The West Side Tennis Club made a decision which positively impacts generations to come when they saved the Forest Hills Stadium a half decade ago.
The concerts have been a wonderful thing for the community and now the club and the community face a crossroads on its future. Apparently, the club is about to sign a 16-year a deal with concerts and there will be a informational meeting next Tuesday for club members.
The contract gives Tiebreaker, LLC the exclusive rights to hold concerts and other events in the venue.
Forest Hills Stadium, which has hosted a handful of performers each summer over the past few years, will most likely see a substantial increase in concerts and events over the course of the year.
Forest Hills Stadium has undoubtedly caused Forest Hills to become a destination spot. More restaurants and shops in the area are receiving business because of the people who visit the neighborhood as part of the concert-going experience.
But the increase in concerts and events could be a negative for locals. At a town hall meeting with concert promoters last year, local residents voiced concerns over security among other things. The long-term contract extension could also limit the venue and potentially create issues further down the line.
Currently, there are 8 performers slated to perform at the venue with the list not being set in stone quite yet. Performers this year include Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, The xx, My Morning Jacket, The Chainsmokers and John Mellencamp.
The Board will host an informational meeting for club members about the agreement at the West Side Tennis Club on Tuesday, February 28 at 7 p.m.
Mike Palermo, Vice President & Mortgage Officer at Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, was honored at a New York City Department of Parks & Recreation event for his years of leadership and dedication to the Forest Park Trust, Inc.
Palermo has been a board member of the Forest Park Trust for over a decade, and has been president for the past 5 years. The Forest Park Trust orchestrates programs in the park, including the famous concerts at the bandshell throughout the summer.
The Kew-Forest School Boys Junior Varsity Basketball Team made history on Thursday.
With their 86-44 victory over Evangel, the Jaguars locked up their second consecutive PSAA Boys Junior Varsity Championship.
This is the first time (girls or boys) that Kew-Forest has won consecutive PSAA Junior Varsity Basketball Championships in the history of Kew Forest School.
Three players scored in double figures for Kew-Forest (PSAA 16-0, Overall 19-2), led by Jonathan Daniels (34 points), Nino Radoncic (added 30 points – 13 assists for the Jaguars who never trailed) and Tyler Coley (added 10 points).
Alex Pena chipped in with 7 points and Lambert Shell with 5 points. The team has won 13 straight games this season and won 17 straight PSAA games during last season’s 2015-16 run for the title. The Jaguars ended with a perfect season in the PSAA 16-0.
“This is the most talented group of players we’re going to see for a long time and that we’ve seen for a long time at our school and for them to be so unselfish and willing to share with each other, that’s a coach’s dream,” said Head Coach John Della Marco
Achievements of Junior Varsity Boys Team (two years) 2015 – 2017
PSAA Junior Varsity Boys Championship 2017
PSAA Junior Varsity Boys Championship 2016
First Junior Varsity Boys PSAA Title @ Kew Forest – PSAA 2015-16
Two PSAA Junior Varsity Boys East Conference Championships 2015-17
Two PSAA Junior Varsity Boys East Division Championships 2015-17
Winner of Martin Luther Tournament – 2016
Winner of Jim Dilg Tournament – 2015
Overall Record – 39 – 7 WINNING PCT . 847
Overall PSAA Record – 29 – 1 WINNING PCT . 966
Overall Season Record PSAA Most Wins – 16 – 0 (2016-17) – WINNING PCT .1000
Overall Regular Season Record PSAA Most Wins – 13 – 0 (2016-17) – WINNING PCT .1000
Overall Most Wins Season 20 (2015-16)
Winning Streak 17 straight games in the 2015-17 seasons in the PSAA
Winning Streak 13 straight games in the 2016-17 season in the PSAA
Starting Five – Record Breakers
Jonathan Daniels scored 1,003 total points (2015-17)
Alex Pena total steals 160 (2015-17)
Nino Radoncic total assists 141 (2016-17)
Tyler Coley total blocks 53 (2016-17)
Starting Five – PSAA Junior Varsity Boys Individual Awards
Jonathan Daniels – PSAA League MVP (2016, 2017)
Jonathan Daniels – PSAA Championship Game MVP (2017)
Alex Pena – PSAA Championship Game MVP (2016)
Nino Radoncic – PSAA All Conference (2017)
Lambert Shell – PSAA All Conference (2017)
Alex Pena – PSAA All Division (2016, 2017)
Lambert Shell – PSAA All Division (2016)
Tyler Coley – PSAA All Division (2017)
Austin’s Ale House is hosting a “Come Back to the 80s” event this weekend.
The event costs $35 per person and includes a DJ, buffet and access to wine, mixed drinks, bottled and tap beer. Come dressed up in your best 80s icon costume and you can win a prize for Best Dressed.
“Come Back to the 80s” will be held on Saturday, February 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Austin’s Ale House is located at 82-70 Austin Street in Kew Gardens.
Forest Hills will soon play the host for a Queens unity rally against the recent challenges made against diversity.
The Queens Stands Together Rally, on February 26 at 11 am in MacDonald Park, was organized by local residents Ethan M. Felder, Esq, Mazeda Uddin, Peter W. Beadle, Esq, Prameet Kumar, Mark Laster, Mohammed Naeem, Alexa Weitzman and Edwin Wong.
“In this uncertain time, this is our opportunity to stand together united in solidarity behind #queensvalues,” rally organizers said on a Facebook event page.
Groups scheduled to appear at the public rally include Arab-American Family Support Center, Black Lives Matter of Greater New York, Queens Connection, Jamaica Muslim Center, Jews for Racial and Economic Justice and Women’s Action Group of Forest Hills. Council member Jimmy Van Bramer, Assemblyman Andrew Hevesi, Public Advocate Letitia James and Council member Karen Koslowitz are all also scheduled to appear.
So far, the event’s Facebook page states that there are more than 400 people who will attend and another 1,300 people who are interested in attending.
MacDonald Park is located on Queens Boulevard between Yellowstone Boulevard and 70th Road. It is walking distance from the 71st Street/Continental Avenue Subway Station and the Q60 bus.
New York State Senator Joseph Addabbo joined members of the Golden Age Club of Our Lady of Mercy Church on February 15, to swear-in club president, Pauline Szabados, vice president, Marina Santamaria, and treasurer, Eleanor Bologna.
The Kew-Forest School Junior Varsity Boys Basketball Team continue to dominate the Private School Athletic Association (PSAA) Junior Varsity Division, posting a 25-1 record in two years and 36-7 overall.
No Kew-Forest School Junior Varsity Boys Team has never had a perfect PSAA regular season record 13-0, until now. The team has won 9 straight games this season and has won 13 straight PSAA games since last season’s 2015-16 run to the title.
Although their season is long and tiring, the JV boys are also giving back to the community by running a clinic for the Private Athletic League (PAL) Bronco Division
JV players Alex Pena, Tyler Coley and Lambert Shell, assisted Coach Della Marco during a clinic for 10-year olds. It was a great day and everyone had fun and learned basketball skills.