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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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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 

The U.S. Congress on Wednesday approved an 11th-hour deal to end a partial government shutdown and pull the world’s biggest economy back from the brink of a historic debt default that could have threatened financial calamity. Read more: Reuters 

Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Read more: Fox New York 

Woman Sought for Questioning in Disappearance, Death of Queens College Student: NYPD 

Police are looking for an unidentified woman who was spotted on surveillance tape with a college student woman whose body washed up on a Queens beach in February. Read more: NBC New York 

‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel plays benefit show 

The Piano Man returned to play on his home turf. Billy Joel performed a benefit show Wednesday night at the Paramount Theater in Huntington. The Long Island native raised money for Long Island Cares – The Harry Chapin Food Bank. Read more: Fox New York

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 to retire


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens College

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.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

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

Government shuts down for first time in 17 Years

The first government shutdown in 17 years officially began Tuesday morning after Congress missed a midnight deadline to pass a short-term spending bill. Read more: NBC News

Report: Subway noise can be dangerous to your ears

A published report Monday said the sound of metal against metal in the subway can be harmful to your ears. Read more: CBS New York

City announces free wi-fi in all 5 boroughs

New York plans to offer free public Wi-Fi in commercial districts in all five boroughs, officials said Monday. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD hunts for men who parachuted onto Manhattan street

The NYPD is searching for two men who parachuted in front of the Goldman Sachs headquarters in Lower Manhattan early Monday morning. Read more: ABC New York

STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — gets boost from City Education officials

City Education officials are boosting STEM — science, technology, engineering and math — by offering more than 120 new advanced placement courses in related subjects at 55 high schools starting next year. Read more: New York Daily News 

 

‘America’s Got Talent’ comes to Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.

 

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Carmelo Anthony directs youth basketball camp at Queens College


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

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.”

 

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Kids: Shoot hoops with Carmelo Anthony at Queens College


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Photo courtesy of Queens College

In sports it’s good to be trained by the best.

And lucky pro-basketball hopefuls will have a chance to do just that when Knicks star Carmelo Anthony visits Queens College on August 3 and 4 to instruct young players at his basketball camp, Citi Camp Melo.

Anthony will join local coaches to talk about the fundamentals of the game at the two-day event. The basketball camp is open to boys and girls from grades 1 through 12 and children that participate in the camp will receive Anthony’s autograph, a photo with him, a ProCamp T-Shirt, a camper goodie bag among other prizes.

Spots are still available for the camp, which costs $249 a player. For more information and to register, visit www.CampMelo.com.

 

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Can politicians comeback after a scandal?


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When Anthony Weiner and Eliot Spitzer stood in front of the media, admitted their sexual scandals to the public and resigned from office, many believed it was the end of their political careers.

Not only are both men back in politics running for citywide office in New York City, but, according to two recent polls, the Democratic candidates have topped the front-runners in their primary races.

“None of that motivation [to hold political office] goes away because you get caught doing something scandalous,” said Michael Krasner, an associate political science professor at Queens College and co-director of the Taft Institute for Government.

Krasner added that the public tends to be more forgiving of sexual scandals than monetary ones because the former are often viewed as personal matters, compared to the misuse of public money typical of the latter.

But forgiveness may not be the only factor explaining Spitzer and Weiner’s favorable ratings in the polls. Both candidates are benefitting from name recognition, said Krasner.

Yet Spitzer’s high ratings in the polls do not necessarily portend victory on Election Day.

Krasner said Spitzer has made enemies of virtually every interest group in city except for unions. However, many of them have already endorsed Spitzer’s Democratic primary opponent, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer.

Such groups are the ones who get out the vote during primary elections, Krasner said.

Though Weiner does not have the same problem as Spitzer, Krasner said the former governor’s political bid could hurt his mayoral chances.

Spitzer “takes the spotlight off of Weiner,” he said. “Spitzer’s entry could hurt Weiner because too many politicians are asking for forgiveness.”

 

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Star of Queens: Jackie Forrestal, Hillcrest Estates Civic Association


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Jackie Forrestal has been active in the Queens community for years. She is a board member of the Central Queens Historical Association. She also served on the St. Joseph’s Advisory Board until the facility closed in 2004.

Forrestal is the corresponding secretary for the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association, while her husband Kevin is president.

BACKGROUND: A lifelong resident of Queens, Forrestal graduated from Martin Van Buren High School and studied at Queens College.

For decades, Forrestal and her husband have volunteered their time and efforts to help countless organizations.

Last year, she was honored by the Queens Civic Congress with the Queens Civic Award for Outstanding Community Service.

She has also been the recipient of a Woman of Distinction Award from Community Board 8 and was one of 29 women to receive the City Council’s Pacesetter Award in 2006.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Forrestal remembers the day she and her husband moved to Hillcrest Estates.

“In 1974, we moved into our first home on 164th Place as homeowners and were invited by the neighbors to square dance,” she said.

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: “Honestly, my biggest challenge has to be saving Jamaica High School from closure,” she said. “This historic and renowned school should not be closed. The phase-out of Jamaica High School is incredibly unjust and unfair to students.”

INSPIRATION: Out of her love for the Queens community, Forrestal has spent decades fighting to preserve programs and institutions to improve the standard of living for residents.

“I love people and I find serving them to be very satisfying and fulfilling,” she said. “Hillcrest Estates is a very special place, my civic work is a nurturing pastime.”

BY LUKE TABET

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. High of 86. Winds from the South at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 70. Winds from the SSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: International Star Andy Statman Plays Mandolin and Clarinet

Considered one of the world’s premier mandolinists and clarinetists, the Grammy-nominated musician Andy Statman has played with everyone from Itzhak Perlman to Jerry Garcia. This concert on Wednesday, May 22 at LeFrak Concert Hall, Queens College is part of a national tour in honor of Statman’s recent National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Anthony Weiner launches mayoral run

Anthony Weiner has officially kicked off his political comeback. Almost two years after resigning from Congress because of a Twitter sext scandal, the former Queens politician is running for mayor. Read more: The Queens Courier

Artists howl as developer moves to tear down Long Island City graffiti palace 5Pointz

Long Island City artists are demanding a local panel block a plan to tear down a world-renowned graffiti mecca to make way for a luxury housing project. Read more: New York Daily News

Gay couple, man assaulted in 2 Separate attacks hours after rally against hate crimes

A gay couple was attacked early Tuesday in SoHo and a man was beaten in the East Village, hours after thousands marched to protest the killing of a gay man and several other bias attacks that have shaken the community, officials said. Read more: NBC New York 

Senior citizens hit hard by high electric rates in New York City

The numbers are in. New Yorkers are dishing out double for what most of the country pays for electricity. And if Con Edison gets its way, the rates could jump even higher. Read more: CBS New York

Immigration fingerprint proposal would apply to NYC airports

As Congress works on a comprehensive immigration bill, a new amendment would require all foreigners to be fingerprinted when they leave the U.S. through the nation’s 30 busiest airports. Read more: NY1

FBI kills Fla. man linked to Boston bombing suspect

An FBI agent was involved in a deadly shooting connected to the Boston Marathon bombing case. Read more: NBC News

Rescuers comb Oklahoma tornado rubble for buried survivors

Rescue workers with sniffer dogs and searchlights combed through the wreckage of a massive tornado to ensure no survivors remained buried in the rubble of primary schools, homes and buildings in an Oklahoma City suburb. Read more: Reuters

St. Francis Prep Lady Terriers eyeing softball title


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The St. Francis Prep Lady Terriers softball team began this season with high expectations. As the season winds down, they are looking to bring home a Brooklyn/Queens title.

Danielle Cervasio has been on the team all four years, leading off the line-up and starting at shortstop.

She has led her team to four winning seasons. A mainstay for the Lady Terriers, she will continue her student-athlete career at SUNY Cortland.

“I think we have upheld a reputation as a top team and that has a lot to do with the coaching,” said Cervasio, who has a team-first mentality.

She has plenty to be excited about. The Lady Terriers have been just shy of a Brooklyn/Queens title the last four years, but that only makes them hungrier to win this season. They play in one of the most competitive leagues in New York.

“I believe that we can go very far because we have a strong defense and a very tight line-up,” Cervasio said.

“Every girl can hit and knows how to work the count and run the bases. They are all true softball players.”

The Lady Terriers have a camaraderie that has benefited them on and off the field.

“I feel like we have really come together well as a team and everything clicks with these girls,” Cervasio said. “We all play very well together and communicate very well with each other.”

The players have just a few teams in the way of their quest for a title. These include The Mary Louis Academy Hilltoppers and the Archbishop Molloy Stanners.

If the Lady Terriers make it to the championship, game one will be on Monday, May 20 at Queens College.

-BY NEIL A. CAROUSSO

 

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Award-winning author to speak Sunday at Queens College


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens College

Stephen Maitland-Lewis, author of the award-winning book “Emeralds Never Fade” will speak at Queens College, on April 21 at 4 p.m.

Lewis has spent two years touring with the book, which tells the story of two young men living during the Holocaust.

“It’s a great honor to be invited,” he said. “I hope that I’m going to be a fantastic speaker.”

Lewis is a member of the Board of Trustees for the college’s Louis Armstrong Museum. He said he was close friends with Armstrong and will begin the event by talking about that friendship.

-BY ANTHONY O’REILLY 

Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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”: Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library at Queens College 

Queens College students on ‘Global Brigade’


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Photos courtesy of Queens College

A group of Queens College students has taken their humanitarian efforts overseas.

Nineteen scholars boarded a plane to Nicaragua during their winter break for a nine-day mission to help the poor.

Volunteers assisted local doctors and dentists in San Gabriel in examining thousands of impoverished. They also showed residents, including children, how to properly brush their teeth and distributed vitamins as part of a worldwide initiative called “Global Brigades.”

“The experience opened my eyes to how people in poor parts of the world live,” said Darya Rubenstein, 22, of Flushing. “They have little food, old clothing, no health care. Most are illiterate. Yet they are so positive, with a true understanding of life.”

The students then traveled to El Limon, where they spent four days building houses, installing eco-friendly stoves, latrines and water storage units.

“It was humbling to see their living conditions,” said Mamadou Sire Bah, 20, of Jamaica.“I was more motivated than ever to become a doctor.”

 

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Bill Cosby coming to Queens


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Photo Courtesy of Erinn Chalene

Hey, hey, hey, Bill Cosby is coming our way.

On Saturday, April 6, one of America’s most beloved and respected comedians, will be taking the stage at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College to share his stories with anyone looking for a night filled with laughs.

“For me to perform at a college is usually an opportunity to speak and perform. I do not come out and do ‘educational questions;’ this is a performance,” he said. “You get Bill Cosby, the talking comedian who performs his own writings.”

No matter the generation gap or gender of his audience, Cosby has fascinated fans with his comedy routines, iconic albums and best-selling books. Cosby promises the upcoming show will be “hilarious” and will include the audience’s identification with the subject of conflicts at home, parenting, and relationships pertaining to the student.

“It’s not about the changing of a chair that the student sits in, or whether or not someone can record what the professor is saying or whether one has a computer or a number two yellow pencil,” he said. “It’s about the human beings.”

Having experience with raising five children with the former Camille Hanks, Cosby believes it is very important to bring such subjects out on stage and watch everyone laugh and have them know that the person talking to them knows something about their feelings.

“People come out saying things like ‘how did he get in my house?’” he quipped.

Cosby holds fond memories of Queens when the Huxtables made their move from Brooklyn to Astoria, spending many years filming “The Cosby Show” at Kaufman Astoria Studios and where later “Cosby,” a CBS comedy TV series, was also filmed for three years.

“Many times there are people who have shot their shows there and they always say ‘we were in your studio,’” he said.
Breaking television’s racial barrier with the series “I Spy” in the 1960s, Cosby became the first African American to costar in a television series while winning three consecutive Emmys. He also went on to create and produce the Emmy award-winning cartoon “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids,” designed both to entertain and educate viewers.

With Cosby’s intent on portraying an American family, “The Cosby Show” was about a close-knit, upper middle class African-American family. The show conquered the number one spot for years, earning admiration for its contribution to American entertainment and culture.

In his current best-seller titled “I Didn’t Ask to Be Born, But I’m Glad I Was,” Cosby talks about everything from the Bible to being a grandfather.

For those not familiar with his style of performing, Cosby recommends they watch scenes from his recent appearances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” or the “Late Show with David Letterman.”

Cosby’s performance is part of the Kupferberg Center for the Arts’ “Best of the Best Series.” Tickets are $35 to $65 and are available by calling the Kupferberg Center Box Office at 718-793-8080 or online at www.KupferbergCenter.org.

 

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Bayside street to be renamed after man who perished on 9/11


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Photo Courtesy of Talat Hamdani

He died a hero in his mother’s eyes and a potential enemy to his country.

Now the family of Mohammed Salman Hamdani, the Bayside hero found wrongly accused of having ties to the 9/11 terrorist attacks, will have his cleared name on a street sign.

“He was a kind, compassionate and humble American. The most important thing to remember about him is his due place in history,” said mother Talat Hamdani, 61. “He gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

Mohammed Salman Hamdani was a 23-year-old NYPD cadet and certified paramedic when he voluntarily and fatally rushed to his nation’s aid 11 years ago.

“We knew he would go. That was him,” said Talat of her first son. “He would help people in the streets if they were in distress. If there was an accident, he would pull over and see if everything was okay.”

But instead of honor, the chemistry major at Queens College died with a tarnished name.

Authorities hunted him, falsely suspecting the Pakistani-American was in league with terrorists until his remains were found scattered in the rubble near the north tower by his medical bag, according to reports.

Now Community Board 11 has voted unanimously to honor the hometown hero by renaming the street sign on 204th Street at 35th Avenue, outside his former Bayside home, after his legacy.

“It was very emotional, listening to [Talat] and her pain,” said district manager Susan Seinfeld. “As a mother myself, I can just feel that. I can’t imagine what she’s gone through. He should be recognized as much as anyone who was on duty. He gave his life to help people.”

About six street signs within the Community Board have been renamed in honor of 9/11 victims, Seinfeld said.

“A street renaming is a very small but appropriate recognition of his bravery,” said Councilmember Dan Halloran. “He entered the twin towers not because he had to but because he chose to dedicate his life to helping people.”

Mohammed Salman is also mentioned in the 2001 Patriot Act as a 9/11 Muslim-American hero.

“We will never know how many lives he saved that day,” Talat said. “My son is priceless. Nothing can bring him back.”

 

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