Few terms are thrown about as carelessly in pop culture as “diva” is. However, when you are talking about female singers who have stage presence in every way imaginable, such as Lady Gaga, Bette Midler and Aretha Franklin do, then it’s entirely appropriate to apply it. As happenstance would have it, all three have new albums out.
The National Hockey League gave the New York Rangers good reason to give thanks last holiday weekend, scheduling away-and-home matinee games with the Philadelphia Flyers, who played like turkeys. The two wins were a needed boost for the Blueshirts, who so far this season have not played like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final six months ago.
The Flyers were so awful at the Wells Fargo Center last Friday that the home crowd started booing early in the first period and never let up. They were a pathetic 0 for 6 on the power play. And the Rangers added insult to injury on the last one. Even with one less player on the ice due to Chad Kreider’s four-minute penalty for high sticking, the Rangers nailed a shorthanded third-period goal as Rick Nash scored on a three-on-one breakaway to put the puck past hapless Flyers goalie Steve Mason. Flyers fans exited in droves at that point. The final was 3-0.
With Election Day around the corner, residents across Queens are firing up to cast their votes Tuesday.
In the race for governor, incumbent Democrat Andrew Cuomo is challenged by Republican Rob Astorino, the Westchester County executive.
Democratic state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli faces Republican Robert Antonacci, the Onondaga County comptroller.
Democratic Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is up against John Cahill, former chief of staff to Governor George Pataki.
Upset after missing out on an opportunity to pull off a massive upset against the rival Syracuse Orange on Dec. 15, the Johnnies emphatically took out its frustration on two nonconference opponents this week.
And some team history was even made in the process.
Students at John Bowne High School are learning about how fish develop in their interactive aquaculture classes.
The program, which attracts more than 600 students, has been in existence for over a decade. It teaches the teens hands-on science by working with the school’s aquaculture system and the New York City Watershed.
That peripatetic peacock from John Bowne High School that had been AWOL for a couple of weeks, was caught and returned to the Flushing campus on Friday morning.
Assistant Principal Steve Perry said that Animal Care and Control of NYC had been on the case since the bird was first seen in the nearby Kew Gardens Hills area in mid-August. Perry heads the agriculture program at the school, which has numerous animals, including peacocks.
That peripatetic peacock from John Bowne High School that has been AWOL for a couple of weeks, was caught and returned to the Flushing campus on Friday morning.
Bowne High School’s missing peacock is still on the loose, but school officials hope to have him back before the start of school next Thursday.
Queens Community House’s Pomonok Center in Flushing is starting its own farmers market that will open for business on July 7.
Amy Liao, community organizer at Pomonok, said Thursday that her market advisory group had met on June 1 to finalize plans. The market will be held on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to noon in part of the facility’s parking lot at 67-09 Kissena Blvd. In inclement weather, it will be held inside the building.
As the summer rolls along, a baby boomer true to his youth may still want to go out and buy the latest records. Of course there’s no vinyl anymore, but there are plenty of CDs out there — and aren’t they just little silver records in a sense? Here are four to look at.
For the first two months of this season Javier Vazquez was being treated by Yankees fans with the same antipathy that Mets fans were showing Ollie Perez. Vazquez started the year with a 1-4 record and was getting shelled by opposing hitters, but happily, things appear to be turning around for him. After tossing seven quality innings to beat the Astros last Saturday, Vazquez improved to 6-5.
The whinny of horses and bleating of goats have been added to the cacophony of barnyard sounds at John Bowne High School in Flushing.
Nestled on a four-acre site near Queens College and the bustling Long Island Expressway is a farm with 150 chickens, numerous rabbits, two goats, assorted peacocks and pheasants and even four alpacas.
(photo courtesy of Phillip Dickler)