When word leaked out that the Mets had fired Leigh Castergine, their senior vice president in charge of ticket sales, the joke going around was that the team had finally pinpointed the cause of why they haven’t had a winning season since President Obama took office.
Any jokes about Castergine’s dismissal, which most assumed was a case of common corporate politics, quickly ended when she filed suit against the Mets in Brooklyn federal court charging that Chief Operating Officer Jeff Wilpon had humiliated her at an executive meeting. According to Castergine, Wilpon had stated at a Mets executives meeting that he was as morally opposed to her having a baby out of wedlock as he would be accepting advertisements from electronic cigarette companies for Citi Field.
(StatePoint) Whether you’re single and live on your own, or you’re raising a family, feeling secure in your community is likely an important priority to you. As an average citizen, there are several steps you can take to make your community safer.
(NAPSI)—Increasingly, students and those just out of school are using international travel as a productive way to make the most of the gap of time between high school and college or between college and starting a career. That’s why this type of purposeful travel has come to be known as gap travel.
All over Queens you see them, furtively jogging down alleyways, sunning themselves on sidewalks, dodging across the streets that often spell their doom. They’re housecats, at least as far as their DNA is concerned. Really they’re former pets who somehow parted ways with their owners, or, more often, they’re descendants of those who did, reverting somewhat to the ways of wild animals, albeit in an urban environment.
You may scorn or ignore them; you may have become friendly with them. Or you may be among the growing number of people who do their best to care for them even while letting them live their own lives, by feeding them, providing them with shelter or by trapping, neutering and returning them in hopes of reducing their population.
Carmelo Anthony seemed pretty optimistic he’d be returning to the Knicks when I saw him in May at an ESPN event. “We’re working on it!” he said with his trademark smile.
Clearly the Knicks had the negotiating advantage over other NBA clubs of being able to offer Melo an extra year at maximum money, but they had other things going for them as well. MSG/Cablevision CEO James Dolan was instrumental in getting Anthony traded to the Knicks in 2011 and he has worked hard to maintain a solid relationship with his superstar. Carmelo’s actress wife, La La, loves New York even more than the town she is seemingly named after.
Despite a setback on Long Island with the re-emergence of the destructive Asian long-horned beetle, the federal regional project manager said things are still looking good in Queens.
Joe Gittleman, who works for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Asian Longhorned Beetle Project, told the Queens Chronicle there have been no sightings of the insects in the borough since 2010.
CUNY didn’t have to look far to find a new president for Queens College. Felix Matos-Rodriguez, president of Hostos Community College, a CUNY school in the Bronx, was named late Monday to take the reins at the Flushing school.
Matos-Rodriguez, 52, succeeds James Muyskens, who resigned in December to return to teaching. He was president for 11 years, and an interim leader, Evangelos Gizis, has been in pace since he left.
New York City is one of the most unique places in the world; and not always for the reasons people think.
The celebrations to honor the anniversaries of the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs at Flushing Meadows Corona Park are stretching beyond the park’s borders this month.
Organized by the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Midway Theater at 108-22 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills will be the site of a free film screening for two documentaries on Tuesday, June 10 at 7 p.m.
(NAPSI)—A growing number of people are finding it may be to their benefit to have their career go to the dogs.
Ragtime aficionados from near and far came to hear the Paragon Ragtime Orchestra play a tribute to Scott Joplin and chow down on some BBQ at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst on Saturday.
The orchestra, conducted by Rick Benjamin, performed Joplin’s famous piece “The Entertainer,” along with many other classics and favorites near the composer’s final resting place.
(NewsUSA) - In the current job market typified by stubborn unemployment rates, there are areas where available jobs outnumber those applying for them: science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
(Family Features) Celebrities, athletes, talk show hosts and nearly 30 percent of people say they are turning to gluten-free diets to solve health issues from “foggy mind” to bloating and obesity.
Nestled in the small and rather residential community of Glendale on 77th Street is a new, unlikely neighbor.
The street, mostly populated with houses, isn’t welcoming a family or a newly married couple, it’s welcoming a brewery.
With some 300 employees in its Queens-based headquarters, no fewer than 16 product lines, each containing multiple styles, and $67 million worth of sales revenue in 2013, Crystal Window & Door Systems, Ltd. seems well on its way to living up to its corporate vision: “to become the premier manufacturer of windows, doors and associated products in North America.”
Located in Flushing for the past 24 years, including 14 at its current 215,000-square-foot site off the Whitestone Expressway, in the College Point Corporate Park, Crystal has even cracked Window & Door Magazine’s list of the largest manufacturers in North America, an annual designation based on sales volume.
(BPT) - From California’s Gold Coast to New England’s charming seaside towns, and from the rolling hills of Kentucky horse country to the thrilling frontier lands of Alaska, North America is filled from “sea to shining sea” with sights and experiences to thrill travelers of all age groups and tastes.
Although the Toronto Raptors had a better regular season record than the Brooklyn Nets, the conventional thinking for the playoffs was that the experienced Nets would have their way with the youthful Raptors, whose fortunes rested on two fine players, forward DeMar DeRozan and guard Kyle Lowry.
The Nets managed to slip by the Raptors but it was by the skin of their teeth, as they needed all seven games to do so. Their 104-103 nail-biting win in Sunday’s deciding Game 7 in Toronto typified the whole series. The Raptors had the ball, and a very good chance of winning the game and the playoff round with six seconds to go, thanks to the Nets’ inability to make an inbounds pass, a problem for them all season long. To the Nets’ credit, they played great defense when it counted, as Paul Pierce prevented Kyle Lowry from launching a shot.
Religious fanatics should be ashamed and embarrassed, criticizing Obama and asking why he wasn’t at the canonization of Pope John Paul II — a “man” (not a saint) who presided over the Catholic Church during nearly three decades of a gruesome pedophilia scandal and a grotesque cover-up.
What did John Paul do to deserve being named a saint? Was it giving sanctuary to Cardinal Bernard Francis Law, a horrendous enabler of child abuse who resigned in disgrace in 2012 as Archbishop of Boston? Was it defending Mexican priest Marcial Maciel Degollado, a pedophile, womanizer, embezzler and drug addict? Perhaps defending him because he was the greatest fundraiser for the Catholic Church and equally its greatest criminal?
The church is giving its biggest prize to the person who could have fixed the spreading stain of pedophilia and did nothing. Nothing! Instead the thousands of betrayed, damaged victims are thought of as a fading asterisk. All those fools buying last-minute tickets to fly to St. Peter’s Square, all to fawn over an institution that allowed molestation to continue for decades, protecting pedophile priests instead of their victims.
It’s too bad God, heaven and hell don’t exist because there would be nice warm seats waiting for all of them.
The Yankees’ brand has long been synonymous with victory, and the world’s most famous sports franchise has never been shy about spending money on the best baseball personnel available to keep it that way
Even their biggest detractors will concede that the Yankees beat you fair and square on the playing field. That is why no one was more upset with Michael Pineda using pine tar than Yankees general manager Brian Cashman was. He is well aware of the damage Pineda’s actions did to the Yankees image.
As the smell of sweet Belgian waffles wafted in the spring breeze, 2,500 spectactors gathered at the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park on Tuesday morning to hear it declared a “National Treasure” and see for themselves what’s left of the hulking relic.
The event was held to commemorate the opening of the World’s Fair in 1964 and give visitors a chance to see the decaying pavilion that has been chained off for years. People waited on line for hours to don a hard hat and take a quick peek inside the Tent of Tomorrow.
When an NBA team doesn’t make the playoffs, as is the case with the Knicks this year, the lone silver lining is a chance to nab a very good college player in the NBA Draft Lottery. Lamentably for Knicks fans, their team traded their top pick in the upcoming draft to the Denver Nuggets when they obtained Carmelo Anthony in 2011.
Adding to Knicks fans’ concern is that Carmelo will be a free agent come July 1. My guess is that he will re-sign with the Knicks since he and his wife very much like living in New York, and that team owner James Dolan has constantly sought out his advice. But the Knicks’ failures this season must give Anthony pause to making a long-term commitment.
The groundhog was right.
When Staten Island Chuck leaped from Mayor de Blasio’s arms two months ago, he saw his shadow and called for a longer winter.
(BPT) - Spring is a great time to re-side your house, whether to increase your home’s value or to replace damaged siding but be sure to evaluate all your siding options. Not all residential siding exteriors perform the same.
(Family Features) Roasted leg of lamb traditionally takes center stage for spring celebrations around the family dinner table. This flavorful recipe from Boston Chef Michael Scelfo for Grilled American Lamb Sirloin is a fresh spin on whole leg roasts, and simplifies spring entertaining. While sirloin chops are commonly found in grocery stores, consider ordering a whole sirloin roast - a portion of the leg - from your butcher for a larger gathering.
Smokers’ group sues to block new law on e-cigarettes
The Brooklyn-based group CLASH, or Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment, said Tuesday it is suing to overturn the city’s new law restricting electronic cigarette use the same way it controls conventional smoking.