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Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez serves dinner in the Rockaways


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Photo courtesy of City Harvest

New York Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez went from passing footballs on Thanksgiving to passing out hot meals in the Rockaways yesterday.

Sanchez joined City Harvest to serve dinner to 300 Rockaway residents affected by Sandy at P.S. 215 last night and distributed pantry bags.  The food was provided Dinosaur BBQ.

“The most important thing is to make sure people have a hot meal in times like this around Thanksgiving and the holidays, especially after the tragedy of Sandy. So we’re just doing our best to give back,” Sanchez told NY1.

The Rockaways have seen a parade of celebrities lend a hand since the storm.  Steve Buscemi, John Legend, Amar’e Stoudemire, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake are among the famous face that have helped out.

 

Sports teams pitch in for Sandy recovery


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Photos courtesy of Major League Soccer

Normally, loyal fans support teams in the best and, most especially, the worst times.

Now it is the teams that are giving their support as thousands still suffer in the wake in Sandy.

“Our thoughts and our prayers go out to you,” said Jets quarterback Tim Tebow in a message to fans. “Whatever we can do for you, we will be behind you as the Jets nation.”

As an effort to pitch in and help with recovery efforts, sport leagues and organizations have donated both time and money to help the area.

The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has pledged $400,000 toward the cause: $300,000 toward needed supplies, including flashlights and other needs; and a $100,000 cash donation which will go toward the Mayor’s Fund.

Many Queens residents have seasonal jobs at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, and USTA president and board chair Jon Vegosen said the organization wanted to give back to one of the places it calls home.

“New York is the US Open’s home, and we want to aid in the rapid recovery of the city, as well as help as many people as we can directly in our home borough of Queens,” he said.

Major League Soccer (MLS) members have also given their time to help clean up some of the parks in the borough. The league contacted the Parks Department, a spokesperson said, and asked what it could do to help. On Saturday, November 3, a group of volunteers set out and removed hundreds of bags of debris from Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The following day they took hundreds more from the area around the Olmstead Center. The league is currently looking to make a deal with the city for a soccer stadium in the park.

“We were heartbroken to see the devastation that Sandy wrought in the tri-state area, which is where our league and many of our athletes and employees call home,” said MLS commissioner Don Garber, a Queens native. “We and our teams are proud to be donating money to relief funds and clean up efforts. We were happy to work with the Parks Department to clean up Flushing Meadows-Corona Park and will continue to offer our help to the local community.”

MLS will also donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross, the Hurricane Sandy New Jersey Relief Fund, and the Mayor’s Fund.

The New York Jets, who played at Shea Stadium from 1964 to 1987, pledged on Thursday, November 8 half a million dollars to recovery efforts.

The New York Giants, who share New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium with the Jets, announced days earlier that they would donate half a million to relief efforts. Giants quarterback Eli Manning visited Staten Island with the American Red Cross to help in recovery efforts, according to the Giants. Manning and his brother Peyton led relief efforts in 2005 when Hurricane Katrina struck their home town of New Orleans.

Both the Mets and Yankees gave $500,000 each to help those who have suffered losses.

Queens natives design sports tees


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

These guys don’t thread lightly.

Queens natives who are die-hard sports fans have started printing their own T-shirts. But this team gear is a little different than what you find at a chain store, and can only be purchased online.

On the last day of the 2009 season, lifelong Mets fan Darren Meenan of Little Neck made a shirt that highlighted the team’s turmoils over the last few years, sandwiched by “I survived” and “Let’s Go Mets 2010.”

He officially started his brand, The 7 Line, on opening day of the 2010 season. It has grown to be a fan favorite, with some of the company’s popular shirts visible at Citi Field and across the country.

The key to making the merchandise unique, Meenan said, is social networking and keeping up with the team, but most of all, knowing what the people like.

“The common bond would be you’re either a fan of our Facebook page or our Twitter account and you interact with each other because you’re a die-hard fan,” he said. “The die-hard fans are so loyal it doesn’t matter if [the Mets are] 10 games up or 10 games back.”

The 7 Line, which is staffed by Meenan and fellow Little Neck native Lizy Saroyan, has even become popular with Mets players. On opening day this year, starting pitcher Johan Santana appeared before reporters after the game in a 7 Line T-shirt with the number 8 on its front that memorialized the late Gary Carter, who passed away before the season’s start.

“One of the biggest names in pitching and baseball wearing the shirt that came from here, it was pretty crazy,” Meenan said.

Another startup, We Bleed Blue, designs and prints Rangers T-shirts out of a Glendale basement.

When news broke that Rick Nash was traded to the Rangers on July 23, co-founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo said they instantly began brainstorming about making T-shirts of the skater.

Fans wanted something with the phrase “Nashty,” the founders and designers said, and they put several concepts on Facebook and Twitter to get feedback. The final product was completely from fan opinion, they said.

“We would never put something out there that we wouldn’t wear ourselves,” the founders said. “Some of our designs come from fan feedback, others come straight from our own imagination.”

We Bleed Blue has even made T-shirts at the request of players or their families.

Gebert and Rizzo said defenseman Marc Staal’s wife contacted them about making a shirt for him. The result, they said, was one that read “Our Staal Is Better Than Yours,” which is a reference to the Carolina Hurricanes, where two of Staal’s brothers play.

“We are very happy with the design and we look forward to wearing it when the Rangers play the Carolina Hurricanes this upcoming season,” the partners said.

The duo said they plan on extending their football line, as they’re both devout Giants fans. They said an expanded Giants line should be ready by the Super Bowl champs’ opener against the Dallas Cowboys on September 5.

Check out the shirts at http://www.webleedblue.com/ and http://the7line.com/

Queens weekend roundup


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The Afternoon Roundup

‘Bom’ scare at JFK Airport

If only spotting a real bomb were this easy. Hundreds of passengers yesterday were evacuated from JFK Airport’s Terminal 4 at 1:43 a.m. after one of them spotted a suspicious package with the words “Bom to USA” scrawled on it. Read more: NY Post

Van Bramer set to wed longtime partner

On a warm November night last year in Puerto Rico, Dan Hendrick slipped a silver ring from his pocket, descended on one knee and proposed to long-time partner Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. Thoughts of marriage had lingered in Hendrick’s mind for some time, but busy schedules always intervened. They talked about it on and off, delaying concrete plans until it was lawful for them to marry in New York. Read more: Queens Courier

NYPD detective suspended after cops find man tied up and being held for ransom in officer’s garage

An NYPD detective was suspended without pay after cops found a man bound and being held for ransom in the garage of the officer’s Queens home, law enforcement sources said Saturday. Investigators from the NYPD’s major case squad went to the Springfield Gardens home of veteran cop Ondre Johnson, 45, about 3 p.m. Friday — after they were tipped off that a man was being held for $75,000 ransom, the sources said.Read more: Daily News

Jets practice report: Crowd heckles Tebow

Tebowmania did not amount to much at the first Jets training camp practice open to the public. A rain-soaked crowd of a few thousand was not filled with Tebow fans. It even featured a few hecklers who gave Tebow a hard time about his passing. He exited the field shirtless, which is sure to cause a stir. Read more: NY Post

Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival marks nation’s 50 years of independence with food, music and fun

The spicy scent of jerk seasoning wafted through the Caribbean crowds at the 2nd annual Grace Jamaican Jerk Festival in southeast Queens. Read more: Daily News

 

Top Headlines From Around the Web


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Graphic by Jay Lane

House of horrors in Queens: Couple charged with kidnapping, beating disabled woman

A disabled Queens woman was locked away in a house of horrors for more than a year by a couple who delivered daily beatings while denying her food and medical care and stealing her money, prosecutors say. Patrick Donovan, 42, and Mae Washington, 63, face kidnapping and assault charges for the yearlong siege that ended Thursday when cops found Maureen Murray huddled on the floor of a barren Rockaway Park apartment that had no mattress or bed. Read More: Daily News
Suspected bombers arrested after ‘mass suicide attack’ foiled

Afghan intelligence officials arrested 16 people after an apparent mass suicide bombing attack was foiled in Kabul, according to reports out Tuesday. Some 11 suicide bombing vests were also seized from inside Afghanistan’s defense ministry, according to security officials, cited by news website Khaama Press. A number of the suspects were members of the Afghan National Army, the security sources added. Read More: New York Post

 

Jets coach throws his weight behind Sanchez

Jets coach Rex Ryan threw his weight behind Mark Sanchez Tuesday morning, but he did not let his starting quarterback weigh in on the decision to trade for Tim Tebow. One day after the Jets introduced Tebow as the team’s backup quarterback, Ryan expressed his support for Sanchez, saying the quarterback would have received an extension regardless of who the team acquired. Read More: New York Post

 

Supreme Court begins second day of arguments in Obamacare case

The US Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments Tuesday on the central issue in the challenge to President Obama’s health care law: whether the US Constitution permits the federal government to require citizens to buy health insurance. Tuesday’s hearing marks the second of three days of arguments scheduled over Obama’s signature piece of legislation in what could be a landmark case on the scope of the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce. Read More: New York Post

 

Madam’s accomplice glares at media circus outside court

The gorgeous accused accomplice of alleged “Hockey Mom Madam” Anna Gristina wore a purse-lipped frown and glared into the middle distance as she was swarmed by reporters and news photographers at a routine court appearance today. Jaynie Mae Baker is not ready for her closeup, her defense lawyer explained to his client’s scrum of some two dozen media pursuers — so many, that a pack of ignored Occupy Wall Street protesters began heckling sarcastically from the sidewalk of Manhattan Supreme Court, “Ooooh, a big story!” Read More: New York Post

 

 Group Protests Peninsula Hospital Closure With Sit-In

Staffers, local residents and elected officials are holding a sit-in today at a financially struggling Queens hospital that will soon be closing its doors. The State Health Department has ordered officials at the 104-year-old Peninsula Hospital to submit a shutdown plan. Peninsula has struggled financially and last month the state shut down its lab for failing to meet standards. An investor stepped in last year to try to revive the hospital’s finances but was unable to turn things around. Read More: NY1

 

Police Release Name Of Man Wanted In Fatal Subway Brawl

Police say they have identified the man involved in a fight last week at a Brooklyn subway station that left another man dead. Investigators say Ryan Beauchamp was drunk when he got into a fight with Joshua Basin, 20, Friday night. The two fought at the L train stop at Bedford Avenue and both men wound up falling on the tracks. Basin was hit by the train. Beauchamp got back onto the platform and escaped. Read More: NY1

 

MTA On Track To Purchase New Subway Cars

Some of the city’s oldest subway cars could soon be headed off the rails. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s transit subcommittee has approved a plan to buy 300 new subway cars. They’ll replace older cars primarily on the C line, which has some subway cars that are nearly 50 years old. New cars will also be ordered for the J and Z lines. It would be the first purchase of new subway cars in about three years. Read More: NY1

 

Tim Tebow traded to New York Jets for 4th and 6th round draft picks


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FOXSports.com NFL insider Jay Glazer reports that the Broncos traded quarterback Tim Tebow on Wednesday to the New York Jets for a draft choice in the fourth and sixth rounds.

The deal – which was facilitated by Denver’s signing of Peyton Manning to a five-year, $96 million contract – spells the end to one of the wildest chapters in the franchise’s 52-year history. One of the NFL’s most popular players since being drafted by the Broncos in 2010, Tebow was promoted into the starting lineup ahead of the struggling Kyle Orton six games into last season.

 

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NYPD seeking armed bandit in two Queens stickups


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Graphic by Jay Lane

NYPD seeking armed bandit in two Queens stickups

Police are hunting for a gun-toting bandit, who was caught on camera during a stickup at a convenience store in Queens. The bandit, dressed in a gray baseball cap and blue hooded sweatshirt was caught on camera as he calmly strolled up to the counter at the 7-Eleven store on Corona Avenue near 108th Street in Corona, shortly after 7 a.m. on Feb. 26. He can be seen pulling a silver pistol from his pocket and brandishing it. Read More: Daily News

Matchmaker and alleged ‘Madam’ partner could turn herself in by next week

The gorgeous alleged partner of accused millionaire madam Anna Gristina has lawyered up, and is negotiating possibly turning herself in as early as next week, The Post has learned. Jaynie Mae Baker, 30, of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, is accused of helping run Gristina’s alleged millionaires-only, $2,000-a-visit call-girl ring, which prosecutors say was operated out of Gristina’s 200-acre Monroe County pig farm and the cramped one-bedroom “brothel” she rented on East 78th Street. Read More: New York Post

Mob suicide snitch’s ‘aide’ charged in payback whack

In a stunning twist to the case of the guilt-ridden mob rat, officials yesterday busted a Mafia hanger-on nicknamed “Lucky” for helping the turncoat wiseguy kill an old enemy before he committed suicide last month. The FBI and local prosecutors believe José Luis “Lucky” Rivera served as “muscle” and a possible lookout when Nicholas “Nicky Skins” Stefanelli blew away Joker Poker machine peddler Joseph Rossi Sr. on Feb. 24, sources said. Read More: New York Post

Jets ‘kiss and make up’ with QB Sanchez after missing out on Peyton Manning

Sometime before or during his Peyton Across America March Madness Tour across America — starting in Denver, then on to Arizona and Miami, but not Florham Park, N.J. — Peyton Manning told the Jets thanks but no thanks, to the lure of New York, to sharing the greatest city in the world with his little brother, to embark on the gargantuan challenge of carrying a tortured franchise to its first championship in 43 years. Read More: New York Post
Cops hunting brute caught on video beating, abducting woman outside Ronkonkoma LIRR station

Cops are hunting this brute who beat down and abducted a woman outside the Long Island Rail Road Ronkonkoma station Sunday morning, in a sickening assault that was caught on video. The man slugged the woman just after she got off the train at 7:40 a.m., knocking her down. Later, the suspect confronts the woman in the station’s taxi office, drags her outside and strikes her again. Read More: New York Post

 

NYPD Commissioner Meets With Muslim Leaders Amid Growing Surveillance Controversy

Muslim leaders met with Police Commissioner Ray Kelly at NYPD headquarters Friday afternoon, the same day that the Associated Press reported that police kept secret files on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans of Muslim faith as part of the department’s counter-terrorism program. “The Muslim community feels under siege,” Mohammed Nurhussein of the United African Congress told NY1. “And that issue has to be addressed.” Read More: NY1

Elmont substitute teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Elmont substitute teacher accused of having sex with 15-year-old girl

A substitute school teacher is facing charges she had an illegal sexual relationship with a 15-year-old female student at a Long Island high school. Kaitlin Grant of Elmont was arrested Friday. The 23-year-old woman is charged with criminal sexual act and endangering the welfare of a child. She is scheduled to be arraigned later Friday. The name of her attorney was not known. Read More: New York Post

‘Madam’s’ bodyguard once worked as an NYPD detective

A former NYPD cop who spent a decade working with the Manhattan DA’s office also acted as a bodyguard for the alleged high-end Upper East Side brothel boss now being prosecuted by that same district attorney’s office, sources told The Post today. Ex-cop Selwyn “Sly” Francis appeared in a photograph published today in The Post grinning broadly as accused madam Anna Gristina sat cozily on his lap with her arm slung over his broad shoulder. Read More: New York Post

Notorious B.I.G. remembered: Rapper’s music still lives on 15 years after his death

Can it really be 15 years since the brutal murder of Brooklyn’s own Christopher Wallace (aka The Notorious B.I.G., aka Biggie Smalls)? March 9 marks the sad day when one of the most narratively attuned rappers of all time lost his life at age 24. It only makes it worse that his slaying remains unsolved. Of course, his voluminous stories live on. Read More: Daily News

 

NYPD Reportedly Monitored Muslim New Yorkers Based On Their Religion

New reported information shows that the New York City Police Department has been monitoring people based specifically on their religion. According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, the NYPD kept secret files on businesses owned by second- and third-generation Americans, specifically because they were Muslims. The AP says the department’s secretive Demographics Unit was assigned to investigate the area’s Syrian population in 2007 – but excluded Syrian Jews and Christians from monitoring. Read More: NY1

 

Bloomberg defends Jets QB Sanchez, rejects plea for Peyton

Mayor Bloomberg is playing defense for Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez. The mayor today rejected a plea from a caller to his radio show to help the Jets recruit free agent quarterback Peyton Manning to Gang Green. “We have a Manning playing for the Giants,” the mayor said, referring to Peyton’s brother, Eli. Read More: New York Post

Mom charged with daughter’s death blasts plans to allow son, 6, to testify

A monster mom charged with murdering her 4-year-old daughter railed Friday against prosecutors’ plans to have her young son serve as a star witness when the trial opens next month. Carlotta Brett-Pierce blew up in court as a Brooklyn judge considered whether the 6-year-old boy, Tymel, will have to testify via closed-circuit – or face his mother in person for the first time since the Sept. 2010 death of his sister, Marchella Brett-Pierce. Read More: New York Post

Queens Teacher Charged With Raping 13-Year-Old Student


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Queens Teacher Charged With Raping 13-Year-Old Student

A Queens teacher is facing charges including rape after authorities say he had an inappropriate relationship with a 13-year-old student. Special Commissioner of Investigation Richard Condon says Charles Oross, 44, a teacher at IS 238, had a sexual relationship with the girl while she attended the school in 2009. Officials say the two also exchanged inappropriate emails and Facebook communications. Oross was removed from the school last month. Read More: NY1

 

Boyfriend of Young & Rubicam elevator victim Suzanne Hart calls her ‘bright spot’ 


The heartbroken boyfriend of elevator accident victim Suzanne Hart said Thursday “she was the bright spot in my life.” “I don’t have the words for this,” Chris Dickson said outside the couple’s Brooklyn Heights home. “I can’t process this.” Dickson, who said he and Hart “were together for five-and-a-half years,” was with her father, Alex Hart, and step-mother, Mary, when he spoke. Read More: New York Post

 

Man Accused Of Beating Jets Fan Faces New Charges

Charges were upgraded Wednesday against the man accused of attacking a Jets fan after Sunday’s game. Merle Lee, 35, is now being charged with aggravated assault. He was previously charged with simple assault. Police say Lee punched James Mohr of Queens in the face after an argument ended with a group of men. Mohr, 23, has been taken out of intensive care and is listed in fair condition. Investigators say the dispute wasn’t about the game. Read More: NY1

 

One last spin for land marking Forest Park Carousel

Forest Park Carousel is getting one more spin at landmark status. Area residents and leaders hope to have the historic local landmark officially recognized as one by the city’s Landmark Preservation Commission. The carousel — which last spun in 2008 — is currently being reviewed by the commission to see whether it meets the eligibility for landmarking. Read More: Queens Courier

 

Queens Courier Exclusive – What Would Judy Say?™ – Judge Judy Sheindlin answers your questions about problems that trouble you most. Read: Queens Courier

 

Facebook Timeline now available to all users

Facebook’s 800 million users can now access the site’s Timeline feature, which turns their profile pages into a virtual scrapbook of big photos, memorable posts and life events. For many users, turning on Timeline will likely serve as a trip down memory lane as they rediscover photos and updates they shared months and years ago. All that’s been stored on Facebook. Read More: New York Post