A Queens native is hoping to establish a new baseball culture in the borough to foster more skilled players.
Anthony Iapoce, currently a hitting coordinator with the Chicago Cubs, has two decades of professional baseball experience playing and coaching with various teams. He will host his first youth baseball clinic on Saturday, December 14 at Fitzgerald Gym at Queens College from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
“The most important factor in the camp is just being influential to the kids and teaching them the right fundamentals when it comes to the game,” Iapoce said.
The camp is the first in a series he hopes to expand before introducing a borough-wide clinic for coaches to learn advance drills and network.
Iapoce, who is a native of Astoria, grew up playing baseball in Queens. He played Catholic Youth Organization baseball at St. Joseph’s parish, and later at Monsignor McClancy Memorial High School in East Elmhurst.
After playing college baseball for Lamar University in Texas, he played for 11 years in the minor leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers and the Florida Marlins (now Miami Marlins), where he compiled a .273 batting average in 845 games and reached Triple-A– the highest level before the major league.
After he stopped playing baseball, he became a coach in the Marlin’s minor league system and then a hitting coordinator with the Toronto Blue Jays. Last year, he received a call from the Cubs to provide hitting guidance for their minor league players. Having traveled around the country for a long time, he recently moved back to Queens and is excited about establishing a camp in his hometown.
“This is a huge deal for me, because it’s the first camp I’ll do where I’m from,” Iapoce said. “It hits the heart pretty good. It gives you goosebumps just talking about it.”
His clinic at Queens College will be limited to about 35 players so that he can give more personal attention to each participant. Iapoce and fellow minor league coaches and players will focus on improving the youngsters’ fundamentals and mechanics in all positions. He hopes to create the coaches’ clinic based on the success of the camps.
“What we are trying to do in Chicago is create a winning culture in the minor leagues,” Iapoce said. “We are trying to create this culture of teaching in Queens, more importantly to the coaches.”
For more information about Iapoce’s baseball clinic, contact him at 347-351-5233 or click here. The camp cost $145 for one player or $125 per player for a group of five and is open to boys and girls from ages nine to 13.
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.
The legacy of a late Queens College music professor will live on with a memorial scholarship in his name.
Queens College and the Aaron Copland School of Music paid tribute to Howard Brofsky Tuesday, establishing the Howard Brofsky Memorial Scholarship in Jazz in his honor.
Brofsky passed away on October 17 at age 86. He taught up until 10 days before he died, officials said.
“He especially loved the classroom,” said Edward Smaldone, director of the Aaron Copland School of Music. “He will be missed by the entire Aaron Copland School of Music and Queens College family.”
Photo courtesy of Queens College
Brofsky, a lifelong jazz performer, chaired the music department shortly after beginning his career at the college in the 1960s. He is also credited for swaying administration to start a jazz program, despite early resistance that “sometimes disheartened” Brofsky, said his wife, Robin Westen.
“But he believed in the power of jazz and its importance. That’s why he persevered. It came from his heart,” she said. “He set up the program and then quietly stepped back and let it unfold and blossom.”
Brofsky’s “quiet strength” paved the way for the program to become one of the best in New York, the college said in a release.
Transportation advocates have had resurrection on the mind for the abandoned Rockaway Beach line (RBL), and are now getting local support to see if their vision can become a reality.
Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder announced on Monday that Queens College will undertake a study to assess the proposed options for the tracks.
Along with a rail line revival, plans exist to convert the 3.5-mile long space to a public park, the QueensWay.
“The whole idea is to expose all possible options,” said Dr. Leonard Rodberg, chair of the Department of Urban Studies, which will conduct the study.
Starting next spring, graduate and undergraduate students will be able to take research courses geared towards the RBL, studying the community impact of each plan. They will consider census data, existing transportation patterns and more.
During the summer of 2014, roughly a dozen students will be hired as research assistants to do field work, going out in the community and surveying both the area and residents. Completion is projected for the end of the summer.
“Our goal here is to do what’s in the best interest of Queens,” Goldfeder said. “We’ve got to look at all options.”
Rail line advocates are hoping for a compromise, and several members of the Queens Public Transit Committee would like to find “some common ground.”
“When you look at the QueensWay, it’s a great idea,” said Phil McManus, committee chair. “I’m not anti-park, I just think we need the train first.”
McManus said that bringing back the 40-minute commute between the Rockaways and midtown, paired with a park could be the best bet.
“If you exclusively do a park without a train, I’m afraid that we’d lose the train forever,” he said.
“We’re willing to work with whatever possible. I want transportation for this line, and beautification.”
For the upcoming study, Goldfeder plans to provide a capital grant of $50,000 to $100,000 to help with infrastructure needs. The college’s department will also set aside money from their budget.
“We need to utilize the tools that we’ve got, much like the rail line,” Goldfeder said. “Hopefully this can lead to the next step.”
Monday: Partly cloudy. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 16F. Winds from the West at 5 to 15 mph. Monday night: Mostly cloudy in the evening, then overcast. Low of 34 with a windchill as low as 27F. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: The Art of Ink in America 2013/2014: Gesture and Beyond, An East/West Exhibition of Contemporary Calligraphy
The exhibit includes approximately 50 new works by 32 and five invited artists and consists of abstract and avant-garde pieces, which show the many different forms and innovative techniques available to contemporary ink painters. On view at Queen College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum through December 30. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
Man shot, killed in Jamaica
A 47-year-old was fatally shot in the head on 107th Avenue in Jamaica around 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, said police. Read more: The Queens Courier
Bird strike reported at JFK Airport
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Borough politicians took to the stage to perform in “Legislative Acts,” a sold-out fundraising event held Saturday night at Queens College’s LeFrak Concert Hall.
The audience roared with laughter throughout the 16-act performances, which included song, dance, comedy and more.
Each skit featured jokes about election season and the officials themselves.
Former City Council Speaker Peter Vallone, Sr. and former Queens Borough President Claire Shulman dressed as Superman and Wonder Woman, respectively, for their skit called “Save the World.” The two brought the audience, and themselves, through belly-laughs, as they worked together to recall their lines while jokingly bickering.
In another skit, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer asked Congressmember Greg Meeks if he had been frequenting the gym. Van Bramer then warned the U.S. Representative not to “take selfies.”
Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz sang her rendition of “Oh, What a Beautiful Morning!”
The performance concluded with all of the cast members singing “We Are the World,” together on stage.
However, in their version of the song, the chorus was changed to, “We are the world. We are Bill’s children” – referring to Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio. The audience broke into hysterics for the final laugh of the evening’s performance.
Councilmember Ruben Willis and Assemblymember Aravella Simotas
The event benefited the college’s programs, Big Buddy and Women and Work.
Big Buddy aims to create stability and support for homeless children by pairing them with student mentors from Queens College. Women and Work serves victims of domestic and family violence, single mothers, immigrants, displaced homemakers and downsized workers by focusing on job-training and life skills that can enhance self-esteem with social capital and establish a social network.
Councilmember Julissa Ferreras singing the “Election Tango.”
Councilmember Leroy Comrie stops the fighting between Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and Councilmember Ruben Wills over who decided to wear their wig first.
Former Borough President Claire Shulman (right) and current Borough President Helen Marshall (left) pass their words of wisdom on to Borough President-elect Melinda Katz before her solo routine of “On My Own.”
Assemblymember William Scarborough, Congressmember Grace Meng and the Ensemble sing their new take on a classic, calling it, “No Business Like Small Business.”
Assemblymember Phillip Goldfeder and Queens County Clerk and former Assemblymember Audrey Pheffer in their skit, “Goldfeder.”
City Comptroller John Liu accompanied by the Ensemble singing “Ticket to Ride.”
Monday: Partly cloudy with rain showers. High of 64. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 39. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Masterworks of Traditional and Contemporary Korean calligraphy
On display at Queens College’s Godwin-Ternbach Museum from Monday, November 18 – Saturday, November 23 are masterworks of traditional and contemporary hangeul calligraphy by Aram, the pen name of the distinguished calligrapher Dr. Yoo Sung Lee. Hangeul was invented in 15th-century Korea. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
Cops arrest Jamaica man for allegedly beating an off-duty officer
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The City University of New York’s Queens College has taken another step in honoring its past athletic achievers and bolstering its athletic department.
The school hosted the first-ever Homecoming Tailgate party on Sunday to pay tribute to past athletes and allow them to connect with current players.
Dozens of fans and student athletes past and present representing the men’s and women’s basketball, women’s lacrosse, women’s fencing, softball, men’s and women’s soccer and women’s volleyball teams attended the event, which featured food, music and games. There was also a scrimmage soccer match with past and current female soccer players.
“It’s just a celebration of us,” said China Jude, athletic director of Queens College. “It’s just a way to hang out. There is no agenda. Just eat, enjoy fellowship and have fun.”
The event was the culmination of homecoming weekend, which included the annual men’s and women’s basketball season kick-off event, MidKnight Madness, on October 18, and the second-annual Hall of Fame Induction dinner on October 19.
MidKight Madness attracted nearly 1,000 fans for a night of food, music, events and free giveaways. And some past athletes that attended the Hall of Fame dinner also stopped by the tailgate party the next day to connect with current players.
“It’s lovely to see the growth of Queens College,” said Gail Marquis, a Queens College alum who played on the first United States basketball women’s Olympic team in 1976. “We never had a tailgate party before.”
Following years of just the MidKnight Madness celebration, school officials said the Hall of Fame Induction dinner and now the Homecoming Tailgate party makes a full weekend of activities to promote and further appreciate the Queens College athletic department.
“It’s definitely a positive step,” said Carl Christian, a Queens College alum and the current head coach of the men’s soccer team. “It’s vital in terms of development and building a strong foundation not only in terms of competitive teams, but in terms of having tradition and history and respect for what’s come before.”
TODAY’S FORECAST Thursday: Partly sunny with a breeze. High of 68. Winds from west at 13 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 52. Winds from west at 3 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Galactic Drive-In
As part of the multimedia installation and outdoor theater presented by the New York Hall of Science, Empire Drive-In, celebrate campy science fiction and do-it-yourself merrymaking led by Captain Riterleff and the Flux Factory, a nonprofit Queens art organization. The evening’s featured film will be “Planet Nine from Outer Space.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill
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Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey
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Gamblers get free ride to Queens racino
On Wednesday, the racino, which includes a race track, will be rolling out 12 buses that will run from Monday though Sunday from 10 A.M. to 12 A.M. every 30 to 45 minutes from central destinations, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and several hotels. They will run continuously between Manhattan and Queens. Read more: Crain’s
Queens College President James Muyskens will retire in December after a dozen years leading the institution, he announced last week.
Dr. Evangelos Gizis will take over as interim president until the board completes its national search for Muyskens’ successor, The City University of New York (CUNY) said in a statement.
Gizis is a biochemist with a specialty in food science, officials said. He has served as interim president of Hunter College, Hostos Community College and Borough of Manhattan Community College.
Muyskens, a philosopher, plans to continue teaching at the 20,000-student senior college during the 2014-2015 academic year.
“The University is profoundly grateful to President Muyskens, who has reshaped the college by hiring more than 300 full-time professors, who have brought both breadth and depth to instruction and research,” said CUNY Board Chair Benno Schmidt.
Officials said Queens College’s stature rose under Muyskens leadership.
The college was ranked second in the nation as the “Best Bang for the Buck” in the Washington Monthly and second in the “Lots of Race/Class Interaction” category in the Princeton Review’s Best 378 Colleges book.
Queens College was also recognized as one of five colleges that excel in serving low-income students, according to a 2011 analysis of 1,200 four-year colleges by Education Trust, a research and advocacy group.
Muyskens is also hailed for introducing new programs and expanding the Education Abroad Program.
Under his administration, officials said The Summit student residence was built and the Powdermaker Hall, Remsen Hall and Kupferberg Center for the Arts were renovated.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 79. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 68. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Biala: Vision and Memory
Janice Biala (1903-2000) was well known for her charming interiors, still-lifes, and landscapes. This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the artist’s career, featuring 50 paintings, collages, and drawings from public and private collections and the Estate of Biala, and two paintings from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit will be at the museum, located at Queens College, through October 26. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
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“America’s Got Talent” came to Queens College on August 14 to film the act of Slackwire Sam on the college quad. President James Muyskens (standing) joined judges (left to right) Howard Stern, Heidi Klum, Melanie Brown and Howie Mandel.
When Carmelo Anthony was a child he didn’t have a chance to attend a camp and meet an NBA star.
It’s for this reason the Knicks star likes to host youth basketball camps and have fun with young players.
“I like to be in an intimate setting with my campers,” Anthony said. “Show some humor with them, show some personality with them. This is a moment that they would never forget. I wish I had this when I was young.”
Anthony directed his Melo Camp youth basketball event on August 3 and 4 at Queens College to help inspire more than 640 registered children.
The special event was organized by youth sports camp operator ProCamp, which also directs camps for NBA stars James Harden, Kevin Durant and Dwyane Wade among other professional athletes.
Last year Anthony taught his first New York City Melo Camp at St. John’s University, but he has hosted the event with ProCamp since his rookie season with the Denver Nuggets in 2003. This year they choose Queens College, because of its large gym– Maurice Fitzgerald Gymnasium.
Lucky pro-basketball hopefuls at the two-day event took pictures, asked questions and of course played basketball with Anthony.
“He was a kid once so it’s very inspiring,” said ProCamp CEO Gregg Darbyshire. “It shows them that it’s real.”
The boys and girls, who were from grades 1 through 12, learned the fundamentals of the game and then split into teams for five-on-five half-court matches.
Children that participated in the camp received Anthony’s autograph, a team photo with him, a ProCamp T-Shirt, and a camper goodie bag among other gifts.
“My son was really excited,” said Ridgewood resident Daniel Ayala, about meeting Anthony. “He can’t wait to go back to summer camp to tell all his friends. It’s something that he didn’t think he would be able to do.”