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Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: A slight chance of showers before 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 75. Southwest wind 5 to 9 mph becoming north in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 20%. Thursday night: A chance of showers, mainly after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 59. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

EVENT of the DAY: Ella Fitzgerald

A musical that reflects on the life and songs of the legendary jazz/pop vocalist Ella Fitzgerald at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ramps down the hate, but still slams ‘Zionists’ in UN speech

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad shelved most of his usual hate speech and invoked Jesus Christ in a mellow farewell address Wednesday at the United Nations. The rambling 35-minute address on the Jewish high holy day of Yom Kippur included shots at the U.S. for the killing of Al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden and “uncivilized Zionists.” Read more: Daily News

Bronx super finds woman’s body in plastic bin

Police are investigating after the body of a woman was discovered earlier today in the Mount Eden section of the Bronx. Details are limited but police confirm the body was found inside a plastic container at 1460 Macombs Road. The gruesome discovery was made by a building superintendent. Read more: NY1

Hair’s one way to catch a ‘coke smuggler’

They just couldn’t keep a lid on it. Two women stashed nearly 2 kilos of cocaine beneath their hairpieces and weaves in a bid to smuggle the drugs through Kennedy Airport — but were busted after wigging out at Customs, officials said yesterday. Read more: NY Post

MTA auctioning off items from lost and found

It’s not surprising that straphangers leave items such as cell phones and handbags on subways and buses, but even bikes make it to the MTA New York City Transit’s lost and found. Eventually unclaimed items are auctioned off by the agency, making about $30,000 to $50,000 a year for its operation budget. Read more: Queens Courier

Thug repellent: Fights off gat burglars

A fearless Queens resident went toe-to-toe with two home-invading thugs who cocked a loaded gun against his wife’s head — by wrestling away the weapon and leaving one suspect shot in the leg, cops said. Ghulam Khanlodhy, 42, of South Richmond Hill, later displayed a battle scar from the 3 a.m. life-or-death struggle — a perfect set of teeth marks in his right bicep where one of the masked men gnawed into his flesh. Read more: NY Post

NOAA awards $1.3M grant to Queens College

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, also known as NOAA, awarded Queens College with a $1.3 million grant, which will be used to help train grade-school teachers across the city how to use a hands-on approach in the classroom. Read more: NY1

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 77. Breezy. Winds from the West at 15 to 20 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 57. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT of the DAY

Monday is the opening of a special retrospective exhibit of Swiss abstract artist H.A. Sigg. at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. The exhibit ends October 26. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Career criminal surrenders in Queens shooting of highly decorated cop

A career criminal who was on the lam for about a month after shooting a highly decorated NYPD sergeant in Queens turned himself in Sunday, police said. Read more: New York Daily News 

Brooklyn, Queens locals clean up damage from two tornadoes

Cleanup efforts continued in Brooklyn and Queens on Sunday, a day after tornadoes roared through parts of both boroughs, and residents were relieved to know that no one was reported injured by the twisters. Read more: NY1

Queens carwash’s employees are first in city to join union

Workers at a carwash in Queens have overwhelmingly voted to join a union, organizers said Sunday, in the first major victory in a six-month effort in New York City to unionize workers in an industry the organizers say is rife with labor law violations. Read more: New York Times

Queens trio to launch co-working space in Astoria

A trio of Astorians are trying to entice local freelancers, entrepreneurs and stay-at-home employees out of their homes and corner coffee shops and into a communal working space. Read more: New York Daily News

Significant help reportedly on the way for those who got sick after 9/11

The 11th anniversary of 9/11 is just two days away, and now help may finally be on the way for those who got sick after the September 11th terrorist attacks. Read more: CBS New York

Obama squeaks out Aug. fundraising win over Romney

President Barack Obama squeaked out a fundraising victory over Mitt Romney in August as the candidates gear up for the final stretch of their closely contested campaign. Read more: AP

 

Competition to help you StartUP! your business


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Have an idea for a startup business? It may be worth $10,000.

The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) launched its seventh annual Queens StartUP! Business Plan Competition, which will award three businesses $10,000 to get their idea off the ground.

“We are extremely happy to offer StartUP! again,” said QEDC executive director Seth Bornstein.

The competition is backed by a $50,000 grant from the Citi Foundation.

The contest includes a series of free workshops beginning in October at the Jamaica branch of the Queens Library. Running through January, classes can also be taken via webinar.

“Entrepreneurial business is the bedrock of Queens’ economy. Queens Library has so many resources to help businesses grow and succeed,” said Thomas W. Galante, president and CEO of Queens Library.

StartUP! had well over 200 participants in 42 teams submit business plans to the judges last year. The winners included a plan for an all-natural premium ice cream and sorbet truck, Itizy Gourmet; a start-up that eliminates the need to dig through purses for personal items, Seez-it; and an accent-reduction services business, Social Enterprise.

For the first time, this year’s competition will include a $5,000 entrepreneurship award handed out to a Queens College student.

James Muyskens, president of Queens College, said the school’s inclusion this year reflects the “commitment to supporting the entrepreneurial spirit that is crucial to the borough’s development.”

To enter you must live in Queens and want to start a business that will be registered, owned and operated in the borough. Your business must still have less than $20,000 in revenue or still be in a concept phase.

Business plans are due by March 1, 2013.

For more info, visit www.queensny.org/qedc.

Saying goodbye to Marvin Hamlisch


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Marvin Hamlisch, the stage and screen composer who scored countless cultural masterpieces such as “A Chorus Line” and “The Way We Were,” passed away at the age of 68 in Los Angeles after a brief battle with an illness.

Hamlisch was one of the few entertainers to obtain the coveted EGOT – winning an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award. In addition to these, Hamlisch also won a Pulitzer Prize – one of only two people in history to attain all five commendations.

Born in Manhattan, Hamlisch exhibited musical genius from a very young age. He was accepted to Julliard’s Pre-College Division and worked as a rehearsal pianist on the production of “Funny Girl,” starring Barbara Streisand, who. he worked with at various points throughout his career.

In 1967, Hamlisch graduated from Queens College with a Bachelor of Arts degree.

“Everyone in the Queens College family mourns the passing of American music icon Marvin Hamlisch. His experience at Queens College echoes that of many of our current students—he was a young man from humble beginnings who benefited from a dedicated faculty, and then went on to make great contributions to his field,” said Queens College President James Muyskens.

Hamlisch’s best known screen compositions include music for “The Sting,” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford; “Sophie’s Choice” with Meryl Streep; and the 1977 James Bond film, “The Spy Who Loved Me.” The Bond movie’s theme song, “Nobody Does It Better,” performed by Carly Simon, became a radio sensation.

The musician also received an Academy Award nomination in 1986 for the film version of the Broadway hit “A Chorus Line” – centered around the lives of dancers during a tense and somewhat revealing audition — for which he wrote popular songs like “One,” “Dance: Ten; Looks: Three” and “What I Did For Love.”

Recently, Hamlisch joined director Steven Soderbergh to compose music for the 2009 film “The Informant!” In 2011, Hamlisch became the lead conductor of the Pasadena Pops and occasionally conducted the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra and San Diego Symphony.

 

Jerry Seinfeld to perform stand-up in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Twitter/@JerrySeinfeld

The comedian and former television star will do stand-up shows in all the five boroughs this fall, including one on October 14 at the Colden Auditorium at Queens College in Flushing, reported Playbill.com. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on July 30 at 10 a.m.

Seinfeld, who went to school in Queens, has not performed a full show in New York City in 14 years.

Manhattan
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012
The Beacon Theatre located at 2124 Broadway
Tickets are available online at www.BeaconTheatre.com or by calling  (866) 858-0008

Bronx
Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012
Lehman Concert Hall located at 250 Bedford Park Boulevard West
Tickets are available online at www.LehmanCenter.org or by calling (718) 960-8833

Queens (Flushing)
Thursday, Oct. 18, 2012
The Colden Auditorium at Queens College located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Tickets are available online at www.KupferbergCenter.org or by calling (718) 793-8080

Staten Island
Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012
The St. George Theatre located at 35 Hyatt Street
Tickets are available online at www.TicketMaster.com or by calling (718) 442-2900

Brooklyn
Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
The Walt Whitman Theatre at Brooklyn College located at 2900 Campus Road
Tickets are available online at www.BrooklynCenter.com or by calling (718) 951-4500

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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UPDATE: Family of missing Queens girl ups reward

The family of a missing Queens woman has increased their reward to $5,000 for information in the case. Investigators say Rajwinder Kaur, 26, was last seen leaving her home on 198th Street in Hollis around 8 p.m. Sunday. Her family says she was on her way to her volunteer job at a Brooklyn homeless shelter when she disappeared. Read more: [NY1] 

New police academy recruits sworn in

More than 1,200 police recruits were sworn in to the New York City Police Department’s Police Academy during a ceremony at Queens College Wednesday. About one in five of the recruits was born outside the U.S., representing 50 countries. 72 served in the military and more than a third have bachelor’s or advanced degrees. Read more: [NY1] 

New book details the role of Rockaway pioneers 

Much has been written about Rockaway’s rise and fall as summer resort and its recent rebirth as a hipster haven. But local resident Vivian Carter thought there was another important story to tell of the people who settled in the peninsula and made it their home year-round. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Queens councilman take aim at pooping pigeons along sidewalks under 7 train 

There’s a pigeon poop problem in Queens and one local lawmaker is determined to do something about it. In response to constituents complaining about droppings scattered about on the sidewalks under 7-line Train stations, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who told CBS 2′s Dave Carlin he has been peppered with poop a “couple of times” himself, has spearheaded an effort combat the problem. Read more [1010wins]

Hertz to install solar panels at Kennedy & Newark airports 

An international car rental company is going green with plans to install solar panels at two of its locations at New York City area airports. The Hertz Corporation will start construction on the panels this fall at John F. Kennedy and Newark Liberty International Airports, a Hertz official said Wednesday. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

 

 

Queens College cuts ribbon on four renovated arts venues


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A ribbon-cutting ceremony at Queens College marked the completion of renovations to the campus’ four arts venues and the start of a “renaissance” throughout the borough, said the school’s top official.

“Today is a landmark for our arts center,” said Queens College President Dr. James Muyskens. “There is no other way to describe Queens College’s vision of the future than to call it the Queens renaissance. Our aspirations are that high, our commitment is that fierce, and the impact we can have is great.”

Four arts venues within the Selma and Max Kupferberg Center for the Visual and Performing Arts — the Godwin-Ternbach Museum, Music Building, Goldstein Theatre, and Colden Auditorium — were officially reopened on June 11 after two years of interior and exterior renovations.

Renovations included redesigns and enhancements to the interior lobbies and facades, along with new landscaping and signage, and updated technical, HVAC and security systems.

“We believe that as part of this renaissance in Queens, we must expand our programs into the communities where our students and their families live and work. We can brighten so many lives by streaming live concerts and performances into schools, libraries and nursing homes by providing workshops, seminars and presentations off campus and so much more,” Muyskens said.

Officials at the institution also paid thanks to Max and Selma Kupferberg, the two benefactors who donated $10 million to the college in 2006 to support the arts.

“The borough of Queens is on the brink of perhaps the most exciting time in its history,” Muyskens said. “We are standing on the shoulders of a giant, and in this case those shoulders belong to Max Kupferberg.”

Queens College students present solar energy research project


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Flushing may soon be getting a little more sun.

A class of graduates and undergraduates from Queens College presented a research project on the benefits of a potential plan to allow Flushing to rely on solar energy.

The main focus of the 14-week-long study was to educate merchants, schools, landlords and homeowners on the benefits of using solar energy panels to generate electricity.

On Friday, June 1, students gave the presentation at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library.

Their research cites the “rooftop revolution” that Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has advocated to implement, an initiative where schools in the city would be fitted with solar panels to generate electricity. Stringer’s plan could create up to 5,000 new jobs.

“We’re trying to convince business owners as well as property owners that conserving energy is really important for the long term,” said Sarah Salama, a first-year graduate student studying urban affairs at Queens College. “Flushing residents have used the least amount of electricity; that shows that they understand the value of conservation,” she said, citing the neighborhood’s low rate of electricity usage compared to other neighborhoods in Queens.

“Carbon emissions are inflating due to transportation and energy use. If we don’t switch now [to solar energy], it could be detrimental in the future,” said Brandon James, a junior undergraduate at Queens College.

“What would be ideal is if elected officials would take a look at our recommendations and support the Solar Jobs Act,” said Tarry Hum, an associate faculty member in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College, and professor of the class.

In attendance was John Choe, director of One Flushing, a community economic development initiative. Choe and One Flushing collaborated with the class in their research and community outreach efforts.

“There’s a perception out there that solar panel energy is prohibitively expensive. There are resources at the city, state, and federal level that can help fund and lower the initial up-front cost [of solar panels],” said Choe. “You can actually save money long term, but these incentives will not last forever,” added Choe.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Police Bust 14 In Queens, Brooklyn Auto Theft Ring

If you own a specific type of luxury SUV, you could have been the target of a sophisticated car theft ring. The New York City Police Department and Attorney General’s office announced the arrest of 14 people Wednesday in a sting they’re calling Operation EZ Steal. Read more: [NY1]

 

A Whitestone tradition in danger of disappearing 

 

A Memorial Day tradition in Whitestone is in danger of disappearing. The Whitestone Veterans Memorial Day Parade has hit tough times, with organizers barely able to fund this year’s event. Some residents are worried it may become the last. Read more: [New York Daily News]

 

Board Threatens To Disband NYRA Amid Pay Out Scandal

 

State regulators are threatening to replace the New York Racing Association amid allegations the entity cheated bettors out of millions of dollars. The state’s Racing and Wagering Board is blasting the agency for holding back $8.5 million in winnings and is now considering reorganizing all of NYRA which operates the tracks at Aqueduct, Belmont and Saratoga. Read more: [NY1]

 

JFK Airport Cargo Worker Accused Of Stealing From Care Packages Meant For Troops Overseas

 

A cargo worker at John F. Kennedy Airport is accused of stealing from care packages meant for U.S. troops serving overseas. Investigators said the theft was discovered when the suspect was caught wearing one of the stolen items. Read more: [1010WINS]

 

Like they never Met

Guess he’s still more of a Wally the Green Monster kinda guy. Mayor Bloomberg seemed to give Mr. Met the cold shoulder at City Hall yesterday as he announced that next year’s MLB All-Star Game will be played at Citi Field. Read more: [New York Post]

 

Queens College students plant one of the city’s biggest apple orchards on campus

 

Where most Queens College students saw an empty field, senior Grace Magee imagined a place where an undergrad could pluck a low-hanging piece of fruit on her way to class. She suggested to school administrators last month that the campus partner with an initiative that plants Newtown Pippin and other apple tree types in New York’s public spaces. Read more: [New York Daily News]

His ‘Imperfect’ life inspires


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Though his autobiography is entitled “Imperfect,” the cover captures the one day in his career Jim Abbott was perfect — well, unhittable.

Abbott, a former Yankees pitcher, was on hand at Queens College to speak about overcoming adversity — a lifelong struggle for the lefty.

“If we know anything, we know that challenges will come,” Abbott said. “It comes to all of us in a lot of different forms.”

Abbott was a lefty for one simple reason — he was born without a right hand.

Dozens attended the speech in the college’s Student Union ballroom that was part of CUNY’s disability awareness month.

“He’s inspiring, even for someone without a physical handicap,” said Steven, a junior.

Abbott’s tome, Imperfect: An Improbable Life, released in April, tells the tale of the pitcher’s life growing up in Flint, Michigan, his award-winning days at the University of Michigan and on the U.S. national team and his days as a major leaguer.

“I don’t believe you have to be bound by the circumstances you’re born into,” he shared. “With strength and resiliency we all have it within us to adapt.”

Adapting was at the heart of the hurler’s talk, utilizing the word as an acronym outlining the traits needed to overcome any struggle: A: adjustability; D: determination; A: accountability; P: perseverance; T: trust.

Though the former major leaguer doesn’t like to harp on his disability, he realized that even as he climbed the ladder of success and entered the majors, his difference was always going to follow him.

In one of Abbott’s first little league games, the opposing coach had the first six players on his team bunt to see if he could field it and make the play at first.

“Six straight times,” Abbott recalled. “Two innings.”

A bunt almost destroyed his chance at baseball history on the night of September 4, 1993.

After holding the explosive Cleveland Indians hitless over the first eight innings on that fateful night, speedy leadoff hitter Kenny Lofton laid a bunt down the first base line. On his way to a sure single and breaking up Abbott’s chance at immortality, the ball bounded foul.

Lofton grounded out, followed by a fly out and another ground out and Abbott entered into the select group of pitchers over the game’s 100-plus years to throw a no-hitter and marked the crowning achievement in his unlikely story.

“It makes you think about what you can attain,” Derek, a sophomore at the college, said of Abbott’s accomplishments.

After retiring, Abbott spoke at his daughter’s pre-school career day. During his speech, his daughter raised her hand and asked, “Do you like your little hand?”

He had never thought about that, but took a second and answered.

“I like my little hand, but I haven’t always liked it, and it hasn’t always been easy. But you know what, my little hand has taught me an important lesson — life’s not easy. If you can find your own way of doing things, if you can make the most out of what you’ve been given, if you can believe in yourself no matter where you go in this world, nothing is going to stop you.”

Music will be ‘Bach’ in the classroom


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One woman is on a mission to bring classical music “Bach” to school.

Maxine Fisher, a literature professor at Queens College (QC) and a devout music lover, plans to provide free, classical music concerts to local elementary and middle schools in East Elmhurst, Woodside and Middle Village this spring.

“You’re never too young to learn to appreciate classical music,” said Fisher, who grew up in Maspeth.

The “Bach to School” program — which was created with the help of Edward Smaldone, the director of QC’s Aaron Copland School of Music, and a $1,500 grant from the QC Foundation — features interactive, fun lessons and easy to understand pieces of music, Fisher said.

“Even just a few minutes of listening to classical music each day with your children will have a great impact on their musical appreciation for years to come,” she said.

The program’s inaugural performance was held for first-through-eighth- graders last December at St. Stanislaus School in Maspeth. It featured a pianist and a Julliard-trained violinist, who is studying for a Master of Arts degree in music at QC, Fisher said.

 

ESPN analyst to speak at Queens College


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Life is a long journey filled with both success and struggle — and students at Queens College are about to learn that lesson from someone who has lived it.

She’s been called a legend, a trailblazer in women’s athletics and a role model for all young women. Carolyn Peck, an ESPN basketball analyst and the first African-American female head coach to win a NCAA National Basketball Championship, will speak at the school’s Rosenthal Library in room 230 on Tuesday, February 7, from 5-7 p.m.

An accomplished basketball player at Vanderbilt, Peck went on to coach Purdue University to the 1999 NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship – becoming the first African-American women ever to do so.

It was during her second year as head coach of the Boilermakers when Peck orchestrated Purdue’s national title run, as the team compiled a 34-1 record and she was recognized as the Associated Press and the WBCA Division I National Coach of the Year.

She went on to serve as head coach and general manager of the Orlando Miracle – the former Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) franchise. Peck has served as an ESPN basketball analyst on the collegiate and professional levels since 2001.

Peck is one of several versatile women’s basketball analysts who regularly contribute to men’s and women’s games for ESPN, including Doris Burke and Kara Lawson.

A native of Jefferson City, Tennessee, Peck was a two-time prep All-American at Jefferson County High School and was named Tennessee’s Miss Basketball in 1987.

The event at Queens College is free and open to the public, but space is limited at Rosenthal and all attendees must RSVP to ginna.neira@qc.cuny.edu no later than February 3 in order to secure a seat.

Queens College girls give back


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The Queens College women’s basketball team recently took time away from school and bounced over to the Samuel Field Y in Little Neck to participate in a two-hour session with a group of young, autistic children.

As part of the Y’s Basketball Buddies program, Queens student-athletes and coaches spent time with each of the children individually, learning their stories and teaching them basketball skills.

“Our relationship with the Samuel Field Y and the ‘Basketball Buddies’ program has been spearheaded by QC women’s basketball alumna, Jessica Sanchez,” said first-year Knights head coach, Bet Naumovski — who continued on an annual tradition of working at the Little Neck center. “It is an honor and privilege to continue this partnership, as it brings tremendous joy to both our players and the participants.”

Far beyond just an exercise in team-building, the event gave the girls of the Knights a chance to give back to the community and also reminded them how fortunate they are to play basketball in college.

“I sometimes take for granted being able to do the simple things in life, and this experience has reminded me of how fortunate I am to be a part of the women’s basketball team at Queens College,” said senior guard Lisanne Comeau. “Seeing the smiles on the children’s faces and knowing we made a difference is what made the experience worthwhile. Giving back to the community is what being a student-athlete is all about.”

The younger teammates also took a lot from the experience — and they look forward to doing it again next year.

“Spending time with these kids is such a great experience,” said sophomore guard Nicole Caggiano. “I cannot wait to come back next year. The looks on the kids’ faces when we were announced into the gym was priceless.”

Helen Marshall delivers State of the Borough


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During Helen Marshall’s annual address on the state of Queens, the borough president exalted the borough’s successful projects — past, present and future.

“I am so glad that we have gathered here today to celebrate our progress and set the course for the year ahead,” said Marshall to open her 11th State of the Borough address.

Marshall was introduced to the hundreds of elected officials, community leaders and residents on-hand at Queens College’s Colden Center by Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

“We are so incredibly lucky to have Helen as our Queens borough president,” Quinn said. “This is a woman who dedicated her life to this city, life to this borough and we are all better for it.”

Since entering office, Marshall has allocated over half a billion dollars to improving the borough more than 2.2 million New Yorkers call home.

“I have worked hard to put our borough on a firm footing for future generations,” Marshall said during the speech at her alma mater.

Among the successfully completed projects the borough president touched on were the Aqueduct Racino — which received some of the loudest cheers during the 90-minute speech — new and renovated parks in Jamaica, Middle Village, Sunnyside and Elmhurst, four new schools opening and preventing Peninsula Hospital from closing.

When mentioning the planned largest convention center in America on the site of Aqueduct, Marshall made clear that it was in complement to the Willets Point center, not in place of it.

Though Marshall extolled the positives throughout the borough, she recognized there are still battles to be fought.

As the most ethnically diverse county in the nation — “As I always say, visit Queens and see the world,” she said — thousands of new residents from around the globe are making the borough home each year.

“Queens is a victim of its own success,” she said. “Our county attracts new residents and immigrants every year — but not the federal aid needed to build local schools and hospitals to care for them. And then to add insult to injury, we will lose existing aid and representation in Washington because we were undercounted in the census.”

The influx of new residents also leads to overcrowded schools, something the borough president is continuing to work on.

Marshall, who is in her third year of her third term, extolled the burgeoning borough’s plenitude of projects that have broken ground in the past year or are shovel ready, including: Willets Point, Hunters Point, Hallets Point, the new JetBlue headquarters in Long Island City, an expansion of Mount Sinai Queens, and the Cornell applied sciences campus on Roosevelt Island.

“We want to learn from yesterday, have hope for today and build a better future for our children,” Marshall said to conclude her address.

Some other highlights of the speech included:
• Saving senior centers from closure, along with the opening of new centers.
• The continued development of L.I.C, downtown Flushing and downtown Jamaica.
• Securing the continued funding of the State Foreclosure Prevention Services Program
• The renovation and planned renovation of the Jamaica, Elmhurst, Hunters Point and Kew Gardens libraries.
• Preserving historical Queens with money allocated to restore the Poppenhusen Institute, Kingland Homestead, Rufus King Manor, Latimer House, Louis Armstrong House and Bowne House.

Pass it on: QC soccer star looks to inspire


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Every star athlete remembers that moment when a coach or teacher impacts their life in such a way that it changes the way they think about sports. Coaching mentors have a way of doing that – they can shift the gears in an athlete’s mind with a few timely and inspirational words.

Some college athletes use those motivational moments to achieve in-game glory, while others stretch the meaning and apply it to life after school.

Andrea Slavin knew what she wanted to do with her life long before her days as a soccer star at Queens College began winding to a close. Slavin, 22, saw her future in physical education as an elementary school student.

“My life has always been about giving myself to people and helping them,” said the Queens College senior. “There is no feeling better than the feeling when someone learns something because of you. If I’m a teacher and the kids leave better than they were when they started, that’s all I can ask for.”

Slavin has a way of altering situations for the better. When she graduates from Queens College, the Floral Park resident will own the school’s scoring record in women’s soccer with 42 goals in 52 games played.

“Whenever I get the ball, my first thought is to score because that’s my job,” she said. “When the ball is at my feet, if I know that I can score, then there is no other option. I don’t even think about it. And after I score, it’s just a big sigh of relief.”

Amazingly, the record belongs to Slavin even though she has never played a full season for the Knights as a result of injury.

She was always able to play through pain, only missing a couple of games here and there. But last season, Slavin suffered a torn meniscus, and for the first time, an entire season was taken away from her.

“That was the last thing I wanted to hear. When that season was taken away, it was one of the most devastating things I’ve ever experienced,” she said. “With every other injury I was always able to push through, but I just got to a point where I just couldn’t play.”

Not playing that season was a difficult decision for Slavin. Skipping that year meant that she would have to register for an extra semester at Queens College and miss out on finishing her college career with the girls she started with.

But sometimes the most difficult moments in life turn out to be the ones that shape us the most. It was that experience of sitting on the bench and keeping her teammates’ spirits high that helped to solidify her talents as a coach and motivator.

“The girls said it was important to hear my voice and that I was there with them,” she said. “They were hurt too that I couldn’t play with them.”

Slavin was able to come back from that injury and eventually break the record. She did it without fanfare – only telling her parents after she got home – because she didn’t want her teammates to think she was only playing for personal glory.

The soccer forward now moves on to coaching in an attempt to inspire a new generation of athletes. Slavin was recently chosen to coach soccer in a program focusing on positive youth development through sports. Up2Us, a national nonprofit coalition, plucked Slavin from the soccer field to serve as a Coach Across America at America SCORES NY in Summer 2012.

“I’ve never volunteered before and I’m nervous, but I couldn’t be more excited,” she said. “The rest of my life I’m going to work with kids and be a role model and improve their skills – so this worked out great.”

Sports were always a way for Slavin to let go and relieve stress – now she wants to give others that same opportunity. She also wants to be that coach, the one to flip the switch in a young athlete’s mind.

“For children who don’t have a great home life, I hope I can make a difference,” she said. “Hopefully I can be someone they would remember.”