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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Mostly sunny. Temps nearly steady in the mid 30s. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph. Monday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 22. Winds WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY:Thaw

Thaw, an exhibition at the Dorsky Gallery, features work of Janet Biggs, Micheal Brody, Blane De St. Croix, Vicki DaSilva, Elise Engler, Phyllis Ewen, Andrea Galvani, Elizabeth Jordan, Itty Neuhaus, Alexis Rockman and Scott Walden. The exhibition of the works of more than 30 artists from the WAVE tour depicts the diversity of the show. The show features ceramics, watercolor and oil paintings, glasswork, pencil and ink drawings, photography, wood carving, collage, fibre work, quilting, and jewelry. The Gallery is located at 11-03 45th Avenue in LIC. Through April 6. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Republican Rob Astorino to announce run for governor

Armed with “eight key issues” and guarantees of at least $15 million in funding, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino has decided to run for governor, but will put off the announcement for another week, The Post has learned. Read more: New York Post

Alternate side parking regulations return Monday

If you’re one of the many New York City drivers who has left their car behind a pile of snow and ice, it’s time to start digging. Read more: ABC New York

Sen. Schumer calls on feds to regulate ‘smart car’ technology

Sen. Charles Schumer is calling on federal regulators to set guidelines to protect consumers as car companies collect personal information through “smart car” technology and sell it to third parties. Read more: AP

State tax haul up over 4 percent, but lower than expected

New York tax collections for the first 10 months of the fiscal year total $58.3 billion, up 4.2 percent from the same period last year, according to state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. Read more: New York Post

Jason Collins, openly gay player, signs with Nets

History? Pressure? Jason Collins would have none of it after becoming the NBA’s first active openly gay player. Read more: AP

Nets star Brook Lopez hosts youth camp at Queens College


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

Dozens of Queens campers learned Brooklyn basketball.

Nets All-Star center Brook Lopez hosted his second annual youth basketball camp on Sunday at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Queens College.

“I was doing these camps not that long ago and I have very fond memories of that,” Lopez said. “So I really enjoyed my time out here.”

Lopez, as well as some college coaches, directed the children on basketball fundamentals, such as passing, shooting and playing defense. The clinic was open to boys and girls from grades 1-12 and sought to teach the children more difficult workouts to improve their skills, but also to make sure that they had fun.

“I really want these kids to realize how fun this sport could be, create bonds through the game and teach a basic basic and ideal work ethic as well,” Lopez said.

The basketball camp ran from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and participants received an autograph from Lopez, a team photo with the NBA player and a camp T-shirt. Some lucky participants received extra awards for various accomplishments as well.

“When he looks upon his memories after he becomes a professional NBA player he will reflect on this day and say I played with Brook Lopez when I was 12 years old,” said Rosedale resident Keisha Spivey, whose son took part in the camp.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunshine and a few clouds. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Mainly clear skies. Low 27. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: A Full-ish Deck

The Secret Theatre and the Queen’s Secret Improv Club present a roster of house-formed and veteran indie improv teams, including Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers, Petting Zoo (musical), Sister Sex Wolf, Funkle Todd, Mercury and Goose. Six sets featuring two shows each run every hour until 10:30 pm. $7 for as many shows as desired. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Port Authority toll hike Sunday for EZ Pass drivers

Starting this Sunday, the Port Authority will 75 cents to the EZ Pass toll for all of its bridges and tunnels. Read more: ABC New York

ObamaCare to put 300,000 NYers on Medicaid

ObamaCare is going to push 300,000 additional New Yorkers onto the Medicaid rolls by next year — a hefty 7.3 percent increase, Gov. Cuomo’s budget office predicts. Read more: New York Post

Report: City to take down signs reminding people to pick up after dogs 

The city has decided to take down the signs warning dog owners not to leave their pets’ feces lying behind, and will not be replacing them, according to a published report. Read more: CBS New York

NBA fines Kidd $50,000 for spilling drink on court

Jason Kidd dropped more than a soda in an attempt to delay a game. He ended up dropping $50,000 for the stunt. Read more: NBC New York

President Obama: ‘Nowhere to go but up’

Despite facing a disastrous rollout of his health care plan, criticism over his policies and approval ratings that have plunged to an all-time low, President Obama said he remains confident that his signature health care law will be an important part of his legacy and things can only get better. Read more: ABC News 

Nets center Brook Lopez to host youth basketball camp at Queens College


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Photos courtesy of ProCamps

Local NBA hopefuls will have a chance to learn basketball from a professional.

All-Star center Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets will host his second annual youth basketball camp on Sunday, December 1 at Fitzgerald Gymnasium in Queens College.

Lopez, as well as top college coaches, will be on site to direct children on basketball fundamentals. The clinic is open to boys and girls from grades 1-12.

The basketball camp will run from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Participants will receive an autograph from Lopez, a team photo with the NBA player and a camp T-shirt.

The cost of the camp is $99 per child or $49 for Citi Bank card members.

For more information please visit www.BrookLopezcamp.com

 

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Jason Kidd named Brooklyn Nets head coach


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Twitter/@BrooklynNets

BY MAGGIE HAYES & TERENCE M. CULLEN

Famed NBA player Jason Kidd couldn’t stay away from the game for long. Roughly a week after he announced his retirement, the Brooklyn Nets hired Kidd as its next head coach.

“The game of basketball has been great to me,” Kidd said. “In my heart, this was the thing to do after 19 years [playing].”

But Kidd, known for being a smart, team-oriented player, said his decision to coach “didn’t happen overnight.”

“Later in my career, I was trying to set myself up for later being in the position to become a coach,” he said. “Hopefully I can rely on the experience I’ve had as a player, and also my staff.”

As a player, Kidd was a ten-time NBA All Star, five-time NBA first team member and named to the all-defensive team nine times.

The California native played in college for the California Golden Bears and in 1994 was the first-round draft pick for the Dallas Mavericks. In his first season with the Mavericks, he was named the NBA’s Rookie of the Year.

After two years with the Mavericks, he was traded to the Phoenix Suns and then played with the then New Jersey Nets from 2001 to 2008. With the Nets, he visited the NBA Finals twice but came back defeated. He was traded back to the Mavericks and ended his career with the New York Knicks.

Now, as head coach, Kidd knows what it takes to win a championship.

“You can’t win a championship if you don’t play defense, and that’s where we’re going to start,” he said. “The vision is to win.”

“I understand when a player’s hot, you’ve got to give them the ball,” he said.

As a longtime player, Kidd said he was very fortunate to play for “great coaches” he could “take little things from.” Now running a team himself, he’s ready to put his players “in a position to be successful.”

“Guys have to be patient and listen,” he said. “I was a player, and I felt like I knew everything.”

When asked about the Knicks-Nets rivalry, Kidd said he thinks it’s great for the city.

“Hopefully the Brooklyn Nets get the upper hand at the end of the day,” he said.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with rain, then thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon. High of 66. Breezy. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the NE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 1.0 in. possible. Thursday night: Overcast with rain. Fog overnight. Low of 55. Windy. Winds from the NNE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 35 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 2.1 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Summer carnival and petting zoo 

There will be a summer carnival and petting zoo at Roy Wilkins Park from June 13 to 23 featuring over 20 rides, 30 animals, games and food. Free admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Lawmakers approve changes to NYC’s Muni Meter system

The City Council on Wednesday voted in favor of a bill that will end unnecessary parking payments at Muni Meters. Read more: CBS New York

Queens Borough President hopeful Melinda Katz adds Working Families Party endorsement to Democratic Party nod

The Working Families Party has thrown its support behind Democrat Melinda Katz in her bid to become Queens’ next borough president. Read more: New York Daily News

Brooklyn Nets hire Jason Kidd as coach

The Brooklyn Nets hired Jason Kidd as their coach Wednesday, bringing the former star back to the franchise he led to its greatest NBA success. Read more: AP

Justice Dept. supports NYPD monitor

The U.S. Justice Department says it would strongly endorse a court-appointed monitor to oversee changes at the New York Police Department if a judge were to find its stop-and-frisk practices unconstitutional. Read more: AP

Restaurant owners protest NYC foam containers ban

A proposal to eliminate plastic foam takeout containers in New York City was met with criticism Wednesday by restaurateurs who said a ban on the ubiquitous containers would drive up costs and potentially put them out of business. Read more: NBC New York

Judge approves FDA plan to drop limits on morning after pill

A U.S. district court judge on Wednesday approved a U.S. Food and Drug Administration plan to allow unrestricted sales of Plan B One-Step, a one-pill version of the emergency contraception drug. Read more: Reuters

Nets score keeper reflects on basketball tenure, Bayside ties


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THE COURIER/Photos by Terence M. Cullen

Herb Teretsky, 67, does not think of himself as a superstar.

He has kept score for the Nets for the past 47 years and plans to work four more years to reach a career benchmark.

The dedicated score keeper has not missed a game since 1984.

He was born and raised in Brownsville, Brooklyn and now lives in Bayside.

“Being a scorekeeper for the Nets is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re going to get,” he said, quoting the famous line from “Forrest Gump.”

His career has included many ups and downs along the way. He has traveled the world and formed relationships with superstars like Shaquille O’Neal, Michael Jordan and Julius “Dr. J” Erving.

Teretsky has also racked up points in the literary world, writing about the experiences and acquaintances he has made during his journeys.

In his 2010 book “Basketball and Life,” he wrote about the people who mattered to them going back to when he became involved in basketball at age 21.

“It was a great undertaking and a lot of fun,” Teretsky said of the book. He also wrote 200 poems in a period of two months. He described that publication as “simply private and personal thoughts.”

Teretsky said he tried his best to make readers feel like they are sitting courtside and working with some of the greatest athletes in the world.

“I’m not the player, I’m just there to keep score,” he added.

Teretsky’s career highlights include mentions in numerous halls of fame. But his career has seen its share of tragedy, as when his friend the Croatian professional basketball player Drazen Petrovic died in a car accident at the age 28. Teretsky said the death of Petrovic, who was also Teretsky’s son’s hero, created a “horrible situation for the team.”

During his more than four decades so far with the Nets, Teretsky has been the official scorer for

NBA games in Japan, Mexico City and Canada. He has scored the NBA Hall of Fame’s exhibition game in Springfield, Massachusetts. While building his career as the NBA’s preeminent official scorer, Teretsky also coached touring teams in Israel, Greece, Belgium and France, winning the prestigious Tournoi Internationals in 1984.

“This last year may have been the best year of my career,” Teretsky said.

Teretsky with an autographed basketball to commemorate the Nets’ 1976 American Basketball Association Championship.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 48. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday Night: Clear. Low of 36. Winds from the West at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Indians in the Caribbean

A photographic exhibition of arts, culture and nation building (1900-1950) at the Rajkumari Cultural Center in Richmond Hill, Indians in the Caribbean shows the life of arts and culture, scholarship and commerce, politics and civics in countries like Guyana, Suriname and Caribbean Islands like Trinidad and Tobago and Jamaica. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Rockaway beaches to open Memorial Day weekend: officials
Residents in the Sandy-ravaged Rockaways packed into a community board meeting Tuesday night to discuss the future of their wrecked boardwalk. Read more: NBC New York

Park advocates slam U.S. Tennis Association expansion plan

Park advocates aren’t showing much love to a plan for a $500 million expansion of a premiere tennis center in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo to press for wider curbs on gun access

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, pushing New York to become the first state to enact major new gun laws in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Conn., plans on Wednesday to propose one of the country’s most restrictive bans on assault weapons. Read more: New York Times 

Quinn brushes off report that Bloomberg is eyeing other mayoral candidates

For some time now, it was unquestioned that New York City Council Speaker and mayoral hopeful Christine Quinn would have the backing of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. But that’s not a sure thing, according to a report. Read more: CBS New York 

More anti-Muslim ads go up in NYC subways

The group that equated Muslim radicals with savages in advertisements last year has put up another set of provocative ads in dozens of New York City subway stations. Read more: Wall Street Journal 

Brooklyn Nets player questioned in Philly sex assault claim

Philadelphia police are investigating reports of a sexual assault that may have involved a Brooklyn Nets team member. Read more: NY1 

2012 was hottest year on record in U.S., climate agency says

The year 2012 was the warmest on record for the contiguous United States, beating the previous record by a full degree in temperature, a government climate agency said on Tuesday. Read more: Reuters

P.J. Carlesimo named interim coach of the Nets


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

By Elizabeth Coluccio

Avery Johnson, coach of the Brooklyn Nets, was fired yesterday, according to general manager Billy King, and P.J. Carlesimo will take over on the bench beginning tonight.

The Nets season began well, with the team winning five games in a row. But through November, they have since lost seven out of 10 games, bringing their record to 14-14.

Though the move comes as a surprise to many, there have been signs that team was under duress. The Nets spent $330 million to bring in a new roster this summer as they moved into the Barclays Center. Also, star point guard Deron Williams criticized Johnson’s coaching tactics just over a week ago.

Johnson, who was appointed the position in 2010, coached the team for a little over two seasons. Carlesimo will take over as coach on an interim.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday :Overcast with rain. High of 41. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the NNE in the afternoon. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Tuesday Night: Overcast with rain. Low of 34. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 80%.

EVENT of the DAY: Holiday Tree Lighting in Sunnyside/Woodside

The tree lighting is a true community celebration with local elected officials, a presentation by the Sunnyside Drum Corps, caroling with local schools and holiday cheer. Borough President Helen Marshall will light the tree and Father Brian Dowd from Queen of Angels RC Church will lead a Christmas prayer. There will also be candy canes for the children. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens school shut since hurricane is reopening

The New York City Education Department said on Monday that Public School/Middle School 114 in Belle Harbor, Queens, would reopen on Tuesday, three days earlier than planned, after it was flooded during Hurricane Sandy. Read more: New York Times

Queens church’s crucifix vandalized

The beloved 25-year-old crucifix at St. Leo’s Church in Corona, Queens, was vandalized at night on or after thanksgiving. Read more: Fox New York

City workers still reeling from Hurricane Sandy

The recovery from Superstorm Sandy has tested every level of city government and all ranks of city employees. Read more: New York Daily News

Nets beat Knicks in OT, take 1st Brooklyn matchup

Playing the Knicks never looked or sounded so sweet for the Nets in New Jersey. Read more: ABC New York

Top LIPA executive, trustee resign

A top LIPA executive and a LIPA trustee announced their resignations Monday as the power authority deals with criticism in their response to Sandy, NBC 4 New York has confirmed. Read more: NBC New York

Experts estimate $1.5 billion in sales on Cyber Monday

Americans clicked away for deals on Cyber Monday, which was expected to be the biggest online shopping day in history. Read more: CBS New York

Obama to meet executives, go to Pennsylvania for fiscal push

resident Barack Obama will launch a multipronged push this week to garner support for his proposals to solve U.S. fiscal problems, meeting with business executives at the White House and visiting a small business in Pennsylvania to press his case. Read more: Reuters

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST: 

Tuesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 61. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Live Classical Music

A special presentation of classical music featuring the artistry of soloist Lesley Zlabinger with Catherine Frank on piano. The program will include the song cycle “Frauenliebe und-leben” by Robert Schumann; three songs by Claude Debussy, “Nuit d’etoiles,” “Voice que le printemps” and “Paysage sentimental;” the secular cantata “Lucrezia” by G.F. Handel; and four songs by Mozart, “Ridente la calma,” “Warnung,” “Als luise die briefe” and “An chloe.” Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Fight over proposed Queens Kickshaw bike corral could be paved over with compromise in Astoria

The battle over a proposed bike rack in front of an Astoria eatery may come to a hault. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens landlord wanted in teacher murder nabbed in Maryland

The Queens landlord wanted for questioning in the stabbing death of a 39-year-old public school teacher has been caught in Maryland, authorities said Monday. Read more: NBC New York

Roughly half of Aqueduct racino’s top managers reside in the borough

The operator of the Aqueduct racino released new jobs data this month showing that about half of its top executives call Queens home. Read more: New York Daily News

A ‘match’ for Nobel

Two American scholars — one of them born in Queens — netted the Nobel economics prize yesterday for work on a matchmaking technique that has sharply reduced the number of New York students who end up in high schools they didn’t want to attend. Read more: New York Post

Mayoral hopeful switches to G.O.P.

The field of likely Democratic candidates for New York City mayor narrowed by one on Monday when Tom Allon, a newspaper publisher waging a long-shot bid, announced that he would switch to the Republican Party to increase his odds of making it to the 2013 general election ballot. Read more: New York Times

Brooklyn Nets win their Barclays Center debut game

The Brooklyn Nets won their first basketball game at the new Barclays Center against the Washington Wizards on Monday night, and the preseason victory marked the first time professional sports were played in the borough since the Dodgers left in 1957. Read more: NY1

Pundits: Hofstra presidential debate could easily mean doom for rhe loser

All eyes in the United States and around the world will soon be on a Long Island university. Read more: CBS New York