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“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.
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.
Efforts are underway to have an Elmhurst street corner renamed after an area police officer who died in 2010.
In a presentation to Community Board 4 on Tuesday, deputy chief Jeff Maddrey expressed his desire to have the corner of 95th Street and 43rd Avenue, adjacent to the 110th Precinct, renamed for the late police officer Robert Ehmer. The board unanimously voted 27-0 to accept the proposal.
With two outs in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Mookie Wilson stepped up to the plate. The Mets trailed the Boston Red Sox 5-4, but with runners on first and third, Wilson had a chance to become a postseason hero with a hit. After a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and the possible winning run to advance to second base, the game was in Wilson’s hands.
On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Wilson hit a slow ground ball to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner.
In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
The efforts to get the Maspeth Firehouse designated as a landmark now have even more community support.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 first responders from the home of FDNY’s Squad 288 and Hazardous Materials Company 1, perished at the World Trade Center, more than any other firehouse in the city. Steve Fisher of Middle Village and his sister Maxine Fisher wish to memorialize both the firehouse’s place in the city’s history and the building’s centennial next year, but were recently turned down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because of a legal benchmark.
The Hugh L. Carey/Brooklyn Battery Tunnel will close for several hours on Sunday for the annual Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Run, commemorating the late FDNY firefighter’s dash through the tunnel to reach the World Trade Center in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
One tube will close at 10 p.m. on Saturday and remain closed through 3 p.m. on Sunday. The remaining tube will have one lane in each direction until 8 a.m. on Sunday, when it too will close.
Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine stirred things up when he complained that the Yankees did not reach out to their community following September 11, 2001.
In fairness to Valentine, he was probably still steaming about a 2004 HBO Sports documentary, “Nine Innings From Ground Zero,” which spent the lion’s share of the time concentrating on the Yankees playoffs and seven-game nail-biting World Series loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fall of 2001 and how that helped cheer up New Yorkers needing a diversion. The Mets barely rated a three-minute mention in it from what I remember even though Valentine and his players spent a lot of time preparing boxes of food and supplies. Shea Stadium was used as an emergency center for first responders because of its sizable parking lot which Yankee Stadium lacked. The MLB network replayed the documentary last week — carryitclearly.com.
Banners and flags decorated the stage area where the Juniper Valley Park 9/11 memorial ceremony took place. Hundreds of people turned out to honor those who died in the World Trade Center 12 years ago.
Ed Shusterich, president of the Pullis Historical Landmark, right, was recently honored by state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach). Shusterich was given a certificate for serving “the community with loyalty and dedication through his efforts and work on the 9/11 Plaque in Juniper Valley Park.”
Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, left, with Dorrie and Barry Pearlman, whose son, Richard, died at the World Trade Center. A commemorative program was held last week at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, where Richard was a member.
The Forest Hills community remembered the attacks of 9/11 and the loss of one of its own on that day.
A memorial event was held on Sept. 11 in front of the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps on Metropolitan Avenue.
The annual commemoration of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center was held on the anniversary last week at the White-stone Memorial Field.
The event was sponsored by the White-stone Veterans Memorial Day Association.
Hundreds of people gathered in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks.
“I come here every year,” Millie Batyr, a Middle Village resident, said. “The loss of all the people is just so sad and heartbreaking to see the children here without their parents, but it’s nice to see so many people come out each year.”
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) honored the memory of 9/11 victims from the area on Monday by placing a memorial wreath on 25 intersections renamed in their honor.
Avella met with Theresa Mullan, top, at the corner of Jordan Street and 33rd Avenue in Bayside, which was named after her son, Michael Mullan, a fireman who died while trying to rescue two of his fellow firefighters at the World Trade Center.
St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, together with the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, held their second annual “Remember Me Run” last Saturday to help raise money for the children of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and subsequently, due to working on the remains at the World Trade Center.
There was a memorial service following the run in the All Souls Chapel. The “Remember Me Run” brought together elected leaders, FDNY and NYPD officials as well as families of lost loved ones.
Members of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon outside Washington, DC, and a commercial jet that was brought down in Shanksville, Penn., when the passengers tried to take the plane back from their hijackers.
On Sept. 11, 2001, the men of the FDNY’s HazMat 1 and Squad 288 in Maspeth sped into Manhattan to help the victims in the World Trade Center attacks.
Nineteen would never come home, the largest total from any one station in the attack that killed 343 FDNY firefighters.
At a past 9/11 ceremony in Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village, those lost at the World Trade Center are remembered in a program that draws thousands.
Not only around Labor Day, but all year round, as we marvel at the infrastructure of this city, we should salute the workers who rendered these architectural and engineering dreams into reality. Many of these workers acquired their brilliant skills as students in our public school career and technical education programs.
Look up at the wondrous new World Trade Center structures. You’ve got to respect the responsibility and expertise shown by the electricians, plumbers and many other highly specialized professionals who have mastered their roles and implemented all the tasks and logistics of this and countless other complex projects that require intensive coordination and allow no room for error.
These workers build and keep safe our bridges, tunnels, water supply and highway systems and sewage disposal operations. Many other categories of critical jobs that we all depend on are being filled by career and technical education student alumni.
Their preparation isn’t easy. The course work is every bit as substantial as that of any traditional academic major. There is, in fact, a strong and growing academic component in their studies. That training not only increases subject knowledge but also is designed to sharpen judgment when performing their vital employment. A high level of sophistication is called for.
Historically, New York City public schools have been on the cutting edge of quality career and technical education nationwide. They still hold the banner high. So let’s reinvigorate them by publicly supporting them every chance we get. Advancing the cause of career and public education is not a partisan issue. It’s a practical idea and a necessity that will continue to benefit us all.
The 12th anniversary of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center will be remembered throughout the borough that lost so many people starting Saturday and running through Wednesday.
Although there was never an official count of those from Queens who lost their lives that day, the Chronicle confirmed at least 283 victims lived in the borough.
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The Knicks selected Tim Hardaway Jr. as their first pick in last Thursday’s NBA Draft. If the name rings a bell, it is because he is the son of former Golden State Warriors and Miami Heat star guard Tim Hardaway. The junior Hardaway is seven inches taller than his dad, but the Knicks are undoubtedly hoping that his outside jump shot is as good as his father’s and that he is a better rebounder and defender.
The following day Hardaway made an appearance at Citi Field, where he tried his luck at the Mets’ indoor batting cage. His swing was awkward but he kept making solid contact. He admitted that he wasn’t much of a baseball fan and did not play Little League.
Supreme Court backs same-sex marriage benefits
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled a major provision of the Clinton-era Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional, cheering supporters of same-sex marriage nationwide.