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Howard Beach woman wins New York Rangers fan contest


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Photos courtesy Alyson Carney

Alyson Carney proved that she bleeds Rangers blue when she won the 2015 My Rangerstown Story Contest on Saturday. To enter, Carney wrote and submitted a story on how she became a New York Rangers fan.

“It wasn’t about becoming a Rangers fan for me, it was more about being a Rangers fan,” Carney said. “I didn’t become a Rangers fan, I was born one.”

Carney explained that all of her family members are big Rangers fans, so she really didn’t have a choice growing up. From a young age she was surrounded by hockey. Her two brothers play ice hockey, “so I was what you would call a rink rat,” she said. Her father even taught her and her siblings to give a thumbs up when he said, “Let’s go Rangers.”

“I saw the ad for the contest online on the Rangers website,” Carney said. “I didn’t fully understand it so I just typed up my story and submitted it. I didn’t think anything of it.”

Two weeks later she received an email from the Rangers office saying they would like to talk more about her entry. It was then that she learned the Rangers staff would be coming to her house in Howard Beach to film her and her family.

“My family didn’t know I even entered the contest,” Carney said. “They were all shocked when I told them. They thought it was a joke at first.”

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Carney with her brother (left) and former New York Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom (right).

As the cameras rolled, the whole Carney family got to show off their Rangers pride. They were all decked out in their Rangers clothes and the film crew was there to capture them watching a Rangers game.

During the game, the Rangers had a special surprise for Carney. As she and her family watched the game, former Rangers defenseman Jeff Beukeboom, Carney’s favorite player, entered her house to greet her and her family.

“I’ve met Rangers before,” Carney said. “It has always been exciting, but seeing my favorite player was always something I wanted.”

“When he walked in I had no clue,” she continued. ‘”When I saw who it was I just froze, then the tears started. It was pretty exciting. I was speechless.”

Then Carney was told that she was one of three finalists in the contest and would be brought to Madison Square Garden where they would announce the winner on the ice during intermission of the Rangers game on Saturday.

“Whether I won or not, it was an amazing night,” Carney said. “I was in a suite with other finalists and we were all just happy to be together.”

“Because the night was so exciting it took a while to realize that I won,” she added. “It was amazing just to be there and on the ice. I had no clue if I would win; it could’ve gone either way.”

As the winner of the contest Carney was given a key to Rangerstown for having the best Rangers fan story.

“I told my family that I am going to change all the locks on the house to match the key so I can use it all the time,” Carney joked. “It was such an amazing night. I’m still on cloud nine.”

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Little Neck fifth grader becomes councilmember for a day


| mchan@queenscourier.com

Photos by William Alatriste/Courtesy of Karyl Jones

Her love for Queens landed her a seat in City Hall — and she’s only 11.

Katiya Jones of Little Neck became councilmember for a day after beating about 500 youngsters in an annual essay contest hosted by Councilmember Mark Weprin.

“Before I went, I thought it would be boring,” she said, “but I was proved wrong. It was a lot of fun.”

The fifth grader at P.S. 26 blew judges away with her “articulate and upbeat” essay, Weprin’s office said.

She listed her favorite locations in the borough, including the Marie Rose International Doll Museum in St. Albans and the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, peppering the essay with historical facts.

The paper also gave judges a sneak peek into Katiya’s artistic life of dance, performance and altruism. She said she helps feed the homeless at the Afrikan Poetry Theater in Jamaica during the holidays.

“Queens has many activities that I participate in,” Katiya wrote. “In the summer, I play tennis with the New York Junior Tennis League, as well as attend the YMCA day camp where I swim and take martial arts. I ride my bike in Cunningham Park and visited Rufus King Park.”

Katiya took a private tour of City Hall, attended a press conference and mock voted on real legislation in council chambers on May 22.

“It’s very busy,” she said. “You’re going all over the place. You have a lot of meetings and places you have to be.”

Still, she said the legislator’s life is not for her.

“I want to be a pediatrician, an actress, a dancer, a singer and a billionaire,” Katiya said.

She might not be so far from realizing her lofty dreams.

Katiya appeared in a “Saturday Night Live” skit in November 2010 and has landed television and radio commercials since she was six.

“She doesn’t have a shy bone in her body,” said her mother, Karyl Jones.

Once Katiya entered council chambers, she immediately took on the role of lawmaker, Karyl said.

“She was sitting there like she knew what she was doing, looking at the agenda and looking all serious,” she added. “We got a lot of out of it.”

 

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Enter The Courier’s Giveaway of the Day Contest


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The holidays are in full swing and in keeping with the spirit of the season of giving The Queens Courier is handing out free prizes daily.

Today, four tickets to the North Shore Towers Cinema will be raffled off.  All you need to enter is an email address and your zip code.

Click here to enter the contest.

Check back daily as new prizes will be offered each day.  Yesterday, Robert Vasquez took home two tickets to the St. John’s Red Storm.

Good luck.

Best of the Boro: Health & Beauty nominations now open


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Best of the Boro

The Queens Courier is excited to announce nominations for Health and Beauty, the second category in the Best of the Boro Competition, is now open.

The competition places the power of choice with the people. Queens residents will get the chance to choose the nominees and decide who is best. You vote, they win.

The competition allows the borough’s over 2 million residents to nominate the best in scores of health and beauty categories with the winners crowned Best of the Boro.

Health is your greatest asset, but sorting through the myriad of doctors is often a fool’s errand. Now, residents who think their doctor or salon is the best can make the opinions heard by nominating them through November 17. Click here to nominate.

The first phase of the Best of the Boro Competition was a hit, collecting over 58,000 votes. The winners will be announced in the November 3 edition of The Queens Courier.

Vote for your favorite Queens bars, restaurants & catering halls


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Best Of The Boro

Over 8,000 votes have already been cast by residents in The Queens Courier’s Best of the Boro Competition.

There is only one way to make sure your favorite bar, restaurant or catering hall wins – vote. You vote, they win.

The cultural diversity in Queens is matched by the array of cuisine served up by the borough’s restaurants. Looking for a good Thai, Greek, Italian, American, Indian, Japanese, Mexican or Latin American restaurant visit the Best of the Boro voting page and see who Queens residents consider the best. Then try a couple in the category and decide who deserves your vote as the very best.

There are 44 categories of food and drink for residents to vote in: ranging from best happy hour and beer selection to best cup of coffee and dessert; from best calamari and bakery to best sports bar and catering hall. Each category will have a winner crowned Best of the Boro.

Keep your eye out for each of 150 eateries with a Best of the Boro poster in the window indicating they’ve been nominated. Restaurants will also have postcards urging customers to vote for them.

Click here to vote for your favorite restaurant or watering hole is easy. There you can vote for your favorite in each of category.

All you need to vote is a valid email and live in the continental United States. One vote per email address per day is allowed. The results are tabulated by a third party company.

To stay up-to-the-minute on the competition like the Best of the Boro page on Facebook and follow @BestOfTheBoro on Twitter.