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Opponents rail against Glendale yeshiva expansion during CB 5 meeting

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Residents packed the CNL Center at Christ the King Regional High School in Middle Village on Wednesday night to speak out on the proposed expansion of Glendale’s Yeshiva Godolah Seminary (YGS) during a Community Board 5 public hearing.

Many in attendance opposed the YGS plan for a Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) zoning variance allowing the seminary at 74-10 88th St. to build an extension to combine the two buildings on the campus into one, four-story building, adding more dormitories and bathrooms.

“The building itself, as it stands, will remain,” said attorney Jay Goldstein, who represents the yeshiva. “The enlargement will be the one-story portion closest to 88th Street [that will] receive three additional floors which will be dormitory rooms, and then there will be a four-story addition with a cellar which will act as a gymnasium, also classrooms and the additional dorm space.”

In the variance, the YGS seeks to reclassify the yeshiva as a religious school, since the building’s use is not permitted under the existing manufacturing zoning for the site, which is in an M1-1 zoning district.

“The yeshiva currently has 1,050 students,” Goldstein said. “Those students are extremely cramped within the learning space they are in right now … and the yeshiva seeks to expand to allow them to have extra classrooms so that they can have a better learning experience.”

Currently, the yeshiva has 360 dorm beds and seeks to expand to 710 dorm beds for the current student population.

“The yeshiva is not seeking an enlargement of the building to increase the population of the school. The population of the school is going to remain the same,” Goldstein assured the board.

Opponents of the variance pointed back to 2006, when the yeshiva was constructed. According to Dawn Scala, a Glendale resident, the original certificate of occupancy (C of O) for the yeshiva listed on the Department of Buildings’ website did not mention dorms on the site.

“In October of 2007, another temporary C of O was issued. This time it did mention accessory offices and dorms,” Scala said. “In January of 2008 a final C of O was issued and it mentions … accessory offices and dorms. So I looked at the zoning regulations and I discovered the following … sleeping accommodations are not allowed in M1-1 zone.”

This raised questions as to the legality of the current dorms at the yeshiva.

Several board members and residents also raised concerns over what adding more dormitories and bathrooms would do to the already stressed sewer system in Glendale.

“Now the dormitory situation is still the same as it was in 2006, we have a faulty infrastructure in Glendale, as the chair will tell you,” said Kathy Masi, CB 5 member. “We’re doing sewers regularly, we’re doing roads regularly, we’re trying to get caught up, and I just feel, as I did in 2006, that the impact on this is going to be terrible for the community.”

Although the community has concerns over the expansion, the YGS believes that if the BSA grants the variance for the extension, it will benefit the community by lowering the number of buses the yeshiva requires to transport students to and from their homes in Williamsburg to the school each day.

“By allowing for the additional beds it will significantly reduce the number of buses that travel back and forth every day,” Goldstein said. “It’s anticipated that the number of buses will be cut, approximately, in half.”

The CB 5 Land Use Committee is looking to set up a meeting with the YGS to tour the yeshiva and evaluate the property and the proposed expansion before making a recommendation to the board.


Star Glendale student getting ready for next chapter at MIT

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Kevin Rodriguez, a senior at Christ the King High School in Middle Village, is poised to become one of the breakout stars of the class of 2015. The Glendale native was accepted to MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and will begin working toward a mechanical engineering degree in the fall.

“I want to focus on biomechatronics, which is exoskeletons and prosthetic limbs,” Rodriguez said. “I’ve always been interested in exoskeletons, especially because I grew up on that whole video game culture, including Iron Man and things like that.”

Last summer, Rodriguez had the honor of being selected to attend MOSTEC (MIT Online Science, Technology and Engineering Community), a six-month online engineering program offered by MIT to exemplary high school seniors nationwide. MOSTEC allows students to conduct independent research online while sharing their observations and findings in a blog created by college. As part of the program, students get to spend one week at MIT presenting their research, as well taking classes and lectures.

During his visit, Rodriguez spent time at the college’s biomechatronics lab, where he met associate professor and lab director Hugh Herr, PhD. Herr was injured during a blizzard while climbing Mount Washington in New Hampshire back in 1982 and became a double amputee from the waist down.

Rodriguez was moved by Herr’s ability to overcome his personal and physical obstacles through feats of science.

“He was very inspiring in the way that he made his own powered prosthetics,” Rodriguez said. “Now he’s walking about just like anyone else.”

Inspired by his passion for engineering and design, Rodriguez became the founder and president of a chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA), a national nonprofit organization, at Christ the King High School earlier in the school year. The club is currently focused on the task of building a website to share information, findings and blog posts.

As a member of the Christ the King Mathematics Team, Rodriguez is currently tied for first place in the statewide league with a couple of fellow CTK students. He is also one of the rising stars on the school’s speech and debate team. The team will be competing in the state championships in Oneonta this week, as well as nationals in Florida the following month.

In addition to his achievements in the fields of science and technology, Rodriguez has also enjoyed great success in the performing arts. He is a member of Christ the King’s musical theater club and will star as the Wizard in their upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz,” opening next week.

For the past 11 years, Rodriguez has performed as part of a local competitive dance team. He is prolific in many diverse styles of dance, including jazz and contemporary, and has won awards for his performances.

His experiences and triumphs as a competitive dancer inspired Rodriguez to help improve the lives of physically disabled people through his work in the field of biomechatronics.

“One of the things that I realized when I got into what I want to study is that there are a lot of people who can’t experience those kinds of things,” he said. “I want to provide people with the ability to experience anything that they want to, whether it’s being onstage and performing or climbing a mountain. I want them to be able to do that.”



Christ the King junior plays at national polo competition

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Christ the King junior Christopher Jordan just came back from Houston, Texas, on March 15 after competing in the United States Polo Association’s (USPA) national competition. Jordan, 17, of Ozone Park, currently plays for the Long Island-based Country Farms interscholastic polo team, which is ranked seventh in the nation.

At the competition, Jordan’s team was knocked out in the first round. This would have been the end of Jordan’s time at the competition, but he was approached by the El Dorado polo team from California to captain their team since they were down a rider. Jordan got the approval from his Country Farms team to play for El Dorado, and he led them to a second-place finish in the competition.

Jordan has been riding horses since he was 3 and loves anything that has to do with horses. Aside from competing in polo matches, Jordan is an accomplished equestrian. He is a hunter jumper with the Metropolitan Equestrian Jumping Team.

“He is proud to be an equestrian,” said Scott Jordan, Christopher’s father. “He is a very nice kid and an excellent athlete.”

Jordan began playing polo since he was 14 and has grown into one of the country’s top players. Last year Jordan was honored with the USPA Linford Award for being the most improved player for the 2014-15 season.

“Christopher offers an example of the diversified talents students at Christ the King have,” Christ the King Principal Peter Mannarino said. “We are proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and look forward to his continued success.”

Christopher Jordan is being scouted by several colleges across the country, including Texas A&M and the University of Miami.

“He has surely surpassed what we would have wanted in a child,” Scott Jordan said. “We are completely behind his dreams and we are willing to do whatever we have to do to help him live his dream.”


Middle Village teacher running for a cause

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One Middle Village high school teacher is using his passion for running marathons to support education and teach by example.

Christ the King High School teacher Paul Salerni has run 44 marathons in his life. This year, he plans on running to help raise awareness for the Hale Reservation, an organization that educates schoolchildren about nature and the environment.

Salerni has been an avid runner for over 40 years, but this year’s Boston Marathon — which takes place on Apr. 20 — will mark the first time that he will be running to raise money for an organization. Salerni and his team of 17 runners aim to raise $75,000 for the Hale Reservation.

“After reading many environmental headlines lately, I have learned that half of the world’s wildlife has been lost over the last 40 years and that the oceans now contain over 5 trillion pieces of plastic,” Salerni said. “As educators, we know how important it is to raise awareness through education; Hale Reservation does this.”

“To raise awareness is one thing, to act on it is another,” he added.

Salerni has always loved running. He was a runner in junior high school, high school and college. “Running is a great way to manage stress,” he said.

In order to perform at the level necessary for the Boston Marathon, Salerni runs four to five days a week and cross trains on the other days. He usually rides his bike to keep up his endurance and cross country skis when there is some snow on the ground.

“I average 35 miles a week running,” he said. “I’m aiming for three hours and 30 minutes at the marathon. My best is three hours, eight minutes, I think I’m capable of it.”

Salerni has been a faculty member at Christ the King High School for over 27 years, and he teaches social studies and English. He is also an adjunct English professor for Queensborough Community College.

“We at Christ the King are proud of our faculty members who teach through example in shaping the leaders of tomorrow,” Christ the King Chairman Serphin R. Maltese said.

Principal Peter Mannarino added, “Mr. Salerni is an inspiration to all of us who care about our environment, as well as our own personal physical fitness.”

To help support the Hale Reservation, visit www.razoo.com/story/Paul-Salerni.


Identify this place in Queens

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next Friday.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Christ the King High School




Christ the King player leads CHSAA to win NYC Mayor’s Cup All-Star game

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Christ the King senior forward Kollyns Scarbrough’s last game as a member of the CHSAA might have been her most meaningful.

Scarbrough, who will play for Siena College next year, led the CHSAA All-Star girls basketball team over the PSAL All-Stars to win the NYC Mayor’s Cup, 85-80, on Saturday and earn the title of “best in the city” for her league.

Scarbrough scored 17 points and was named the MVP of the game.

Being that it was her final game in the high school league, the senior wanted to win for bragging rights.

“The PSAL and the Catholic league, there has always been a rivalry, so I really wanted to win that,” Scarbrough said. “It’s New York basketball. Its bragging rights.”

Following the girls game, the boys’ NYC Mayor’s Cup All-Star game commenced. Once again, the CHSAA defeated the PSAL, 108-86.



Senior Andre Walker leads Christ the King to back-to-back state titles

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Christ the King point guard Andre Walker, like most high school seniors, didn’t want to lose his final game before graduation.

Walker told his teammates he wanted to go out as a champion in the locker room before the state Federation Class AA championship game against Long Island Lutheran Saturday in Albany, but he saw that dream falling apart as the Royals were trailing the Crusaders by as much as 14 points in the first half.

Then Walker stepped up.

The senior, who has taken a backseat in the scoring category all season, was almost perfect. He notched a game-high 25 points, including 3-for-3 from behind the three-point arc, to defeat Lutheran 58-52 and give Christ the King back-to-back state titles. Walker was named the tournament MVP.

“Somebody needed to step up and he wanted to do it,” junior forward Travis Atson said. “This was going to be his last game before he left high school, and he really didn’t want to go out with a loss.”

In last year’s state title game, guard Rawle Alkins and former Royal Jon Severe, torched Lutheran. So this year the Crusaders prepared for the Royals’ star players. Alkins had just nine points and Atson had only eight.

But this opened up space for other players on the team to shine, and the seniors, Walker, Adonis Delarosa and Bryler Paige, had the necessary motivation. Paige finished with 10 points and Delarosa added six points and 13 rebounds.

Walker attacked aggressively in the third quarter, where he made 13 of his 25 points, proving that he could score if he needed.
“[Fans] only recognize points, but they don’t see what we do,” Walker said. “We can score too, but it’s not our roles on the team.”

Still undecided on where he will continue to play basketball and his education next year, Walker is just happy that he’ll leave Christ the King with winning dynasty intact.

“It feels good,” Walker said. “Only a select few can say they won two state championships, back-to-back.”



Christ the King’s Sierra Calhoun named Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year

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Christ the King High School girls basketball senior guard Sierra Calhoun received yet another honor before going to college.

The Duke University bound high school basketball star earned the 2013-14 Gatorade New York Girls Basketball Player of the Year award on March 13.

Calhoun is the seventh player from Christ the King to be given the honor, which has recognized athletes for their abilities on the court, academic achievements and character demonstrated outside of sports since 1985.

Calhoun led the Royals to a 21-4 record, averaging 24 points, 9.3 rebounds and four steals per game. Although the Royals were strong, Christ the King lost to Nazareth High School in a CHSAA semifinal.

A First Team All-American selection by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, Calhoun was also chosen to play in the prestigious McDonald’s High School All-American Game and is a two-time First Team All-State honoree. Calhoun volunteers to assist local special needs students at an elementary school and coaches youth basketball players.

With the honor, Calhoun is now a candidate for the Gatorade National Player of the Year award, which will be announced later this month.



Christ the King regains crown, wins back-to-back city championships

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The Royals are once again wearing the city crown.

It was only two weeks ago that the Christ the King boys’ basketball team lost the Brooklyn/ Queens Conference championship game against Bishop Loughlin by nearly 20 points.

But with a renewed focus, the Royals dominated their rivals in a rematch in the CHSAA Class AA intersectional championship game Sunday to come up with a 72-61 victory at Fordham University.

“We were the underdogs coming into the game,” junior forward Travis Atson said. “People didn’t think we would win, but we surprised a lot of people.”

With the win, the Royals continued their era of dominance, becoming back-to-back city champs. Christ the King has also won four city championships in the last five years.

But in previous games recently, Loughlin posed a major threat.

The Lions defeated the Royals in two of their three meetings this season. So to win the city title, Christ the King shifted their focus to tougher defense.

“We didn’t allow any transitions,” Atson said. “We made sure everybody got back and stopped the ball.”

With about four minutes left, the Royals used a 17-3 run ignited by stifling defense to outpace Loughlin.

Sophomore guard Rawle Alkins led Christ the King with 24 points, and Atson, who had a double-double with 21 points and 10 rebounds, was named the tournament MVP.

Atson also played tough defense, holding Loughlin senior guard Javian Delacruz to only eight points.

“Take away his offense, just the eight points that he held Javian Delacruz to, if you’ve done that, then you’ve done your job. I think that’s why he was named the tournament MVP,” Royals coach Joe Arbitello said.

The Royals will play PSAL champion Benjamin Cardozo in a Class AA state Federation semifinal on March 21 at the Times Union Center in Albany.



Lions tear apart Christ the King in Brooklyn/Queens championship

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Bishop Loughlin dominated Christ the King High School boys basketball team in every aspect in the CHSAA Brooklyn/Queens championship on Friday at St. Francis High School.

For the past few years the Loughlin Lions have dropped the final game against their conference rivals. But the Lions, led by senior Khadeen Carrington, were in firm control of the game, powered by revenge.

Carrington, the CSHAA’s Most Valuable Player, scored 42 points in the 90-71 win over Christ the King Royals for the championship. Loughlin senior guard Michael Williams, a Rutgers commit, added 19 points and eight rebounds in the rout.

“We played like we had nothing to lose tonight,” Carrington said. “We played with a chip on our shoulder and we got the W.”

Towards the end of the first half, the Royals made an effort to catch up. Junior forward Travis Atson, who finished with 22 points, knocked down consecutive threes to make the score 43-33.

But Loughlin responded with two threes as well, including a buzzer beater by Darius James at halftime, extending the lead to 49-33 going into the locker room.

The second half was more of the same as the teams traded shots. The Royals weren’t making defensive stops and couldn’t catch up.

Carrington, a Seton Hall commit, may have put an end to Royal’s dreams of a comeback. With just 2:54 remaining in the game he stole the ball and slammed a powerful two-handed dunk, giving Loughlin a 82-59 advantage.

“The bottom line is [Loughlin] played like they  were supposed to,” Christ the King coach Joe Arbitello said. “They played like seven seniors that wanted to win the Brooklyn/ Queens Championship.”

The season isn’t completely over for the Royals. Now the team will head to the citywide tournament match ups, and Arbitello promised the team will pick their heads up for the next round.

“We’re Christ the King, we’re not sinking the ship here,” Arbitello said. “They are going to get our best effort the next time.”




Christ the King Royals rout Loughlin Lions in rivals rematch

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Christ the King sophomore Rawle Alkins predicted that his team would defeat league rivals Bishop Loughlin in their Sunday rematch.

The Royals had lost the first match-up against their Brooklyn/Queens AA conference rivals in a close 76-74 game, but Alkins knew the outcome would be different.

“I just felt confident,” Alkins said. “If you look at their team and you look at our team, we have so many mismatches it’s not even funny.”

Alkins prediction came through as the Christ the King Royals dominated the second half, led by senior big man Adonis Delarosa, who had 23 points and 13 rebounds, leading the Royals to a 67-49 blowout of the Loughlin Lions. Alkins added 12 points, 8 rebounds and 6 blocks, and junior forward Travis Atson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to the win.

With the win, Christ the King improved to 18-5 overall (14-3 in conference) taking over the lead from Loughlin, 18-5 overall (13-3 in conference), and secured at least a tie for the regular season title.

The difference in this game was Delarosa, who scored just three points in the first half, but suddenly came alive in the second half.

Being mismatched against smaller sized and less athletic opponents, the nearly 7-foot 265-pound center took advantage of his size to score and get to the foul line, where he shot 11 of 14.

“I just knew they couldn’t guard me,” Delarosa said.

His abilities were fully shown when, with just 1:03 remaining, he wrapped around a defender and slammed a two-handed dunk, causing the crowd to explode as the score became 63-44.

Then the big man sprinted back on defense to swat a layup. Although the block was called goal tending, it sent the crowd into louder cheers of “CK, CK, CK.”

Delarosa’s performance was even more meaningful as he had just come of a two-game suspension for committing a flagrant foul in the previous Loughlin game.

Because he couldn’t play, he had to watch his teammates lose to Archbishop Molloy in their last game, 71-68 in overtime.

“I knew if I was on the court, I would have made a difference,” Delarosa said. “It really hurts watching my guys play from the sidelines.”

The next game for Christ the King will be against Brooklyn Law Tech on Feb. 12.



Christ the King HS agrees to faculty salary increase

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Christ the King High School has been doing well financially in recent years and now teachers will see some of that success in their paychecks.

The school announced a pay raise for faculty members with a new two-year contract. School administrators and the Lay Faculty Association, which represents the faculty, came to the agreement, and made the announcement Monday.

“As a result of good faith negotiations, we have come to an agreement where faculty members will have an increase in salary, all the while maintaining a level tuition for students for the next three years,” said Serphin Maltese, the school’s board of trustees chair.

In November, The Diocese of Brooklyn filed a lawsuit against Christ the King to regain control of the school, because the institution has used its buildings for more than just a Catholic high school. The Diocese said that this violates a long-standing contract, but Christ the King said that agreement is void.

The board of Christ the King started to generate cash by opening up continuing education classes such as dance and Spanish, a day care and a preschool. Additionally, last year they started renting space to a public charter school last year, Middle Village Preparatory.

In the last three years the school has made about $3.7 million from these measures, according to Thomas Ognibene, the school’s lawyer. That money has gone to making repairs and underwriting tuition for students.


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Sports Star: Travis Atson, forward, Christ the King HS basketball team

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Name: Travis Atson
School: Christ the King High School 
Grade: Junior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Forward

Travis Atson is a junior forward on the Christ the King high school basketball team. Standing at 6’5 he is one of the team’s big men. As the reigning state champions, Atson is a part of a team which hopes to defend their title. Atson averages a double-double and has scored an average of nearly 20 points and 12 rebounds per game in the five games as of December 29. On top of his athletic prowess, Atson is maintaining an 85 percent academic average and participates in various community service activities, such as blood drives and volunteering to teach basketball to younger children.

Why did you start playing basketball?
“I started when I was about six-years-old. My mom’s friend was babysitting me and she brought me to a game, and I said I want to play. My first game I scored 16 points.”

What colleges are you thinking about attending next year?
“The main thing is to get a free scholarship to school. I haven’t thought about college yet. But I have received interest from Boston University, Hofstra, VCU and Georgetown.”

What kind of community service do you do?
“With my school with do a lot of community service. We just did a blood drive.”

What do you like to do besides basketball?
“In school I take a hip hop dance class. We performed in front of the whole school. It gets my footwork and coordination better.”

What would you do if you couldn’t be a pro-basketball player?
“Actually, I would want to be a teacher and I would want to be a basketball coach for my school [Christ the King]. First, because they get to play sports all day and I just love being around kids and having fun.”


Christ the King math team holds first place through three state contests

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The Christ the King High School math team is adding up victories.

The team placed first out of 200 high schools in the New York State Mathematics League, after the first three of six matches.

The school was number one overall last year after competing in contests from October 2012 to March 2013.

With just three more monthly contests this academic year, from January to March 2014, the team is poised to multiply their championships.

During the math contests students are asked to solve six complex and original problems under regular test conditions.

The Christ the King team is comprised of more than thirty top math students, who practice each week under the supervision of team moderator, Richard Hartman.

“I very proud and so is principal Peter Mannarino,” Hartman said. “It shows that the more you practice the better you do. Our top students are as good as any top students through the state.”

The next math contest will be held on January 14.



Christ the King dominates All Hallows in basketball season home opener

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For Christ the King High School‘s basketball team it was business as usual.

The Royals completed a dominant victory over All Hallows High School, 58-27, for their season home opener Sunday.

Royals’ sophomore Rawle Alkins and Travis Atson led the team with a double-double each. Alkins had 20 points, 10 rebounds and five assists, while Atson scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.

“We were focused. We were ready to play before the game,” Alkins said. “We weren’t joking around in the locker room or nothing. We wanted to win really badly.”

The victory marks the third consecutive double-digit win for the Royals (3-0) in as many games to start the season.

Punishing defense coupled with an overwhelming offensive fueled the Royals, who are the reigning state basketball champions. By halftime the Royals lead 35-16. They continued attacking in the third quarter with a 9-0 run to inflate the lead to 46-16, before All Hallows (0-5) finally made their first basket in the second half.

By the end of the third quarter Royals head coach Joe Arbitello pulled his starters from the floor.

All Hallows was able to score a few more baskets in the fourth quarter while Christ the King starters were out of the game, but the deficit was too much to overcome.

Despite the string big victories, Arbitello said they aren’t trying to blow teams out.

“We’re not really trying to show that we are dominant,” Arbitello said. “The one thing we are trying to focus on now is getting better every game. We want to play at the level that Christ the King has come accustomed to.”

The next game for the Royals will be on Friday, December 20 against Cardinal Hayes.