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K of C Free Throw In Queens-A No Go+The Night Which Almost Didn’t Happen

26 Feb

I recall the 1998 Queens County Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Basketball Championship as an event on Monday, March 2nd, 1998, as a Championship Round which almost didn’t occur.
This event was chaired by a Member of Msgr Sherman Council #5103 Knights of Columbus. But this guy never contacted any of the Schools, which when I was Grand Knight of 5103, I had to scramble like Mr Fran Tarkington of NFL Vikings and Giants Fame. In short, I spoke with both the Queens Board of District Deputies and St. Thomas Recreation Association in Woodhaven, Queens and obtained Msgr Mulz Hall on Jamaica Avenue at 88th Street.
Negotiations for the Quite Nice Facility took place over 1 Week in February, 1998. There was a Deadline. The Deadline was met.
Two District Deputies told the Queens Board of District Deputies that I was in the process of obtaining the Free Throw Facility. I had the backing of the Queens Board of District Deputies to get this Parish Hall.
The Deadline was met. And from all over Queens, Councils and Districts sent their District Champions.
Eugene Bullock(Now Retired to a Warmer Climate), is the guy I negotiated with. He was the One who coordinated the St. Thomas Apostle Recreation Association.  I never met a more agreeable gentleman to do business with. None of this was done with email. Rather the securing of the facility was done by Phone and in person.
The Two District Deputies, Richard Steimle and Luke Lamberson, spoke with the Queens Board about the Emergency Arrangements and that I was noted for getting the job done in regards to obtaining Contest Facilities. I thank these gentlemen for espousing what I was doing.
Yet, the Chairman for the Queens County Championship never acknowledged my role in saving the Competition from Oblivion.  He thanked his younger brother, but not me.  This Chairman had a bone to pick with me for prior Political Actions of a Disagreeable Nature.

Hey, the Job was done & the Competition was played. In one Historic 5103 Moment in Woodhaven, at Msgr Mulz Hall, 13 Girls 5103 Champion Adele Reyes, who lived close to the Brooklyn-Queens Border on Ridgewood Avenue, about a half block from Elderts Lane, where the Border runs, as she actually lives on the Brooklyn Side, won the Queens County Championship, in her Home Parish Facility for the 1st Time.  For it was in this competition when in 1996, 14 Girls QueensNY County Champion Gloria Kim, changed the Ethnic Composition of the 5103 Competition. Adele won the 11 Girls Competition for Woodhaven Council 1866, @ Holy Cross High School in North Flushing, on Friday, February 28th, 1996, on the same night when Gloria Kim made History. Adele was not only the 1st Contestant to win the Queens County Championship on her Home Parish Court, Adele is both the 1st Latina Champion and the 1st Brooklyn Resident Champion representing Council 5103.

We had Jewish Queens County Champions via Our Lady of Mercy in Forest Hills in 1997 and 1999. 14 Girls Jennifer Barenboim & 13 Boys in 1997, Daniel Thalblum, broke the Religious Line in the Queens County Championship. Now, I used to put up with East Glendale Members who often cried out that I should have only allowed Sacred Heart Parish in the Competition. But I looked at this as an Athletic Competition, where children have fun competing for a chance at another round. When 11 Girls Champion Keandra Leong,from 5103 from Our Lady of Mercy-Forest Hills, won the New York State Final, Tears streamed down my face.

So, as fewer councils run this competition, a Tradition is fading away. And now it may have played out the course.
But, being an optimist, the Competition will make a comeback. For the Faded Competition, remember these words:
“Absence Makes The Heart Grow Fonder.”
For an Absence of The Competition from 2001 until 2003, caused for a Spectacular Return. Sadly Though, the ones who sabotaged the 1999 Competition, also sabotaged the 2003 Competition. One of the Saboteurs actually served as Grand Knight in the time of the 2000 & 2001 Competitions, going out of his way to cause people to lose interest, going as far as to cheat a Competitor, because of a Strategic Alliance with Somebody in the Competing Council, to sabotage that Council. They hated Success and feared a Knights of Columbus Council which was truly Active and Catholic in Service. The Saboteurs, according to a source, are members of an organization which One, Holy, Catholic & Apostolic Church, has condemned since the 1st Papal Encyclical in 1738. Let’s just say that their God Is MAN.
May The Knights of Columbus International Free Throw Basketball Championship make a Glorious Return.

“Deum De Deo, Lumen De Lumine!”


At Mass This Morning & Afterwards

25 Feb

It was quiet. Only a few people were inside of the cavernous Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church at Queens Boulevard and Ascan Avenue.
I do not mind the Ordinary Form of The Holy Sacrifice of The Mass on a weekday. With the small crowd, one could almost say that this is an Intimate Gathering of The People of God. I only get upset when certain, Horizontal Music is played, as my prior articles suggest.
I walked this morning with My Most Dear Friend, a Woman with whom I have Theological and Artistic Discussions. Skyscrapers were a topic. You don’t really see them in Europe. They’re mostly American Designs. Where the Art Students League of New York is located at 215 West 57th Street by 7th Avenue, that part of town does NOT NEED another High Rise. In fact, WHY does Forest Hills need High Rise Buildings? The Joke about Forest Hills is that these residents think of themselves as Manhattanites without crossing the “East River”, which is actually a strait which is part of The Atlantic Ocean, as is Long Island Sound.
If these people want to live like Manhattanites, let them cross the 59th Street Bridge.
For My Most Dear Friend told me of Great News, that the Developer is being sued in Court. This is a David Vs Goliath Situation which bears watching.
Go David!


The 1st Msgr Sherman Council Knights Of Columbus Altar Server Awards On This Date In 1998 In Forest Hills, Queens, NY

22 Feb

What I remember in the Days before Vimeo, Dailymotion & You Tube, T-Mobile and Virgin Mobile, was that there was a T Mobile Predecessor in NewYork, especially in Forest Hills on Austin Street, called OMNIPOINT. This is currently a subsidiary of T Mobile and in 1998, the 1st Mobile Phone Company which had mobile phones which could do mobile to mobile short text messages, feature news headlines and the ability to receive Faxes via Voice Mail. OMNIPOINT even had the 1st Smartphone, from Nokia, which could be used to browse the web, do short text messages, email and send/receive Faxes.
I at least had the ability to do short texts with an Associate and short email. At this point in time, I was Grand Knight of Msgr Sherman Council 5103 Knights of Columbus in East Glendale, Queens, NY.

Arrangements, as this was at this point, were made with the Priests at Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Roman Catholic Church, a huge Parish on Queens Boulevard and Ascan Avenue. There were 64 Servers to be honored. One of those Servers, David James, is the current Coordinator of The Altar Servers. From 10:51AM to 11:22AM, though many servers did not show due to the Catholic School Winter Recess, many did show. Two were Honoured for their Special Service as One was Guest Soloist at the Council’s Memorial Mass for Deceased Members on Tuesday, 11/11/1997. The Other Server also served that same Mass.

I was at Baskin Robbins a few days later, when a Girl Altar Server informed me that one more Altar Server had to be honored. That was accomplished about 3 Days Later.

64 Altar Servers & 8 Grand Knight’s Certificates of Merit were presented.

As far as the Technology was concerned, this was on Videotape. The Parish has the Video.

And I have the Memories and The Memories are Good Memories.

Pax Domine Sit Semper Vobiscum!


La Boheme Sing A Long & Rehearsal

13 Jan


A Day At The “La Boheme” Opera & Sing A Long & Rehearsal

13 Jan

It was a day of Live Telecast History. People were & still are watching.
Our Lady of Mercy Roman Catholic Church in Forest Hills, NY, is something of an Artistic Center. That was the usual function of Our Lady Queen of Martyrs at Ascan Avenue & Queens Blvd with their Christmas & Spring Concerts. For Mercy was the Suffragen Parish, while Martyrs was “The Show.” But that has changed in the last several months, since the Arrival of Maestro Joe Martin from Woodhaven, Queens.
Helen Van Tine-Golden, a long time Mercy Parishioner, who still says BMT, IRT & Independent, as in Subway Lines, heads the Golden Rose Opera Company &, like me, is a Native of Brooklyn, NY. It is through Helen & Joe Martin, that I received permission to Live Web-Telecast the “La Boheme Sing A Long & Rehearsal on Veetle.com.

The Mainline Telecast is 2Hours & 16Minutes. People are watching. I worked from a # of different broadcast angles. Let me say that even with a bad neck, it was comfortable to work this Telecast on the web.
Now it is time to send all the Promotional emails to the cast. That will grow the audience.

Doing this is an experience, in that it was all done on an Android Smartphone & Veetle App. It sure beats lugging around Heavy Equipment. 2014 is not 2000.


23°F @ 1:14AM

9 Jan

It is Winter, it is Cold but manageable here in The Borough of Queens, somewhere between JFK & LaGuardia Airports.
At this time yesterday, it was 9°F.

Heat Wave!


21°F To 9°F In 15 Minutes

8 Jan

Either way, NYC is COLD.


“Dear Yanks”(Eh!)

7 Jan


2:45PM EST Heat Wave In NYC at 10°F

7 Jan

Just a wee bit of a warm up.
In the 20s°F tomorrow.


12:17PM EST & 8°F With Wind Chill At -15°F

7 Jan

Yet on Thursday, January 9th(Gregorian Calendar) or Thursday, December 27th(Julian Calendar Feast of St. Stephen, 1st Martyr of The Church, Deacon), it will be a rather mild 45°F, here in New York City’s 5 Boroughs.

Whoa! Mild!

Deo Gratias!