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Queens students know the meaning of sportsmanship


| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy Aaron Finkel

Three students from Queens were among the winners of New York Sports Connection’s first annual New York City student sportsmanship essay contest, “What Sportsmanship Means to Me.”

The students were tasked with writing original 400- to 500-word essays on the topic of what sportsmanship means to them. The submissions were anonymously judged on originality, emotional appeal, use of the theme, grammar, spelling and writing skills. Entries were received from all five boroughs, and the finalists were selected from 10 different NYC public and private schools.

“We were overwhelmed by the response and impressed by the wonderful quality of the many essays we received,” said Aaron Finkel, New York Sports Connection founder.

Sifan Lu, 17, a Forest Hills resident and student at Stuyvesant High School, won the 11th- and 12th-grade category. Xavier High School student, Connor Mulvena, 16, a resident of Glendale, was named a finalist in that category.

Forest Hills resident Jennifer Yu, 15, was a finalist among the ninth- and 10th-graders. She is a ninth-grader at Stuyvesant Tech in Manhattan.

As a category winner, Lu will receive a $500 prize. Mulvena and Yu will each receive $100 for being finalists in their categories.

The essays were judged by a celebrity panel of judges, including WFAN radio sports talk personality Craig Carton; former New York Mets relief pitcher and team captain John Franco; Mike Puma, a sportswriter with the New York Post; and Luis Fernando Llosa, former Sports Illustrated associate editor.

“It was an honor to help judge New York Sports Connection’s First Annual Youth Essay Contest,” Franco said. “The essays submitted by the finalists showed a level of maturity way beyond their years, and were a testament to the amazing work done by parents, coaches and volunteers to ensure that our kids’ youth sports experience teaches real life lessons.”

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Best of the Boro, Restaurants and Bars, winners announced


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Best of the Boro 2011

The Queens Courier announced the winners of the first phase of The Queens Courier’s Best of the Boro Competition, Restaurants and Bars.

The competition collected over 58,000 votes in such categories as best happy hour, best bakery, best romantic atmosphere and many more.

Voting for the Best of the Boro, Health and Beauty is now open.

Nominating is easy. Simply visit www.queenscourier.com and click on the Best of the Boro logo. There you can select your favorites in dozens of categories ranging from best dentist to best dermatologist and best barber shop to best pet grooming.

Nominations will remain open until November 17.

And the winners are…

BEST APPETIZER
Tasty Grill, Whitestone

BEST BAGEL

Brooklyn Bagels, Astoria

BEST BAKERY
Cascon Baking Company, Whitestone

BEST BRUNCH
Terrace Diner, Bayside

BEST BURGER
Donovans of Bayside

BEST CALAMARI
Giardino’s of Douglaston

BEST COFFEE

Dunkin Donuts, Bayside

BEST DELI

Bayside Milk Farm, Bayside

BEST DESSERT
Lemon Ice King of Corona, Corona

BEST DINNER DEAL

Papazzio’s, Bayside

BEST GYRO
Avli – The Little Greek Tavern, Bayside

BEST LUNCH DEAL
Papazzio’s, Bayside

BEST PIZZA

Sac’s Place, Astoria

BEST SPECIALTY PIZZA

Villaggio’s, Whitesone

BEST SUSHI

Shiro of Japan, Glendale

BEST BAR
Tequila Sunrise, Bayside

BEST BARTENDERS

Austin’s Steak & Ale House, Forest Hills

BEST BEER SELECTION

Bohemian Hall, Astoria

BEST HAPPY HOUR

Bourbon Street, Bayside

BEST IRISH BAR

Donovans of Bayside

BEST MARGARITA

Cinco de Mayo

BEST MARTINI

Papazzio’s, Bayside

BEST MOJITO
Tequila Sunrise, Bayside

BEST OUTDOOR ATMOSPHERE

Due Ponti, Whitestone

BEST AMERICAN / CONTINENTAL

Deluge Restaurant, Flushing

BEST CATERING HALL

Russo’s on the Bay, Howard Beach

BEST CHINESE RESTAURANT

New Grand Buffet, Astoria

BEST DINER

Jackson Hole, Bayside

BEST GREEK
Maria’s, Bayside

BEST ITALIAN

Sac’s Place, Astoria

BEST JAPANESE

Shiro of Japan, Glendale

BEST LATIN AMERICAN
Pio Pio, Jackson Heights

BEST MEXICAN RESTAURANT

Tequila Sunrise, Bayside

BEST OUTDOOR SEATING
Danny Boy’s Irish Pub, Middle Village

BEST ROMANTIC DINNER
Plum Restaurant, Bayside

BEST SEAFOOD

London Lennie’s, Middle Village

BEST STEAKHOUSE

Uncle Jack’s Steakhouse, Bayside

BEST THAI

BKNY, Bayside

BEST ASIAN FUSION

Tanko, Bayside

BEST SPANISH

Marbella, Bayside

BEST EUROPEAN
L’Artiste, Astoria

BEST ASIAN

Tang Korean Restaurant, Flushing

BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE
Tequila Sunrise, Bayside

BEST CROATIAN

Veslo, Astoria

BEST FAST FOOD

Wendys, Bayside