(NewsUSA) - Who wouldn't want to avoid back surgery if there was a real alternative?
Before squaring off with the division rival Washington Nationals on Thursday, a couple of New York Mets players helped make a day at summer camp at the Cross Island YMCA in Bellerose unforgettable for 31 area children. The annual YMCA Jr. Mets clinic began with sprints in the infield before Amazins’ relief pitcher Josh Edgin took a group of eager ballplayers into the outfield to practice throwing while first baseman/outfielder Eric Campbell taught another group how to hit like a big leaguer at home plate. Mr. Met even made an appearance at the clinic, handing out gift bags and helping conduct ground ball drills. — by Christopher Barca
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson claimed Friday night in Philadelphia that the team is not putting up the white flag in 2014 by releasing underperforming veteran outfielders Bobby Abreu and Chris Young and replacing them with Kirk Nieuwenhuis and Matt den Dekker. Alderson also announced that Wilmer Flores will be getting the bulk of playing time at shortstop for the rest of the season in place of Ruben Tejada, who has been in the organization’s doghouse for the last two years.
I can’t blame Alderson for wanting to take a good look at the three players who have logged a lot of time in the Mets’ minor league system. If they play well then he’ll have some homegrown inexpensive talent on the 2015 roster. If they can’t, they might as well be dropped from the 40-man roster once the season ends.
Last Thursday, more than 80 golfers came out to the Harbor Links Golf Course in Port Washington, LI, where they enjoyed a day on the links — and helped raise over $30,000 to help children with autism.
The New York Families for Autistic Children Foundation’s 4th annual Anthony J. Cirello Memorial Golf Outing for Autism drew 20 foursomes to play and scores of volunteers. Golfers enjoyed a day of fun and food, as well as a silent auction and tons of raffle prizes.
U.S. President Barack Obama invited the top Smithsonian Institution supporters to attend the “2014 Recognition of Smithsonian Benefactors” dinner held on April 6. The major benefactors from all 50 states were flown by commercial airlines to attend the event, held at the Smithsonian Castle in Washington, D.C. One of New York’s top Smithsonian benefactors, Siewchin Yong Sommer, who is a resident of Flushing House, was honored at the event.
Siewchin, as she’s known by the retirement home’s residents and staff, moved to Flushing House on Oct. 31, 2011, soon after her husband of 50 years, Guenther Sommer, had passed away. With Guenther gone, Siewchin was living all alone in her Queens home. Eventually, she decided to donate her home, valued at $1.5 million, to the Smithsonian.
Rep. Grace Meng’s bill to make desecration of cemeteries overseas a violation of religious freedom was passed by the Senate. It now goes to the president for signing.
The legislation would amend the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 to include vandalizing cemeteries as one of several crimes against freedom of religion.
Let’s face it. New York City streets go through a lot of wear and tear. With thousands upon thousands of cars, trucks and buses rolling over the thousands upon thousands of miles of pavement every hour, it’s natural that the surfaces need upkeep.
Top that with the harsh weather extremes — summer heat, winter cold — and the corrosive salt used to met ice and snow, the asphalt surface doesn’t stand a chance.
Lawrence Byrne, the oldest brother of a slain New York City police officer and a former federal prosecutor, had been appointed deputy commissioner for legal matters at the NYPD.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton announced the appointment on Thursday.
In November 1995, Dr. Robert Somerville, a popular physician in Southeast Queens, was driving to his Springfield Boulevard office in Queens Village when his car was struck by a man driving a stolen Jeep Cherokee.
Somerville would die 12 days later. The man who hit him was never caught.
Local food and agritourism sales create jobs and strengthen communities. Plus, 97 percent of U.S. farms are family owned, according to the latest Agriculture Census. Pictured here: Heather Minter of C&T Produce in Staf_ford, Virginia arranges tomatoes at the USDA Farmers Market in Washington, D.C. (NAPS)
(BPT) - The outlook for small business is up with many business owners feeling good about the future of the economy, their financial positions and their plans for growth, according to Capital One’s Spark Business Barometer. But for many business owners looking to secure capital to either start or expand their enterprise, the process can be challenging, particularly for those with a limited or negative track record, or poor personal credit. Fortunately, there are a variety of products and programs designed to help address those challenges and enable business growth, one of which is offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (or SBA).
(NewsUSA) - Let's face it. For many people, getting older has less to do with chasing the almighty dollar, and more to do with enjoying special moments with friends and family.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate’s Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
Avella was endorsed last Friday by Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens), who only started to represent part of this borough in 2013, thanks to post-2010 Census redistricting, but is a veteran lawmaker and chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.
Artists and residents from all over Queens marveled at the whimsical treasures of the Apollonia Gallery as they slurped down Blue Point and Little Neck clams and sipped on champagne during its opening party last Sunday.
The concept behind the gallery, located at 48-14 Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside, is a fantasyland crossed with a curiosity shop, inspired by the movie “Amélie.” The shop features work by photographers, painters, jewelry makers, as well as a cosmetics brand and ceramics.
Eleven votes separated them, but Republican candidate for the 3rd Congressional District Stephen Labate conceded Tuesday to the victor, Grant Lally.
The state Board of Elections certified the victory last Thursday, following a court battle over absentee ballots. At the time, Labate, a financial planner from Deer Park, LI, said he would seek a recount because of the small difference in votes.
Rebel state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), the vocal populist whose move into the Senate's Independent Democratic Conference angered the party establishment and prompted a primary challenge from former City Councilman and Comptroller John Liu, has now won the backing of a key congressman in his re-election campaign.
The Flushing YMCA has a new executive director who has promised to improve services to members, while encouraging other area residents to join.
Jen Silvers, who has 12 years of experience working for the Y in the South, replaces William Nelson. Silvers’ last position was as executive director of the Jacksonville, Fla. YMCA.
Parking was a major topic at the sixth annual meeting of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District this Monday.
Residents and merchants met in C J Sullivan’s American Grill on 41st Avenue to hear updates from BID officials, who represent over 400 businesses and property owners along Bell Boulevard from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue.
The conflict between Israel and Palestinian Arabs living in the Hamas-led Gaza Strip prompted rallies in support of each side Monday at City Hall.
Supporters of Israel, largely elected officials including many from Queens, gathered at the foot of the steps to the building, while a crowd backing Arab Palestinians massed a few yards away at the edge of the gated plaza to denounce the Jewish state.
(NAPSI)—Statistics indicate that the U.S. is falling behind in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and careers. With that in mind, National 4-H Council and HughesNet® have partnered to introduce more American youths to hands-on, community-based STEM learning.
(BPT) - In wartime, members of the armed forces often face dangerous situations. President George Washington recognized this, when he created what is now known as the Purple Heart medal in 1782, to honor combat wounded veterans. Since then, an estimated 1.7 million Purple Hearts have been awarded by the military to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen.
Gov. Cuomo called for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the unions representing more than 5,400 Long Island Rail Road workers to get back to the bargaining table after Congress announced in Wednesday that it would not intervene to end a pending strike.
The four unions, which conductors and track workers, car inspectors, maintenance and repair workers and others, have been without a contract since 2010.
Flushing student artist Xiangkun Kong recently was honored by Rep. Grace Meng in Washington, DC as winner in the Sixth Congressional District art competition.
Kong’s winning artwork, along with the others from art contests throughout the United States, will be displayed for one year in the Cannon Tunnel, a heavily traveled corridor of the United States Capitol.
Stuyvesant High School senior Soham Daga, of Forest Hills, was honored by Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing) in Washington, DC last Thursday for his tireless community service throughout the borough.
They are joined here by Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Bronx, Queens).
Seated in a large rectangular configuration in a giant hangar at the Vaughn College of Aeronautics at LaGuardia Airport, the Queens Aviation roundtable members reconvened last Wednesday to discuss noise, flight procedures, and plan for the future of the body.
Ed Knoesel, manager of Environmental Services for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, chaired the meeting and updated members on the newly created Noise Office, which is hiring staff. The PA is still placing noise monitors and would like site suggestions from community members in relatively quiet residential areas. He noted that Queens Quiet Skies has already provided a lengthy list based on flight routes and procedures. Two were placed recently, one of which is in Bayside, and the PA can purchase up to 36 more portable monitors.