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The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that will hopefully inspire.
It’s rare that a free agent switches from one local ballclub to another. The only one who comes to mind is relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano, who left the Mets to join the Yankees in the fall of 2010. At the time, Feliciano was upset at how the Mets overworked him and then rewarded him by refusing to make him a reasonable offer. He never threw a pitch in a Yankees uniform because of injuries, and, ironically, rejoined the Mets as a free agent last year.
Feliciano now has company as a trivia answer, as recent Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson has accepted a four-year, $60 million deal from the Mets. This is the Mets’ first marquee free-agent signing since their ill-fated deal with outfielder Jason Bay four years ago.
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.
“The ooooonly reason that I decided to come to Brooklyn was to win an NBA championship!” future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett declared to the press at Nets media day on Sept. 30. He was speaking as well for his fellow ex-Celtics, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, who came to Brooklyn in the big trade that occurred last June.
But based on what we’ve seen in the first three weeks, the Nets look to be far from a lock to make the NBA playoffs, let alone win a championship. Garnett seems to be a shell of himself as he has had trouble putting the ball in the basket while rookie head coach Jason Kidd has gingerly limited his playing minutes. The same can be said of Pierce and Terry. While it is understandable that Kidd wants to be careful how he utilizes his older players to avoid injury, they will not shake off the rust unless they start playing more minutes.
(BPT) - The sunny days of summer may seem like a distant memory, but as tempting as it is to let the kids curl up on the couch when they’re home, it’s important to keep them active throughout the cooler months. Even as days get shorter, you can still use those free hours to stay energetic and fuel their curiosity.
The Glen Oaks Little League will hold its first of four winter baseball clinics on Saturday at PS 186, 252-12 72 Ave. from 9 a.m. to noon.
Registration for the 2014 season also begins on Saturday. The season runs from April to June. Divisions include pee wee, farms, international and majors. There is also a challenger division for those who are mentally or physically challenged.
The city Parks Department has installed netting on top of the western fence of Tudor Park along 80th Street.
Residents living on the block have been complaining about cricket balls flying over the fence and damaging property ever since the Parks Department built a cricket pitch in the outfield of the park’s baseball field.
Police are searching for a gunman who opened fire on a 21-year-old Hispanic male in Briarwood on Oct. 31.
The incident occurred around 7 p.m. outside of 88-09 148 Street. The victim was shot three times in the torso, police said. The man, an alleged Latin Kings gang member as reported by the Daily News, was transported to Jamaica Hospital Medical Center with nonlife threatening injuries, according to news reports.
With two outs in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Mookie Wilson stepped up to the plate. The Mets trailed the Boston Red Sox 5-4, but with runners on first and third, Wilson had a chance to become a postseason hero with a hit. After a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and the possible winning run to advance to second base, the game was in Wilson’s hands.
On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Wilson hit a slow ground ball to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner.
(StatePoint) Books are a great gift, no matter who is on your holiday shopping list. But matching the right book with the right person isn’t always easy.
It took three years and over a billion dollars but the top-to-bottom renovations of Madison Square Garden have finally been completed. The Garden truly has the feel of a brand-new arena, not one that was built in 1968 and had some modifications made to it.
A lot has been written about the pair of pathways known as “The Chase Bridges” located near the Garden’s ceiling, which allow patrons to walk from the 31st Street side to the 33rd Street side and back without missing any of the action. They are an architectural wonder as they are virtually undetectable looking up from the courtside seats. You have to climb up a few stairs from the Garden’s ninth floor, known affectionately as the “blue seats” since back in the day, to get to these bridges. Amazingly, the bridges don’t block the vision of anyone sitting on the upper level.
Two parks in Springfield Gardens and another in Flushing have received approval for $1.5 million in capital improvement money.
The funding, set aside in Borough President Helen Marshall’s annual capital budget, was just approved by the city’s Office of Management and Budget.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s help in locating a Rosedale man who was last seen leaving Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan last Wednesday afternoon.
James Briggins is described as 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 155 pounds. He was last seen wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with a blue stripe, blue jeans and a blue baseball cap with an NY logo.
Legends in Major League Baseball are born in October. From riveting seven-game series to late-inning heroics, unforgettable moments in baseball history happen during the playoffs culminating in the most prestigious baseball event, the World Series.
Historic baseball event at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
The NYPD is looking for the man wanted in connection with a criminal sex act in Richmond Hill last weekend.
On Sunday, at approximately 2:30 p.m., the suspect, described as a black man in his 20s driving an SUV, approached a 12-year-old girl near the corner of Lincoln Street and 116th Avenue, got outside of his vehicle, engaged her in conversation and had her enter his vehicle.
The baseball diamond at Tudor Park near 80th Street and Conduit Boulevard has been used for more than just baseball recently.
A testament to the growing West Indian and South Asian populations, in the Tudor Village and Liberty Heights sections of Ozone Park, the diamond found a second use as a place to play cricket.
(BPT) - Looking for a great space to chill out and hang with the dudes? Call it the basement, the garage, a home bar, or just a room dedicated to enjoying the game - it’s your man cave. This year, take your space to the next level with these important game day essentials. If you're lucky - it'll become a known game day spot for seasons to come.
The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the suspect wanted in an Ozone Park bank robbery.
On Sept. 14 at 11:20 a.m., the suspect entered the Valley National Bank at 107-01 Liberty Ave. and passed a note demanding money. No weapon was displayed. He fled on foot, heading west on Liberty Avenue with an undetermined amount of cash.
Although it was a foregone conclusion that Mets ace pitcher Matt Harvey would need Tommy John surgery to repair damage on his pitching elbow and miss the entire 2014 season, many Mets fans on social media, along with a good number of sportswriters, reacted as if they had just learned that the sky was falling. You would have thought these folks were expecting a parade down the Canyon of Heroes next November if Harvey were part of the Mets rotation in 2014.
The success rate for Tommy John surgery is reportedly over 90 percent. Given Harvey’s competitive nature, which probably breeds the arrogance that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, I fully expect him to be as good, if not better, when he returns to the mound in 2015.
There’s no question that most Whitestone residents oppose a high school on the former Cresthaven Country Club property, but there is controversy over last week’s rally at the site.
Although the event was organized by Kim Cody, president of the Greater Whitestone Taxpayers Civic Association, emails and literature were sent out from the Paul Vallone campaign. Vallone is the Democratic candidate running for the 19th City Council seat being vacated by Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone), who is not seeking re-election after being indicted on federal bribery charges.
The Mets’ 3-2 come-from-behind victory last Sunday afternoon at Citi Field to close out the 2013 season meant that the team wound up in third place in the National League East with its 74-88 record. That wasn’t a cause for anyone to be popping champagne in the clubhouse, but considering that many believed the Mets would be battling the penurious Miami Marlins all season for the cellar, it was a major accomplishment. Hardly anyone had predicted that the Mets would finish ahead of the Philadelphia Phillies. Of course, that’s more of an indictment of an aging, overpaid and underperforming Phillies squad than it is a tribute to the Mets.
Nonetheless, Mets manager Terry Collins, who rightfully received an extension on his contract Monday, sees finishing third as an important launching point for the 2014 Mets. “I told Sandy after we swept the Phillies down there last weekend that we were going to overtake them in the standings,” Collins proudly said in his postgame press conference, referring to general manager Sandy Alderson. “This is important to us.”
Several Whitestone residents and officials are concerned about School Construction Authority plans for a high school on the site of the former Cresthaven Country Club.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said that he’s been contacted by several nearby residents, who reported that SCA workers have recently been surveying the site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. Avella noted that the property is in the midst of foreclosure by OneWest Bank.
New York Mets icon Mike Piazza reflected on his career and his life since retirement at Citi Field on Sunday, prior to his induction into the Mets Hall of Fame.
Piazza played for the Mets from May 1998 through 2005. As an Amazin’ he made seven All-Star teams, hit 220 of his 427 career home runs, and set a team record with 124 runs batted in during the 1999 season.
Many people hear the words “escorted travel” and immediately think “tour bus” or “motorcoach.” While there’s nothing wrong with either form of travel, they’re certainly not the only options available when you take an escorted or guided tour. A host of other options deliver all the benefits of escorted travel without relying on traditional motorcoach transportation.