Get more involved in local community

first_imgBellevue Preservation Inc. has been, over the years, a place that residents can go to meet their neighbors.One of the important aspects in living in a city is that even if you live alone, you don’t need to be alone.Chances are it would be fun to meet someone else that shares the same values somewhere in Bellevue. It’s fun to meet with people that share the same streets and parks. You can also learn about the structure of government and meet public officials, conveying your thoughts directly. Bellevue and Schenectady are places rich in history. You can aid in recording and sharing that history with your neighbors and those you care for.We often have speakers offering services to solve the challenges of urban living. One such organization is Schenectady Neighborhood Watch. Once, a storm brought tornadoes to Bellevue; the “Watch” was there to assist the trained first responders. Soon, power was restored, downed trees removed and life got back to normal. Neighbors liked having SNW members from all over the city coming here to help.You can find Schenectady Neighborhood Watch on the Schenectady city website or Facebook. It would be in your best interest to join both organizations today; I look forward to meeting you.Ray FaughtSchenectadyThe writer is president of the Bellevue Preservation Inc. amd captain of the Bellevue Neighborhood Watch.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationSchenectady NAACP calls for school layoff freeze, reinstatement of positionsSchenectady’s Lucas Rodriguez forging his own path in dance, theater, musicSchenectady department heads: Budget cutbacks would further stress already-stretched departmentsTroopers: Schenectady pair possessed heroin, crack cocaine in Orange County Thruway stop Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Million-dollar market thrives in Eight Mile Plains

first_img70 Gosford St, Mount Gravatt. Picture: took just five days for this ultra-modern, five-bedroom house in Mount Gravatt to be snapped up by a keen buyer.The property at 70 Gosford St sold for $750,000 to a buyer from New Zealand, who had only lived in Brisbane for a year.Raby Bay Property’s Aaron Ngoi said it was rare for new houses of its calibre to become available in Mount Gravatt.“There was a lot of interest, around five offers,” he said.“This one’s quite special in that it’s a new house – only three years’ old – and well built.“It’s very different to many of the houses in Mount Gravatt, which are a bit older.”More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020Down the road in Eight Mile Plains, a unique, four-bedroom home on a huge 959sq m block recently sold after auction for $910,000.The auction of 38 Arkrose St attracted five registered bidders but failed to sell at auction. It sold later that same day to a local Chinese family who plan to demolish the house and subdivide the block.LJ Hooker’s Emily Xiong said the size of the block attracted a lot of interest but the buyer didn’t like the style of the home, so plan to build a new one.She said the suburb was popular with local Chinese families interested in property around the $1 million mark. Eight Mile Plains is a high-demand market with 138 houses selling in the suburb last year.The suburb’s median house price is $764,000, according to data from property researcher CoreLogic.last_img read more

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FB : Winning formula: Marrone compiles best class off SU’s turnaround season

first_img Published on February 1, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments One of a mass of Syracuse fans occupying the Yankee Stadium outfield’s lower deck, Siriki Diabate took in the scene of the Orange’s Pinstripe Bowl win Dec. 30. But for Diabate, it struck much closer to home.Syracuse topped Kansas State 36-34 in an instant classic inaugural Pinstripe Bowl. Diabate sat next to the Yankee Stadium scoreboard, relishing the Orange’s first bowl win since 2004.Looking down at the makeshift football field, Diabate — a two-star middle linebacker commit from Nassau Community College (N.Y.) — saw Doug Marrone. He saw himself. He saw the Bronx. He saw what embodies Syracuse’s 2011 recruiting class.He saw a full-circle winner — the same thing he sensed when he spoke with Marrone for the first time earlier in the year. Then Marrone, a graduate of Herbert H. Lehman High School in the Bronx, sent a message to Diabate, also a graduate of Lehman.‘Marrone said the pressure is more on me now,’ Diabate said. ‘He said I am representing the whole Lehman tradition, and I better be on my ‘A’ game and do what I have to do to stay focused.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textDiabate soaked in the words of a winner, from one Lehman alumnus to another. The winner’s mentality yielded Diabate’s choice to become a fellow alumnus with Marrone once again. This time at Syracuse.As Diabate sat in Yankee Stadium, Marrone’s mentality was on full display. It’s the winner’s mentality that has scored Marrone the Big East’s largest recruiting class — at 29 as of Tuesday. A deep class that has’s East Regional Recruiting Manager Bob Lichtenfels salivating. Even if it is a recruiting class with only one four-star recruit and 14 three-star recruits.Depending on what transpires on Wednesday’s National Signing Day, Syracuse’s class could rank anywhere from third-best in the conference to second-worst, according to Compared to the Orange’s 15 three- or four-star recruits, Rutgers bests Syracuse with 18 commits of 24 holding at least a three-star ranking, including one five-star. Aside from the Scarlet Knights, Louisville has the next strongest class, with three four-star recruits, and then SU is in a congested Big East bunch with West Virginia (22) and Cincinnati (23), which each harbor a comparable number of three-star commits.Due to SU’s high number of commits, it has the Big East’s second-lowest average ranking per recruit at 2.55, only ahead of Connecticut.Still, Lichtenfels and others feel SU’s class is a winner because of the winning that led up to it.‘Winning cures a lot of things in recruiting,’ Lichtenfels said. ‘I love what Syracuse has done. They are bringing in some pretty productive kids.’It’s a winner’s mentality recruits believe in after Syracuse’s Pinstripe Bowl win to cap a turnaround 8-5 season. It’s a winner’s mentality Marrone, SU recruiting coordinator Greg Adkins and the rest of the SU staff is mandating out of the recruits SU ultimately signs.The talented trio coached by Bill Chaplick at Milford Academy — linebacker Myles Davis and wide receivers Dyshawn Davis and Jeremiah Kobena — come from a Milford program that has produced NFL running backs LeSean McCoy and Shonn Greene. All three originally signed with the 2010 SU recruiting class before going from their respective high schools for a postgraduate year with what would become Chaplick’s 11-1 Milford team. Myles Davis won’t be joining SU until 2012 because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.Safety Shutang Mungwa, out of national power Bergen Catholic in Oradell, N.J., will be bringing violent hits to Syracuse. Running back Adonis Ameen-Moore is a 5-foot-11, 230-pound running back who should get immediate playing time next year. He is a three-time Colorado state champion at Mullen High School, the same state champion that produced SU freshman quarterback Jonny Miller.The reason Ameen-Moore followed Miller to SU? Syracuse felt like home. The SU coaches acted the same in person as on the phone. Even when Ameen-Moore attended the Orange’s worst loss of the season, a 45-14 drubbing to Pittsburgh, Ameen-Moore said he felt the same constant. Not only does Marrone tell players the Marrone way to do things, he wins by it.‘Coach Marrone wins by that, he doesn’t just tell us that,’ Ameen-Moore said. ‘There is the same feeling (at Syracuse) I got from Mullen. We won three straight years. At Syracuse, Coach Marrone is about winning. And not doing it at any cost.’Back on the East Coast with Ashton Broyld and Terrel Hunt, Marrone landed two quarterbacks that directed their New York state teams to their furthest playoff runs in years. Hunt threw and ran for more than 1,000 yards for Christ the King in New York City, while Broyld torched teams in leading Rush-Henrietta to a Class AA State Championship and a 13-0 record.And in Brooklyn, Marrone hauled two players from the school that defeated Ishaq Williams in the New York City PSAL championship. Williams, of course, spurned SU for Notre Dame last month.On the same Yankee Stadium field Marrone and SU would win the Pinstripe Bowl 23 days later, Fort Hamilton three-star wide receiver Brandon Reddish and defensive tackle Ivan Foy churned out an 8-6 win against Williams. Reddish’s touchdown with 3:12 left in the game put Fort Hamilton on the board. After a successful two-point conversion, Foy and Reddish ended the season 13-0. Williams did not.And on that same Yankee Stadium field Marrone adores, the winners and the losers spoke about what it would mean for New York City’s winners to all go to SU, Lichtenfels said.‘When Ishaq was being recruited,’ Lichtenfels said, ‘Brandon Reddish, all those kids, talked about sticking together, going to Syracuse.’Diabate is a winner from New York City as well. But he wasn’t always one. Nassau Community College made him one after a run-of-the-mill career at Lehman. But at the junior college, Diabate said he became the type of player to expect nothing less than the ‘win, win, win’ attitude current SU assistant John Anselmo once instilled as the program’s head coach.Diabate only lost twice in two years alongside wide receiver Defarrel Davis, the gem of SU’s class who Lichtenfels says may become the best playmaker in the Big East. And he sees the same thing at SU, especially after its latest accomplishment.‘I never expected SU to play that well with a Big 12 team,’ Diabate said. ‘What’s the point of going anywhere else when you can stay at home?’Chaplick realized SU’s new true winner’s mentality when he was one of a mass as well. It enabled the Milford head coach to entrust the trio he fostered, the winners he created this past year, to officially sign on the dotted line with Marrone.At Marrone’s first summer camp as SU head coach in 2009, Chaplick was there checking up on former players Anthony Perkins, Adam Rosner and Mikhail Marinovich. He could see it. The step was back in their walk. They were acting like winners again, even if they would lose more than win in the ensuing 2009 season.Chaplick saw the start. By speaking with Marrone and scanning the scene around the program, the feelings Chaplick used to get when lining up for Boston College against Syracuse legend Art Monk were rekindled.Chaplick could send his winners to Syracuse once again. And his winners never wavered on their commitment to Marrone. Even if more than 200 college coaches flooded Chaplick’s practices this past season. If they didn’t want to go to Syracuse, they didn’t have to.Chaplick sensed that in the middle of that mass, Marrone is the epitome of a winner. And this year, after that Pinstripe Bowl win, Chaplick’s thoughts were validated.‘Seeing how players reacted to him and what they said as they walked by him — impressive to me,’ Chaplick said. ‘Winning is expected at Milford Academy. They aren’t used to walking in to losing.’aolivero@syr.educenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

South African Football Association suspends officials over match fixing claims

first_imgThe South African Football Association says it has suspended officials, including its president, after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found “compelling evidence” that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.The South African Football Association says it has suspended officials, including its president, after a FIFA report into match-fixing ahead of the 2010 World Cup found “compelling evidence” that one or more games were fixed by betting syndicates.The association made the announcement in a statement on Monday.On Saturday, the association said that it was “infiltrated” by now-convicted match-fixer Wilson Perumal and his “bogus” football company Football4U, which was a front for the Asian syndicates. No players have been implicated in fixing matches. Instead, referees appointed by Football4U are believed to have fixed the games.SAFA didn’t identify the games but South Africa’s 5-0 win over Guatemala was under suspicion.SAFA says FIFA’s report also recommended “further examination” of some South African officials.last_img read more