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“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Omar St. John drives the lane for two of his 31 points in York College’s first-round victory last Thursday in the NCAA Division III Men’s Basketball Tournament. York would fall to defending national champion Amherst on Saturday.
The most successful season in the history of York College Men’s Basketball came to an end on Saturday, with the Cardinals losing in the second round of the NCAA Division III tournament.
York, finishing the year 22-8, fell to defending national champion Amherst of Massachusetts, 63-51.
Saturday was a great day in Queens high school sports history, as the Francis Lewis Patriots and the Cardozo Judges won the Public School Athletic League girls and boys basketball championships, respectively, at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. The Cardozo game was a nail-biter as it wasn’t decided until the Judges’ Rashond Salnave hit two foul shots with less than three seconds left on the clock [see separate stories in some editions or at qchron.com].
Both teams were the de facto visitors as they played against two Brooklyn high schools, South Shore and Thomas Jefferson, respectively. Dave Diamante, the stentorian-voiced Brooklyn Nets public address announcer, admitted to me that he tried to put a little more enthusiasm into announcing Brooklyn baskets than those made by Queens players.
Navin Indardeo, top left, and Vernon Surujbali of Thomas A. Edison Career and Technical Education High School in Jamaica sport first-place medals they won in the recent state finals of an auto diagnostics and repair competition sponsored by the Greater New York Automotive Dealer Association in Whitestone.
Their teacher, Miguel Sierra, is a past winner of the competition.
The 2011 graduation ceremony at York College in Jamaica, where most students are people of color.
Much is said of the state of Black America, especially young black males, but there are so few who are willing to offer solutions to combat the incarceration rates (one in three black males born in 2009 will likely be a guest of a penitentiary in his lifetime) or bolster graduation rates (only 52 percent of black males graduate high school). There is an eagerness to point out the issues, but the zeal is lacking when it is time to mete out solutions.
A few weeks ago, President Barack Obama offered suggestions to some of the ills facing the black family, called “My Brother’s Keeper,” which are aimed at empowering boys and young men of color. At York College of the City University of New York, we know that we are our brother’s keeper, and understand the importance of providing support and resources to ensure that young men of color are not forgotten and their bright futures become the norm and not the exception.
I am a retired educator with 38 years of experience in the New York City public school system. I write the following in support of charter schools and in opposition to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s efforts to close them.
Let’s say you’re passionate about pizza and you live in a neighborhood where only one establishment is permitted to produce and sell pizzas. Imagine those pizzas are unappetizing but you are compelled to purchase them by law and are forbidden to make your own. Substitute “education” for “pizzas” in this scenario and you will begin to comprehend the true nature of compulsory public education.
As part of its ongoing Professionals on Campus series, which brings distinguished alumni back to discuss their careers, Queens College welcomed Diane Patrick, the first lady of Massachusetts, to address students Friday on the Flushing campus.
Patrick, who has been married to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick for nearly 30 years, recounted her “victim to survivor” story, covering topics from the prevention of domestic violence and her own life as an abused wife in a former marriage to the influence the college has had on her professional and personal lives.
In three of the previous four seasons, the Christ the King boys basketball team had been crowned as the Catholic High School Athletic Association city champions. In two of those banner seasons, it was Brooklyn rival Bishop Loughlin on the losing end of the contest.
On Sunday afternoon, Christ the King proved that the only aspect of the city championship game that has changed over the last few years has been the name on the CHSAA Tournament Most Valuable Player trophy, not the result of the game or even who the Royals knock off to capture the crown.
Coming into the final minute of Thursday’s Catholic High School Athletic Association city semifinal game against the Bronx’s Cardinal Hayes at Fordham University, Christ the King star senior Adonis Delarosa had only managed a meager nine points, while his Royals trailed by two points.
CUNYAC CHAMPS: The York College Cardinals celebrate their 87-84 upset win over the College of Staten Island in the CUNY Athletic Conference championship game last Friday. The win earned York a bid to the NCAA Division III playoff tournament, with its opening round game tonight, March 6, at Rhode Island College.
The men’s basketball team at York College will take on Rhode Island College tonight, March 6, in the opening round of the NCAA Division III postseason tournament.
The words “commute” and “New York City” usually make one think of squeaky, dirty, crowded subway cars snaking through tunnels and along elevated rails. Or perhaps one conjures up thoughts of passengers packed into buses like sardines or jockeying for room under bus shelters. Some, especially out here in Queens, may think of a commute as idling on a packed highway in a car.
One thing that most New Yorkers may not think of — unless maybe you’re from Staten Island — is boats.
The Medical Examiner’s Office reported on Feb. 27 that the cause of Avonte Oquendo’s death could not be determined.
John Bowne High School will host its first cheerleading competition on March 9, after starting its own successful program two years ago.
The event, which begins at 11 a.m., is open to city schools for all ages and divisions and will feature a certified panel of judges. Bowne is located at 63-25 Main St. in Flushing.
York College basketball players Omar St. John, left, and Michael Woods, right, seen here with York Head Coach Ronald St. John, earned prestigious postseason honors last week at the annual CUNY Athletic Conference luncheon.
Woods, who ranked second in the nation in scoring at Division III with 29.1 points per game, was named CUNYAC Player of the Year, while St. John, a Jamaica resident who attended Martin Van Buren High School in Queens Village, was elected as a first-team CUNYAC All-Star.
They aren’t proud Johnnies just yet, but last week, a group of middle school students partaking in the national After-School All-Stars program were able to experience the average day of a St. John’s University scholar.
From Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 45 seventh- and eighth-graders from MS 216 in Fresh Meadows and MS 217 in Jamaica sat in on college classes, toured the St. John’s campus and took part in workshops as an introduction to what college life will look like.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
The combination of the press conference for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Derek Jeter’s announcement that this will be his last season certainly put the spotlight on the Yankees last week. That may be one reason why news of the Mets’ refinancing of a massive loan did not get a lot of play. Nonetheless it is a big story with plenty of troubling implications for Mets fans.
Bloomberg.com sports financial correspondent Kavitha Davidson wrote in her Feb. 6 article that the Mets were on the verge of delaying repayment of a $250 million loan issued by Bank of America for another seven years. Davidson cited New York Post financial columnist Josh Kosman’s Jan. 30 article saying the massive balloon payment was due this spring. Davidson took pains to point out that Kosman wrote that the new loan agreement did not restrict the Mets payroll the way the previous financial agreement did. It’s that aspect of the original covenant that raised my eyebrows.
People with digestive disorders don’t have to leave Queens when they need medical care. Experts at New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) can diagnose and treat a range of diseases from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease) to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) to Crohn’s disease. Below are two of the most common digestive disorders that affect individuals and can be treated by gastroenterologists at NYHQ:
Andrew Jackson of the Langston Hughes Library in Corona told a story that both bemused and stunned the audience at Monday night’s meeting of the Community Council of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct in Jamaica.
“I recently had a student ask me ‘Why do we have a holiday for Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday because he had a dream? Everybody dreams,’” Jackson said. “When I am asked if we still need Black History Month, I say yes!”
The aroma, the originality, the taste —those are just three of the things that make craft beer such a treat. And they’re just three of the things that brought two young entrepreneurs to start Finback Brewery in Glendale.
Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford, who have been friends since their college days in Boston, are in their final stage of renovating the business, and will open a tasting room to the public sometime in March. For years, though, they have been home brewing and are passionate about making beer.
The ongoing slew of snowstorms has prompted the New York Blood Center to announce an urgent need for blood donations following the cancellation of more than 100 blood drives in the last few weeks.
“While we’re confident in our ability to supply our partner hospitals, we’re still struggling with the effects of the snow and ice this week, and worried about an even bigger hit this weekend,” Vice President Rob Purvis of the NYBC said last week in a press release. “It is critical that we all pitch in by donating blood to ensure that supplies aren’t further diminished in the days ahead.”
It may be too little, too late for the Red Storm to find themselves in the field of 68 NCAA Tournament teams come March, but they aren’t going down without a fight.
In typical St. John’s fashion, the Red Storm took down one of the best teams in college basketball on Sunday at Madison Square Garden, defeating the 12th-ranked Creighton Bluejays 70-65, pushing the Johnnies’ record to 15-9 and 5-6 in Big East conference play.