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(BPT) - Spring is when pests come out of hiding and hibernation to search for new places to establish their colonies. Unfortunately, it’s not only the flowers in your garden that attract pests but also your home itself. One of the most determined springtime pests is termites.
After an up-and-down regular season, St. John’s desperately needed at least one win in the Big East tournament to truly earn NCAA tournament consideration.
Unfortunately for the Red Storm, it looks like their dancing shoes will collect another year’s worth of dust.
In the early 1900s, 503 acres with a natural park-like setting similar to Woodhaven’s Forest Park were purchased from the city by private developers. It was an area of almost one square mile, covered with hardwood trees such as oak, maple, elm and chestnut, and had an elevation ranging from 65 to 100 feet.
The developers were Timothy Woodruff, the former lieutenant governor of New York under Gov. Theodore Roosevelt, and Michael Degnon, the noted engineer who help build the first New York subway in 1904. They called their development “Jamaica Estates” and set its boundaries as Utopia Parkway on the west, Hillside Avenue on the south, 188th Street on the east and Union Turnpike to the north.
Saturday was a great day in Queens high school sports history, as the Francis Lewis Patriots and the Cardozo Judges won the Public School Athletic League girls and boys basketball championships, respectively, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Cardozo game was a nail-biter as it wasn’t decided until the Judges’ Rashond Salnave hit two foul shots with less than three seconds left on the clock [see separate stories in some editions or at qchron.com].
Both teams were the de facto visitors as they played against two Brooklyn high schools, South Shore and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Dave Diamante, the stentorian-voiced Brooklyn Nets public address announcer, admitted to me that he tried to put a little more enthusiasm into announcing Brooklyn baskets than those made by Queens players.
Community Board 9 elected a new slate of leaders on Tuesday night in Ozone Park in what ended up being a rather anticlimactic vote after weeks of rumors of a brawl between incumbent chairman Jim Coccovillo and his opposition on the board.
Coccovillo opted not to seek a second term as chairman, instead nominating Ralph Gonzalez of Ozone Park — whose name had been mentioned by several members as a potential opponent of Coccovillo’s. Gonzalez won the chairmanship unopposed. Raj Rampershad, the board’s executive secretary, was elected first vice chairman unopposed.
“Forest Hills has become ‘Deforest Hills,’” a man shoveling snow remarks about the community he’s lived in for years. Pointing to his windows, the man says they remain constantly shut. Trees that used to absorb exhaust fumes along the road have been largely cut down, in apparent violation of city laws requiring greenery.
Despite his concern of the lack of trees, the man says he doesn’t complain to the Department of Buildings over the violations and chooses to remain anonymous when voicing his opinion.
Saving money is always smart, but can it also be romantic? When it comes to your wedding day, spending less doesn’t mean you have to give up elegance and romance. It’s all about wise choices, setting priorities and selecting a theme that is the perfect marriage of elegance and budget mindedness.
(Family Features) Whether you're looking for a gift to give a gardener in your life or you're looking for some ideas, there's no shortage of new gardening books available. Here are a few books that will plant seeds of inspiration for gardeners of all ages and stages.
PS 154 in Flushing has received the National Wildlife Federation’s Eco-Schools USA Green Flag award for improving its efforts to conserve natural resources and integrate environmental education into the curriculum.
It’s the second of only two New York City’s schools to receive the honor.
No matter the stress facing a college sports team or its fans as the playoffs creep closer, Senior Day is always a thrilling moment for everyone involved.
The graduating members of the team are the subjects of a ceremony honoring their achievements while graduating fans take in the excitement of going to their school’s game one more time.
(BPT) - While cooler temperatures slowly fade, gardeners across the country eagerly await the arrival of spring – and the chance to get outdoors and grow something. If gardening is your passion, you don’t have to wait until the weather is perfect to get started. In fact, working ahead by growing your own seedlings is a great way to ensure your garden is successful throughout the warmer months.
(BPT) - People across the country are feeling the winter blues after an unusually cold and snowy winter. But with warmer weather arriving soon, you can create a feeling of spring indoors and out with some simple do-it-yourself projects.
Not far enough.
That was the message sent this week by members of Community Board 13 in response to the Indian Cultural and Community Center proposing to cut three stories from a pair of senior apartment buildings on the grounds of the Creedmoor Psychiatric Center in Bellerose.
As if an attempted murder and a rash of burglars breaking into homes through fire escapes weren’t enough for Central Queens residents, a robber has begun targeting women walking around late at night.
According to police, three women have been robbed of their purses in Kew Gardens and Forest Hills over the last two weeks, with two of the victims being held up at knifepoint.
Officials eye higher fines, lower fines for not shoveling snow
The cost to property owners of not removing snow from sidewalks would go up under a bill before the City Council — and down, but only for some people, under a separate proposal.
(BPT) - From an early age, children can roll up their sleeves and get involved in helping reduce the amount of trash they produce by participating in recycling programs. Across the country, children will celebrate Earth Day April 22 with science fairs and environmental educational seminars about the importance of recycling. When children start recycling early in life, they’re more likely to continue that behavior as they get older – and pass the practice on to their own kids.
The combination of the press conference for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Derek Jeter’s announcement that this will be his last season certainly put the spotlight on the Yankees last week. That may be one reason why news of the Mets’ refinancing of a massive loan did not get a lot of play. Nonetheless it is a big story with plenty of troubling implications for Mets fans.
Bloomberg.com sports financial correspondent Kavitha Davidson wrote in her Feb. 6 article that the Mets were on the verge of delaying repayment of a $250 million loan issued by Bank of America for another seven years. Davidson cited New York Post financial columnist Josh Kosman’s Jan. 30 article saying the massive balloon payment was due this spring. Davidson took pains to point out that Kosman wrote that the new loan agreement did not restrict the Mets payroll the way the previous financial agreement did. It’s that aspect of the original covenant that raised my eyebrows.
(BPT) - While many resolutions are based on eating healthier and exercising more, homes rarely receive the same promise of improvement. This year, resolve to give your home some attention by committing to a new coat of paint. Painting can be a quick and cost-effective way to refresh your home, so consider updating several spaces for a clean start.
It may be too little, too late for the Red Storm to find themselves in the field of 68 NCAA Tournament teams come March, but they aren’t going down without a fight.
In typical St. John’s fashion, the Red Storm took down one of the best teams in college basketball on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, defeating the 12th-ranked Creighton Bluejays 70-65, pushing the Johnnies’ record to 15-9 and 5-6 in Big East conference play.
Ralph Kiner, who broadcast Mets games from their inception in 1962, after a 10-year career as a Hall of Fame slugger, died Thursday. He was 91.
“Ralph Kiner was one of the most beloved people in Mets history — an original Met and extraordinary gentleman,” said Mets owner Fred Wilpon in a statement released by the team.