On Nov. 4, the Robotics Team 1635 Coaches and Mentors from Elmhurst’s Newtown’s High School and Alliance Bernstein were honored to celebrate and join US FIRST on its inaugural gala event “FIRST INSPIRE.” The event highlighted the astounding impact FIRST has had over the years. The proceeds benefited the continuation and expansion of STEM programs and robotics teams in underserved areas in NYC and throughout the country. The FIRST Inspire inaugural event honored Dean Kamen, FIRST Founder, will.i.am, Diana Lee Guzman, Bill Ackman and Michael R. Bloomberg. Above: Bogdan Bradu, left, Madelyn Gonzalez, Larry Cohen, Gus Macheras and Peter Paolino, assistant principal and coach.
Mad Scientist Program
Christ the King High School’s religious studies teacher, Deacon Paul Norman, top left, recently chaperoned students from the Middle Village school to St. Francis de Sales Church in Manhattan to participate in three Sunday Mass tapings for the sick and home-bound.
The St. Francis Preparatory High School (in Fresh Meadows) Junior Varsity Football Terriers are enjoying an outstanding 2015 season. With an undefeated season in conference play and by winning two playoff games, first topping their rivals from Flushing's Holy Cross, 20-6 and St. Joseph’s by the Sea, Staten Island, this past Saturday, 46-6, the JVA Terriers advance to the Catholic High School Football Championship game against Mount Saint Michael of the Bronx, this Saturday, Nov. 21 at 10 a.m. at Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows.
If you are putting off joining a gym because you think you might not be a typical client, relax.
Experts in the field say there is no such thing in this day and age.
While beauty is certainly more than just skin deep, it’s important not to neglect that skin that you live in, not just for looks but for good health.
Men’s skin care has traditionally been seen as second fiddle to women’s skin care, both in terms of public attention and commercial product focus. In recent years, though, this trend has changed dramatically. Skin-care practices and products focused toward men have become more prevalent, now making up one of the fastest-growing segments of the skin care industry.
One day after suffering a heart attack, Congressman Gregory Meeks (D-Queens, Nassau) released a statement and brought heart disease once again into the spotlight.
“I hope my experience can heighten awareness about heart disease and the importance of knowing the signs of a heart episode,” Meeks said on Oct. 29. “Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined. Fortunately, it is also a preventable and treatable disease.”
On October 22, Christ the King High School in Middle Village, hosted its annual college fair in the school cafeteria. More than fifty colleges were on hand recruiting and providing information to students and their parents. Participating colleges that attended included Adelphi University, CUNY, Fairleigh Dickenson, Iona College, New York University, Pace University, Rutgers University, Seton Hall University, St. John’s University, SUNY, University of Notre Dame, Siena College and Xavier University.
Homework Help Workshop
At the Borough High School fair
Breast Cancer Research Theme Day
One of the students at PS/MS 146, The Howard Beach School, came to the administration with the idea of implementing a “Buddy Bench.”
As we do around this time every year, the Queens Chronicle is celebrating the anniversary of our founding in 1978 with a special historical issue. As has been said many times, the past is prologue, those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it, and you can’t know where you’re going if you don’t know where you’ve been.
About 20,000 years ago, when the glacier covering much of North America had reached its maximum and was starting to retreat, the land that became Queens was a forbidding place, not somewhere you’d likely want to live.
It was fiercely cold, with average annual temperatures of between 15 and 20 degrees Fahrenheit, compared to around 52 degrees now, according to scientists such as Gilbert Hanson of Stony Brook University on Long Island. There was little vegetation and little precipitation.
Long before Queens became the World’s Borough, it was the home of various Native American tribes for millennia.
According to the Garvies Point Museum in Glen Cove, LI, archeological studies have shown that humans may have first stepped foot on geographic Long Island as early as 10,000 BCE, a few thousand years after the Laurentide Ice Sheet retreated northward and exposed the landmass of Long Island, the Hudson River Valley and Southern New England to view.
Across the borough, generally regarded as the most ethnically diverse place on Earth, houses of worship abound, representing every imaginable religious denomination. Congregations worship freely and without fear of persecution.
But it wasn’t always that way. Indeed, in many places around the world, it still isn’t.
After a brief battle between the Dutch and the English, New Amsterdam became New York on Sept. 8, 1664. That’s the day Dutch Gov. Peter Stuyvesant surrendered New Amsterdam to an English naval squadron commanded by Col. Richard Nicolls.
The colony had been established by the Dutch West Indian company in 1624 and encompassed all of what is now known as New York City, parts of Long Island, Connecticut and New Jersey. The book “The Neighborhoods of Queens” by Claudia Gryvatz Copquin notes that one of the earliest settlements was in Maspeth, which was settled in 1642 by both English and Dutch colonists. Newtown, largely present-day Elmhurst, and Jamaica, dubbed Rustdorp by Stuyvesant because it was used as rest town at the time, were mostly inhabited by the English settlers who had moved from New England and were settled in 1652 and 1656, respectively. Stuyvesant was willing to grant them charters provided they swore allegiance to Dutch rule.
The first major battle of the Revolutionary War, and the largest known to ever have been fought in North America until that point, was waged not far from Queens. And the lead-up to it involved an army marching just outside the borough — then county — line.
Alternately known as the Battle of Brooklyn or the Battle of Long Island, the Aug. 27, 1776 fight centered on high ground in areas such as today’s Prospect Park and Green-Wood Cemetery. But before it began, British forces that had invaded Brooklyn to take on American Gen. George Washington made a sweeping maneuver to the east to hit his flank. That brought them as close to Queens as the present-day corner of Broadway and Jamaica Avenue, where they then moved north through today’s Cemetery of the Evergreens and then back west to attack.
When the State of New York emancipated the last of its slaves in 1827, it created surprisingly but temporarily well-integrated residential neighborhoods in the city and Queens, added newly free people to nascent middle-class black neighborhoods, and set the state up for a protracted fight over the right of suffrage for African Americans.
New York City slavery was very different from plantation slavery, said Karen Miller, a professor of history at LaGuardia Community College. It was unlikely for a white family to own a large number of slaves in the city because even the wealthy lived in smaller accommodations than plantation owners. Although Queens was different because it was rural, its farms were also much smaller than plantations and didn’t hold the large numbers of slaves those did.
“Notes for Racing Men” read the headline of The New York Times story on Sept. 26, 1894, announcing that the Queens County Jockey Club would host horse races at Aqueduct Race Track the next day.
The three-sentence notice could have been missed had someone not been searching for it, but Aqueduct would make its presence known over the next few decades.
The New York Times described the cyclone that rolled through Woodhaven on July 13, 1895 as a “breath of heaven.” But heaven, Woodhaven was not.
The paper described scenes of houses and schools destroyed, tombstones at Cypress Hills Cemetery wrecked and cows that had been lifted by the storm and sent whirling to places unknown.
New Yorkers are well aware of the fact that our city is divided into five diverse boroughs but it wasn’t always that way.
Everything we know about our city changed on Jan. 1, 1898 when the independent boroughs became part of the “Greater New York.” This consolidation had profound effects on not just the entire city but Queens specifically, totally changing what was once a vast land of mostly factories and farmland on Long Island into a diverse and prosperous borough.
Jamaica High School made a lot of history in its 122-year run. Once the biggest high school in America, the school was phased out in June 2014 with a graduating class of only 24 students. But the closing of the school does not erase its rich, diverse history.
Originally built on Herriman Street in 1892 the building was later reconstructed in Hillside in 1897. Then in 1927 the school moved to its final home in Jamaica when it became obvious more space would be needed for the influx of students.
RMS Titanic still was not even an idea when the General Slocum pulled away from its pier in southern Manhattan for the last time on June 15, 1904.
Slocum wasn’t loaded with rich, prominent members of aristocratic society from both sides of the Atlantic; its passengers were mostly German-American and immigrant women and children on their church’s annual outing.
The completion of the Queensboro Bridge in 1909 is seen as the major turning point in putting Queens on the map.
But it was the 1915 expansion of the Brooklyn-Manhattan Transit Corp. and the Interborough Rapid Transit into Queens that jump-started city dwellers’ migration to the east.