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It’s time for the Queens Chronicle’s sixth annual Holiday Photo Contest! Take pictures of lights, miniature villages, snowmen, joyous children and families — anything that reflects the season — and send them on in. Make sure your photos are taken in Queens, tell us the location and other details about them, and be creative.
Also be sure to say whether you are an amateur or professional photographer.
Penn State tops St. John’s 89-82 on Nov. 29. Johnnies top Georgia Tech 69-58 on Nov. 30.
A home away from home, the Barclays Center is not for the Red Storm.
St. John’s struggled mightily in its two contests in Brooklyn, first losing 89-82 in overtime on Nov. 29 to an improving, but still inferior Penn State team that finished an abysmal 10-21 last season.
(NAPSI)—Every year since 1973, thousands of girls and young women from elementary school through college and beyond participate in the Colgate Women’s Games. Now in its 40th season, the series has helped countless students succeed academically, by providing a safe and healthy athletic program that motivates them to make the right personal lifestyle choices.
One sports program helps young women leap over obstacles to success by offering educational grants-in-aid and building self-esteem. (NAPS)
(BPT) - Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
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.
York College last Friday formally introduced its new internet radio studio — once just a room with a microphone, a chair and some computers but now a place with the feel of an actual radio studio..
Anthony Andrews, York’s assistant director of student activities, hailed the achievement and the progression of the radio facilities.
(NewsUSA) - Feeling like you haven't had this much trouble making a decision since Leno and Letterman first went head-to-head?
“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.
The grandstand walls at Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as canvasses for 11 contemporary urban artists who will transform the first floor of New York City’s only racetrack into a horse racing-themed street art show for “Aqueduct Murals,” opening to the public on Saturday.
“New York City is arguably the mecca of street art, and ‘Aqueduct Murals’ integrates horse racing with a celebration of this vibrant, artistic community,” said Paul Kelleher of the New York Racing Association’s corporate development department. “Aqueduct is New York City’s racetrack and this exhibit will be emblematic of the track’s wonderful, multifaceted environment.”
After a tough opening day loss on the road against Wisconsin on Nov. 8, the Red Storm returned home and walloped Wagner 73-57 in their first Queens-based contest of the season on Nov. 15.
Junior guard D’Angelo Harrison led the way for the Johnnies offensively as he scored a game-high 25 points, a solid follow-up of his 27-point outburst against Wisconsin.
(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.
You may notice that this week’s Queens Chronicle is a bit heftier than usual. That’s because there’s a special pullout section inside celebrating our 35th anniversary of giving you the news.
Inside the section you’ll find 36 articles about Queens news makers, one for each year we’ve been publishing, from 1978 through today. Each piece focuses on an individual who made news in a given year — telling not just what happened but telling something about the person behind the event.
Congratulations on your 35th Anniversary! How fortunate we are to live in one of the few remaining free societies, with a wealth of information sources available. Sadly, most American cities, suburbs and small towns are down to one local daily or weekly newspaper.
Newspapers and magazines have to deal with increasing costs for newsprint, delivery and distribution along with reduced advertising revenues and declining readership due to competition from the internet and other new information sources.
Queens residents have a number of daily newspapers to select from including the Daily News, Post, Times, Newsday, USA Today and Wall Street Journal, along with freebies such as AM New York and Metro New York. Decades ago we had our own daily Long Island Star Journal and Long Island Press.
Daily newspapers concentrate on international, Washington, Albany, City Hall, business and sports stories. They have few reporters assigned to cover local neighborhood news. As a result, daily newspapers miss significant news and political stories from local Queens neighborhoods.
Weekly newspapers such as our own Queens Chronicle and others fill the void for coverage of local community news. We are blessed with many weekly papers to select from besides our own Queens Chronicle. These competitors include the Queens Courier, Queens Gazette, Queens Tribune, Queens Examiner, Times, Times Ledger chain, TimesNewsweekly, Ridgewood Times, Forum and The Wave.
I’ve been grateful all this time that the Queens Chronicle has afforded me the opportunity to express my views via letters to the editor, along with others who may have different opinions on the issues. Thanks to you, an ordinary citizen like me has the freedom to comment on the actions and legislation of various elected officials. Public officials use taxpayers dollars on a regular basis to promote their views via mass mailings of newsletters, news releases, letters to the editor and guest columns. In many cases, they are ghost written by campaign or office staffers paid for by taxpayers on public time. Ordinary citizens like me only have the limited ability to write when we can to find the time.
We need to continue supporting all our weekly community newspapers. Patronize their advertisers; they provide the necessary revenues to help keep them in business. Let them know you saw their ad. This helps keep our neighbors employed and the local economy growing. In the marketplace of ideas, let us hope there continues to be room for everyone, including the Queens Chronicle and many others.
I would like to comment on last week’s article “Teaching kids to fight for a healthy lifestyle” (multiple editions).
I was immediately drawn to the title, and for different reasons than what the crux of the article was about. I am in the middle of a world of enlarging proportions; in the health field, everyone is getting bigger. Unfortunately, even the kids.
It seems modern America is set up in a way that kids are destined to become fat, and that they must “fight for a healthy lifestyle,” indeed; otherwise, they have nowhere to go but inevitably towards obesity.
The article was about a Forest Hills boxing club that visited an elementary school, trying to “promote good health and fun exercise alternatives.” I’ve heard both sides of the argument of promoting boxing and other fighting sports to young kids as a healthy form of fitness, and that topic alone could take up a whole editorial itself. My point is, these guys were trying. In the modern day of laziness and ultra-convenience items, this club is trying to be active, reaching out to our youth. They can see that you must fight, figuratively, I guess literally, to avoid the fat epidemic.
This article couldn’t be more timely: national Childhood Obesity Awareness Month was two months ago, the “Obesity Summit” was last month and this month I am receiving an invitation to “Obesity Week 2013,” another conference dedicated to the subject. It seems there are meetings everywhere, every month, trying to battle obesity.
Furthermore, I am a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, and I get emails from them all the time. They are committed to convincing the world that exercise itself is medicine, and it may be the key factor in making a dent in the soaring rates of chronic diseases in America. As a father of two little ones, I am already seeing the barrage of advertising and influencing factors that tell our kids that it is okay to be lazy and have everything done by computer. Here in Astoria, I have seen an increase in fitness studios and exercise centers in the last 13 years, but I don’t see enough youth, teenagers and those in their 20s attending classes.
Please, at this point it doesn’t really matter what form of exercise kids do, whether boxing or other, let’s at least encourage them to do something!
Don’t look now, but the Giants, who started the season by losing their first six games, have now won three straight after beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.
The game was not as close as the score indicated. While Giants QB Eli Manning had an average day for him in terms of passing statistics, he did not have to do much as running back Andre Brown came off the injured reserve list to rush for over 100 yards.
The new look St. John’s Red Storm men’s basketball team kicked off their highly anticipated hoops season last Friday, losing to the Wisconsin Badgers 86-75.
While the loss might not sit well in the stomachs of the currently unranked Johnnies, there were many positive signs to come out of the defeat; signs that the Red Storm may live up to the hype of being arguably the most talented team in the Big East.
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On Oct. 6, 1995, Pope John Paul II touched down onto Aqueduct Race Track via helicopter. With a multicolored cross above him to symbolize the diversity of Queens, he delivered a Mass to a crowd of 75,000. His trip to the United States was one among the journeys he made to 129 countries during his papacy, an attribute that helped him be known as “The People’s Pope.”
When Pope John Paul II began his 26-year papacy, cardinals were ready to kneel before him and kiss his ring as tradition required. Instead, the pope told them to stand so he could hug them. At 58, Cardinal Karol Josef Wojtyla of Poland became the first non-Italian pope in 455 years. Soon after he assumed the role, he began his travels, using his ability to speak eight languages to draw out millions wherever he went.
While heated arguments can be made about who the greatest native Queens athlete of all time is, there is no debate the late Al Oerter is the greatest Olympian to hail from our borough.
Oerter, who was born in Astoria and lived as a child right next to the Ditmars Boulevard elevated train station, won the gold medal for the discus throw in four straight Olympic Games, 1956 through 1968. Even more amazingly, he won with longer throws in each succeeding Olympics.
Even though he spent the first four years of his life on an Air Force base in West Germany, John McEnroe is arguably the greatest athlete in Queens history.
The hot-tempered Douglaston resident won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1979 US Open, defeating his good friend Vitas Gerulaitis in straight sets. At just 20 years old, McEnroe became the youngest player to ever win the tournament’s singles championship. He would go on to win 27 singles and doubles titles that year, an open-era record at the time.
(BPT) - In their 20s and 30s, most men feel invincible. The last thing on a young man’s mind is cancer – let alone testicular cancer. At the age of 37, Sean Kimerling, a beloved, Emmy-award winning sports anchor and pre-game announcer for the New York Mets, was living his childhood dream when he was diagnosed. Before the disease was identified, Kimerling experienced pain that he attributed to a potential workout or sports injury. When he eventually saw a doctor, his cancer had already progressed too far. He passed away about 30 days after his diagnosis.
(Family Features) Between the everyday obligations of school, sports and other extra-curricular activities, many children equate playtime with sitting in front of the television, computer or other electronic device.