Mets fans were understandably disappointed that Mike Piazza fell just a tad short in the Hall of Fame voting conducted by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Piazza was listed on roughly 70 percent of the BBWAA ballots, and 75 is the magic percentage for election into the Cooperstown baseball museum.
There is no argument that Piazza is the greatest hitting catcher of all time, and that’s no small feat when you think of names such as Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Carlton Fisk and Johnny Bench, who all have plaques in the Hall of Fame. What is often overlooked is that Mike was a fine defensive catcher as well. While he was average at best at throwing out baserunners who were trying to steal, he was superb at preventing wild pitches, snagging countless balls in the dirt. Pitchers also credited him for calling the right pitches at the right times.
LaGuardia Community College was overpaid $91,911 in state money because it incorrectly identified several students as eligible for tuition assistance, according to an audit released by state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli last Friday.
According to the audit, two students were receiving tuition assistance for the Long Island City school but did not meet the full-attendance requirement for the state’s Tuition Assistance Program.
(BPT) - Across the country people are planning to take longer road trips this year. If you plan to be one of them, here are five maintenance tips to consider for today’s cars.
2014 began with tragedies in Western Queens. From the death of a 7-year-old to the discovery of Avonte Oquendo’s remains, it was a difficult winter. But not all of 2014 was bad. Many traffic-calming measures were installed throughout the borough to make Queens streets safer and a huge chunk of affordable housing was set aside in the Astoria Cove project. Here’s a look back at the top stories from the past 12 months.
Southeast Queens had a year with a new mayor and old problems with accusations of political corruption, and possibly lost ground in its fight to keep airplane noise under control.
The new Mark Wahlberg film, “The Gambler,” is based on the 1974 movie of the same name that starred Sunnyside native James Caan, who was at the peak of his career coming off both “Brian’s Song” and “The Godfather.” In the film, Caan played Axel Freed, a literature professor at an unnamed New York college, who had a serious gambling addiction and found himself $44,000 in debt, which was very serious money during the Watergate era.
Fast forward 40 years and Wahlberg is Jim Bennett, an English prof at an unnamed Los Angeles university. Jim is a novelist manquÈ whose most recent book sold a paltry 17,000 copies, and it’s clear that its commercial failure has taken a toll on him, as he constantly berates his students. He does have a soft spot, however, for Amy Phillips (Brie Larson), a top student who is very attractive yet quite shy, and a star basketball player, Lamar Allen (Anthony Kelley), who has NBA aspirations and is a lot sharper than he lets on.
(BPT) - Installing or fixing a faucet can seem like a daunting task. But, in many cases homeowners can update the kitchen and bath themselves – all you need are the right tools, good judgment and a little time to devote to the project.
(NAPSI)—With the New Year rapidly approaching, there’s no shortage of advice on the best ways to achieve your resolutions. Yet, when it comes to fitness and weight loss goals, it can be difficult to tell fact from fiction.
A federal judge has dismissed the lawsuit brought against Borough President Melinda Katz by six former Queens Library trustees who had sought to have their dismissals overturned by the court, Katz announced Sunday.
The six were members of a faction that had shielded now-suspended library President and CEO Tom Galante from attempts by a minority of the board to put him on leave while investigations into alleged financial mismanagement played out, and that had refused to provide City Comptroller Scott Stringer with all the documents he sought for an audit of the system.
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.
(BPT) - Time isn’t just a commodity during the busy holiday season – it’s precious all year long. While you can’t give actual time to your friends and family, you can give gifts that help them save time and streamline their busy days. Here are five gift ideas that will help open-up time for your loved ones.
Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) and officials from Queens College on Monday released the results of a study that concluded reactivating the long-abandoned Rockaway Beach Branch would generate 500,000 subway rides per day, but that residents of the Rockaways support the alternative park plan.
“Reactivating the Rockaway Beach line would connect South and northern Queens in a way that is not currently possible,” Goldfeder said at a press conference in Queens College’s library.
Bob Holden and his pal Pete Savage were walking up Eliot Avenue in Middle Village one day in 1968 looking for girls — they were 16, what else would they be doing? — when they saw two up ahead near Lutheran Avenue, going the same direction they were.
Savage went up the block to check them out. He came back quickly with a blunt report.
Say what you will about television, it has long been the way that baby boomers have learned about their world as well as their main source for escapism even now in this digital age. Surprisingly, the publishing industry has not released as many books about TV as one would expect, but that is starting to change as evidenced by some new releases that have hit the shelves of book stores.
There is a sense of fear gripping students as they walk through the halls of PS 101, and it isn’t a sixth-grade bully stealing lunch money they are worried about.
Richard Parlini, the Forest Hills teacher who was removed from the classroom in September after multiple substantiated cases of physically and verbally abusing his students, is earning over $75,000 in a new role at the school.
If Tuesday’s Republican election victories across the nation were the wave many in the media like to call them, the breakwater around Queens held firm for Democrats, even as the GOP tide rose in some districts as close as eastern Long Island and Staten Island.
In most cases the election was a done deal for Queens Democrats running for the Assembly, state Senate and U.S. House of Representatives before a single vote was cast, as they had no Republican opponents. Where they were challenged, they won.
(BPT) - Do you want to give more than a present that gets a smile and then ends-up stored in a closet? This year, people have a new mindset for holiday giving and it embraces the idea that gifts can help motivate people to do the things they have always wanted to do. From tools that help someone complete their first marathon to activities that bring the family together, consider these gift ideas with greater meaning for the jolliest holiday yet.
In the span of just two days last week, the Queens Library Board of Trustees has taken further shape.
One day after Mayor de Blasio’s naming of Forest Hills resident and litigation attorney James Haddad to the board of trustees — the mayor’s third appointee since he and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz expunged eight board members in July — Katz selected Lenore Gall, who most recently served as dean of students and academic services at CUNY’s New York City College of Technology.
Thanks to a funding increase of $2.8 million for the 2015 fiscal year from Mayor de Blasio and the City Council, the Queens Library will be adding 50 full-time unionized workers to its staff by next year.
The nonprofit corporation announced last Thursday the financial boost enables the library to lift a hiring freeze and employ new custodians, librarians and clerks.
They were several months in the making, but City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) says the six reform bills he just laid on the table are worth the wait and crucial to the Queens Library’s future as it recovers from the controversy over its governance and finances.
The scandal already had led Van Bramer, who is the majority leader and chairman of the main library oversight committee, to hold hearings on the issues, even as it also prompted an audit, state legislation tightening oversight of the system, a purge of the Board of Trustees, removal of the institution’s leader and a joint city-federal probe into any possible criminality.
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.
Preparations are in full swing for the annual family-oriented College Point Street Fair on Sunday, Oct. 26.
And Tom Palma of the College Point Board of Trade said their aim and the appeal of the fair is no secret — to bring families and friends together and to showcase what the community has to offer.
Responding to the controversy that has enveloped the Queens Library since the end of January, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) on Wednesday introduced a package of six bills meant to strengthen the oversight of and increase the transparency of all three library systems in the city.
The legislation would require:
Mayor de Blasio has selected another trustee for the Queens Library Board, this time appointing James Haddad, a litigation attorney, Forest Hills resident and father of four.