays, 7:30-9:45 p.m. Call (718) 997-3818.
A Fresh Meadows woman was arrested Tuesday by for allegedly scamming more than $87,000 in benefits, claiming she was a victim of Hurricane Sandy.
Caterina M. Curatolo, 48, of 59-13 159 St., was charged with grand larceny, insurance fraud, scheme to defraud and multiple counts of offering a false instrument for filing and falsifying business records. If convicted, she faces up to seven years in prison.
Todd Miner, director of Friends of Rockaway, Josh Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross, Greater New York Region and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder at a press conference Monday in Arverne announcing the $721,000 grant from the Red Cross to Friends of Rockaway.
Friends of Rockaway, an organization formed after Hurricane Sandy to help residents remove mold from their devastated homes and rebuild, received nearly three quarters of a million dollars from the American Red Cross to continue their work.
The grant of $721,550 will go toward hiring local contractors, plumbers and electrician to help rebuild homes still in need of fixes from the storm eight months ago.
After living through Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath, student filmmaker and Howard Beach resident Daniel Scarpati created an original short film entitled “Sandy Stories.” The film focuses on the post-traumatic stress caused by the storm and the relationships among the hurricane’s victims.
Scarpati’s family lost two cars and parts of their roof in the storm. “In the aftermath of Sandy there were 11 days of no power and heat,” he said. During those days Scarpati spent time working on his own house while also helping Red Cross relief trucks and American Legion efforts by unloading supplies and serving food.
They gathered to honor their fallen comrades who died defending our freedom.
Members of Woodhaven Post 118 of the American Legion came together to pay tribute at the its annual Memorial Day ceremony at their Woodhaven headquarters on Monday in a ceremony that also brought out many residents.
One of the few notes of discord coming out of the Mets’ spring training base of Port St. Lucie, Fla. is that Mets general manager Sandy Alderson is unhappy that John Santana did not report to camp in what the GM considers suitable pitching shape.
Alderson, who is known for his no-nonsense and realistic assessments, must have been delusional if he expected the onetime Mets ace, who missed the entire 2011 season with arm problems and then suffered from fatigue right after tossing the first no-hitter in Mets’ history last June 1 — when he threw an amazing 135 pitches in the effort — to be the Johan Santana of old.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced last week that his office has publically released information on the donations given to more than 80 organizations for Hurricane Sandy relief.
The information on the more than $400 million raised in the wake of Sandy by 88 charities, was posted on the attorney general’s Charities Bureau website.