DICK’S Nationals Basketball Tournament at Christ The King starts this Thursday

Attention basketball fans!

The DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals returns to Christ The King high school for the fourth consecutive year, featuring the best high school basketball talent in the country.

All eight of the boys teams selected to play in the ninth annual tournament are ranked in the top 20 of the USA Today Super 25 Expert Rankings, and all four of the girls teams are also ranked in the top 20.

DSGHSNT_NYC2017_LOGOThe three-day, single-elimination tournament begins Thursday, March 30, at noon with the boys quarterfinals on ESPNU, and continues on Friday, March 31, with the girls semifinals (11 a.m. & 1 p.m., ESPNU) and boys semifinals (3 p.m. & 5p.m., ESPN2). The tournament culminates on Saturday, April 1, with the girls championship (10 a.m.,ESPN2) and the boys championship game (noon, ESPN).

This year’s pool will include five state champions, and a handful of future NBA draft picks.

In the boys field, six of the top ten ranked teams in the nation will participate, including Findlay Prep (Nev.), IMG Academy (Fla.), La Lumiere (Ind.), Montverde Academy (Fla.), Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) and 2016 DICK’S Nationals Champion Oak Hill Academy (Va.). Two other boys teams competing in the tournament won their respective state championships, including Greensboro Day School (N.C.) and Shadow Mountain High School (Ariz.).

Five McDonald’s All-American representatives will participate in the tournament, including Brian Bowen (La Lumiere), Trevon Duval (IMG Academy), Jaren Jackson (La Lumiere), Billy Preston (Oak Hill) and P.J. Washington (Findlay Prep).

Tickets are available now at dicksnationals.com. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.


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2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods High School Nationals Participating Boys Teams

Rankings per USA Today High School Sports; Player rankings per ESPN 100 (Class of 2017), ESPN 60 (Class of 2018) and ESPN 25 (Class of 2019).

School (State) 2016-2017 Record

No. 2 La Lumiere School (Ind.) 26-1

No. 4 IMG Academy (Fla.) 26-1

No. 5 Findlay Prep (Nev.) 33-3

No. 7 Montverde Academy (Fla.) 24-4

No. 8 Oak Hill Academy (Va.) 39-4

No. 10 Shadow Mountain (Ariz.) 27-0

No. 15 Wasatch Academy (Utah) 24-4

No. 19 Greensboro Day School (N.C.) 33-3

New murder mystery musical comes to Middle Village

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Looking for something fun to do while you wait out the cold outdoors?

Maggie’s Little Theater at St. Margaret Parish Hall will be the home to a murder mystery musical, “Something’s Afoot,” for a few days over the next two weeks. The play, originally published in 1973, spoofs detective stories, mainly by author Agatha Christie. Director Whitney Stone and Music Director Sarah Glassman will incorporate the book, music and lyrics by James McDonald, David Vos, Robert Gerlach and Ed Linderman.

Scheduled Performances
Saturday, March 18 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 pm
Friday, March 24 at 8:00 pm
Saturday, March 25 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 pm

Admission: Adults $20 / Seniors $15 / Children $12

You can purchase tickets at maggieslittletheater.org.

St. Margaret Parish Hall is located at 66-05 79th Place (between Metropolitan Ave. and Juniper Valley Rd.), Middle Village, NY 11379

Alternate side parking suspended this week

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Bad news: You have to dig out the snow for your car and will likely have trouble finding parking after this snowstorm.

Good news: Alternate-side parking has been suspended for the rest of the week and Saturday, so you won’t have to move your car if you don’t need to.

The city announced that alternate-side is suspended for snow removal. So leave your cars in place and hopefully, the snow and ice will melt soon.

Crowley introduces participatory budgeting for schools

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If you’ve already participated in the citizen’s budget allocation process known participatory budgeting (PB), there is some good news.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley announced that she has allocated $2.1 million for the first-ever “Participatory Budgeting in Schools” process in the city.

Here’s how it works. All 21 schools in the district will receive $100,000 in capital upgrades. Each school will have three proposals on their ballot, and can vote for two.

Elementary and middle school students will vote on the week of March 24, while high school students will vote on the week of March 27. For the younger students, their families will help decide as well.

Proposals for capital projects include:

  • Water bottle refill stations
  • Surveillance cameras
  • Smartboards
  • Laptops
  • Smart tables
  • Auditorium renovations, such as audio visual upgrades, lighting, curtains and seats
  • Gym renovations, such as floors, bleachers and score boards

“This project will not only provide upgrades for local schools, but also give a lesson in civics to our students,” Crowley said. “Nobody knows the needs of our schools better than the students and parents.”

“Ultimately, I believe participatory budgeting in schools’ will empower the school community in a way that has not been done before,” she added. “And when they participate, students and parents will see firsthand how their vote can make a difference.”

All ballots must be returned by March 31 to be counted.

Juniper Park Civic Association meeting this week

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The Juniper Park Civic Association is hosting its monthly town meeting on Thursday, March 16.

The meeting has a packed schedule, including presenting a special award to NYPD Lt. John Russo, a hometown hero who helped solve Karina Vetrano’s murder in Howard Beach.

Residents will also get a chance to talk to the 104th Precinct commander, receive an update on the Holiday Inn Express in Maspeth, discuss Maspeth High School’s admissions of local students and more.

It will be hosted at Our Lady of Hope School at Eliot Avenue and 71st Street. The meeting begins at 7:45 p.m.

QCP’s New Horizons Young Professionals Group is hosting a business networking event this Wednesday

Queens Centers for Progress (QCP) New Horizons Young Professionals Group is having a business networking event on Wednesday, March 8th from 5PM – 8PM.

The meeting is in Middle Village, at 69-57 Juniper Boulevard South

QCP’s New Horizons YPG is a dynamic group of professionals who are committed to volunteering their time, talents, energy and resources to further QCP’s mission.

Screen Shot 2017-03-06 at 11.08.52 PMMembers have the unique opportunity to serve as ambassadors for the Agency as they expand their own personal, professional and leadership goals.


QCP’s New Horizon’s mission is achieved through:

· Promoting QCP to the local business community.
· Providing hands-on or financial support to QCP’s Development Department.
· Creating business networking opportunities for all members.
· Presenting value-added professional education opportunities either from within the group or
from invited guests.
· Creating a new event that would be planned and lead by the New Horizons members

The benefits of joining QCP’s New Horizons Young Professional Group includes regularly scheduled professional development opportunities, access to a business network, and the credentials of being associated with a major nonprofit organization.

Click here to register for free.


M Train work to affect weekend schedule at Metro station

R160A_M_8421_Metropolitan_Ave_Myrtle_Ave_line_mfsHere’s the full M line schedule for this spring (leading into July and August), in preparation for the Myrtle Viaduct project which will begin in July 2017.

During the following weekends, M train service will be in operation from Essex Street in Manhattan to Broadway Junction in Brooklyn.

March 4-6, March 11-13, March 18-20, April 8-10, April 22- 24, April 29-May 1, May 13-15, May 20-22, June 3-5, June 17-19, June 24-26.

Shuttle buses will be in operation to serve customers at the following stations: Myrtle Avenue-Broadway, Central Avenue, Knickerbocker Avenue, Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenues, Seneca Avenue, Forest Avenue, Fresh Pond Road, and Middle Village-Metropolitan Avenue.

These shuttle buses will operate from 12:01 a.m. Saturday until 5:00 a.m. on Monday.  The shuttle buses will be fare-free and customers will be asked to hold their tickets for their transfer.

MTA NYC Transit personnel will be present along the shuttle bus route to assist riders with their travel, and alternate service notices will be posted in all affected stations.

Check the MTA website at www.mta.info for service updates.