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Street Talk: What are your plans for the Super Bowl?


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I will be staying home with my family and watching the game.
Ryan Arboleda

I plan on throwing a party at my house.
Erick Alvarado

I plan on throwing a party and having some drinks with my boys.
Wilfredo Zelaya

My plans are not too exciting. I’m going to be on a concert gig.
Jeremy Arnold

Unfortunately, I’ll be working for the Super Bowl.
Brad Crandell

I’m going to a local bar with some friends.
Manny Lalonde

I’ll be staying home watching the game with some appetizers, beer and friends.
Bridget Cronin

I’m going to my friend’s house in Brooklyn for a party to watch the Super Bowl as well as celebrate my 60th birthday.
Lou Gittler

-KATELYN DI SALVO

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low near 30. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Best of Tango 

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the most popular tango and milongo classics in music, song and dance. Show starts on Friday, Jan. 31 lasts until March 23 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 4 pm. $30 to $35. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Convicted criminal who escaped from Queens psychiatric facility caught in Tennessee

A convicted killer who escaped from a Queens Village psychiatric facility by swapping clothes with a friend was captured in Memphis, Tenn. Thursday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio to weigh in on ‘independent’ cop monitor

The investigator nominated by Mayor de Blasio to keep the city government in check revealed Thursday that Hizzoner will have a big say in appointing what’s meant to be an “independent” NYPD watchdog. Read more: New York Post 

Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t attend Super Bowl

New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend but its mayor will not attend the nation’s biggest sporting event. Read more: AP

Food safety inspections in NY lagging, staffing below recommended levels: audit

New York’s food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 

Former Super Bowl champ Franco Harris visits St. Mary’s Hospital for Children


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Photos courtesy of St. Mary's Hospital for Children

As the New York City area gets ready for Sunday’s big game, a former Super Bowl champion paid a special visit to a Bayside’s St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

Four-time Super Bowl winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris, along with business partner and former Penn State teammate Lydell Mitchell, and former Giants linebacker Brian Kelley were at the facility Wednesday to take a tour, and greet patients and staff.

“We are very thankful to Franco and Lydell for choosing St. Mary’s as the benefiting charity for their prestigious and distinguished dinner.” He shared. “Their support for New York’s sickest children is inspirational, and on behalf of the entire staff and the patients I invite them to return for another visit,” said Dr. Eddie Simpser, interim CEO and president of St. Mary’s, who led the tour.

The three men also distributed autographed caps to the children and took photos with medical staff and their patients.

Harris and Mitchell have named St. Mary’s the beneficiary of their 17th Annual Immaculate Reception and Dinner, a star-studded, sold-out event held in the Super Bowl host city, according to St. Mary’s. This year’s dinner will be held tonight in New York City.

 

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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

SALVATORE LICATA

Still looking for a place to go to watch the Super Bowl? With Feb. 2 quickly approaching, the time to make that decision is now. Here is a list of different hot spots around Queens where you can go on Game Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Forest Hills):

This new venue is equipped with 89 different televisions, ranging from 60” to 80”, as well as two projector screens, for your viewing pleasure. They will operate on a first-come, first-served basis for the Super Bowl. You can visit them at www.buffalowildwings.com.

Austin’s Ale House (Kew Gardens):

This bar has one of the best Super Bowl deals in Queens. For $50 you get microdrafts, bottled beers, or top shelf cocktails (not shots or cordials), along with a halftime buffet. You can also enjoy watching the game on any of its 50 televisions or 2 projector screens. Reservations are being accepted. Check out more on www.austinsteakandalehouse.com.

O’Neill’s Restaurant (Maspeth):

Yes, the famous O’Neill’s of Maspeth has re-opened. With its 60” HD flat screen televisions and top-quality sound system, one can only imagine how great the atmosphere will be. There will also be a VIP party room where, for $125 each, you and your party get a five-hour open bar, choice of appetizers, and a sit down dinner. Call O’Neill’s at 718-672-9696.

Bar 43 (Sunnyside):

Known for its atomic wings, Bar 43 is always a hot spot. This Sunnyside establishment has a perfect setup for a smaller crowd of Super Bowl viewers, with its 11 televisions and projector screen.  You can find more about them at www.bar43.com.

Katch (Astoria):

For the Super Bowl, Katch is planning to open up it newly renovated outdoor heated section. Now patrons will be able to watch the game in heated tents outside, while enjoying a BBQ and pig roast. There will also be Coors Light models making their way around the bar during the game. Reservations of at least six or more are being accepted. Visit www.katchastoria.com.

C.J. Sullivan’s (Bayside):

$12 Bud Light pitchers are a special for the Super Bowl. While you’re there you can also enjoy a free buffet at halftime, along with giveaway prizes.  There are 5 televisions around the bar and one large one in the dining area. Call them at 718-224-0060.

Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (Astoria):

Super Bowl Sunday is sure to be good at this century-old establishment. There will be no cover charge and a slew of beer specials. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be $8 pitchers of Beck’s Oktoberfest, $10 pitchers of both Hoegaarden and Stella, halftime shot specials, and appetizer specials. Check out more at www.bohemianhall.com.

Z NYC Hotel (Long Island City):

Although Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place in New Jersey, one Queens hotel is offering an “over-the-top” package to make sure you have everything you need for the big game, without leaving the borough.

The Z NYC Hotel, located at 11-01 43rd Avenue in Long Island City, announced it will be offering a SB 48 Package “for a day of football filled with friends, food and fabulous cocktails.”

The group package includes two nights, Saturday February 1 and Sunday, February 2, in a guest room overlooking the Manhattan skyline; a Breakfast of Champions on Super Bowl Sunday in the hotel’s private function space featuring an omelet station, steak and eggs, waffles, french toast, and more; access to the tailgating party on the Z Roof, weather permitting, from 4 p.m. until game time; a private viewing of the game with an open bar, unlimited buffet and VIP waitress service; and Monday morning breakfast in the hotel’s private function space or in the guest room.

The package is a group package fitting 11 guests in total to 11 guest rooms. It costs $22, 159.28 or $2,014.48 per person. The rate does not include tax or gratuity.

For those who do not want to book the package but would still like to have the Breakfast of Champions, the Z NYC Hotel is offering the meal for $25.95 including a pre-set football breakfast and unlimited beer, bloody marys and mimosas.

For more information visit www.zhotelny.com and to book a hotel package call 212-319-7000.

 

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Two charged in counterfeit Super Bowl ticket operation


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Photo courtesy of Queens DA/Ticket photos courtesy of NYPD

Two men have been charged with running a counterfeit operation in Queens and elsewhere, allegedly manufacturing and selling tickets to the Super Bowl and NFL playoff games, District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday.

The pair is accused of peddling the forged tickets to individuals on the streets of New York as well as across the country through the Internet.

They were also allegedly selling fake Super Bowl tickets to the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldolf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, the NFL Honors Party at Radio City Music Hall, and parking passes close to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium where the Super Bowl is being played Sunday.

“The defendants are charged with not only running a lucrative illegal operation that allegedly ripped off the National Football League and sports fans alike by manufacturing well-crafted counterfeit tickets using state-of-the art equipment but creating a security nightmare for the NFL and the vast army of local, state and federal enforcement law agencies handling security operations at this Sunday’s Super Bowl by allegedly selling fraudulent parking passes to the MetLife parking facilities. Beyond that, individuals who bought tickets or passes through the Internet may be in for a rude awakening on game day,” Brown said.

Damon Daniels, 43, of the Bronx and Jamaica, Queens, and Eugene Fladger, 32, of Philadelphia are presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery devices, criminal possession of computer-related material, trademark counterfeiting and conspiracy, according to Brown. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.

Their arrests come following an investigation that began in December 2013 when the NFL’s Security Division notified the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division of an alleged counterfeit football ticket production operation, the district attorney said.

During the investigation, Daniels and Fladger were allegedly observed getting together right before an undercover officer, posing as a ticket buyer, met with Fladger in Queens, and bought tickets from him, Brown said.

The investigation also led to a search of Daniels’ girlfriend’s Jamaica apartment, where, according to prosecutors, police recovered a computer, a printer, a package of photo-grade paper, two tickets to the Super Bowl printed on the same photo-grade paper and a bag of half ripped, incomplete, first draft tickets which appeared to be printed on normal stock paper.

The fake tickets allegedly bore the official NFL logo and a bar code designed to be a replication of computer data that had been duplicated in order to fool stadium scanners, Brown said. The tickets, however, allegedly had defects— the printing on the tickets was washed out, there was a misprint on the back, the cutting of the tickets was not properly aligned, and various security features were missing. The parking passes and party tickets also allegedly featured washed-out printing and were not properly aligned.

 

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MTA service for Super Bowl week


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Photo courtesy of MTA

Dubbed the “first mass transit Super Bowl,” the MTA is encouraging people attending the big game on Sunday, Feb. 2 as well as related festivities this week to use its subways, buses, and regional railroads.

The MTA will be providing additional service on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Railroad, and NYC transit will also be providing full service.

Super Bowl Boulevard will be covering Broadway from 34th Street to 47th Street beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 29 at noon. Super Bowl Boulevard consists of a 7-story Toboggan Run and endless possibilities for autographs and pictures for die-hard fans.

 

Wednesday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Jan. 31:

NYC Transit

The B,D,F,M,N,Q, or R trains will take you to 34th Street-Herald Square, the N,Q,R,S,1,2,3 or 7 trains will drop you off right at Times Square- 42nd Street, and the A,C, or E, to 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Long Island Railroad

The LIRR will be adding extra late afternoon and evening trains on four branches (Babylon Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Port Jefferson Branch, Port Washington Branch) starting Jan 29th.

Babylon Branch:

Four extra Penn Station-bound trains will be departing Babylon Ronkonkoma Branch.

Ronkonkoma Branch:

An extra Penn Station-bound train will be departing from Ronkonkoma. Three Ronkonkoma-bound trains will be departing Penn Station.

Port Jefferson Branch:

Three extra Penn Station bound trains will be departing Huntington.

An extra Huntington-bound train will be departing Penn Station.

Port Washington Branch:

Three extra Penn Station-bound trains will be departing Great Neck

For more details, click here.

Metro-North Railroad

The Metro North Railroad will be running four extra trains per day.

Harlem Line:

An extra train will be departing Southeast, and arriving at Grand Central

Hudson Line:

An extra train will be departing Poughkeepsie, and arriving at Grand Central.

New Haven Line:

An extra train will be departing New Haven and arriving at Grand Central.

An extra train will also be departing Grand Central, and arriving in New Haven

 

Saturday Feb.1:

New York City Transit

New York City Transit will be running an extra 1 train. The S train on the 42nd Street Shuttle will be having rush-hour level service providing 3 extra trains

Metro-North Railroad

The Metro North Railroad will be providing 16 extra trains on the New Haven Line and two extra trains on the Hudson Line.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road will be running six extra Babylon Branch Trains.

 

Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2:

Fans holding tickets to the Super Bowl will be able to take trains, Fans Express busses, and charter buses to the country’s first Mass Transit Super Bowl. Fans will be required to bring the ticket to show at the Secaucus Junction before being allowed to connect the MetLife Stadium shuttle train.

Ticket holders may also catch NJ transit to trains to Secaucus for a short shuttle train ride to MetLife Stadium.

Penn Station buses; M4, M7, M20, M34, M34A, and Q32

In addition, Fan Express buses will depart for the game form six points in Manhattan, and the MTA is a great way to get to all the departure points

  • Battery Place (4,5 to Bowling Green)
  • 6th Ave (A,C,D, and F to W. 4th St.)
  • Madison Square Park (N,R to 23rd St.)
  • Grand Central/45th St. (4,5,6,7, and S/Metro-North to Grand Central)
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotel (6 to 51st /E to Lexington Ave)
  • Time-Warner Center (1, A, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle)

 

After the game:

The Long Island Rail Road  will be running two extra trains from Penn Station.

A Babylon bound train will depart and a Huntington-bound train will depart.

For more details, click here.

 

MTA to suspend track and road work:

New York City Transit is suspending Manhattan weekend track work during Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1-2, with the exception of the long-term Sandy recovery project to restore the R train through the Montague Tube. MTA Bridges and Tunnels will closely monitor all routine construction at its crossings Super Bowl week, particularly at the bridges and tunnels leading into Manhattan. All routine construction will be suspended at MTA crossings on Super Bowl weekend. The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will maintain three lanes heading to the Bronx all weekend.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Mostly sunny this morning then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High 19. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy. Low 17. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston

Pianist Hannah Wang plays two compositions by M. Ravel and two compositions by C. Debussy. Expect a guest artist and post-concert sandwich lunch. Starts at 11 a.m. at the Douglaston Community Church, 39-15, Douglaston Pkwy., 516-466-4034.

Reports critical of MTA

Three recent reports on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority including an audit by the NY State comptroller show mostly bad news for customers using Metro North, LIRR and the subways. Read more: Fox New York

Comptroller Scott Stringer urges Albany to let NYC set own minimum wage

New York City should have the power to set its own minimum wage, city Comptroller Scott Stringer told legislators in Albany on Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Pols hold hearings to stop hooker trade at Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is a “sex-trafficking magnet,” a congressman leading the fight against such exploitation warned at a House hearing Monday. Read more: New York Post

NBC News poll: Pessimism defines the state of the union

As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Read more: NBC New York

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in New York

Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Rain and snow showers mixed for the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 32. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page  

Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page” is an exhibit of the Noguchi drawings of avant-garde American dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. This series includes ink wash paintings that abstract the human form. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road in LIC. For more information call 718-204-7088. Through Sun., Jan. 26.

De Blasio open to pre-K class endorsement in charters

Mayor de Blasio is leaving the door open to supporting pre-K classes in charter schools, even though he has previously been hostile to the expansion of the privately run schools. Read more: New York Post

Super Bowl security plan: 4,000 police officers

The game plan for security at this year’s Super Bowl will include deployment of nearly 4,000 local police and private security officers, airport-style screening for those entering MetLife Stadium and a host of other measures visible and invisible to the average fan, law enforcement officials said at a briefing on Wednesday at the stadium. Read more: NBC New York

 $18M settlement for RNC arrests lawsuits in NYC

New York City has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits filed by protesters, journalists and bystanders who said they were wrongly arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention and held for hours in makeshift holding cells, lawyers said Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

3 new deputy commissioners appointed to NYPD

The NYPD on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new deputy commissioners – including one for a new collaborative policing post. Read more: CBS New York

‘Devil baby’ prank terrifies New Yorkers

A marketing agency promoting the new horror movie, ‘Devil’s Due,’ apparently thought it would be funny to freak out New Yorkers by rigging a stroller with a remote-controlled demonic baby. Read more: Fox New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Thursday: Sunny. High 31. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 26. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: D.B. Rielly at Winegasm 

Come join award-winning singer/songwriter D.B. Rielly at Winegasm at 9 p.m., where he will perform a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, spanning several genres including roots, blues, and country. Winegasm is located at 31-86 37th Street in Astoria. Admission is free, for more information visit www.dbrielly.com.

Con Edison sets new winter records for gas, electric usage

The extreme cold in recent days has led to a new winter one-day record for national gas and electric service use by Con Edison customers. Read more: CBS New York

NYC urging parents to get flu shots for children

New York City health officials are urging locals to get flu shots, especially for their young children. The Health Department said vaccination levels are rising but remain below the goals set by the federal government. Read more: Fox New York

Cantor may launch charter school probe against de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio’s anti-charter school pronouncements could get him investigated by Congress before he even moves into Gracie Mansion. Read more: New York Post

MetroCard machines randomly dispensing super bowl-themed cards 

MetroCard machines are now randomly dispensing Super Bowl-themed cards as a way to promote the championship game at MetLife Stadium next month. Read more: NBC New York

Dennis Rodman apologizes for comments in North Korea, admits drinking

Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments about captive American missionary Kenneth Bae in an interview with CNN. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Generally cloudy. High 48. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy this evening. Fog developing late. Low 43. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The David Leonhardt Trio

The David Leonhardt Trio, an internationally acclaimed jazz group will have fingers snapping and toes tapping as they present a winter holiday concert of cool jazz and hot rhythms at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

School bus company to shut down; NYC seeks alternative

While most parents should be relaxing during the Christmas break, many in New York City are now going to have to try and figure out how to get their kids to school. Read more: Fox New York

Super Bowl Monday possible if storm comes to Northeast: organizers

Super Bowl organizers say they’re prepared to deploy thousands of trucks and tons of salt to prevent snowy weather from interfering with the biggest football game of the year. Read more: NBC New York

MTA launches new apps for LIRR, Metro-North riders

Some new apps may help Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road customers avoid an extra long wait for the train. Read more: ABC New York

9/11 victims OK to sue Saudi government

Victims of the 9/11 attacks will have another chance to sue the Saudi Arabian government after a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the original dismissal of the case was an “error of law.” Read more: New York Post

Target data breach leaves customers angry, frustrated

Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target’s security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers. Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 61. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 37. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Fall Festival: Free Film Screening and Community Health Fair

Come to a free community health fair and film screening of “A Place at the Table” with special guest Joel Berg Harvest Room in the Jamaica Market from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Snacks from the Jamaica Farmers’ Market will also be provided! Sponsored by the Neighborhood Hunger Network. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Mayor Bloomberg: Mayor-Elect de Blasio to get balanced budget

For the first time in decades, an incoming New York City mayor will not face a budget deficit. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NYPD asks bars to not serve ‘SantaCon’ participants

There may be a little less “jolly” in Santa’s sleigh this year, at least if the NYPD has its way. Read more: ABC New York

Weprin goes to bat for Mariano Rivera street

At least one candidate for council speaker is going to bat for Yankee great Mariano Rivera. Read more: New York Post

NFL embraces possibility of snowy Super Bowl

Instead of shrinking from the possibility that football’s ultimate game could be played in a blizzard, organizers of the first outdoor, cold-climate Super Bowl have decided to embrace the snow as the game’s unofficial theme. Read more: NBC New York

JFK assassination remembered 50 years later

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the president’s motorcade passed when shots rang out. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 64. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday Night: Overcast with rain showers. Low of 57. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: NEA Jazz Masters

Join jazz legends Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Jimmy Owens, Christian McBride and others for an evening of blazing melodies and rhythmic vibes at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYC Marathon considering alternate starting line

The government shutdown could mean a change to the starting line for the New York City Marathon. Read more: AP

NYC gets $2 million donations from NFL, Super Bowl committee for hosting duties

Hosting the Super Bowl will come with perks for New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg gets caught up in Mexico soda tax fight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being drawn into the heated debate in Mexico over a proposed 8-cent (1 peso) per liter tax on soft drinks to fund anti-obesity efforts in a country with a growing weight problem. Read more: AP

Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

A chemical weapons watchdog has beaten Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai to the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more: NBC News

Obama, Republicans aim to end crisis after meeting, hurdles remain

President Barack Obama and Republican leaders appeared ready to end a political crisis that has shuttered much of the U.S. government and pushed the country dangerously close to default after meeting at the White House on Thursday. Read more: Reuters

Vince Lombardi to be honored at alma mater St. Francis Prep


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Photo courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will recognize the late Vince Lombardi in a special ceremony at St. Francis Preparatory School on Wednesday, October 2.

A plaque honoring Lombardi will be presented at the school, where it will be permanently placed, as a part of the Hometown Hall of Famers program. Lombardi’s grandson, John, will accept the plaque on behalf of the Lombardi family.

The football legend attended St. Francis Prep and played on the football team until he graduated in 1933.

Lombardi is attributed for saying, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” and he certainly knew how to win.

He is best known as the head coach who led the Green Bay Packers pro football team to three straight and five total league championships, including the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967.

The NFL’s Lombardi Trophy, the award for the winning team in the Super Bowl, is named in his honor. Lombardi was entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Mostly cloudy with rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 82. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday night: Overcast with thunderstorms, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 73. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Free screening of Juno at Astoria Park

The Central Astoria LDC presents Juno as the final film of its Monday night outdoor film series at Astoria Park. Free.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Correction officer from Queens arrested after shooting son

A teenager in Queens is in the hospital Monday, suffering from a gunshot wound. And the person accused of firing the shot is his own father, a correction officer at Rikers Island. Read more: ABC New York

Students in Bloomberg’s smaller schools have better on-time graduation rates: report

The new, smaller schools at the center of Mayor Bloomberg’s education reforms have boosted students’ chances of graduating on time, research to be released Monday shows. Read more: New York Daily News

Public advocate candidates clash on qualifications, seek to defend spotty voting records

The Democratic candidates competing for New York City public advocate argued about their qualifications for the job and several sought to explain their spotty voting records Sunday during an official debate on NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York

Barclays Center in the spotlight for MTV Video Music Awards

Brooklyn was on the world stage Sunday night – perhaps like never before – with Barclays Center hosting the MTV Video Music Awards. Read more: CBS New York

Farmers’ Almanac: Super Bowl may be ‘Storm Bowl

he Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” ”bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.” Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 25. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Making “Roots,” and Making TV History at the Museum of the Moving Image 

A discussion with four stars of the TV series “Roots,” Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton and Leslie Uggams. “Roots,” which first aired in 1977, was one of the most influential and highest rated television events of all time; the final episode had more than 100 million viewers. Thirty-five years later, the series still resonates. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens merchants say frivolous city violations cost them big bucks

A couple of missing muffin labels could end up costing bagel shop owner Matt Davidov a whole lot of dough. Read more: New York Daily News

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch to be laid to rest

Family, friends and dignitaries will gather Monday to say goodbye to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo seeking home buyouts in flood zones

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to spend as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, have them demolished and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently, as undeveloped coastline. Read more: New York Times

Livery cab company hogs parking spots near his Queens garage

An ex-con cab-company owner who is awaiting trial in a $10 million insurance scam has another sin to answer for: hogging all the parking spots outside a church near his Queens garage. Read more: New York Post

Power goes down for over half and hour in middle of Super Bowl

The Super Bowl was halted because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. Read more: CBS New York

Reid predicts Congress will pass immigration legislation

The top Senate Democrat on Sunday predicted that Congress will pass and send to President Barack Obama legislation overhauling the U.S. immigration system, saying “things are looking really good.” Read more: Reuters